FAQs

What is an Elizabethan Collar?

An Elizabethan collar, or e collar, is used to help your dog or cat recover after an injury or surgical procedure. Traditionally, e-collars are in the shape of a cone or lampshade, to keep your pet from licking, biting or scratching the their wound or sensitive area.

E-collars are an effective way to help your pet recover faster and with less risk of infection. However, many of these protective cones are hard plastic, which can be very uncomfortable and unsettling for dogs and cats. As a result, the traditional plastic e-collar has earned the nickname, “The Cone of Shame”.

The Cuddle Cone pet recovery collar was designed to provide an effective, comfortable alternative to plastic dog cones. Our goal is to provide the most comfortable and effective aid to help your dog or cat recover in the comfort that they deserve.

 

How can I find the correct size for my pet?

In order to provide the best protection and healing for your pet, it is crucial to buy the correct size Elizabethan Collar, or “e-collar”.

Cuddle Cone Sizing

To find the right size e-collar, you will need to take 2 measurements: 1) The size in inches around their neck; and 2) The size in inches from the neck to the snout. The second measurement (neck to snout) is the most critical, as the collar needs to extend beyond the nose in order to provide effective protection. If your dog or cat’s nose is sticking out of the end of the cone, they may be able to reach the affected areas.

In order for the Cuddle Cone™ to work, it is very important to order the correct size. The cone must go past your pet’s nose or they will be able to reach the area that needs protection. If your pet is in between two sizes, it can be best to go with correct neck-to-snout size. For added protection, the e-collar can be secured by threading a collar or a gauze bandage through the collar loops. In addition, the Cuddle Cone™ fastens around the neck with velcro, which allows for some adjustment in sizing.

It is very important to supervise your dog or cat when using any e-collar, especially for the first time. Please check with your veterinarian to make sure that the Cuddle Cone™ is appropriate for your pet’s specific needs.

All pets are unique, and there may be some dogs or cats that are outside the range of our sizing options. We have tried to accomodate as many common breeds and sizes as possible.

The Cuddle Cone comes in 4 sizes: extra small (XS), small (S), medium (M) and large (L). The adjustable Velcro™ fasteners allow for a custom fit to your animal’s unique size.

Cuddle Cone Sizing Chart

X-Small:  Neck Size = 8″-10″, Cone Length = 4″
Small: Neck Size = 12″-14″, Cone Length = 6″
Medium: Neck Size = 13″-15″, Cone Length = 8″
Large: Neck Size = 15″-17″, Cone Length = 10″

 

 

How do I put the Cuddle Cone on my dog?

Depending on your pet's specific needs, you may use the cone with or without the collar loops. For an extra secure fit, feed their collar through the loops as shown below. In lieu of a collar, you may also thread a piece of fabric through the holes or use only the velcro closures if appropriate for your needs.

 

Is the Cuddle Cone Washable?

Yes! You may wash and reuse the Cuddle Cone. For best results, we recommend that you hand wash and then line dry. However, you may also tumble dry on low for faster results.