Have you noticed that your Boston Terrier has been snorting frequently?
As a veterinarian, pet owners often ask me why their dog snorts. Many Boston Terriers snort, and this can be related to many different conditions ranging from reverse sneezing to allergies.
In this article, we will discuss 7 reasons why your Boston Terrier is snorting and what you should do about it.
7 Reasons Why Boston Terriers Snort
In my experience, most Boston Terriers snort because of reverse sneezing or because of the physical properties of their face—for example having that adorable smushed face.
Boston Terriers may also snort because of nasal congestion, allergies, or other less common causes.
In general, occasional snorting is nothing to worry about, but it is always a good idea to have your Boston Terrier examined by your veterinarian if they are exhibiting any symptoms out of the ordinary.
Reverse sneezing is characterized by a rapid consecutive inhaling through the nose. This can sound like a repeating snorting.
Reverse sneezing can be caused by a variety of factors including allergies, odors, or excitement.
Here is a video of what a reverse sneeze is in a Boston Terrier…
Allergies can create nasal congestion which may cause your Boston Terrier to snort.
Boston Terriers can have allergies to dust mites or pollens that may create nasal congestion and snorting. Boston Terriers can also be sensitive to odors or smoke.
Allergies are an extremely common cause of snorting among Boston Terriers.
Read more about allergies in Boston Terriers in this article on the Boston Terrier Society here, Boston Terrier Allergy Guide.
4. Foreign Body
If your Boston Terrier has suddenly started snorting, they could have a foreign body or something stuck in their nose.
Small grass awns can get caught in your Boston Terrier’s nose and cause irritation and inflammation which then can result in snorting.
5. Nasal Mass
Rarely, Boston Terriers can develop masses or tumors within their nasal passages. This can obstruct airflow and cause your Boston Terrier to snort.
If you notice blood or nasal discharge associated with the snorting, this is definitely cause for concern. You may want to ask your vet about nasal masses especially if you have an older Boston Terrier that has suddenly started snorting.
Any type of infection can create nasal congestion which can cause your Boston Terrier to snort. Fungal infections, bacterial infections, viral infections, and parasites such as nasal mites can all cause snorting.
Your veterinarian may wish to take a swab of your Boston Terrier’s nasal passages to determine if your pup is having an infectious process.
Some cases of snorting are caused by kennel cough—a respiratory syndrome that is highly contagious. Kennel cough can cause excessive nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing, and snorting.
If your Boston Terrier is overweight, this can contribute to snorting. Boston Terriers with flat faces that are also overweight may snort excessively.
It is important to keep your Boston Terrier at an ideal weight range because obesity can create issues with breathing.
If you suspect your Boston Terrier is snorting because of obesity, I recommend speaking with your veterinarian about developing a weight loss plan for your dog. To learn more about the signs of your Boston Terrier being overweight read this article I wrote on the Boston Terrier Society here, Signs Your Boston Is Overweight.
Why is my Boston Terrier snorting?
There are many reasons why your Boston Terrier may be snorting. Some causes of snorting are nothing to worry about; whereas, other causes of snorting are more concerning.
Here is a list of reasons why your Boston Terrier may be snorting:
What should I do if my Boston Terrier is snorting?
Anytime your dog is experiencing a new symptom, you should take them to a veterinarian. Your veterinarian may be able to determine why your Boston Terrier is snorting and give them appropriate treatments.
There are a few things that would make snorting even more concerning. Snorting is especially concerning if it is associated with any of the following symptoms:
Lack of appetite
To be safe, it would be a good idea to visit your veterinarian if your Boston Terrier is snorting, especially if it is occuring frequently.
How is snorting in Boston Terriers treated?
The treatment for snorting depends on what is causing your Boston Terrier to snort. Your veterinarian may need to perform a few tests to determine the underlying cause of your Boston Terrier’s snorting.
If your Boston is snorting because of allergies, there may be medications your veterinarian can prescribe your pet to improve the snorting.
In Boston Terriers with severe brachycephalic syndrome, there may be surgical options that your veterinarian can perform to improve symptoms of snorting.
