Wednesday, May 6, 2020

How to Make a Simple & Comfy E-Collar for Your Dog

   There comes a time in most dog’s lives where they are forced to endure the humiliation of the “Cone of Shame” or Elizabethan collar. Whether it is to prevent them from licking their stitches or a hot spot, it has always done its job. They have always looked stupid and extremely uncomfortable to me although the new material ones don’t look quite as bad.
   We’ve been lucky not to have to use an e collar on the boys other than when they were neutered. That was until last week. Pierre started biting at his tail area, but we couldn’t see anything wrong. I didn’t want him to lick or chew a raw spot, so we needed a way to keep him from reaching that area. I didn’t want to go out and buy an e collar, but we did have last year’s pool noodles so…
cutting a pool noodle with scissors
Cut your pool noodle into sections. I used a 3” noodle and cut my pieces 1” - 2 1/2”. You can buy larger pool noodles and adjust the lengths for your dog’s size.
Threading the dog collar through the center of noodle
The collar will need to be loosened or a larger collar may be needed to accommodate the noodle pieces. Simply thread the collar through the center hole and try it on your dog’s neck. 
**Make sure your dog’s breathing is NOT restricted in any manner.
Westie wearing noodle collar
The noodle collar did not bother Pierre at all. He was able to continue his quest for the elusive lizards without any trouble.
Westie in bed with a pool noodle collar
He was also content to use the noodle pieces as a pillow for sleeping.
I’m happy to report that he is no longer a pool noodle neck and isn’t biting his booty anymore.

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  1. that is such a super idea!!!! i love pool noodle diy, you really deserved the nobel prize for this clever hack!!!!

  2. You look fabulous in pool noodles, Pierre! Hope your itching stops soon so you don't have to wear them forever!

  3. Gosh, I may need to create one of these for The PO'M; he seems to have a bare spot on his big belly!

  4. That does look so much better than most of the others and it looks more comfy too, bravo!

  5. Pierre give your Mom a 100% raise what an excellent idea.
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. What a neat idea. We're glad Pierre is doing better.

  7. Oh, that is a FABulous idea! Ma still keeps my inflatable collar at the ready, I kinda like it too, cause it is like a pillow ~ SO much better than an e-collar if you can get away with it!
    Ruby ♥

  8. That would definitely work for Rosy!! Go Pierre, glad to hear it's working for you!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  9. Wow, what a clever hack! There were times when I've put one of those airline neck pillows on the dogs but this is even easier and always guaranteed to fit. Brilliant!

  10. What a great idea! This would work with cats too.

  11. That looks way nicer then the dreaded cone of shame!

  12. That's such a great idea! Pierre, that thing is better than a cone, right?

  13. Wow, what a great idea!! So glad Pierre is doing better too. ♥
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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