Dog First Aid, How to make an Elizabethan collarSeptember 4th, 2007
At home care of your dog requires some information about dog first aid. You can purchase an Elizabethan collar (named after the style of dress from the era of Queen Elizabeth, remember the high ruffled collar around the neck) or I affectionately call them a “cone head” collar from your veterinarian or large pet store. But what about when you are in a pinch and need the instrument right now? You can make one out of some common items you probably have at home. For a large dog, you may cut a hole in the bottom of a plastic bucket just large enough to slip your dog’s head through. Sand the edges of the newly cut area until it is smooth.
You can make a collar out of cardboard or firm poster board to fit the size of any dog. Measure the circumference of your dogs neck or use his collar as a measuring instrument. The shape of the collar initially is a semi-circle, begin by drawing a semi-circle in the center of the cardboard using your dog’s neck measurement. The end shape will be a cone so don’t worry that the size looks too big at first, it will get smaller when it is on your dog’s neck. Next, draw the outer edge of the collar. the distance from the inner semi-circle to the outer edge is approximately half the length of your dogs neck. Connect the two edges of the semi-circles and cut out the shape. Punch some holes (a single hole punch works great) in the edges so you can tie the collar together. Place the collar around your dog’s neck and use a shoe string or string to tie the edges together.
For a small dog, an Elizabethan collar can be made without a lot of effort. Take a paper plate and cut a hole in the center large enough to get your dogs head through. If the plate is too large, you can take it off and trim the edges. If you have a tiny dog, you can remove a strip of the plate and form it into a cone and secure the edges with tape.
Presto! You have a collar that will keep your dog from chew or aggravating a wound. It may take some time for your dog to get used to his new attachment. He will probably spend the first day bumping into furniture and look at you with the eyes of misery. Don’t worry he will get over it soon and won’t be mad at you for long.