Snorting caused by infections can often be treated with antibiotics or antifungal medications.
Snorting is very common among the Boston Terrier breed. Many times the snorting is due to reverse sneezing or their flat face and brachycephalic anatomy. Sometimes snorting can be caused by something more dangerous like a foreign body or tumor.
Treatment for snorting depends on the cause of the snorting. Some snorting is easily treated, and other causes of snorting may be more difficult to control.
To be safe, it is best to take your pet to a veterinarian to have them examined if your Boston Terrier is experiencing snorting.
Roll over is a great trick to teach your Boston Terrier, but they will need to be able to sit and lie down on command before you get started.
This will come in really handy for this training, as these are two steps that you will need to start. Without knowledge of these commands, your Boston is going to find it much more difficult to learn to roll over.
Roll over is not the easiest of commands to teach to a Boston Terrier with a very short attention span, and some Bostons might take longer than others to get the hang of things.
However, if you have the time to dedicate to this training, then we are sure that your Boston will grasp the concept with a little encouragement through the use of treats.
If you are thinking of teaching your Boston to roll over, but you have no idea how to do so, then you have come to the right place.
We are going to tell you exactly how you can teach your Boston Terrier to roll over in this article, and with some time and patience, your Boston will be rolling over in no time. To find out more about teaching your Boston to roll over, just keep reading.
How To Train Your Boston Terrier To Roll Over
Before you get started with your training, you will need to make sure that you have some treats on standby to help move the process along and encourage your Boston to participate.
If you are doing clicker training with your Boston, then you should also have your clicker ready. You should choose a comfortable room to train in that has minimal distractions to help keep your Boston focused and attentive.
To start your training, you should first give your Boston the ‘down’ command. Once your Boston is lying down, it is time to try to get them to roll over.
To do this, you should hold the treat by your Boston’s nose, and then pull the treat from the tip of their nose towards their shoulder. Your pup should turn their head to follow the direction of the treat.
If they do this, you should continue to pull the treat around the Boston’s shoulder, so they will need to lie down on their side in order to reach the treat.
You should then continue to hold the treat near your Boston’s nose, and pull it all the way around, so your Boston is forced to roll all the way over if they want to follow the treat.
If they are able to complete the full roll, then you should give them lots of verbal praise and give them a treat. If you are using a clicker, now is the time to click.
Breaking it Down to Make It Easier
It might sound great when it is put like that, but most Boston Terriers are not going to get it all right on the first try. So, you can break down the training into smaller sections to try and make it more manageable and achievable for your Boston.
To do this, have your Boston lie down. Then, hold a treat near their nose, and move it towards the Boston’s shoulder. If your Boston turns their head, give them the treat.
You should practice this a few times until your Boston is consistently turning their head. After this step, you should stop giving them treats for every head turn.
Now, you should only give the treats for head turns that bring your Boston closest to lying on their side.
After this, you should only give your Boston praise and a treat once they are completely lying down on their side. This will allow you to slowly get them closer to rolling over, and each step brings them closer to this goal.
Once you have managed to get your Boston onto their back, it is pretty simple to get them to move over onto their other side by keeping the treat in front of their nose.
Add Your Verbal Command
Once you have managed to achieve all of this, and you have practiced multiple times, they should start to consistently roll all the way over every time. Once they have reached this stage in their training, you can start to introduce your verbal command.
Simply hold the treat in front of them, give them the ‘roll over’ command, and lure them to do so with the treat. Practice this several times.
Once they have gotten the hang of this, you can then stop using the treats to lure them into rolling over, and they should be able to now do this on command. Some Bostons will be able to do this straight away, but others might take some time to think about the command.
Once they have rolled over without the use of a treat, you can reward them with a treat. This will allow them to learn the correct behavior that is expected of them when you give this command.
Problems You May Encounter
If your Boston is finding it quite difficult and making lots of mistakes, then you might be moving forward with your training too quickly.
You should make sure that you are taking the steps slowly and only moving on once they have nailed it completely. Otherwise, they are going to get confused as things are progressing too quickly, before they get the chance to master each step.
