Elizabethan collars are plastic or fabric cone-shaped items that are fastened around a pet’s neck to stop them from self-traumatizing. They’re often used after your pet undergoes surgery or is recovering from a wound or infection. Learn more about this fascinating part of pet care in this article from veterinarians Washington DC. 

History

Elizabethan collars are named after the ruffs worn by wealthy landowners in Elizabethan-era England. They were patented in the United States in the 1960s and have seen widespread use in veterinary medicine ever since. 

Sizing

Make sure to use a properly sized Elizabethan collar—it shouldn’t be too loose or too tight. The length is also important. The edge of the cone should sit right around your pet’s nose. This allows them to eat and drink like normal without getting in the way. 

Use

Most pets won’t take kindly to the Elizabethan collar at first. You might need to remove it while your pet eats and drinks, and then put it back on when they’re done. You’ll need to keep a close eye on your pet to make sure they don’t try to rip or chew it off. 

Contact your vet Washington DC to learn more.