Elizabethan collars are used to either prevent the animal from licking or biting a wound, removing stitches while selfgrooming, ingesting any of the medicine being applied to the skin, harming itself in an infected area or spreading the infection due to its licking, biting or scratching itself elsewhere after touching the infection area. The collar can also be used to restrain animals with self-destructing habits, either from poor training or mental illness.
The device is generally attached to the pet’s usual collar with strings or tabs passed through holes punched in the sides of the plastic. The neck of the collar should be short enough to let the animal eat and drink. Although most pets adjust to them quite well, others will not eat or drink with the collar in place and the collar is temporarily removed for meals.