There is a type of dog collar called an E Collar, Elizabethan Collar or Cone collar is used when a veterinarian needs to keep dogs & cats from licking or biting places on their body where there might be a skin condition or stitches from surgery. These collars are made of translucent plastic, go around the dog’s neck and spread out in a cone shape from the neck covering the head. This configuration keeps the dog from being able to access its body with its mouth or teeth. These collars work well except for the fact that they are a semi-hard plastic, the dog will knock things over with this and if it hits you in the legs while you have shorts on you will know it. In addition an eighty pound dog with one of these on is worse than a tank.
There are several makes that are a good substitutes for Elizabethan collar for dogs, the BiteNot collar, the inflatable protective collar, or the Comfy Collar. All of these substitutes for Elizabethan collar look like they will work but at varying degrees of protection for your pet.
The inflatable protective collar is a great idea and certainly looks like it would be the most comfortable out of these devices. The collar is a doughnut shaped inflatable and simply wraps around your pets neck making it hard for them to bend back and reach the upper part of their torso. After reading some reviews and thinking about this design I can see where a pet could get to tail backside area even with this on.
The next collar I looked at was the BiteNot Collar. The bitenot collar is a stiff, wide collar that covers the animals neck making it impossible for them to bend back to bite at any part of themselves. There is a supportive strap that wraps around the chest area providing additional resistance when your animal tries to bend back. This device looks like it would work well and does not block any view as it restricts the neck movement and is not covering the head area like a traditional cone collar.
Finally there is the Comfy Cone which is a similar design to the traditional cone collar except it is made of padded foam triangular pieces inside a water resistant nylon outer cover. The foam and nylon make for a very soft device that connects with Velcro and can be adjusted for different sizes. This is not a one size fits all but can be adjusted for a tight or loose fit. Our female lab pup was just spayed and we bought one of these after researching all available. It worked great and she healed very nicely. She is a 53 pound seven month old Labrador pup and the collar stood up to all she could give it. She got so used to it I can hold it up and she will put her head through the hole. Since it connects by Velcro it can be wrapped around your pet’s head instead of making them push their head through a hole. The fact that you cannot see through it did not bother her a bit. I think it’s kind of like blinders are for a horse. I was extremely pleased with the functionality of this collar. the Comfy Cone comes in cat collars also.
Any of these devices could be a good substitute for Elizabethan collar. You will have to measure your dog or cat’s neck and with the comfy cone you will have to measure from breastbone to how ever far past the snout you need the collar to cover.