But, sometimes the Doctors say we have to wear them after a surgery, injury or even excessive licking. Without it though, licking or chewing can cause irritation and infection.
Chewing at or licking an incision is a sure way to slow down healing too. The tongue, especially in cats, is so rough that it can destroy healing tissue and delay healing.
Licking can lead to nibbling and chewing, especially when nobody is around to watch us. Let's face it, sometimes we just can't control ourselves. And our families can't keep their eyes on us ALL the time.
Wearing and E-Collar, especially for the first time, can literally be a really bumpy ride! So here are some tips you can pass on to your parents to help you through it:
1. Be slow, comforting and patient with your dog. Be extra careful helping him/her get in and out of the car without bumping things.
2. Make sure your dog has full access to their bed without bumping a wall or crate door. Move it away from walls or other objects she might bump.
3. Make sure water and food bowls are smaller than the collar area so he can eat and drink with the collar on. Put the dishes on something that elevates them so the collar doesn’t bump the floor when he tries to eat or drink.
4. Keep the dishes away from the counter, wall or anything that s/he would bump into. You may have to move them as much as 6 to 8” away from a wall or counter.
So, hopefully this helps. And you might even score a few "sympathy treats" My Mom always gives me goodies when I have to wear a collar.... Especially when I give her the "sad eyes."
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