Dear Daisy Dog
Every fall, our dog Barney develops a hot spot on his flank. We put an Elizabethan collar on him, because without it, he would scratch and chew himself raw.
The problem is that Barney isn’t very graceful when he wears that bulky, rigid, cone-shaped E-collar.
The collar knocks things off the coffee table, scrapes the walls and scratches our legs. Is there an alternative to the E-collar?
My brother Sam has a hot spot, but so far, he hasn’t needed a protective collar.
Nevertheless, Mom keeps ordering information for two alternative E-collars handy, just in case.
Both collars prevent the problems you describe while allowing the dog to eat and drink comfortably.
One of them, the BiteNot collar, is a wide, flat collar that hugs the neck. It’s made of flexible plastic and foam, and it extends from the back of the ears to the top of the shoulders.
The other is the Soft-E-Collar, a donut-shaped piece of foam covered with vinyl or plastic-coated fabric.
The inner ring of the donut is tied around the dog’s neck to keep the collar in place.
Both collars are available from veterinarians and pet suppliers, or you can order online.
For more information, see www.bitenot.com and www.bonafido.com.