As all pet owners know, dogs normally hate wearing anything. From harnesses and vibrating collars through to coats and boots, you’ll typically struggle when you’re introducing your dog to anything new.
It’s no different with dog cones, also known as e-collars (this stands for Elizabethan collar).
Obviously, you can’t sit your dog down and explain to him how e-collars work and why he will benefit from one.
Today, we’ll be highlighting the best devices up for grabs so you can find the right cone the easy way.
First, though, what are dog cones and why should you buy one?
Well, if your dog has surgery or sustains any injury resulting in an open wound, chances are he will instinctively lick that wound. With a smaller injury, this is no big deal, but with more serious wounds, the effects can be damaging.
If your dog has had sutures, using a cone can stop them from biting away and snipping through the sutures with their razor-sharp teeth.
So, for dogs with injuries, allergies, or skin problems, these collars can work well. They are also effective when dogs are constantly licking
What should you consider when you’re buying one, though?
- Size: Most cones come in a wide variety of sizes to suit most breeds of dog. Once you’ve got the right fit in general terms, you should make sure any e-collars on your shortlist are fully adjustable. This will guarantee a snug fit and minimize any chance of your dog coming into contact with his wound
- Type: A rigid collar, also known as a lampshade collar, is uncomfortable for your dog and blocks most of his peripheral vision. Softer and more flexible e-collars are less restrictive and more comfortable, but allow your dog more wiggle-room so they are not as secure. Inflatable collars are not as effective, but your dog should find these comfier to wear. They are also super-simple to deflate and store in small spaces
- Material: If the cone you’re looking at is plastic, ensure the plastic is free of all contaminants. Make certain that any fabric collars are easy to care for and machine-washable
With that foundation in place, you should have a clear idea about why you might need a dog cone for your furball, and what to look out for on the buying trail.
We’ll get right down to business now with the main event. In today’s dog cone reviews, we’ll highlight the leaders in the pack so you can make the right decision for you the easy way.
I. The 13 Best Dog Cones and E-Collars
1. Our #1 Pick:The Original Comfy Cone
Are you and your dog resistant to those rigid, plastic e-collars? If so, does The Original Comfy Cone deliver as promised, or is it a complete waste of money?
Well, you’re off to a strong start as this cone comes with the full backing and testing of veterinarians so you know your pup is in safe hands.
Choose from sizings from small through XXL so you can find something suitable for your canine if he’s recovering from surgery or nursing a wound and you want to promote the healing process while minimizing the chance of your dog licking at his wound.
You should start by closely supervising your pup when he wears this cone. Make sure it’s not irritating his neck. Check, too, that he is not able to access his wound when he thinks you’re not looking.
Made from rugged nylon, the collar is comfy and padded enough not to burden your pet, but it’s also hardwearing enough to ensure an impressive lifespan.
As an indication of sizing, the large collar measures up at 18 x 1.5 x 10 inches.
2. Runner-Up:Fezep Dog Cone Collar
Are you hunting for e-cones on a budget? If so, the Fezep Dog Cone comes in at a price you’ll love, but goes one better on the value front: this pack contains 5 assorted cones ideal for a variety of ages and breeds of dog. What do you get for your money, then?
The high-grade plastic contains no toxins, and it’s lightweight enough not to drag your dog down when he’s recovering from an injury. It’s also robust enough to withstand some serious punishment.
As with any cone, you’ll need to ensure it stays spotless. All you need to do with the Fezep is to wipe the outside of the cone down with a damp cloth and you’re good to go.
Velcro closures mean you won’t be fiddling around trying to put this collar on or remove it.
Next time your dog sustains an injury, do him and yourself a favor: make sure you have some Fezep cones on hand. At this price, there’s no excuse not to be prepared.
3. Alfie Pet Noah Recovery Collar
Are you hunting for something fun and lighthearted to cheer up your injured pooch? If so, check out this lion-themed dog cone that will put a smile on everyone’s face.
Sizing runs from XS through to XXL, and this cone only comes in a brown lion design.
The versatility of this collar makes it a neat fit for both cats and dogs. No pet owner should be without one of these recovery collars. Buy one before you need it and you’ll never be caught short.
While you’ll benefit from that aesthetic when it comes to enjoyment, the design does means some pets will be able to reach some body parts not covered by the collar.
From surgery to injury, this cone also works well if your pet has suffered any minor cuts and scrapes.
An inbuilt advantage of this collar is the way your dog will still be free to eat and drink as normal. He shouldn’t experience any issues with sleeping either.
4. E-KOMG Dog Cone
Next up, we have something different with the first of a pair of inflatable dog cones, this one coming from E-KOMG.
The first and most obvious advantage of this design is the way you can deflate the collar after use and store it in a small space. Contrast this with those large and bulky plastic collars that eat up a great deal of storage space. How about when the collar is fully inflated, though?
Neck sizes run as follows:
- Small: 6 to 9 inches
- Medium: 8 to 12 inches
- Large: 12 to 18 inches
- X-Large: 18 inches and upward
With that decision made, you can also adjust each collar to fit more snugly and maximize the chance of your dog’s wound healing unmolested. Tweak the inner ring until it fits perfectly.
