How to Make an Elizabethan Collar for Dogs

by Victoria Lee Blackstone
    Elizabethan collars make mealtime a challenge.

    Elizabethan collars make mealtime a challenge.

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    Elizabethan collars, or E-collars, are cones designed to keep your dog from turning his head and licking or biting areas of his skin or paws. These are routinely given by your veterinarian after a medical procedure or injury, but you can make a collar at home with just a few simple steps. Just don’t expect your dog to be thankful for your new creation.

    Cardboard Collar

    Step 1

    Lay the sheet of cardboard on a flat surface. Buckle your dog’s collar together to form a circle. Place the collar on the cardboard and, with a pencil, trace the inner circle onto the cardboard. For small dogs, a paper plate works well.

    Step 2

    Cut a single line from the edge of the cardboard into the traced circle. Cut out the traced circle.

    Step 3

    Place the piece of cardboard over your dog’s head and pull the edges together to form a cone. Tape the edges together to secure. Trim the edges of the cone as needed.

    Bucket Collar

    Step 1

    Choose a toy bucket or old plastic planting pot with a bottom that has a diameter the same size as your dog’s collar.

    Step 2

    Trace your dog’s collar on the bottom of the bucket or pot and cut out the circle. Use a screwdriver or the pointed end of a scissors to poke four holes around the bottom edge of the bucket or pot. Use a nail file to smooth down any sharp edges.

    Step 3

    Thread pieces of shoelace through the holes. Slip the opening over your dog’s head and tie the cone to your dog’s collar.

    Items You Will Need

    • Your dog’s collar
    • Thin, flexible cardboard or paper plate
    • Pencil
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Toy bucket or plastic planting pot
    • Nail file
    • Screwdriver
    • Shoelaces

    Tip

    • Most dogs do not like wearing Elizabethan collars. In addition to preventing them from chewing, these collars make it difficult to walk, sleep and eat. For an alternative, consider making a pillow-type cone collar. For large dogs, an old breastfeeding pillow, secured around your dog’s neck with Velcro, provides a comfortable alternative. For smaller dogs a large, stuffed sock secured around the neck with Velcro may work.

    Photo Credits

    • Janie Airey/Lifesize/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Victoria Lee Blackstone is a horticulturist who propagates heirloom and native plants for her nursery. She has authored research-based scientific/technical papers, plant care sheets and magazine and newspaper articles. Blackstone studied botany and microbiology at Clemson University and is a former University of Georgia Extension Master Gardener Coordinator.

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