Elizabethan dogs and collar: why you need it and how to wear it
The Elizabethan collar is a very useful medical remedy for the dog, thanks to the conical shape that prevents the achievement of points and wounds.
The Elizabethan collar is a conical structure that is used during the postoperative period, both for dogs and cats: it wraps around the neck of the animal preventing it from licking or scratching the operated part, protecting the stitches. It is comfortably fixed around the neck thanks to the presence of a series of buttonholes with hooking, even to the same collar: it is commonly sold in pet shops or delivered by the vet himself. There are different types on the market, let’s get to know them better and see how they are used.
What it is used for and how it is used
The Elizabethan collar is an article of medical nature that closes around the dog’s neck, taking the shape of a cone or funnel: the size is often very large so as to prevent it from reaching the points of a wound or dressing, scratching or biting ears and tail. The inspiration seems to come directly from Elizabeth I, who used to wear large, stiff, white collars.
The most common are those made with rigid plastic material, able to prevent the dog from dangerous movements, but the availability and models are many and all very useful. As anticipated, the base is fixed to the collar so as to prevent the dog from getting rid of it, so with the help of some hooks and eyelets it locks to form a cone. The dog will feel limited and a bit clumsy, but its use will be very important for his health.
The Elizabethan collar in rigid plastic is the most widespread and purchased: very practical, it turns into an impassable barrier preventing it from reaching the most delicate parts of the body. The wide availability makes it particularly economical and easy to find, even in the most current format with padded edges.
Experimentation with medical remedies for dogs has led to the creation of Elizabethan collars in propylene, a type of plastic that is less constricting and softer. As for the original one, also this variant can be transparent, opaque or coloured, but not very constructive precisely because it is not rigid and therefore easily foldable with the legs.
The fabric version appears less bulky and more adaptable to the dog’s snout, making it less annoying or limiting. The advantage of this fabric collar is the fit that makes it very comfortable, moreover the dog when wearing the plastic version often bumps against jambs and walls, causing loud noises and scaring. The problem does not exist with the fabric collar, able to make the post-operative easier and more comfortable.
The Elizabethan inflatable collar looks more like a donut: it is soft, fluffy and does not prevent the dog from seeing or hearing, so the animal can move without problems. It is easier to eat and reach the bowl, although the collar should be removed during the operation.
Tips and tricks
The Elizabethan collar is a very useful remedy that not all dogs can tolerate, so it is good to be patient and understanding. You can limit its use with small breaks, especially if the dog is monitored and in the company of the owner, using it in the absence of the dog or at night. To make it less stressful, it is enough to encourage the practice through positive reinforcement by entrusting him with some kibble and gluttony.