You might also find that your Boston is reluctant to offer you their belly by rolling onto their back. If this is the case, then you should make sure that your dog knows that it is a game.
If they offer you their belly, make sure to give them lots of praise and give them a treat, as this will encourage them to keep doing it.
You should also try to keep your training session short and sweet, so you don’t lose their attention. Otherwise, it is likely that both of you will end up getting frustrated as neither of you are getting what you want out of the session.
Dogs are a gift. Sure, they can be difficult sometimes, especially when they’re rummaging through your bins at 12 am or they’re tearing up the garden when you’re trying to work from home, but all that is worth it for a companion that will stick with you until the end.
Our dogs are fiercely loyal and have a lot of love to give. But how exactly do dogs tell you that they love you?
Your dog doesn’t speak your verbal language, so they can’t tell you that they love you in words. With that being said, dogs have a lot of subtle and not so subtle ways to tell you that they love you. Wondering how do dogs say I love you? Read our article to find out more!
The Look Of Love
‘The look of love is in your eyes, a look your smile can’t disguise…’
Dusty Springfield was right: the look of love really is in the eyes. Your dog will tell you they love you when they look at you. Your dog’s face can tell you a lot about their emotions. For instance, if your dog looks at you for long periods of time, they’re trying to say how much they adore you.
So, why does your dog do this? Well, recent studies have suggested that both dogs and humans secrete oxytocin when they look each other in the eyes lovingly. Oxytocin is also known as the happy hormone, so looking in your eyes makes your special pooch incredibly happy!
With that being said, you shouldn’t stare your dog down, especially if it’s forcefully. Your dog may view that as a sign of aggression – it’s the opposite of what you want to achieve!
They’re Trying to Be Near You
Much like humans, dogs don’t want to be near people that they don’t like very much. If your dog is a stage 5 clinger and wants to be close to you, then it’s a good sign that they love you.
A dog that loves his owner will often follow him around the house like a shadow, or they may lean up against their person as you sit.
When your dog is trying to be close to you, it’s a sign that they have a deep bond with you. They want to keep an eye on you and cuddle up next to you, because you’re their favorite person in the whole world.
Some dogs are very independent, however, so it’s worth noting that not every dog will show this sign as often. Some dogs prefer to spend their time alone – that’s okay too!
They’re Happy to See You
After coming home from a day at work, your dog jumps all over you, and wiggles up to greet you. You can see that tail ferociously wagging, and they may even pee on the floor because they can’t control their excitement.
That’s a great sign that your dog loves you – although, you may not be so happy about the jumping and the peeing!
Eventually, your dog will start to associate signs like the garage door opening with you coming home, so they’ll start going wild as soon as they hear that sound. It’s pretty cool!
They Sleep Near You
Dogs like to be around their pack. Their pack will keep them warm and protect them from any dangers. If your dog likes to sleep with you, it means that they trust you and feel safe with you. You’re part of their family and they treasure you a lot.
As such, your dog loves you very much if he’d prefer to sleep next to you than in their own bed.
You Keep Them Safe
Some things can really scare our dogs. Some are afraid of the vacuum cleaner, some are afraid of thunderstorms. Some dogs are even afraid of things like ironing boards! If your dog tries to be close to you when they are afraid, it’s because they trust you to keep them safe.
Your dog knows that you will keep them safe because they love you.
You Both Yawn at the Same Time
You’ve probably noticed that you will yawn when you look at another person. But what about dogs? As it turns out, dogs will often yawn when the person they love starts yawning. It’s because your dog is showing that they empathize with you.
It’s because you both have a close bond, so your dog is paying attention to the things you do.
They Respond To Your Body Language and Mood
If there’s something wrong, there’s a good chance that your dog knows about it. Some dogs can tell when you’re upset or when you’re feeling under the weather. If they know that you’re not feeling okay, there’s a chance that your dog will take extra steps to make you feel better during these times.
They may give you more cuddles or just insist on being near you to check that you’re okay.
