Saturday, May 3, 2014

News You Can Use: E-Collar Alternatives

Came across this September 14, 2013 Huffingon Post article, "E-Collar Alternatives: 5 Pet-Friendly Substitutions For The Cone Of Shame,"and thought our Cocker Connection readers would find the information helpful. We all dread the accident or medical ailment or post surgery incision that puts our precious wigglebutts in the cone of shame! Turns out there are several options to the hard plastic cone usually provided by your vet. Here are the alternatives listed in the article (text slightly edited for space with product suggestions added).  Welcome your comments/suggestions in the comment section at the bottom.

1. The BiteNot collar. This is, effectively, a neck brace. The BiteNot collar does work well for some pets — especially for lesions on the upper limbs and torso (not so much for pets who chew at their feet and tails and definitely not for scratching issues).

2. The blow-up neck pillow. Like an airplane pillow, this is a blow-up, neck-circling device that keeps pups from turning full-circle. It seems more comfortable than either an E-collar or a BiteNot, and it works a little like both. The article's author said the blow-up neck pillow does not work as well for highly destructive big dogs as they tend to pop it pretty quickly. The ProCollar is one brand. It has a canvas fabric outer layer and a separate inflatable inner tube, with a velcro fastening strap on the outside edge and fabric hoops to secure against your pet’s collar on the inside edge.
Alum Honey BooBoo
modeling the paper collar!

3. The paper collar. If heavy-duty plastic is frustratingly and painfully firm, try a soft collar (the E-collar “lite”). Some pets do well with these firm-paper alternatives. Surprisingly. They wear out faster and they won’t work for the truly motivated, but they’re an option for the more relaxed pets among us. Check out the Cuddlecone as one of the soft collar alternatives (fleece lining on the insider, cool prints on the outside).

4. Boxer shorts, sweaters, booties, baby onesies and bandages. Garments and bandages can be amazingly helpful for keeping pets away from their areas of excess interest. Unfortunately, however, they’re not usually sufficiently effective on their own — with or without no-lick sprays (which are reportedly only partially effective, depending on your pet). Check out the onesies made by Tulane's Closet.

OBG friend, Dexter, sporting
a onesie from Tulane's Closet
after his ACL surgery
Nonetheless, the author says these tricks are always worth a try. What’s more, when they’re paired with some of the other above approaches they tend to yield results for some of the more avid lickers.

5. Full body armor. This is a variation on the garment approach above. Despite the four alternatives above, some pets will always still manage to reach the spot. The author says when all else fails, body armor is the next step. Several companies make these outfits -- see Sylmar Dogware for one -- with the extra-motivated chewer in mind. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation. 


  1. Hooman put me in a babygro a couple of weeks ago when I was spayed - worked a treat! The vet also gave us a blow up collar which she tried on me - wasn't bad, but I did bang into things :)

  2. Thanks for reading our post and sharing your experience about the Babygro! The babygros look nice and handy for such situations! HAHA re your own personal experience with the blow up collar!