If you’ve owned a number of pets over the years, then you probably have at least a couple of hilarious photographs and memories of your dog or cat coming home after a minor surgery (spaying, neutering, or the like) wearing the Elizabethan Collar a.k.a “cone of shame.”
Those little plastic cones look funny, and of course, your pets absolutely hate them and despise wearing them. Not only do they make it difficult to eat or drink, but they can also mess with your pet’s ability to move around well. This is especially true of cats, who rely heavily on their whiskers for navigation, but is certainly true for dogs too.
Combine the “cone of shame” with whatever anesthetics the vet gave your pet to perform the surgery, and when you get your four-legged friend home, he or she can spend at least the next couple of hours stumbling around as though intoxicated.
Yes, it’s funny, but it can also be pretty traumatic for your animals. But what to do about it? The Elizabethan Collar is important because it prevents your pet from licking or agitating the incision until it’s had some time to heal, and if your pet feels pain in any given area, his natural inclination is to try to lick it to make it feel better, which can lead to infection or other post-surgical complications.
Fortunately, the answer to the question “what to do about it,” is surprisingly simple. If you’re not already using them, buy some CBD pet treats and give them to your pet, in addition to whatever veterinarian-prescribed pain medications you’ve been given.
CBD pet treats are all natural, completely safe, and have no side effects. The best part though, is that CBD oil has been scientifically proven to help reduce both anxiety and pain, and your pet is no doubt feeling both of those things on the heels of a surgical procedure.
Giving them treats infused with CBD oil will help your pet in three ways:
First, it will help keep them calm. If you’re a long-time pet owner, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the moment of “freak out” when your pet realizes that the cone is there and isn’t coming off. Some animals go nuts at this point, and can hurt themselves or reopen their incisions in a quest to get the hated Elizabethan Collar off of their heads.
Second, CBD pet treats are great for pain management, and if the incision isn’t hurting, then your pet is less likely to turn getting the Elizabethan Collar off into a full-time crusade.
Finally though, it creates an opportunity for bonding between the two of you. By petting, loving on, and giving your pet some delicious treats, you’re giving him something else to focus on besides the post-surgical pain and the annoying cone.
We don’t recommend simply taking it off for at least a couple days. After all, even with lots of attention and delicious treats, the incision still needs at least some time to heal properly, but if you shower your pet with attention and keep them well supplied with CBD pet treats in the days immediately following the surgery, you’ll find that the cone can come off that much sooner, and the two of you can get back to your regular routine that much more quickly.