Elizabethan Collar, To. The. Rescue.

It’s always good to have an E-Collar on hand! Elizabethan Collars, aka E-Collars, aka Cone of Shame, aka Lamp Shade Around Cookie’s Neck, is used to prevent him/her from continued irritation and further causing damage and discomfort to an area. The appropriately fitted Elizabethan Collar prevents rapid worsening of a possible skin condition/infection and/or to protect surgical sites. More common skin conditions be a lot less traumatic for you and your pet, if you had an E-Collar in place until you where to get seen by a veterinarian, where s/he can examine the area before it gets bad and ensuring more effective treatment (and probably less expensive treatment!).

 

Sure your pet may not like it for the first couple hours, or day… or two days, but it’s okay! Their physical health sometimes out ways their short term mental adjustment.

 Examples of when to use:

 

Β·     Skin openings that your pet will not stop licking/biting/scratching such as:

1)  Hotspots

2)  Cuts, scrapes, scabbing, etc.

3)  Genitals and/or anal area

Β·     If your pet is licking and/or scratching you simply don’t know why

Β·     Post surgery 

Β·  Puppies need e-collars after their spay or neuter to protect them from licking their incision site

4) Head/ear scratching/rubbing

 Money Saver 

 This device is a huge money saver. Letting you skip out on extra veterinary bills. Without the lampshade you can skip out on paying $50 to $200 for strongly recommended prescription oral antibiotics due to inflammation transmitted by saliva bacteria and badly broken skin, and costs to treat the cause of the effected area. With the e-collar you could be given the option to maintain the e-collar with the option to watch for any negative changes and/or to save time to get straight to the cause of his/her discomfort, saving time and money. #winning

 

Be sure it properly fits your dog

If his/her nose sticks out of the cone, then it is too large. I always recommend physically going into a pet store with your pet to try on the e-collar just to be sure it fits, also to save time. Bring your pet in the store to try it on. Be mindful that all e-collars are not created equally, so be sure to ask your experienced store associate what they think will fit best.  

 

Remember the Elizabethan Collar (E-Collar) is not to replace veterinarian treatment.

 

Say it with me, Elizabethan Collaaaaaars on DEEEEECK!  

-Author

Importance of Ear Hair Removal

 

When we mention ear hair removal, it’s usually about the hair in your dogs ear canal. Some pets have it more than others, and some don’t have any ear hair at all. Ear hair is more associated with medium to long haired breeds. Ear hair removal, is performed by plucking with fingers and/or pulling hair with a hemostat after administering Ear Hair Removal powder, which is used for grasping the ear hair easier and more comfortable for your pet. This is performed for aesthetic but more importantly health reasons. 

Ear plucking, or ear hair removal allows air to circulate within the ear canal, decreasing potential bacteria, debris buildup, and moisture. Maintaining good air flow and cleanliness decreases likelihood of ear infections, which can create bacteria and yeast within the ear. Ear infection root causes can vary but it helps to rule out the cause of bad airflow from ear hair when the ears are hair free. Some dog breeds have naturally big ears without ear hair, and brachycephalic where the face and ear canals are smushed into a tighter space (slightly similar concept to small dog breeds and bad teeth/breath), but because of ear size and crowded face organs, proper air flow can be limited. In that case use prevention methods to keep their ears dry by using ear cleaner approved for dogs at least once a month for maintenance. Keep an eye out for "drying" ear cleaners because those are effective, and helps to keep the moisture down within the ear. If you aren’t sure if your dogs ear hair gets plucked, ask. If not, you might want to consider it.

Common symptoms of an ear infection are:

  • head shaking

  • ear scratching

  • odor coming from the ear

  • ear discharge

  • head tilting

  • swelling

  • redness

  • and more

If your pet is showing any clinical signs, schedule his/her veterinarian appointment promptly.

-Simone,

The Pad Groomer and Experienced Veterinary Assistant

Pre-plucked ear hair and accumulated moist dark colored matter.

This dog more than likely had an ear infection. The dark matter was of medium quantity, had a yeasty odor and was itchy as I cleaned her ears.

Ear Hair Example

Plucked ear hair.

The darker and thicker piece was deeper within the ear canal.