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As "cones of shame" go, this collar is probably the best for my dog as far as walking into walls or furniture. It is not rigid like a plastic cone. And the "blow-up" models allow him to reach his open wound. He's not happy at all, but I am because it has done the job of keeping him from licking a wound that would not heal.
For those of you wondering, a 48 pound wheaten terrier needs a medium extra long cone. The large is too short. It seems much more comfortable than the plastic ones while still be protective past the tip of the nose. Easy to wipe clean as well.
Years ago we purchased one of these after one of our pups needed it from a surgery. It was recommended by our vet so we gave it a try. It was more comfortable for our dog than the hard plastic cones. We found ourselves in need of a replacement so we had to get a larger size. Over the years it looks like the quality is still very good. Just be sure you measure to get the right size. Our Doberman has the longer nose so we purchased an XL which seems to work fine. We have an extra collar that we leave threaded through the cone loops to make things easier.
So, my 13yo Belgian Malinois dog has a history with cones, because she has 1 brain cell and that brain cell says "GO FAST" 99% of the time, and sometimes that ends in a dewclaw injury. We've done the donut cone, the plastic cone (she breaks them, with glee), but I hesitated on this one because of the price. However, no cheap cone was long enough to keep her from her front paw, which she had a lick granuloma, because she's all neck. And the only way to stop a dog from licking a lick granuloma is to physically stop them. This cone was easy to measure for and stopped her from hurting the wound so it could heal and then my vet's prescribed medical routine worked wonders. I'm pleased, although my dog does look like a taco in it sometimes, which is worth a giggle, don't expect it to be rigid, it's very taco-like. The dog wasn't pleased with the cone blocking her vision and muffling her hearing, and it took some getting used to with treats. The only issue is that if they can ram the cone into something head on, the velcro can come loose. Most dogs don't do the unprompted stunts mine does, so you will probably be fine. Your best option is to ensure the velcro is on there good every time. I highly recommend you use the collar option, the stretchy loops make it so easy to put a collar in there to secure this cone so your dog doesn't escape the cone easily. The loops even fit my dog's pretty thick collar well, took no time at all to thread it through the loops and secure it on her. As for the quality, I believe it will last me several dogs, as it shows no wear after a few weeks of use and being put back into the closet for now. The quality of the material feels great still and is easy to clean. You simply wipe it clean and it folds up nice for storage. Keeping this in my pet first aid kit for now on. Well worth the price for something that actually comes in a wide range of sizes for all breeds (and fits!), lasts, and stops her from hurting herself. She honestly would go nap in the sun and use it to block the sun from her eyes. I don't think she hates it at all, I think she's learned to use it as a tool.
My pup had surgery so we had to use collar for about two weeks, he didn't have any issues with it and didn't mind having to wear it. He could still eat and drink with it on and kept his surgery site safe from his licking