Gives You Their Toys
A dog will often bring you its toys because he wants to play. What you may not know, however, is that a dog will also bring you his favorite toy as a way to show you that they love you. It’s because he wants to make you happy. He knows that he loves the toy, so he’s sure that you will too so he gives it to you.
The next time your dog gives you his toy, you had better take it!
They Steal Your Clothes
It’s pretty annoying when your dog steals your socks, but it’s good to know that your dog does it because they love you! Your socks smell like you, and your dog finds that comforting. Some dogs even cuddle up to their owners clothes when they are gone to keep them comfortable!
Those are just a few signs that your furry friend adores you. Your dog is unique so he will have his own ways of telling you that he loves you, so you should keep an eye out for those too!
So, your dog has recently developed an injury or is about to undergo surgery that will require some recovery time. Whether your furry friend has a wound or if they have just been neutered, your top priority is to make sure your dog doesn’t lick or touch the affected area.
The last thing you want to add to your vet bills is money from an infection or recovery that has gone wrong due to constant licking. Unfortunately, dogs will lick anything that they think needs cleaning and healing, so it can be seemingly impossible to stop them from doing it.
You can’t exactly stay by their side 24/7 to push their tongues away from the area.
That’s where surgical cones come in! These are non-harmful cones that wrap around the dog’s neck to prevent them from licking or biting their wound or area of surgery. Sure, your dog might look miserable and admittedly hilarious with a cone around their neck, but it’ll speed up their recovery time.
Any dog owner would want to provide their dogs with comfortable cones for their recovery process, which is why I have found the best cones for dogs to help your pooch! I have also done some research and accumulated a buyer’s guide to help you understand what to look out for and what to avoid.
Available in sizes extra small to extra extra large, this is an ideal dog cone for those looking for a perfect fit. It is suitable for both cats and dogs and can be adjusted accordingly, regardless of the size you pick.
This cone is made of a durable and flexible non-toxic PVC material with fabric edges to prevent your pet from getting scratched (or scratching the floor when they try to lick their wounded area!). Not only is this material lightweight and durable for even the smallest of dogs, but it’s super easy to clean.
Great for when they drop food down it!
The cone can be adjusted with its hook and loop design that keeps the cone securely in place to prevent the dogs from pulling it off. It is recommended to order a size larger if your dog is close to the maximum measurement in a category to prevent them from feeling constricted.
Soft fabric edges – Comfortable around the neck and won’t harm your dog
Adjustable – Velcro securely adjusts the size and shape
Easy to clean – High-quality PVC plastic is non-toxic and just needs to be wiped to clean
Sizing guide is slightly off, so make sure to order a larger size
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When it comes to dog cones, inflatable collars aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, inflatable collars work in the same way as regular plastic surgical cones – except they are extremely comfortable for dogs to wear!
Whilst most plastic cones are flexible and come with fabric edges for comfort, inflatable collars make sure that the dog can lie down in any position without feeling discomfort from the cone.
The size of the collar means that the dog’s vision isn’t obstructed, unlike a regular cone, which could be comforting for anxious dogs.
Regardless, it will still stop them from licking or biting the wound.
As these are inflatable, they are super easy to store once they have deflated. There is even a zipper opening that removes the inside bag so you can wash the outer cloth from any food, liquid, or mud.
The outer cloth is made of a soft fabric, which means your furniture, walls, and floors won’t be scratched or marked.
Very comfortable – Soft outer material and no sharp edges
SCRATCH AND BITE RESISTANT - The inflatable collar is designed to protect your pets from injuries, rashes and post surgery wounds, it will prevent pets from biting and licking their injured area or surgical site and promote recovering from surgery or wounds
COMFORTABLE - Inflatable design and the soft outside material will let your dog wear it comfortably and it does not block your pet’s vision, they can eat, drink, sleep and play normally
EASY TO STORE - Inflatable recovery collar, you can deflate it and store it in a small space when you do not use it and there is a zipper opening on one side, you can take the bag out and wash the outside cloth
ADJUSTABLE - There is a strap on the opening of the collar, you can adjust strap for a perfect fit and put the strap side at the back of your dog’s neck in case of biting
DURABLE AND STABLE - The premium protective collar is soft and washable, it will not mark or scrape furniture and you can insert your pet’s everyday collar through the inner ring loops for a stabilization. Measurement differences may exist.recommended size is just a suggestion NOT a guarantee in fit as every dog is different. The product does not include an inflator. I suggest that you still buy products by pet’s neck circumference.If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
This is a great padded collar for dogs who find plastic Elizabethan cones restrictive when it comes to movement. Where some standard cones might bend in strange ways to prevent the dog from lying down properly, this cone comes with padded folds that can be moved into different positions from maximum comfort – all whilst protecting the wounded area.
