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Our beagle, Honey, had to have a lump removed from her ear about a week ago. She came home from the vet wearing the “cone of shame” so that she wouldn’t be able to scratch her ear and open the stitches. She’s worn one before, after she was spayed, but she was very little and I’m sure doesn’t remember.
Most dogs will have to wear an Elizabethan collar (or e-collar) at some point in their lives. The experience can be scary and frustrating. Our vet gave us some tips to help her adjust to wearing the collar and get back to her normal routine as quickly as possible.
Tips to help your dog adjust to a cone
- For the first day or so, escort your dog when walking through doorways or going outside. She will have a hard time judging how much room she needs and will bump into things.
- Remain calm around your dog. She will pick up on your feelings. Try not to show her how upset you feel for her or she may get upset as well.
- Make room for your dog. Move her bed to an area that has room all around it. If there is furniture near the door to go outside, temporarily move it out of the way so she doesn’t bump into it.
- As much as the collar may annoy your dog, do not remove it before the vet tells you it is okay. The collar helps keep your dog from scratching and infecting the wound.
- Make sure food and water are accessible. Check that the collar doesn’t hit the floor and prevent your dog from eating. If needed, raise the bowls up in the air a bit so that she can reach the food and water.
- Allow your dog to slowly get back to all daily activities. She should be able to go for walks, play fetch and other things she may enjoy doing.
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Apparently some dogs may not be hungry after surgery. Just like a typical beagle, Honey was ready to eat right away and started hinting around that she was ready for her new food! Remember how we were going to slowly change her food to one for senior dogs? Well, she made the transition and is thrilled with Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind.
She patiently waits while I measure it out and fill her bowl!
You may recall that I told you that senior dogs who eat Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind daily may interact with their owners more, be more interested in play and more easily adapt and cope with change. We definitely noticed that Honey dealt with the change of wearing a cone very well. She tends to be a very timid dog and easily scared. After the first day of wearing the cone, she was used to it, and had returned to all of her normal activities. We were very impressed!
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Do you have a senior dog? Have any additional tips for adjusting to a cone collar?
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