Cone Conundrum

9 Oct

What do you do if your just-recently-operated-on dog absolutely refuses to wear a cone or other such device?

A friend of ours has very recently stumbled across this problem, and well, I’ve never had to tackle something like this, so I really just don’t know what to advise. Their dog was just spayed, and despite her grogginess, will do whatever it takes to remove her Elizabethan Collar, aka “cone of shame.” She went so far as to completely destroy it, leaving it in several different pieces.

I suggested they try Kong’s Cloud Collar. No go – the dog had it ripped off in a matter of seconds, and it was simply not reusable. The vet even gave them a flimsy, but sufficient, fabric cone to try. After some compliance, the dog ripped that to shreds, too.

So readers: any advice? What tips, tricks and products have you used on your cone-resistant dogs?


8 Responses to “Cone Conundrum”

  1. Megan October 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM #

    Does the dog worry at her stitches without the cone on? I never had a cone for Dayzee when she was spayed and I didn’t see her mess with her stitches once. Maybe the cone is not even necessary.

    • That Touch of Pit ... October 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM #

      Apparently she does, but only occasionally. It’s not a constant thing, but the dog did need to go to the vet yesterday over concerns about incision site.

  2. Mary-Anne October 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM #

    Might a t-shirt, or a large onesie, meant for babies, work??

  3. Mimi & Cabana October 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM #

    Cabana hated wearing a cone after she was spayed, so I made her a “spanx” type thing with stretchy fabric.

    But a fairly snug t-shirt cut into a tube shape would probably work just as well. Good luck to your friend!

  4. Rebelwerewolf October 9, 2012 at 4:58 PM #

    Badger ate his cone after we took him to the vet for licking his paw too much. We ended up just watching him very, very carefully, but I realize this is not an option for everyone.

  5. Chelsea Parker October 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM #

    Inflatable cones work great on smaller dogs, not pitties! Our pittie is up for cruciate ligament surgery next month and she hates cones! Thankfully our vet offered to babysit her the first two days we are at work after surgery! <3<3 Thank goodness for pit bull loving and amazing vets!!!!

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