This cone is made of a durable and breathable padded nylon that is soft to their skin and water-resistant, which makes it easy to clean. The padded foam feature means that it is super comfortable around the neck. Plus, it can be worn as a cone or the other way around to protect your dog from scratching wounds around their shoulders.
Not only is the soft fabric ergonomic, but it won’t scratch or mark furniture or walls as your dog lounges about. The only downside is that it is black, and therefore might be slightly more disruptive for the dog’s vision when worn as a cone.
Ergonomic – Folded design is flexible and won’t hurt the dog when it lies down
Soft fabric – Breathable padded nylon is comfortable for the dog and easy to clean
Great for small procedures – Due to flexible material, this is best for cutting nails, trimming hair, and protecting small surgical wounds
Black cone might be obstructive to the dog’s vision
This is an ideal product for households with more than one dog (or cat!), as each set offers five different-sized cones. This means you don’t have to waste unnecessary dollars on other cones of different sizes for multiple dogs.
Not only is this great for two or more dogs who have injuries or surgical wounds, but it might also stop one of your dogs from licking or biting the other’s wounds.
It might also help to make the injured dog feel less left out.
These cones are made of a durable and flexible PVC plastic that comes with fabric edges to prevent the plastic from rubbing against the animal’s neck. This also prevents furniture scratches.
The velcro is easy to adjust depending on the thickness of the neck, with a handy plastic snap closure that keeps the collar securely in place.
Even if your dog(s) isn’t injured or in recovery, these are a great purchase to make for grooming and cleaning purposes if you have a particularly anxious dog.
5 piece set – Comes with five differently sized cones for multiple animals
Flexible fabric – Easy-to-clean PVC material is bendable for comfort
Snap closure – Helps to keep the velcro in place to stop clever dogs from pulling the cone off
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Multi-Function Pet Cone Collar: Great tool for wound healing after surgery, help overcome lick-bite, itch-scratch cycle. Ends self-Inflicted Wound Aggravation or Mutilation. And protect themselves or prevent dog bite while in beauty treatments or shower. Widely used for home, pet store, pet hospital, pet training and vet.
Professional Design: Enough depth prevent pet licking itself completely. Neck circumference is adjustable. It is very practical and convenient for your pets. The cat soft cone does not interfere with your pet's peripheral vision or their ability to eat, drink, sleep and play.
Convenient to Use: Professional Velcro closures is convenient to adjust and wear. This soft pet cone design with this plastic Snap Closure can keep the collar secure in place and keep it from being pulled off or from falling off.
The final product on my list is another inflatable collar that is as comfortable as it is useful! Ranging from sizes extra small to extra large, this cone is ideal for dogs who don’t like having their vision obstructed from Elizabethan cones.
This collar is made of a soft and breathable cotton fabric and provides a nice cushion for the dog to lean on when they are lying down. It is a hardy material that is resistant to scratches, tears, and popping from even the most playful of dogs.
It comes with an adjustable strap that can be tightened or loosened for comfort and security.
The standout feature of inflatable collars is that they won’t scratch furniture, walls, or floors due to the soft fabric. Once deflated, they can be stored away without taking up lots of space. What’s more, the yellow color means you almost definitely can’t lose either it or your dog.
