Dog Lampshade Collar Alternative: After Surgery Protection for Your Dog

Dog surgeries are very common especially if you are getting your dog neutered.  Vets will always ensure that the incision made and stitched on your pet is as neat and tidy as possible.  Lampshade style collars or Plastic Cones were designed and created to help prevent your dog from licking the wound. Dog lampshade collar alternatives, such as inflatable collars are also available. Any constant licking / scratching could cause the wound to open or even get infected.  This will then lead to more surgery or a nasty looking scar.

Over many years, dog owners believed that animal saliva will help recovery time and healing.  Fact is, licking a wound will slow down the healing process.  Animal tongues are uneven and rough feeling, especially cat’s tongues, which over time destroys healing tissue.  If the tissue is destroyed too much then your pet could start to chew on the damaged tissue which can then cause even further problems.

Lampshade collars, or E Collars, are not the prettiest of accessories for your pet but they ultimately do their job.  Furthermore, for the small price, they save you further checks and operations at the vet, which can become very costly.  All pets can destroy wounds in, what feels like, a blink of an eye.  You only need to look away for a split second and the wound will be open and damaged and your dog in pain.

If your dog manages to open the wound completely then there will be treatment required.  This will involve cleaning the damaged area and tissue, cutting away any dead skin, and then fully re-stitching the incision. All this can be prevented by the simple use of a plastic cone / lampshade collar.  The cost of surgery is far more expensive and traumatic for your dog and can easily be avoided.  Overall, this can end in a longer recovery time and far too much, unnecessary, discomfort.

Once your dog surgery is complete and you have your Dog Lampshade Collar or an alternative style like the inflatable dog collar then your dog must wear it at ALL times, morning, noon and night.  Pets quickly learn how to eat and drink with the collar on however, some dogs find the collar embarrassing and may not want to leave the house.  Ralph has recently had a lampshade style collar fitted since his neutering.  We will go into more detail around his behaviour below but initially we had to keep putting Ralph outside to ensure he went to the toilet.  Sleeping was not an issue and he adapted well after a few days.  Dogs initially see the cone as a punishment, not realising what has happened.  When removed, you will be quickly forgiven and they will love you again.

What Are Lampshade Collars, Inflatable Collars and Lampshade Collar Alternatives?

Living with a cone over your head cannot be comfortable.  Dogs learn to adapt but do find them uncomfortable and embarrassing.  Finding a comfortable lampshade collar alternative could be much more effective for your dog.

Dog cones are not the prettiest accessory but are the most effective.  They are designed to stop your dog messing with a wound or stitches they may have after surgery.  This is exactly what they need to do, stop your dog messing with the wound.

Take a look at Ralph when he first got his cone, he looks so embarrassed.  This could be one of the reasons why they are seen to be the cone of shame. POOR RALPH!

Why is it Called the Cone of Shame?

If you were forced to wear such a ugly looking accessory would you not be ashamed? It is easy to see why they are seen as a cone of shame due to how funny they look when on your dog.  Ralph regularly looks at us as if to say “Why? Why do I need to keep wearing this?  What have I don’t wrong?” but he doesn’t realise that he is not being punished. We regularly treat him with chicken and ham to ensure he still feels loved and not neglected.

Dogs love to scratch, lick and smell anything and everything.  If it is something they don’t know then they will investigate it, smell it and possibly lick it which is to try and help any itchiness stop.  All this can cause infection and problems which is why a dog cone is absolutely needed.

Helping your dog heal quickly and effectively is the main reason for the cone and wearing it is where the cone of shame comments come from.  Dogs do look funny with a cone on and Elliot, my youngest son, laughed the first time he seen Ralph.  Asking your dog to just simply stop licking and scratching will not work, because they naturally will just go straight back to it.

Finding the right dog cone that fits comfortably whether it be a lampshade dog cone alternative or a plastic lampshade dog cone can be difficult. Further through the article we will discuss which ones we have found to be great.

Why Does My Dog Need a Cone?

Dog licking throughout the years has been deemed as a healing process for wounds.  Ancient Egyptians believe this so much that they would create Dog Licking Temples where they would allow dogs to lick their wounds.

Dogs will lick their wounds in the hop of a quick healing process.  This, in hindsight, is not a bad thing however a few licks to a wound is a great help.  Problem being that in a dogs head a thousand licks to a wound is just as good for healing.  This is when severe problems begin and infections can occur.

A dog cone is a way of preventing any licking at all so your dog cannot have these regular thoughts in their minds.  Extending any healing process, human or dog, can making life difficult.  In Dogs this may seem much worse as they find it difficult to communicate with you and cannot physically tell you what is wrong.  Continuous licking to a healing wound could cause infections or even for the wound to open.

Veterinary recommendation is that a dog cone, after castration, should be left on your dog 24 hours a day for at least 10 days.  This ensures that your dog cannot lick, chew or infect any wounds that should be healing.  Dogs love to investigate anything and after surgery wounds become itchy and irritable.  If your dog decided to explore this then the stitches could soon become a “play thing” for your dog and before you know it, your back at the vets for a second time.  More medication, more stitching, more time needed for a cone which will delay the healing process and recovery time.

