e-collar alternative

svs128September 13, 2010

I recently adopted a dog who is recovering from a severe injury on his front pastern joint. The wound is starting to heal but licking is an issue. I currently have a huge e-collar but it smells really bad and needs to be replaced. Before I run out and buy another e-collar, I'd like to know if there are any alternatives?

Just in case it matters - he is approx 70 lbs but has a slim neck.

We've tried the Bite Not collar but he could still reach his leg.

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If it smells take him to the vet to check to make certain there is no infection....they should be able to help out. Good luck

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 3:43PM
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Mazer - the wound doesn't smell. The e-collar smells :)

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 3:56PM
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I'd take the collar off and scrub it down. Someone can watch the dog while you do the cleaning, or vice versa.
If it's connected to his collar, replace the collar if it smells. If it's held on with gauze, ask the vet for more.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 6:44PM
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annz - Thanks for the reply. We've tried to clean it but the smell is here to stay! The e-collar we are currently using was given to us by the shelter and is at least 9 months old. It needs to be replaced. Before I run out and buy another e-collar, I'd like to know if there are any alternatives.

So my question is, are there any alternatives to e-collars for a dog with a leg wound?

    Bookmark   September 14, 2010 at 9:02AM
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It depends on the dog and how much he is licking/chewing/bothering the wound. We have had dogs with leg wounds that will leave a clean sock completely undisturbed - you could try that. If he still licks at it though, you will have to find a way to keep him from reaching the wound. An e-collar is really the best way.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2010 at 10:10AM
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When my Bruno had his leg and shoulder amputated, he had to wear E-collar...He of course hated it, and food got into it and made it constantly dirty
So we improvised. Used a super clean old T-shirt and made him a mini-shirt...It covered the stitches but was not sitting too close to his body - the wound was protected and kept dry. Bruno did not try to chew on stitches after that.

Bruno with foster boy Max, who was super supportive and loving towards Bruno, while Bruno was going through recovery:

From [Max August 2008](http://picasaweb.google.com/OlyaGrove/MaxAugust2008?feat=embedwebsite)
    Bookmark   September 14, 2010 at 12:15PM
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Good suggestion olyagrove!

Most of my injured animals did fine without the e-collar, but I hesitate to suggest you do the same unless someone is around to supervise the pet.

I've found a lot of animals settle down once the collar is removed, but that's not always the case!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2010 at 12:50PM
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When Lady had surgery on her leg, we also used a very clean t-shirt. We slipped it on and then because it was way too big for her, tied a knot on the top of her back (out of the way). Looked goofy, but did the job.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2010 at 10:44PM
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