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Old 10-06-2010, 07:13 AM
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While at our vet clinic yesterday a dog walked in wearing this soft-e-collar. I talked to the dog's owner and the reception staff and learned this is a relatively new product that the clinic (and this owner) now recommends for those patients needing E-Collar help.

We just finished a week of E-collar wearing with Toby to prevent him from licking a hot spot he developed after swimming. Our traditional e-collar and the soft-E-collar we used (a Comfy Collar) just caused more problems due to the lack of periphral vision. All Four Paws Black Comfy Cone at PETCO
In addition the Comfy Collar made Toby's ears too hot and he formed the stinky ear gunk as a result. He doesn't normally have ear issues.

We haven't used this collar yet, but I did buy one to keep handy just in case.

We also have the inflatable soft e-collar sold by retailers that looks like a blue donut (http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4237585) that never worked well for us and was uncomfortable for the dogs' necks. It is also more expensive than the Soft-E-Collar. This one is made of soft foam and is flexible when they lie down. We purchased a L (55-75 lbs) and it fit very well. You can adjust the neck with a strong flat drawstring tie in the back.

The promotional brochure that came with this product states pets can move without damaging furniture and are able to eat and drink more freely. They also claim it was designed "first and foremost for the comfort of the patient, yet it still is effective in offering licking and chewing protection".
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:04 AM
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Ahh thanks for the review and links! I will definitely need to invest in one of these for when Molson goes in for his de-manning procedure in a few months!
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YEA, thanks Anne.
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This collar works great! I borrowed Barb J's, Anne, for one of my foster dogs. I love them. I didn't know you could buy them anymore so I'm glad to see this.

I have also used this one, it worked well on the cat, the foster dog ripped up the dog sized one I put on her.

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Old 10-06-2010, 07:52 PM
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I didn't realize that was the soft collar Barb used! I hope we don't need it for a long time but it's nice to know it might prevent crashing furniture and ear gunk because the dog can see where he is going and his ears don't get so hot.

Wow, that is some foster dog to chew everything up!
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:21 PM
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No, I confused you. The one you posted the link to is the one I borrowed. The soft collar the cat is wearing is the one the dog tore up (only it was dog sized).
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Well, Toby's new nickname is Houdini because he's freed himself from the collar twice.....Mom didn't tie it too tightly around his neck and he figured out if he holds his head down low enough and then brushes against a piece of furniture he can force it off. It's still a better designed product than the kind that limit periphral vision.
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Yeah, you have to almost choke them to keep it on, lol.
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