Dogs will find the cone irritating and embarrassing and Ralph initially found it difficult to adjust.  He would walk into the door frame or the end of the couch.  He would even not go out for a wee for the first few days so we had to ensure we helped him along.

Overall, we did this for a few days then after 4 days from surgery, Ralph quickly became accustom to the Dog Cone.  10 days passed by and he is now fully healed and loving life.

Best Dog Cone and Dog Cone Alternatives: Buyers Guide

Not so long ago the only dog cone available was the hard-plastic Elizabethan dog cone.  Now, as time has passed and companies have improved, new dog cone alternatives are available.

So how do you know which is the best dog cone to choose for your dog?

As with a lot of products, it really is down to your dogs size, weight, neck width etc.

Finding dog cone alternatives that are much more comfortable for your dog are much simpler.  With sites like Amazon stocking all variations of Dog Cones you cannot go wrong.

Lets not take too much more time and take a look at some of the dog cone alternatives that are available today.

Dog Lampshade Collar Alternative:  Inflatable Dog Collar

Inflatable dog collars are one of the Best Lampshade Collar Alternatives on the market today.  Comfortable, durable and designed to fit your dogs neck.  They are designed much similar to the neck pillows used by humans on a flight to help them relax and get some sleep.  Dogs that were inflatable dog collars find it much easier to get some rest as it is used much like a pillow.

They are so simple to fit and to use and quick and easy to inflate / deflate.

1 ZenPet ProCollarDOG LAMPSHADE COLLAR ALTERNATIVE

Inflatable dog collars are a great dog collar alternative for your dogs recovery.  Here we have the ZenPet Pro Collar which is designed for comfortable recovery.  Available in Black, this collar provides a nice comfortable fit for your dog without restricting vision.

The collar is simple to inflate and deflate and is completely chew resistant, should your dog some how manage to get their teeth into it.

Available in six different sizes, it’s a simple and affordable lampshade dog collar alternative.

2 Kong Cloudlampshade dog collar alternatives

The Kong Cloud E-Collar has been designed with a bright blue colour and is another amazing recovery device.

Slightly shorter in height than theZenPet your dog will find it easy to adjust and avoid objects whilst walking around the house.

Available in five different sizes, Kong has their own chart which helps identify the right size for your dog(s).  You can always measure your dogs neck yourself too.

They are designed for 24 hours a day use and are completely comfortable.

 

Comfy Velcro Dog Cone

1 All Four Paws

This comfy Velcro cone comes in eight different sizes from extra small to extra extra large. It is also available in two colours – Black and Tan

As with all the collars we have reviewed, the All Four Paws Velcro Cone is flexible and helps support your dogs recovery.  It is also designed for comfort and help prevent injury.

Water resistant, easy to use and take on / off, it is reflective so great for the outdoors.  It also works with a standard dog collar so no need to make a decision on which to use.

2 Alfie Pet Dog Cone

Alfie Pet are a very popular adjustable Velcro dog collar and make a great lampshade dog collar alternative.  They come in bright colours and six different sizes.

As with all dog cones, the Alfie Pet is great for a dog out of surgery and wanting to recover.  Designed to be lightweight and comfortable, ensuring that your dog cannot reach those recovering parts.

Your dog will always be able to sleep in this cone and wear it as expected.  It also will not interfere with your dogs feeding times or toilet times.

Soft Cones for Your Dog  

Plush Collars might not be the greatest choice for all dogs.  If, like Ralph, your dog quickly destroys soft toys then DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.

Instead, these soft cones are a great alternative collar.  They provide a good level of comfort and are a great lampshade dog collar alternative.

1 Kong EZ Soft Cone

Soft cones are a great alternative and the Kong EZ Soft Cone does not disappoint.  Soft and comfortable, this collar is a good choice for your dogs recovery.  Adjsutable with a drawstring, you can quickly loosen and tighten the collar.

Due to the soft materials, the cone will adjust with your dogs sleeping position to ensure you dog remains comfortable.

Fabric Dog Cone

Lampshade style dog collars can feel like a punishment and putting them on is difficult too.  As this type of cone needs to be worn all the time throughout any recovery process, you want your dog to be comfortable.  Whilst researching lampshade dog collar alternative we came across many different styles and Fabric Dog Cones are a softer, more comfortable alternative.

Take a look at the fabric cone that comes highly recommended by dog owners and friends.

1 Soft Pet Cloth Recovery Collar by KVP

Comfortable and easy to adjust, the KVP Soft Cloth Recovery Cone is a great lampshade alternative.  Simply adjust with the toggle to fit your dogs neck size.

Five different sizes to choose from, KVP have catered for MOST breeds.  The material is soft and chew resistant, but any dirt or accidents can easily be machine washed.

Are There Any Benefits of Neutering or Spaying Your Dog?

