Even More Alternatives To Elizabethan Collars

I get lots of visitors to the site who are trying to find alternatives to traditional elizabethan collars (also known as e-collars, cone collars , or lampshade collars).  We had our own miserable time using an e-collar. So here are two more I’ve come across in my own research.  Clearly your dog or cat doesn’t have to suffer in a big, bulky, plastic e-collar.  I recommend planning ahead and have one of these alternatives on hand.

The Trimline Collar is a flexible, lightweight collar that is held in place with a drawstring.  I’m not sure how well this will hold up to repeated uses by a dog though.

Trimline Collar

The Comfy Cone is a soft collar that can be folded down if need be and is held in place by your dog’s collar.  It’s made of a 1/2 inch of foam sandwiched between durable fabric and it has reflective tape for night time use.

Comfy Cone

Be sure to checkout the other alternatives to the traditional elizabethan collar that we’ve found.

DIY: Body-Sock Alternative To Elizabethan Cone


We and our pets know those Elizabethan or lampshade collars are the pits. Here’s a handy do-it-yourself alternative for protecting an incision or wound site on your pet’s torso from Instructables. You’ll find good instructions for making a body sock or “cat jacket” out of an old t-shirt.

This could also be used on dogs, rabbits, ferrets, etc. It might not be enough to stop an obsessive pet from messing with their stitches, but I think it would work with a lot of pets. A side benefit could be that wearing this body sock might help curtail their activity, which is another post-surgery need. Try it out!

Check out these other alternatives to Elizabethan collars: