Your pet just underwent ophthalmic surgery and has been given an E-collar to wear. It may seem novel or amusing at first, seeing your pet adorned in the “cone of shame.” Soon, clumsiness ensues. Doorjambs, water bowls, even children and the backs of legs get in the way of the collar. Will you and your pet survive? You will. These are normal occurrences, all part of your pet adjusting to this important device. While it may seem funny or frustrating to you at times, having your pet wear the collar (and wear it correctly), will help with your pet’s recovery. It is a necessary short period of “tough love.”
In addition, wearing the E-collar as prescribed will save you money, avoiding the cost of further procedures to repair dislodged sutures. In some cases (especially when cataract or lens luxation surgery is involved), vision-threatening injuries can result if the E-collar is not worn correctly. This could result in decreased vision or removal of the globe.