It’s not uncommon for dogs to suffer from dry eye or even allergies, which can lead to excessive tearing and irritation.
If your dog has any one of these conditions, you might be wondering if they should sleep with a cone.
In this article we’ll look at what cones are used for, why dogs require them, how to get them used to sleeping with one, and the pros and cons of using one.
Do Dogs Have To Sleep With A Cone?
A cone is a soft fabric that goes over a dog’s nose and mouth so they cannot lick open wounds or their stitches.
This prevents them from licking their wound or getting it infected.
This is especially important for dogs who undergo surgery.
If a dog’s nose is broken during surgery, they will need to recover without licking their wound to avoid infection.
There are different types of cones, but all of them come in different sizes.
The size of the cone depends on the size of the dog, but most cones have an opening for the dog to breathe through.
Some cones also have holes for the dog to see out of, while others have holes for the dog to smell out of.
Dog owners should know that some cones are more effective than others.
For example, doggie cones that don’t allow the dog to see out of are less effective because they make the dog feel like they’re trapped inside the cone, which can cause anxiety as well as stress.
If you want to give your dog a cone for protection against licks, you should consider buying one that allows them to see out of it.
It’s also best to buy a cone that fits properly on your dog’s head so it doesn’t fall off when they move around.
The Different Types of Cones
There are two main types of cones: soft and hard.
Soft cones are made out of silicone, while hard cones are usually made of plastic.
While most dogs will tolerate either type, some dogs will only accept a certain type of cone.
For example, some dogs will refuse to wear anything but a silicone cone, while others prefer a hard plastic cone.
If your dog is sensitive to chemicals like latex, avoid using a hard plastic cone as it may contain traces of that material.
Also, avoid using a hard plastic cone on a dog who has an allergy to plastic.
Most vets recommend that owners use a soft cone when treating a dog for dry eyes.
These cones are much gentler on the eye than hard plastic ones, so there are fewer chances of causing discomfort during treatment.
Soft cones also come in three different sizes: small, medium, and large.
A small cone is typically used for puppies or very young dogs, while a larger cone is used on older dogs.
There are also small cones available for smaller breeds of dogs, such as Chihuahuas and Maltese.
Hard plastic cones are available in two sizes: small and large.
The large size is recommended for adult dogs weighing over 25 pounds (11 kilograms).
If you’re purchasing a cone for your dog, make sure you buy one that fits properly.
Some cones are too big or too small, and this can cause discomfort and stress for your pet.
Why Dogs Might Need A Cone
Dogs don’t just sit around all day, they’re also active animals who need to exercise.
This means that they do lots of things like running around on the floor, jumping up and down, climbing into furniture, and so on.
If your dog suffers from allergies, dry eyes, or other issues that cause them to tear excessively, you might notice that they have difficulty keeping their eyes clear when they play.
You could try putting some drops in their eyes, but it’s hard to keep them from rubbing their eyes as they play.
It’s important to make sure that your dog doesn’t scratch their eyes out, because this will only worsen the condition.
A solution is to put a cone over their head while they play, and this will stop them from scratching their eyes.
The cone will protect their eyes from getting scratched, and it will also encourage them to keep their eyes closed during play time.
This makes them less likely to rub their eyes, and it prevents them from wearing themselves out by playing too much.
How to Get Your Dog Used To Sleeping With A Cone
If your dog is prone to dry eye or allergic reactions, it will be important to make sure that they’re able to breathe properly when they sleep.
The best way to do this is to put a cone on them while they sleep.
This way you can ensure that there’s an airtight seal around your dog’s nose and mouth during the night.
When you buy a cone, it needs to be big enough to fit over your dog’s snout without forcing them to close their eyes.
You’ll want to keep in mind that if your dog struggles to breathe through their nose, you won’t be able to use one.
They need to be able to breathe properly while wearing a cone, so it’s essential to purchase the right size.
The other thing to consider is where you place the cone on your dog.
It needs to be comfortable for them to lay down in.
Some people choose to put it on top of their head, but this isn’t always possible.
Instead, you could try putting it on their chest.
This way you can ensure that it doesn’t interfere with breathing while they sleep.
You can also find other options such as a bed-shaped cone.
These are designed specifically to help dogs sleep comfortably and safely.
You might prefer to go with a bed shape because it looks more professional.
However, you shouldn’t feel pressured into buying one, especially if you don’t think your dog will like it.
Tips For Making Sure Your Dog Is Comfortable Sleeping With A Cone
Before getting started on making sure your dog is comfortable sleeping with a cone, there are a few things you need to consider first:
- Is your dog prone to suffering from dry eye or other allergic reactions?
- Has your dog already been through surgery where they had to use a cone to prevent licking their stitches?
- If so, was it a simple cone that simply covered the wound area or did it include an opening in the cone for their nose?
- What type of cone do you have?
- Does your dog like to dig under things or chew on things while sleeping?
- Are your dog’s eyes sensitive to light?
- Is your dog prone to ear infections?
There are also some general tips you should know about when choosing a cone for your dog:
- The cone needs to fit snugly around your dog’s head but not so tight as to cause pain or discomfort.
- If your dog suffers from allergies, make sure the cone is made out of non-allergenic materials.
- Make sure the cone doesn’t have sharp edges or rough surfaces that could possibly hurt your dog.
- Make sure the cone is easy to clean.
- Don’t let your dog sleep inside the cone or near it.
We’re going to conclude this article by looking at some important points that you need to consider before deciding whether to use a cone for your dog’s comfort.
If you’ve read through our article on canine dental care then it will come as no surprise that the best way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy is to brush them regularly.
Brushing your dog’s teeth twice a week in addition to regular dental check ups is essential for keeping their mouth clean and preventing gum disease.
While you don’t want to force your dog to sit still while you brush their teeth, a cone shouldn’t be too uncomfortable so long as it doesn’t interfere with brushing.
You can position the cone in such a way that it won’t cover their eyes while they’re being brushed but the sides of the cone are wide enough so that the dog can see out of them.
The more comfortable your dog feels during the process the more likely they are to cooperate when it comes to other grooming tasks like nail clipping.
This article deals primarily with dogs who have undergone routine surgeries and are required to wear a cone for a few days following the procedure.
While most dogs recover without an issue, there are a few that do experience complications that require further treatment and that’s where cones come into play.