What is a dog cone and what are its benefits
A dog cone, also known as an Elizabethan collar, is worn by dogs to prevent them from licking or biting their wounds. This type of collar is typically round in shape and fastens around the neck via a Velcro strap. Many pet parents prefer dog cones because they are more humane than traditional e-collars , which are made of plastic, are more constricting for dogs, and have only one opening that the pet cannot access.
Many veterinarians recommend using a cone on dogs with injuries to their face, head, armpits, legs, feet and tails. The dog cone also prevents pets from scratching open wounds. If a dog manages to remove the cone, it’s important that you replace it as soon as possible.
How to choose the best cone for your dog
To ensure a dog cone is the one best suited for your pet, it is important to measure his/her neck circumference. This will help you determine the size of the collar that you will need. If you choose a dog cone that is too big or too small for your pet, it may be uncomfortable and could even cause injury.
In addition, you need to take into account your dog’s activity level. If your pet is an active one that likes to run and play, it is important to select a dog cone that is sturdy enough to hold up even when he/she shakes his/her head or jumps around. Finally, remember the fact that some dogs are irritated by the feeling of the dog cone on their bodies, causing them to paw obsessively at it. This may lead to an open wound, so you’ll want to select a collar that will minimize this behavior.
How to put a cone on your dog
Wearing a dog cone is not as complicated as it may seem. Here are some simple steps you can follow to put it on your pet:
- Measure the circumference of your dog’s neck from side to side, with or without a collar on. Add at least an inch to this number for proper sizing.
- Purchase a size that will accommodate the circumference of your dog’s neck.
- Place the cone against your pet’s neck with the bottom of it touching his/her chest and fasten it behind him/her at the top (back).
- Your dog may be irritated by its presence, so make sure to keep an eye on him/her.
Troubleshooting tips if your dog is having trouble with the cone
Does your dog try to paw at the cone or rub his/her face against furniture or other pets? If so, he/she may be trying to remove it. Just make sure you are fastening it tightly enough and check with your veterinarian to see if there is a type of dog cone that does not irritate him/her. A different size may also do the trick.
Does your dog have an external ear infection? If so, a plastic cone is not a good option because it can interfere with your pet’s ability to drain its ears. In this case, you should opt for a soft cloth collar instead of a plastic one.
Does your dog wear a cone for an extended period of time? If so, you should periodically apply a small amount of petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment to the area where the bottom of the cone makes contact with his/her body. Once you have applied these substances, use a clean cloth to gently wipe it clean and then reapply as needed.
Many dogs adjust to wearing a cone rather quickly, but others may take some time. It’s important not to get frustrated if your pet continues to try to remove it. In fact, you should make a point of not paying attention to this behavior. Your dog will eventually get used to the cone and stop pawing at it, but if you stop him/her before he/she gets the message, he/she will learn that this is a way to get your attention.