Neutering your dog has a lot of benefits that should always be considered when making the decision to neuter.  Your dog’s temperament can massively improve and also its overall health.

Owners of multiple dogs may want to consider neutering to prevent your dog’s breeding, especially if you have financial difficulties.  Breeding can be extremely expensive and something that should be planned and done correctly and not rushed or done for financial gain.  ALL Dogs should be treated with love and respect and breeding is a difficult time for the female.  Having puppies too often too quickly can be extremely harmful to your dog.

 

I Have Never Heard of Spaying, What Is It?

Female dogs require a sterilizing procedure known as Spaying.  Like in humans, this process involves removal of the uterus, the ovaries and all reproductive organs.  Most pet owners have made the decision to sterilize their dogs at a young age, usually around 6 months old.  Younger, smaller, animals are generally a lot lighter which ensures the procedure goes with no complications.  As your dog gets older, then your dog’s health is taken into consideration.  A procedure like this can be difficult if your dog is too old or unhealthy.

Sterilizing your pet is best done before any pregnancy and also before they first go into heat.  There is a misconception that waiting till the after the first heat cycle makes the procedure easier, but this is not the case.  Sterilization can also be done during pregnancy, generally a few days before delivery date.  This is not always safe and is not recommended.

What is Neutering?

Sterilizing your male dog is also known as Neutering.  Removing his testes completely, or castrating, is a procedure to stop the male reproductive organs.

Again, this procedure is performed on dogs from 8 weeks to 6 months old, but can be done on older dogs.  Ralph is 3 years old and just had his procedure due to his good health.  Like sterilization or spaying, this procedure generally goes without complication.

Male dogs have a quick recovery time compared to female dogs.  This is mainly down to the procedure itself requiring a much small incision.

Your male dog will be fully sterile 2 to 4 weeks after the procedure.  It is vitally important to keep your male and female dogs separated for 4 or more weeks.

Is Sterilizing Your Dog Expensive?

Dog owners will generally not get there dog sterilized due to the cost.  What you need to consider though is, “How much will it cost if a female gets pregnant?” To get Ralph neutered, it cost £120.  This equates to around $160.  In comparison to the cost of having 5 or 6 puppies, this was a small cost.  Your vet will be able to advise how much this costs and they take into consideration several factors; health, size and weight.  Ralphs brother cost £175 ($230) as he weighs a little more than Ralph

Animal shelters also provide a sterilizing service and generally at a much lesser cost but that decision is up to you.

Overall the cost of neutering or spaying depends on where you take your dog.  Private Vets are generally much dearer however, they do provide more of a personable experience.  Your dog should, over time, become friendly with your vet as once you find the right vet, they should be life-long for your dog.

Lower cost vet practices generally refrain from using stitches and try to save time by using glue.  Glue will generally hold the wound together but can cause more irritation than stitches.  This reaction can then cause the wound to reopen and become infected much quicker.  Your vet will often choose which they believe is best but its always a good idea to check, just in case you are against using Glue.

Benefits of Spaying or Neutering

·         Reduces the number of stray and homeless dogs

·         Can reduce number of dogs with cancer.

·         Overall General Health Benefits

·         Dog behaviour can Improve

·         Less mess

·         Reduce the Risk of having unwanted puppies in the home

·         No cost to you for raising puppies

How Can I Help My Pet With Their Lampshade Dog Collar?

Your dog will initially struggle with the collar, especially the “Lampshade Dog Collars.”

This is generally because of the size of the collar.  Ralph was walking his normal route through doors or passed the sofa and would clip the edge with his collar.  This would startly him a little and make him sit before continuing his journey.  We had to regularly open doors much wider or even direct him away from the couch.

Also after surgery you should ensure you help your dog as much as possible.  Help them on the couch if that’s where they normally sit, DO NOT LET THEM JUMP ON.   This can cause a tear in the stitching if your dog continues to jump when not fully healed.

Every time your dog achieves something new with the collar on, reward them.  It is surprising how difficult they find normal day to day tasks.  Sniffing, eating and drinking are all very difficult initially.  We hand fed Ralph his meals.  Each time lowering the height we gave him the food so he eventually knew how to get it from his bowl. Harris, Deborah (harrid64)

Finally, Things Not To Do With a Dog Collar On…

You must not keep removing the collar.  Your dog will already be on an emotional journey around having to wear it.  If you keep taking it off and putting it on your dog may begin to think they are being punished rather than healing.  They should wear the collar at ALL times.  Removing it at feeding times is ok but your dog should be able to get their food themselves with the collar on.  If your dog tries to scratch behind their ears but cannot reach, you do it.  Help your dog out.  It’s the least you can do as your dog’s best friend.

Above all else, you must not feel guilty.  The collar, even if it is a lampshade dog collar, is for your dogs own recovery.  Wearing this collar helps the recovery process and stops an unnecessary vet visits for emergency treatment.

And Finally, do NOT leave your dog alone the first time they come home with the collar on. They will struggle, they will need your help and they will want to be loved.  Spoil them, treat them and please please please…. Look after them…..

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