Spotty and Loofy will be wearing the Elizabethan collars (e-collars) until the stitches are taken out in 7-10 days.
This is the first time I’m using Elizabethan collars on my dogs. It has been challenging. I found it hard to keep removing and putting on the e-collars before and after meals. So, I decided to leave them on and let my dogs adjust to wearing them.
Here’s a trick I learned to help my dogs eat and drink with the e-collars on. Use a small bowl for food and water, so that the e-collar can cover over it when my dogs eat and drink. Hold on to the bowl until my dogs finish eating and drinking so they don’t knock it over (and spill the content) with the e-collar.
Initially, my dogs were banging into furniture, door, wall, etc. with the e-collars. I try to keep the area where they rest and walk as clear as possible.
They are slowly adapting to wearing the e-collars. Now they can eat, drink, sleep and go potty with the e-collars on. As I’m not able to watch my dogs 24/7 to ensure they don’t lick or bite the stitches/wound, the e-collar is certainly a godsend.