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Do Dogs Need a Cone After Neutering?

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Dr. Rick Coufal, DVM

Dr. Rick Coufal, DVM

Dr. Rick Coufal is the founder and lead veterinarian for Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic. Coufal graduated from State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in May of 2000.

One of the most beneficial decisions you can make for your pet is to neuter them. Neutering your male dog is the safest way to combat accidental pet pregnancies and will keep them from developing health issues later on in life. For many pet owners, you are probably familiar with the spaying and neutering process, especially if you already have dogs. However, for new puppy owners, you may be wondering, “Do dogs need a cone after neutering?” Your newly neutered dog must wear a cone after their surgical procedure. This is necessary to ensure your furry loved one heals properly.

At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, a vet in Colorado Springs, we provide spay and neuter services for pets across the Front Range. We understand that deciding to neuter your pet is not an easy decision. Our team has extensive experience in the field of veterinary medicine. We are passionate about providing the best care for your pet. When you work with Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, the safety of your pet is our top priority. That is why alongside our spay and neuter services, we are also on a mission to provide pet owners with the highest quality educational resources about spaying and neutering their pets. 

If you are wondering if dogs need to wear a cone after being neutered, keep reading to find out why your dog needs to be protected after surgery!

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What is Neutering?

Neutering is a surgical procedure that is performed on male dogs to stop them from having puppies. The surgery involves the surgical removal of the reproductive organs. During the surgery, your puppy will receive general anesthesia.

What is a Cone?

You may know it as the “cone of shame” or an “Elizabethan collar”. Whatever you call it, plastic cones are commonly put on dogs after a surgical procedure. This circular cone works to stop your dog from biting, licking, and scratching at their surgical site.

Plastic cones normally attach to your dog’s collar. It will not interfere with your dog’s ability to eat, drink, or sleep. The cone just ensures that your puppy’s wound can heal as safely and quickly as possible.

Do Dogs Need a Cone After Neutering?

If your dog was just neutered or will be soon, you may be asking yourself if your dog really needs a cone. The answer is yes! Your dog must wear a cone after being neutered.

It is essential that your dog doesn’t lick, bite, or scratch their surgical wound. The surgical site needs to be protected to fully heal. It can take anywhere from seven to 14 days for your furry friend’s surgical site to heal.

The cone stops your puppy from interfering with the healing process. Licking, biting, or scratching the wound can make it harder to heal. Plus, the cone reduces the risk of infection that otherwise may be caused by repeated licking, biting, or scratching from your dog.

It is always necessary to check with your animal hospital or veterinarian before removing your dog’s cone. If you remove it too early, your puppy may have complications with their surgical site.

Alternatives to Dog Cones

For many dogs, wearing a cone is uncomfortable. It blocks their peripheral vision, and they may find it annoying to sleep, eat, or drink with it on. Rest assured that cones do not hurt your dog, they just aren’t used to it!

Some pet owners may look for alternatives to dog cones. Luckily, there are many other options for pet owners than the traditional plastic, circular cone. However, you should always consult with your veterinarian first before purchasing an alternative to your dog’s cone. 

Some other options that will protect your puppy while they heal include:

  • Soft collars
  • Inflatable collars
  • Neck collars
  • Recovery sleeves, suits, and other fabric options

Knowing the type of collar that your dog needs after surgery depends on what your dog requires to heal. If your dog is comfortable with the traditional cone, this will be fine for them to wear. For dogs who are more nervous, alternatives to dog cones may be better suited for these puppies. As always, your veterinarian will give you the proper guidance while your puppy heals from being neutered.

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Get the Best Veterinary Care From the Experts at Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic

Deciding to neuter your dog is a beneficial decision that you can make as a pet owner. However, you may be questioning whether your dog needs a cone after surgery. It is important that your furry friend has a dog cone on after being neutered. Dog cones play a necessary role in keeping your dog safe and in good health after surgery. If your dog doesn’t like the traditional cone, you should speak with your veterinarian about cone alternatives for your puppy.

At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, we are your go-to vet in Colorado Springs. We understand that neutering your pet is a daunting process, but our team is here to make it as easy as possible. The expert veterinary staff at Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic has worked with countless pets to safely spay and neuter them. Our goal is to provide the best veterinary care and the highest quality resources for pet owners in Colorado. If you have any questions about the spay and neuter process, or if you are interested in booking an appointment, contact Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic

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