Dog Word of the Day: Elizabethan Collar - Daily Dog Discoveries

Typically there are tabs or loops on the Elizabethan collar so it can be attached to your dog's regular collar. Some models have hook and loop closures to secure it. These collars come in a variety of sizes to ensure proper fit for your dog. They should be able to eat and drink with the collar in place but not be able to get at the injury.

Remove the Elizabethan collar from your dog and lay it out flat on a table or countertop.

The classic veterinarian-supplied Elizabethan collar: Effective, but heavy, stiff, opaque (your dog can’t see through it), wide, unwieldy, and uncomfortable.

Dog Elizabethan Collar Alternative - Daily Dog Discoveries

Happily, for your dog, things have gotten better in the Elizabethan collar department. The Trimline Veterinary Recovery Collar is an effective, comfortable, flexible Elizabethan-style collar for use with cats and dogs experiencing injury, surgery and trauma restraint conditions.

Dog Elizabethan Collar Tips - Daily Dog Discoveries

Elizabethan collars may have several effects on your pet's behavior because the cone not only restricts the field of vision to the sides and above, but the shape of the cone amplifies any noise while eliminating the ability to locate its direction. It may take your pet a little time to adjust to this. In the meantime, your dog may be a little jumpy. Anyone approaching your pet must be warned of this, as a frightened dog may snap first and investigate later. Some dogs may learn to use the rim of the collar to rub against the area supposedly being protected; you should watch for this and notify your veterinarian if you spot him doing this. A different sized collar may be required.

How to Fit Elizabethan Collar - Daily Dog Discoveries


If you have never heard the word “Elizabethan collar” before, no worries. Most likely, you know what it is, but have never heard its original name. More commonly known as cone or E- collar for short (not to be confused with shock collar), an Elizabethan collar is as a protective medical device for dogs. … Elizabethan collars or E-collars are plastic "hoods" or cones placed around the head to prevent an animal from licking at a surgery site, wound or dressing. It is natural for dogs to lick their wounds but this can seriously delay healing and result in infection or injury. It is important that a protective collar is used, especially when the dog is unattended and could inadvertently injure itself.