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Alternative To Elizabethan Pet Collar?

Our dog has to wear one of those big plastic 'Elizabeth' collars to keep him from scratching his eyes. Anyone know of a method of fastening (or adding fasteners which will not scratch) that permits a quick on and off? We are permitted to take it off as long as we keep our eyes on him - the moment he starts scratching, the collar goes back on.

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It takes two of us to get that collar back on and the dog is too restless to let us do this more than 1 min. without a fight. His neck must be getting mighty sore. I saw something on the internet that looked like a swim ring pillow, to place around the dog's neck, but he would still be able to scratch his eyes as the ring isn't deep enough - he already figured out out to scratch his eyes on the sofa while still wearing the big plastic collar.

Holly from Richardson, TX

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November 30, 20070 found this helpful

I assume you're finding out the cause of the eye irritation? I would just leave the collar on most of the time since he'll duck around the corner and scratch when it's off and set the healing of the problem back.

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Do you know what's causing it?

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December 1, 20070 found this helpful

He had scratched corneas. Don't know why. Probably because the distemper made his eyes flare up and he tried to relieve the itching. Is on meds.

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By Carolyn (Guest Post)
December 4, 20070 found this helpful

take a piece of foam rubber about 2inches thick depending on the size of your dog, measure it around his neck, then cover it with either a soft canvas or a strong curtain material, attach velcro to the ends and wrap this around his neck, fasten with the velcro, he wont be able to reach his sore spots, and it is far more comfortable then and Elizabethan pet collar. I often use this method for my Chows when they get hot spots or sores on their body or legs, it works and is not in the way of getting caught in doors or banging into furniture. Give it a try you will find your dog much more comfortable in it, good luck

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By Crystal (Guest Post)
December 4, 20070 found this helpful

Could you use velcro to close it with so getting in and out would be easier? You can buy the stick on type for easy applying.

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