All Four Paws Comfy Cone Pet Collar, XX-Large, Tan
- Keeps dog from scratching and biting wounds, hotspots and stitches
- Flexible, comfortable alternative to stiff recovery collars
- Removable plastic stays give you 2 Comfy Cones in 1
- Must estend passed pet's snout
- Must extend passed pet's snout
Purchasing the correct size is critical for your pet to receive the best fit and protection to heal. The two measurements you will need is the collar measurement and the measurement from snout to neck. The collar needs to come past the nose of your dog or cat otherwise they might be able to reach one of their many body parts and delay the healing process.
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While our pup has used the inflatable travel pillow-like "cone, but not a cone" in the past, because of the spot where he was licking that the travel pillow wouldn't block, we knew he needed a real cone this time. Our dog LOVES sleeping in very human-like poses - on his back, resting in a pillow, passed out in a seated position in front of the TV - so we knew that a hard cone wouldn't work well for him.
While he didn't love it when we put on the comfy cone, he didn't hate it. He had no problems sleeping with it at all and it did the job to protect him. He could kind of eat and drink with it on (the struggle was very real), but the sleeping and protection made it totally worth it for us and him.
Our dog occasionally buries his food and water first with his imagination, which was kind of a hilarious dump truck-like disaster sometimes with the cone. It made his cone smell like dog food and he got a questionable amount of food into his mouth because he's not very good at negotiating angles or figuring out alternate routes in general. It's definitely possible to eat with the comfy cone on because he did it many times over the course of the month looking like a possessed and hungry funnel, but your mileage may vary.
In dog world, I think of the cone like a medical device. The relative rating is more about the function than anything. For people, if you broke your arm and got a cast, it'd be tough to ever give a cast 5 stars because you're pretty annoyed the whole time, but if it did the job like it was supposed to and did it well in a sucky situation, that's pretty much a 5 star product. That's how we thought of the comfy cone.
I think this is a great product overall, but here are some of the key points that I can think of:
- Because we attach our leash to our dog's collar, we didn't weave his collar through the cone. It was a lot faster and more reasonable to velcro it around his head separately from his collar.
- We only had our dog wear his comfy cone in the house. Because it's so opaque, it was pretty disorienting for him to wear on walks and made him walk really weird. We gave up on that very quickly. Luckily, it only takes a second to take this off and put it back on.
- Easy to put on and take off your dog's head using the velcro. It's seriously simple, even if you don't weave it through your dog's collar.
- Velcro is a lot more secure than you'd think. Our pup only wriggled himself out of the cone one time in a month, which was probably because we put it on too loosely.
- Dogs can really sleep with in it on. Our guy really didn't care. He passed out like a little portable satellite dish .
- Material doesn't scratch the dog's neck.
- Protects really well as long as your dog doesn't have a really long nose.
- Pretty easy to store. We went on a trip and had to bring the comfy cone with us - no big deal.
- Outer material on edge is a little reflective. We didn't really have our guy wear his cone outside after the first couple days, but it was kind of cool to see.
- If you get a medium size and up, you can wear it on your neck and make some funny jokes. Your dog will appreciate the shared experience.
NOT SO GOOD STUFF
- Dogs are not big fans of the velcro sound. We went with the band-aid "TEAR IT OFF AS FAST AS YOU CAN" method instead of drawing out the sounds for best results.
- Because it's made of similar material to a winter jacket, it will pick up about 25% of smells. Our pup is pretty stinky and the cone didn't get really bad. However, if you have your dog wear the cone on walks, it will probably get stinky because the cone will be all up in the dirt, brushing up on plants with pee on them, etc.
- Because it's opaque, your dog has no peripheral vision. There will be some disorientation in the beginning, but our guy calmed down pretty fast.
- Like any cone, if you crate your dog, it will be an adventure for them to get in wearing this comfy cone.
- If you have a lot of stairs or doggy stairs in your house, there will be some missteps where your dog hits his face on the stairs and gets really discouraged.
- Like any cone, eating may be a mess.
- It's not a perfect circle. Ours would sometimes end up as a triangle, sometimes a square, but it always did the job!
Update: My dog had to wear the cone (again) for a week to keep from rubbing his eyes. He likes sleeping with the cone since it's comfortable and padded. After adjusting the size, I found that I can slip the cone on and off without having to secure the velcro each time - this makes it easier when taking him outside and feeding him. My dog has a big head which may be why I can carefully slip it on and off. He actually likes the cone.
I really like this cone as far as cones go and I will use it again if the need arises, but there are some negatives that caused me to change my mind about using it for the intended purpose this time around.
1) My dog was wearing the standard vet purchased plastic cone that cut into my legs and knocked the paint off the wall. I thought the soft cone would fix that but I found the bars that hold the cones shape also make it stiff on the end of the cone and it hurt just as much when my dog ran into me.
2) The tabs on the neck end of the cone used to attach to the collar can only be attached by a buckle collar that can slip through the tabs and buckle around the dogs neck exactly like a belt goes through pants. My dog wears a martingale collar which has no buckles or snaps so I was not able to attach it to her collar. As soon as I put it on her she immediately pulled it off her head.
3) The inside of this cone is black and that is quite a contrast to the semi see-through cone my dog was wearing. I found when I put this cone on my dog that she became scared because it completely and immediately blocked her peripheral vision. She was used to the feel of the old cone but was not used to her vision being restricted.
4) This cone is hot! My dog was not in it long before I could feel how hot and humid it became around her neck, ears and face. I was concerned about the moisture and heat affecting her ears and her all around comfort.
I really like this cone and think it would work well for dogs living in cooler climates and if the dog is allowed the time to adjust to it. In the end I decided to stick with the plastic cone for the duration of my dogs ailment but will give it another try if the need arises in the future.