Why E. Collars are Important
E. collars are typically used to prevent your pet from licking, biting, or scratching at a wound or surgery site. Even the perfect pet will lick or bite at the site due to instinct. Sometimes being left at home bored will also result in your pet biting, licking or scratching. The only way to ensure your pet will have the best chance at recovery is using the e. collar.
E. collars are of vital importance. Unfortunately, veterinarians see a number of cases where the pet is not using the e. collar as prescribed. Several patients have chewed out stitches and/or made wounds worse resulting in a second surgery to repair the damage. Licking the wound can result in an infection which will require a course of antibiotics. Sometimes these infections can be antibiotic resistant, which are hard to treat. Life threatening injury can result when a pet is licking at an abdominal incision site. Proper use of the e. collar can save you money as well as saving your pet from pain and suffering.
If your pet is having trouble eating or drinking with the e. collar on, please consult your veterinarian about supervised feeding times without the e. collar. You must watch your pet closely while the collar is off. It is also possible to assist your pet by hand feeding or bringing the bowl closer for them. We have also found that using a dinner plate and placing in on the ground, your pet can place the e. collar around the plate and eat that way.
If your pet is having a difficult time with the e. collar, call your veterinarian about possible alternatives. Some alternatives only work for certain pets and certain circumstances.
Even though the e. collar is annoying, please consult with your veterinarian before removing the e. collar. If any questions arise about the incision site, we would love to hear from you!
Remember, this is only temporary!!
Reference: The Importance of E.Collars- MSPCA Dr. Hamilton