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#42812 - 05/17/10 06:32 PM Best alternative to elizabethan collar?
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Well, little Ki is scheduled for surgery on his elbow in a couple of weeks. frown I didn't realize there were so many options for alternative elizabethan collars!

There's the soft cone: soft cone
The bite not collar: bite not!
The inflatable collar: inflatable
Or the soft collar: soft collar

My local pet stores have several of each type of these- any experience with a particular type or brand? help
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#42827 - 05/17/10 07:29 PM Re: Best alternative to elizabethan collar? [Re: puppymama]
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I have used the inflatable collar and was very pleased with it. Bonus was the dog was actually able to use it like a pillow to rest it's head on.
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#42862 - 05/17/10 08:25 PM Re: Best alternative to elizabethan collar? [Re: Crooked Creek]
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When Meri had her knee surgery, I bought the Bite Not, but the surgeon put a soft cone on her, so I left it on. In the middle of the night, I heard a lot of thumping from her crate. So I investigated. The soft cone was around her waist, like a little skirt. (I wish I had the presence of mind to take a photo). Yup, she flipped it inside out (which is easily done), pulled both front paws through it, and was yanking it down her body to take it off...

So I put the Bite Not on her. It took her a while to adjust to it, but it was MUCH better than an Elizabethan collar.


When you measure for the Bite Not, the most important measurement is the distance from the top of the shoulder to just under the jaw. If there is much room there, then your pup will be able to squirm around and mess with his elbow. The neck should fit if you measure the distance from neck to elbow correctly (check it to be sure, of course). But that distance is the the key measurement.

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#42873 - 05/17/10 08:48 PM Re: Best alternative to elizabethan collar? [Re: Crooked Creek]
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Originally Posted By: Crooked Creek
I have used the inflatable collar and was very pleased with it. Bonus was the dog was actually able to use it like a pillow to rest it's head on.


we used it too, very happy with it and so was Sage.


Edited by Sage's mom (05/17/10 08:53 PM)
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#43055 - 05/18/10 08:17 AM Re: Best alternative to elizabethan collar? [Re: Sage's mom]
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I saw this alternative to the e-collar in the Animal Wellness magazine yesterday: http://www.nurturedpets.com/

Actually, it's a "no collar" alternative and apparently, all natural. They advertised the usage for hot spots, post-surgical sites, minor wounds, granulomas, insect bites, etc.
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