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Date: 3/30/13 1:31 PM

Sophie gets spayed next month. I know the plastic e collar drives (tried one already) her nuts so can anyone recommend one that's a little more comfortable and easy to get on and off?

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Date: 3/30/13 2:03 PM

FWIW, I've never had to use one on any of the dogs we have spayed (3 or 4 total).

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Date: 3/30/13 5:51 PM

I saw a video where a towel was wrapped tight around the dogs neck.

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Date: 3/30/13 7:09 PM

There is the Bite Not collar - basically a very wide plastic collar. The idea is that you prevent the dog from being able to bend its neck to get at the belly. Not sure if there are other brands of it, but you do have to be careful to measure the length of the neck properly, or it won't work well.

Some dogs do very well without e-collars when spayed or neutered, but others just won't leave the incisions alone. An e-collar of some type can prevent an emergency trip to the vet, so it's good that you're thinking about it in advance.

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Date: 3/30/13 8:13 PM

I don't know how big Sophie is, or whether this can work for dogs, but when our cats needed a collar, and knowing how much they hated the plastic ones, I used to make wide collars out of cardboard for them.

Think "Elizabethan ruff." It was a wide circle, enough so that the cat couldn't reach the stitches, with a hole to put the head through. You make a cut in the cardboard, so you can get it on, and tape it together to make the circle.

Our vet now sews them up with internal stitches which dissolve, so there is no longer a need for the collars, or to take them in to take out the stitches.

Of course, the collar only keeps the patient wearing it from taking out the stitches. In a multipet household sometimes their friends do it for you! (Ask me how I know this.)

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Date: 3/30/13 8:32 PM

Quote: halleyscomet
I saw a video where a towel was wrapped tight around the dogs neck.

Why? What does the towel do, because i cannot picture this.

I've never had a female bother her incision.
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Date: 3/30/13 9:02 PM

How long did you keep the e-collar on her? Every dog will freak out about it initially--and then their owners freak out along with them! But if you give the e-collar a chance, within 24 hours they will settle down. The trouble is that most people give up before their dogs have a chance to get used to it.

We have a big canine family and have tried EVERY alternative out there, and finally just admitted that the Giant Cone of Shame is the simplest and most effective solution. To make them easier to get on/off, I've replaced the little black clips (sometimes those can be hard to work with) with heavy-duty adhesive Velcro.

(Our only real complaint is that as the diameter of the collar gets larger, the collars also get *heavier,* which is fine if your big dog is a Rottie or a mastiff, but not so much if she's just an extremely flexible 60lb mix! But even those get adjusted to eventually.)

Good luck! Just give her time, wear thick pants, give her some monitored time off, and good luck with the surgery! You're a great dog mom. :)

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Date: 3/30/13 9:32 PM

Would she tolerate a diaper sort of thing over the incision better than an e collar?

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Date: 3/30/13 9:52 PM

You Tube has a video called Make Your Own E Collar with a towel folded several times. I'm going to try it first. I even saw doggie Jammie's that she steps into and they snap up the back. I'm afraid she'd chew on them.

Hopefully Sophie won't bother her stitches. My other lab had staples put in and she never touched them.

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Date: 3/30/13 9:54 PM

The Bite Not Collar is pretty much the same concept as the towel thing that I saw on Squidoo.

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