Choose from a gray or blue collar to suit the temperament of your hound.
Soft, washable, and comfortable, yet also durable and long-lasting, the added bonus is that this e-collar is priced firmly in budget territory so what’s not to love?
5. Vivifying Store Adjustable Pet Cone
This pet cone is a smooth fit for smaller dogs and puppies. It would also serve a turn if you also have a cat in your mixed-pet household. How does it shape up, then?
There is only one size available in this collar, and it’s intended for pets with necks measuring from t.7 to 9 inches. If you have a larger dog at home, explore some of the many beefier example on our shortlist.
Choose from blue or pink depending on whether you have a male or female furball.
The neat closure design has a trio of snap closures, so you should ensure a snug fit on Fido.
The lightweight PVC collar shouldn’t be an excessive burden on your pup, although we can’t promise he’ll like the idea of wearing a collar of shame. The edges of the collar are soft and pet-friendly.
Whether you want to keep your dog from licking and worrying an open wound, or you need to keep him protected from himself after surgery, this multipurpose and highly adjustable cone is well worth popping on your shortlist.
6. Remedy and Recovery E-Collar
The Remedy and Recovery E-Collar is a classic cone of shame design.
Made in an assortment of colors, this ultra-light PVC collar won’t weigh your dog down, even if he’s not too keen on his temporary accessory.
The edges are designed not to hurt your pup. After all, what’s the sense in trying to protect your pooch if you then expose him to additional danger?
Whether you need to prevent your furball from licking off flea and tick medication, or you need to stop him continuously licking at a wound, this plastic collar is ideal for promoting quick recovery.
This Extra-Large iteration of the collar is suitable for bigger breeds with necks from 12.25 to 21 inches.
Most user feedback concerning this collar is positive, but we found some scattered complaints about the difficulty of putting on and removing it.
The collar is made by a company with a half-century of experience designing first-class pet safety products. This unit is made at an FDA-certified facility in the USA, allowing you to buy with complete confidence.
7. Pet Baba Cone Collar
Next up comes another clear plastic collar in the traditional cone of shame design. While this style of collar is not to all pet owner’s liking, it is undeniably effective for preventing your dog from licking at his wounds or flea medication.
Suitable for smaller breeds with neck girths from 6 to 9 inches, you’ll do everything in your power to speed up healing in your injured dog if you invest in this nifty e-collar.
The fully transparent collar is great for promoting clear visibility. Your dog will not have his line of sight obscure when he’s wearing this thing.
The padded neckline of the collar ensures that Rover shouldn’t take too aggressively against this collar, even if it’s not his favorite item.
The adjustable nature of this collar allows you to get a nish fit with no danger of the collar tumbling off when your pup goes out for walkies.
Choose from 2 sizes and 2 colorways to suit, and bring home one of the best dog cones you can find at a very reasonable price point.
8. Kong EZ Soft E-Collar
Has your dog picked up an injury? Maybe he is recovering after surgery. Or, perhaps he simply can’t stop licking away the flea and tick medication you’re applying. If you need to stop that endless licking, consider the EZ Soft E-Collar from pet specialist Kong.
Now, the first thing to point out is that this collar lacks the trademark robust build of most products from this ever-reliable stable. We found a number of complaints from disgruntled users concerning the short lifespan they experienced with this collar.
The fabric is soft and very flexible, so there is little doubt most dogs will feel more comfortable wearing this collar than the cone of shame style of collar. The drawstring pulls the collar in tight without causing your dog any undue discomfort.
Ideal for smaller breeds, if you don’t mind the potentially suspect durability of this collar, it’s well worth giving a try next time your dog picks up an injury.
9. SunGrow Soft Cone Collar
Next up in our collection of the best dog cones and e-collars comes another soft collar, this time from SunGrow. The hard plastic cone of shame polarizes opinion. Most dogs hate them, and many pet owners share that opinion. If you fall in this camp, you may appreciate the softer style offered up here.
The polyester is hardwearing as well as soft and comfortable, so your dog should get plenty of use out of this thing.
The neck size is fully adjustable from 10 to 12 inches, giving you plenty of latitude with smaller breeds like Jack Russells or yorkies. The Velcro closures are easy to snap securely into place.
The reversible nature of this collar allows you to use it as either a standard neck brace or as a recovery cone.
Many vets keep this collar on hand for use on animals post-surgery, and you should strongly consider adding one to your pet supply store at home.
10. ZenPet Recovery Cone E-Collar
Next in line is another soft e-collar that’s ideal for a variety of use cases. You may need to stop your dog from licking a recent wound so it can heal more rapidly without an infection developing. Your dog may have had surgery and you keep finding him biting and licking at his stitches. Or, you might be trying to apply some flea or tick medication and discover your furball maddeningly licking the medication. Whatever your requirements, this soft collar will keep your dog in check without causing him the discomfort a plastic collar can induce.
There are multiple sizes on offer and all the collars are fully adjustable, too. This is the Extra-Large collar, ideal for bigger breeds with necks from 18 to 23 inches.
