When Your Pet Needs a ConeDecember 6, 2021
How to Use and fit an E-Collar
The real name for a “cone” is an Elizabethan Collar, or E-collar for short. While they look uncomfortable, pets adapt to them easier than you might think.
Most commonly, E-collars are prescribed to patients after surgery to prevent infection or opening the stitches caused by licking at the incision site. Ophthalmology and Dermatology patients may also need E-collars to prevent further injury or irritation from rubbing. They can also be prescribed to keep a pet from scratching, licking or biting at hot spots and wounds.
It is very important to fit the collar to your pet’s neck, and the length of their nose. The length of the cone depends on the size of your pet’s face, and his or her ability to bypass the cone and reach the affected area or incision.
The video below demonstrates how to select an E-collar and ensure it is correctly fitted.