Non-obstructive – Doesn’t block the dog’s vision, which is ideal for anxious and claustrophobic dogs
Won’t damage furniture – Soft and firm (yet bouncy) fabric won’t scratch furniture, walls, or floors
Very comfortable – Soft fabric and bouncy feel won’t be uncomfortable for the dog
Smallest breed this cone can accommodate to is a Jack Russell or Shetland Sheepdog
Comfortable&Durable,easy to clean - The outside of the dog cone is comfortable and breathable cotton fabric.Inflatable collars are soft and it does not block your pet’s vision, they can eat, drink, sleep and play normally.Open the zipper for cleaning,inside is environmental PVC material ,it is very easy to clean.
Scratch and bite resistant - The inflatable collar can well-protect your pets from injuries, rashes,sutures and post-surgery wounds. It will prevent pets from biting and licking their injured area or surgical site and promote recovering from surgery or wounds.
Adjustable&Easy to store- There is a strap on the opening of the collar, you can be adjusted to fit your pet with a strap and put the strap side at the back of your dog’s neck in case of biting.Inflatable design, will not leave traces or scratch the furniture when in use ; when not in use, it can be deflated for storage.
Highly recommended by veterinarians and beauticians - Inflatable e collar can prevent cats and dogs from biting other items when in the veterinary examination and treatment, beauty,surgical procedure,shower, trimming the nails and deshedding.If you find the dog cone is too large for your dog and easy to fall off, you can insert your pet's everyday collar through the inner ring loops for a stabilization.
Recommended size - Size L Inflatable Collar,neck circumference 12”-18”. Especially recommended Golden Retriever,Labrador.Measure the size of the pet's everyday collar, and get a more suitable inflatable collar.Measurement differences may exist,recommended size is just a suggestion not a guarantee in fit as every dog is different. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
A dog cone is an affordable and necessary accessory for dog owners for a variety of reasons. You never know when your dog could develop an injury or might need to undergo surgery, so it’s worth keeping a dog cone at home for whatever happens.
Your dog will want to lick, scratch, or even bite an injury or surgical wound, which will only prolong the recovery time.
Dog cones are also useful for anxious dogs who don’t like to get their hair or nails done. Some dogs might snap or bite when getting their nails clipped, so the cone works to protect the owner or groomer, too.
If your dog is struggling with constant licking or allergies, your vet might recommend them wearing a cone to prevent them from making their habits and skin issues worse.
What to look for in a dog cone
Type of dog
Each dog will have a different reaction to dog cones. Some might not even notice it’s there, whilst others might find it irritating. You should consider the temperament of your dog when looking for a dog cone, as the anxious and irritated ones might react better to inflatable collars to Elizabethan cones, for example.
Type of injury
If your dog can reach its injury with a cone, then you need to find another style of cone. You should consider the style of the cone depending on the injury. For example, a dog with an injured front paw should get an Elizabethan cone to prevent them from licking the foot that would normally be easily accessed.
An inflatable cone might be best for dogs with a neck or shoulder injury due to the soft, yet firm, padding.
Size and how to measure
Of course, you must consider the size of the cone. Fortunately, the majority of dog cones are adjustable for comfort, but it’s not just about the diameter of the neck.
The cone must also be comfortable enough for them to reach their food, so you can’t give a medium-sized cone to a small dog like a Boston Terrier.
To get the measurements for a dog cone, tightly wrap a soft measuring tape around the base of your dog’s neck. This won’t strangle the dog, it will just give you an idea of the smallest possible size to look for to prevent the cone from falling off.
Then, measure the size of the neck to the muzzle. This will determine the length of the cone. This is especially important for Elizabethan cones, as inflatable cones won’t have this issue.
Most importantly, you want your dog to be as comfortable as possible. They won’t look like they’re enjoying themselves, but you can at least rest easy knowing that hard plastic isn’t cutting into their necks.
If you want an Elizabethan cone, make sure the edges have a fabric coating. Not only is this comfortable for the dog, but it will prevent scratches and marks from appearing on your furniture, walls, and floors.
Make sure to look at how to clean the cone. PVC plastic cones need only be wiped, and some inflatable cones come with a removable outer layer that can be washed by hand or in a machine.
Also, you’re going to want a cone that is durable and won’t break, scratch, pop, or tear from your dog who is trying to scratch it off them. This will only cause more harm than good.
