Cone of Shame – Comfortable Alternatives
So, your vet has recommended a cone for your dog. While some dogs tolerate them fine, a lot of dogs really don’t! You might notice them banging into things, constantly trying to get the cone off, or just feeling sorry for themselves. Fortunately, there are now a number of alternatives!
Why do dogs need cones?
There are a number of reasons a cone might be recommended. Dogs instinctively scratch at something that itches them or feels unnatural – most commonly, this is either a skin infection, wound or stitches placed in surgery. However, in each of these instances, scratching is exactly what we don’t want them to do! It will cause inflammation, prolong healing time, and possibly even remove the stitches holding things together.
How long should the cone be on?
Your vet should tell you how long the cone needs to be on. Generally, it should stay on until the skin/wound has completely healed, or until the stitches have been removed.
Why do dogs dislike them?
Different dog dislike cones for different reasons. For some, it feels uncomfortable around the neck. For others, it is hard to navigate due to reduced vision and spatial awareness, and so they bump into things. It might also amplify sounds, making everything seem loud or scary.
My dog hates the plastic cone – what else can I use?
You’re not alone. We’ve listed our favourites below!
1. KONG - Cloud Collar - Plush, Inflatable E-Collar
These are plush, soft inflatable cones. The fabric is tough and will not rip or tear, but it will not damage or imprint furniture like the solid plastic cones. They can be washed in a washing machine and used repeatedly. Ensure that you have the right size – if too small, some agile dogs may still be able to reach the area of discomfort!
2. GLADOG Soft Dog Cone Collar
These are closer to the type of cone your vet will send you home with, but they are generally tolerated much better. The plastic is softer with a more comfortable fabric at the neck/collar region. It is Velcro adjustable, meaning it can be fitted perfectly around the neck. It is lightweight and works well to prevent licking at wounds or surgery sites!
3. The Original Comfy Cone
The main two benefits of fabric cones like this are that they are the most comfortable and least noisy. They can also be washed/re-used and are easy to apply. Take note, though – if your dog is particularly tenacious or strong-willed, the flexibility of fabric cones means that he or she may still be able to get to the sore spot.
Vets aren’t out to annoy your pet – if they recommend a cone, it’s for you and your pet’s best interests! Considering this, if you decide to go with an alternative like the ones above, don’t hesitate to have it checked by your vet to ensure it fits appropriately and does its job.
Author’s note: Pet Sales writers select and write about topics we think you’ll like and need to make your choices simpler and easier. Pet Sales uses affiliate links in our posts, so we can get a small revenue from your purchases.