How to Make a Pool Noodle Dog Cone
A dog cone, also known as an Elizabethan collar, is often used to prevent dogs from licking or chewing on wounds, stitches, or hot spots. While the traditional plastic cone can be effective, it can also be uncomfortable for your furry friend. An alternative option is to make a pool noodle dog cone, which is not only more comfortable but also customizable and inexpensive. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make one:
Materials you’ll need:
– Pool noodle (large size)
– Duct tape
– Velcro strips
Step 1: Measure your dog’s neck
Wrap the pool noodle around your dog’s neck to measure the appropriate length. Leave some extra space to ensure a comfortable fit.
Step 2: Cut the pool noodle
Using the scissors, cut the pool noodle to the desired length. Make sure to cut it in a straight line.
Step 3: Create a central opening
Cut a straight line along the length of the pool noodle, creating a central opening. This will allow you to easily slip it onto your dog’s neck.
Step 4: Secure the ends
Using duct tape, secure the ends of the pool noodle together, forming a complete circle. Wrap the tape around a few times to ensure it is sturdy and secure.
Step 5: Add Velcro strips
Cut two strips of Velcro, each about 2 inches long. Attach one strip to the inside of the pool noodle and the other strip to the outside. This will allow you to easily fasten and unfasten the dog cone.
Step 6: Customize and decorate (optional)
If desired, use a marker to add your dog’s name or decorate the dog cone with fun designs. Get creative!
FAQs about Pool Noodle Dog Cones:
1. Will a pool noodle dog cone be as effective as a traditional plastic cone?
Yes, a pool noodle dog cone can be just as effective in preventing your dog from licking or chewing on wounds. However, it may not be suitable for all dogs and situations, so consult your vet if you have concerns.
2. How do I clean the pool noodle dog cone?
You can easily wipe the pool noodle with a damp cloth or disinfectant spray to clean it.
3. Can I adjust the size of the pool noodle dog cone?
Yes, you can easily adjust the size by cutting the pool noodle to the desired length.
4. Will my dog be comfortable wearing the pool noodle dog cone?
Yes, the soft and lightweight pool noodle is more comfortable for dogs compared to a traditional plastic cone.
5. Can I leave my dog unattended while wearing the pool noodle dog cone?
It is not recommended to leave your dog unattended while wearing any type of dog cone, including the pool noodle version.
6. How long should my dog wear the pool noodle dog cone?
The duration will depend on your dog’s condition and the advice of your veterinarian. Generally, dogs wear cones until wounds or stitches heal.
7. Can I use a pool noodle dog cone for other pets?
Yes, the pool noodle dog cone can be used for cats and other small pets as well.
8. Can I reuse the pool noodle dog cone?
Yes, you can reuse the pool noodle dog cone as long as it remains in good condition and fits your pet properly.