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+ Consider the injured area’s location. An inflatable or neck-brace style collar will not block paw access to the face and will not prevent licking of lower legs and feet.
Depending on how bad the damage is, treatment may require rinsing the open area, cutting out damaged tissue and re-stitching the entire incision. For a little bit of perceived freedom from the evil cone, clients sometimes end up spending more money in anesthesia, surgery and antibiotics, and even another surgery to fix an entirely avoidable problem, not to mention the discomfort the pet goes through – and a longer recovery.
Leaving the E collar on at all times is the best way to get your pet used to it. If you feel bad for your pet and take the cone off, then put it back on when you leave, your pet may take it as a punishment and may try to destroy it. Patients can eat, drink, pee, poop, and sleep with a cone on. In fact, the stricter you are with the cone, the quicker they will get used to it. In addition, pets do not hold grudges, so they will not be mad at you for being strict with the rules.
As a surgeon, I have witnessed what seems like every conceivable complication. My conclusion is that the plastic cone is the only fool-proof way to avoid incision problems. If you cannot bear the thought of using the plastic “lamp shade", there are some other options your vet may recommend, and you can find other styles at local pet stores or online
If the incision is over the chest or belly, a T-shirt may be worn. Bitter Apple or similar product may be placed around the incision- not directly on the incision. However this does not deter some pets at all because some love the taste! Other options include a stiff collar that looks like a neck brace; giant donut collars made of foam or that you blow up; and various softer cones.
Collars are not to "shame" pets or annoy owners, they are essential for quicker and better healing of a surgical site or injury. Some might even call it a necessary evil or a cheap insurance policy. Next time your vet recommends an E collar or a similar device, please follow their advice. It truly is in your pet’s best interest.Neck’s Best Thing, unlike most E collars and other alternatives, makes it easy for the cat to eat and drink. Although, the freedom of Peripheral vision is a big help, our product can be customized to fit the exact contour of your cat. The weight is equally distributed and easy to loosen the brace and prepare for eating.Your cat may be hospitalized for a short period following surgery to recover. After surgery, your vet may apply a neck brace for support and to promote healing. The vet may also recommend cage rest for six weeks. During cage rest, you will need to significantly limit your cat’s activity in order to prevent trauma recurrence. At present, no dietary changes in relation to the condition have been observed, although your vet may recommend them based on your cat’s needs.