Types of dog cones
Standard plastic cones / Elizabethan cones
Plastic cones, or Elizabethan cones, are the most common type of dog cones that are usually handed out by vets. These can be fairly uncomfortable for the dog, unless the material is ergonomic enough for them to lie down comfortably.
These cones are most ideal for wounds and injuries that are located near the head.
Make sure to avoid rigid Elizabethan cones, as they provide no flexibility or comfort for the dog. They also prevent the dog from turning their head, so their vision is obstructed which can be a great source of anxiety.
Inflatable cones look similar to memory foam neck rests for humans. They don’t obstruct the view (unlike plastic cones) as they are only situated around the neck and do not extend past the nose. Despite this, your dog still won’t be able to lick, bite, or scratch the wound.
As the name suggests, you will need to inflate these cones when they come into use. When deflated, they can be stored away easily.
Flexible Elizabethan Collars
As the name suggests, these are the flexible version of the traditional Elizabethan cone. They usually have a hexagonal or octagonal shape that allows the collar more flexibility, which is much more comfortable for a dog to wear.
Whilst they might not have the same strictness of rigidity as rigid Elizabethan cones, they’re comfy and ideal for short-term use.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I use instead of a dog cone?
Some dogs really cannot stand the dreaded cone of shame. If you find that your dog hates its cone, or has found a way to somehow pull it off, there are other ways to prevent your dog from licking, scratching, or biting its wounded area.
Dog baby grows (surgical recovery suits) exist, and they’re adorable. Sure, it might be hard to find one for a large dog, but for small breeds, they’re great.
These are usually recommended for dogs who have a wound or injury on their body that their paws could reach. Just make sure that there is enough space for the dog to pee and do its business, so you don’t have to take it off to clean it constantly.
Whilst technically still considered a dog cone, inflatable collars are great for anxious dogs who don’t like the visual obstruction of regular Elizabethan cones.
Is a cone comfortable for dogs?
Whilst almost every dog hates wearing cones, most of them aren’t too uncomfortable. It all depends on what type of cone you get. Rigid plastic traditional Elizabethan cones are the most uncomfortable dog cones, because the hard plastic isn’t flexible enough for your dog to comfortably lie down in.
However, some traditional-style cones are made of ergonomic plastic that has a fabric edging to prevent hard plastic from hurting their necks.
Can a dog sleep with a cone on?
Yes! Dog cones are designed for permanent use until the wound or injury has healed. Otherwise, your dog might start licking or biting their wounded area when they realize the cone of shame is finally off them. Just make sure to get a cone that is super flexible, soft, and comfortable.
Is it safe to leave a dog alone with a cone?
It isn’t recommended to leave a dog alone with a cone. Dogs are clever animals, and they might find ways of pulling the cone off when you’re not around.
They might find other ways to scratch their wounded area, which will only make the cone useless. You also want to keep an eye on them to check that the cone isn’t too tight, as this could only do more harm than good.
Losing a Boston Terrier is like losing a member of the family. The sorrow you feel is a natural process of grieving.
Our Ripley was my lifeline after the death of my mother in 2004. He was my purpose, my buddy, my lovebug. He kept me sane and made me smile. Over the years, as my children grew up and moved on, he kept me busy, laughing and feeling loved.
Ripley was an excellent traveler, and went on many road trips up and down the east coast over the years. He loved a new Rest Area and all the sniffs that were found there!
Ripley enjoyed his special excursions too, little trips to walk and explore new places near our home, especially if a lake or stream was involved!
He loved a ball! Big or small, hard or soft! He would exhaust himself playing with a ball. Ripley had the same yellow ball for 6 years. He would squish it and carry it around in his mouth for hours!
Ripley loved to cuddle and was always at mine or my husband’s side, day and night. I quilt and he always kept me company in my sewing room. I’m having a hard time being at my machine, and not seeing my sweet little buddy lying near by.
One of the funniest things about Ripple (as my boys always called him) was how surprised he was by his own farts! The smell could clear the room, but you’d laugh the whole time by how startled he was each and every time he ripped one!!