Monday, May 4, 2020

How to manage companion animals wearing Elizabethan collars

cone of shame; elizabethan collar
Yustina Shenoda with Chelsea and her owner Rhonda. Chelsea wore the collar to protect her against self-trauma following eye-surgery.
Have you ever lived with an animal who happened to be wearing an Elizabethan collar? Many of my clients have, and so have I, and it isn’t without challenges. In fact, on the weekend I had a call from a close family member whose canine companion is recovering from knee surgery, for the specific purpose of trouble-shooting Elizabethan-collar related issues.

Last year I worked with a fantastic team, including DVM student Yustina Shenoda, looking at the animal welfare impacts of Elizabethan collars and dogs and cats. You can find out about the study and what we found in a webinar tomorrow night through Bova Scholars. Registration is free and you don’t have to be a vet to register. The talk will be of interest to vets, nurses and companion animal owners. Register here.

You can download the full paper from MDPI Animals here