This e-collar will drop neatly over the top of your dog’s existing collar, so you’ll have no snags on that score when you’re trying to stop your mutt from biting and licking at his wounds or stitches.
Backed by vets and ideal for various use cases, this collar might not be the longest-lasting on our shortlist, but it’s still among the best e-collars out there.
11. Felicey Adjustable Collar
While no protective dog collars are likely to become a fashion accessory, this offering from Felicey looks reasonably attractive, and it’s a far cry from that ugly cone of shame that makes you pity any dog wearing one.
Made from a durable PVC and finished with soft and rounded edging, this collar should feel much more comfortable on your dog than a traditional plastic cone, even if it performs the same basic role.
There are 9 different sizes available. This Small collar is intended for dogs with necks from 12.2 to 14.1 inches.
As with all collars like this, they serve a variety of needs. The most common of all use cases is preventing your dog from licking wounds and biting stitches. So, any time you need to keep your bundle of joy away from his wound or stitches, pick up this pocket-friendly cone and you’re in safe hands.
12. Supet Dog Cone
The Supet dog cone is a variant of the iconic cone of shame that dog owners tend to love or hate (and most dogs simply hate). What do you get for your money, then?
Well, the transparent design allows you to keep your dog from licking stitches or a wound without obscuring his vision or interfering with his peripheral vision.
The collar is made from a hardwearing yet flexible PVC, and the edges are finished in a soft fabric so your furball won’t experience any chafing.
Very ease to slip on and off your dog, this is a user-friendly e-collar that won’t leave you frustrated.
Of the several sizes available, this Small collar is perfect for dogs with necks measuring from 11.5 inches through to 13.3 inches. This should be ideal for most smaller dogs and some medium breeds. If this doesn’t make a good fit, there are many other sizes to choose from.
Although the majority of user reviews for this collar are overwhelmingly positive, we found some scattered complaints centered on sizing inaccuracies. This minor niggle aside, you’re getting one of the best dog cones out there, and it’s very keenly priced, too.
13. Optivizer Eye Protection for Dogs
Not all dog owners embrace the conventional cones of shame we commonly see on convalescing pets. If you prefer something slightly different, the Optivizer is a canine visor that’s well worth considering.
The highly adjustable protector can be trimmed to length, giving you the snuggest fit possible on your fur baby.
Suitable for larger dogs to 99 pounds, this is ideal if most of the smaller collars you encounter go nowhere near your bigger breed’s thick neck.
Most user reviews of this device are positive, but we found some complaints about the way the collar tends to slide down when it’s in place. Monitor your dog closely when he’s wearing this thing if you decide to give it a try.
The manufacturer makes it clear that while this collar will offer up valuable protection to your dog’s face and eyes, it doesn’t come with UV protection baked in.
With your dog’s ears remaining outside of this collar, you’ll minimize his chances of picking up an air infection due to the moisture of perspiration.
Overall, this is one of the best dog cones out there and worth road testing if your pup needs protection.
OK, with our e-collar reviews put to bed, we’ll round out with a curated list of the most frequently asked questions about dog cones.
1) Can my dog eat and drink while wearing e-collars?
All decent dog cones should cause no problems for your dog when it’s chow time. You’ll need to make certain the collar is properly fitted. Also, any extra-large food and water bowls might cause problems, especially if they’re close against the wall. If you must, remove the collar while your dog eats, but make sure you keep a close eye on him so he doesn’t surreptitiously lick at his wound as well as his food.
2) How big should a dog cone be?
The first decision you’ll need to make is based on the neck size of your dog. Most e-collars are sized from XS or through to XL or XXL. These sizes will correlate to different neck sizes from brand to brand so take care to get this right. Beyond this, make sure any collar on your shortlist is adjustable. All dogs are different so make sure you have a little room for maneuver.
3) My dog has just been spayed. Why does he now need to wear an e-collar?
If a dog has been spayed or neutered, there’s a strong chance he will try licking or biting his incision. This could result in infection, and it will also slow down the healing process. By putting one of these e-collars on, he’ll be prevented from accessing the wound. When you remove the collar, watch your dog’s behavior closely. If he immediately starts licking at the wound, you should put the collar back on. Contact your vet for further guidance.
4) Why are these dog cones also called e-collars?
The e-collar stands for Elizabethan collar rather than electric collar. These cones are named for the collars work by people during the Elizabethan period.
5) What can I do if my dog reacts poorly to the dog cone I chose?
If he finds a rigid plastic cone – the infamous cone of shame – too restrictive, you should consider a softer cone, or an inflatable cone. If you do choose one of these options, though, you should be aware of their drawbacks. While your dog might be more tolerant of a softer cone, he’ll also have more chance of gaining access to his wound. If you’re happy with this compromise, softer cones often work where rigid cones fail.
If you started out today with no idea about what dog cones are or what e-collar really means, that should have changed by now.
We appreciate that some dog owners make their own e-collars. If this is something that sounds tempting, Check out our guide to know how to make E-Collar at home
If you don’t have the patience or the creative skills to make your own, stick with any of the cones we review today and you’re in safe hands.
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