Most of the time, a vet recommends a cone to keep dogs from licking and scratching a wound or surgical incision. Also known as Elizabethan collars, or E-collars, these help your furry friend recover a little quicker. Keep reading for ways to make the collar more comfortable.
1. ZenPet ZenCone Soft Recovery Collar
ZenCone is made of durable canvas and features built-in windows. Its design makes it easier for dogs to eat, drink and sleep. As of publishing, these are priced between $12.54 and $19.99, depending on size.
- Adjustable fuzzy fastener strap
- Easy to wash
2. Well & Good Inflatable Collar
We like that Well & Good Inflatable Collars feature a hook and loop enclosure to achieve a snug fit. As of publishing, collars are priced between $14.99 and $32.24, depending on size.
- Includes canvas jacket
- Ships next business day
3. Calm Paws Dog Caring Collar
Calm Paws Caring Collar combines a soft, fuzzy inner layer with a more durable outer layer. Velcro straps let you adjust the fit so that it’s snug and secure. As of publishing, these E-collars are priced between $20.64 and $23.96, depending on size.
- No-fuss, fixed elastic loops
- Patented “Easy Feed” feature
4. GoodBoy Inflatable Donut Collar
This alternative to a traditional dog cone is made with cozy fleece material. As of publishing, GoodBoy inflatable donut collars are priced between $15.49 and $16.99, depending on size.
- Adjustable neck size
- Warranty covers chew damage
5. ARRR Dog Comfy Cone
The UFO-inspired design is made with soft and flexible fabrics. There’s foam on the inside, so it doesn’t require inflating. It’s a good pick for dogs who are sensitive to noises. As of publishing, Comfy Cones are priced between $22.99 and $26.98, depending on size.
- Soft recovery collar
6. Depets Recovery Collar
Depets adjustable collar is affordable and multifunctional. We like that it’s designed with breathable, lightweight PVC plus flannel material. As of publishing, Depets cones are priced between $4.99 and $7.99, depending on size.
- Secured by velcro
- Use for beauty or medical care
7. All Four Paws Comfy Cone
This E-collar combines All Four’s patented nylon fabric with a half-inch of foam. It’s designed to allow dogs to comfortably eat and drink while wearing it. As of publishing, Comfy Cone E-collars are priced between $11.15 and $23.99, depending on size.
- Adjustable fit
- Includes reflective binding
8. Alfie Pet Zumi Soft Edge
This dog cone is lightweight, comfortable and cute. We like that the padded edges are trimmed with gingham-print fabric. As of publishing, this Alfie recovery cone is priced between $10.99 and $15.99, depending on size.
- Sturdy yet flexible PVC material
- Available in blue and red
9. Vivifying Pet Cone, Adjustable Lightweight Elizabethan Collar
For an affordable alternative to hard plastic cones, the Vivifying Elizabethan collar combines lightweight PVD material with soft flannel rims. As of publishing, this collar comes in one size and costs $8.89.
- Suitable for small dogs and puppies
- Available in pink and blue
10. Bencmate Inflatable Recovery Collar
We like that this Bencmate collar is lightweight and designed for comfort. However, this collar may not prevent large dogs from chewing or scratching their tails. As of publishing, this inflatable collar is priced between $11.03 and $25.98, depending on size.
- Does not block dog’s vision
- Available in blue and gray
How to make dog cone more comfortable
It’s never fun watching your pup recover from surgery or a wound. It’s even worse if they just hate their cone. The most important thing is making sure the cone fits properly. Your dog will be uncomfortable if it's too tight, but the cone won't do its job if it's too loose.
To reduce stress after a surgery or injury, you might consider a calming patch. The one below combines essential oils and can help minimize anxiety after surgery. As of publishing, it costs $12.99.
- Lasts up to 14 days
- Made with French lavender oil
A cone extender is designed to ensure that your pet’s snout can’t reach their wounds or hot spots. If you have a larger breed, this might be necessary to keep them from aggravating a wound on their tail. The extender below can be used with extra-large and medium-extra long Comfy Cone collars. As of publishing, it costs $12.
- Soft, durable design
Nobody likes putting the “cone of shame” on their pup, but it’s important to do in order to help your dog recover after a surgery or injury. If you’re worried about paying for future vet bills, read about how to find the best pet insurance companies next.