It’s All Fun & Games, Until Someone Ends Up in a Cone
We’ve all seen the internet memes about the “cone of shame” and the poor dogs who have to suffer through the wearing of them. We’ve probably even had a few dogs who had to wear them at one time or another.
Poor dogs, what’s the point of these stupid things – do they really serve a purpose?
The cone of shame, or “Elizabethan collar” is a large plastic ring affixed around a dog’s (or cat’s)neck to prevent them from reaching an injury – possibly an incision, a sore, a bite. It could be any type of injury on their body – the cone’s purpose is to prevent them from licking it or biting at it. You wouldn’t want them to just chew up the incision from surgery they just had, or aggravate an infected bug bite. You can’t (usually) tell a dog not to lick it and expect them to be 100% compliant. The licking makes it feel better, so why wouldn’t they lick it? You also can’t monitor them 24/7, so wearing the collar is the alternative.
The cone of shame is big, bulky and uncomfortable. Most dogs hate it, and who can blame them.
There have been a few new products recently designed to be a bit more flexible and comfortable for the pet. There are inflatable cones and fabric cones that are softer and not so rigid.
Trupanion created this excellent comparison chart to demonstrate the different types of devises you can use that are easier on your dog than that heavy plastic ring.
We’ve been fortunate with Jack & Maggie. Maggie has never required a cone for anything. Jack has needed one a few times, but luckily he is compliant enough that just a light “no” from me and he will stop. But, overnight or if I”m away during the day, we would use a soft, inflatable ring around his head and that seemed to do the trick as well as offer a nice pillow for his head!
How about you – what type of device do you favor?
Jack’s favorite meme: