Monday, January 21, 2019

Kong Cloud Collar Reviewed

The dreaded two words for any dog or cat parent. The Cone. It is tough to be a conehead if you are the pet and sometimes even tougher to be the furball parent of a cat or dog recovering from surgery or an injury who returns home attached with the dreaded cone.

You are not happy. The pet is not happy. But you both will be sharing custody of the new nemesis in your life. The Cone.

Pets acclimating to wearing a cone run into everything and everyone! Imagine walking around with a plastic cone around your head and it is not difficult to imagine the problems it presents with eating, sleeping, playing, napping, squirrel chasing, stairs and the list never ends.

Kong's Cloud Collar


The Kong's Cloud Collar is an inflatable cone akin to an inner tube covered with washable soft fabric designed for comfort while not obstructing the peripheral vision of the pet. One of the main problems with a plastic cone excluding the discomfort is the lack of vision, difficulty navigating and eating from a bowl.

The Cloud Collar is designed to battle the inherent problems of the plastic cone. I purchased the Cloud Collar after my pets' last surgery and found the cone to be quite an improvement over the traditional plastic cone.


Positives Of The Cloud Collar


Easy to quickly put on and easy to take off
Soft
Adjustable collar
Washable
Pet adapted easily

Considerations


The velcro on the cone serves its' purpose to make the size of the cloud collar easily adjustable, however velcro is sticky! The velcro does attract the dog hair depending on whether the dog has fur or hair. My dog happens to be have curly hair which is a velcro attractor.

This is a consideration addressed in the customer comments so I was aware of the velcro consideration and prepared! The work around indeed worked like a charm: simply use one half of an old sock and cover the area on the collar where the velcro attaches.

The other main consideration is the type and location of the injury or wound the cone is trying to protect. A plastic cone generally stops the pet from reaching the area to be protected; the cloud collar provides the pet more mobility and therefore may be able to reach the area. My pet is very nimble and agile (code name gumby) and could reach the surgical area if he was so inclined.

Less Injury For Pet Parents


I still remember not so fondly when my dog in his energetic style of greeting ran full force into my shin with the cone. It was not pretty and surprising how much damage a plastic cone can inflict. The fluffball was no less worse for wear, but my shin was added to the recovery list.

I used a combination of the Cloud Collar and traditional plastic cone for the recovery. My dog definitely preferred the cloud collar and while under supervision I used the cloud collar. It was a nice break for the dog from the plastic cone and as the surgical area improved I used the cloud collar more.

Ten days or more is a long oh so very long time to keep a pet restricted plus wearing a plastic cone. I knew the wheels were starting to fall off when the we were gifted with a ten inch snowfall during the recovery period. Plastic cones are also excellent to scoop snow and throw snow and play with... snow! After being cooped up with snow and pet recovery cabin fever as a craft project we bedazzled the cone; confirmation the wheels had fallen off the snowed in recovery house.

Recommendation


Every pet is different regarding the tolerance of the plastic cone and cloud collar during the recovery phase. It can be a battle to keep any cone on! I recommend the Kong Cloud Collar as a means to aid the recovery while increasing the comfort of the pet and the pet parent.





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7 comments:

  1. The Kong collar would be a great alternative to those horrible plastic cones in many cases! Our furbabies have all had to wear those cones at some point and I would much prefer the collar when it will serve the purpose. I laughed at your shin experience. I knew exactly what you were talking about! I also appreciate the tip about the sock to cover the excess velcro. Our lab would never know the difference, but our long haired retriever would certainly appreciate it. I'll have to remember this article the next time we need the dreaded cone.

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  2. I've never had to confront this problem, since I've never had a dog. The hard cervical collar I had to wear for two weeks after surgery, was bad enough. I can't even imagine how bad wearing a cone that long would be. I can see why some relief from the cone by wearing the Kong Cloud Collar would make a recovering dog feel much less frustrated.

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  3. I've never heard of this before. What an excellent idea. Those cones are so nasty. Love the idea that this is inflatable and washable as well. I'll bet these sell like hotcakes.

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  4. The Kong Cloud Collar sounds like a very viable alternative (or supervised substitution) to the dreaded cone for recovering canines. I've never had to deal with this, but can well imagine the difficulties experienced by both dog and owner.

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  5. It seems to me that anything would be an improvement over those rigid plastic cones that seem always too big for the pet attached to it. I only had to deal with it once and that was plenty. I'm sure I felt as bad as my dog when he had this attached to his head. This collar sounds so much more likeable for both the pet and the pet parent.

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  6. I need this for my dogs! And hadn't heard of them until your review. My dogs get sensitive skin. They lick and chew excessively sometimes. Not enough for a cone - because cones are so difficult. But I'd like to have something that keeps them from licking after I try to apply cream.

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  7. What a wonderful alternative to the "cone of shame." This is something all of us with a pet should own. Thanks for spotlighting such a humane alternative to the traditional post-op plastic cone.

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