The Great Debate after a Neuter/Spay: E-collar or Dog Diapers?

It has been customary for some pet parents to have their dogs spayed/neutered. They do so because spaying/neutering is a great way to prevent uterine infections and prostate problems.

Spaying ‘tames’ your female dog, as un-spayed pups will go into heat constantly  and will show some uncontrollable behavior like howling and urinating (in the house!) more than usual. Neutering, on the other hand, will calm your male dog in trying to woo a mate, like running away and finding every possible means to ‘get on top” of that dog in heat. I tell you, these behaviors are unpleasant!

WHEN TO SPAY/NEUTER

While the traditional age for spaying/neutering is six to nine months, puppies as young as eight weeks old can already undergo this process as long as they’re in good condition. Dogs can also go through the process as adults as well, although there will be a higher risk of postoperative complications in senior dogs.

E-COLLAR OR DOG DIAPERS?

Your dog will surely experience discomfort after surgery, and you will probably have everything done for your dog not to touch the operated part and avoid any possible infections or pain. Most pet parents are torn between the e-collar and dog diapers. Here, we have listed the pros and cons of each to help you decide which one to use for your dog.

E-collar

This is also known as the Elizabethan collar - or the infamous “cone of shame”. The e-collar is a pet cone that will keep your dogs from turning their bodies to chew or lick or touch on any surgical areas, wounds or injuries. The cone is important to speed up the recovery process.

However, the standard, hard plastic e-collar is not fun for dogs. The bad side is that, some e-collars don’t fit your dog’s neck. If it’s too big, your dog will not be able to eat or drink. If it’s too small, he  will be able to easily turn around, defeating the whole purpose. Determined dogs will quickly work out the collar off their necks.

Dog Diapers/Belly Bands

Dog diapers/belly bands are a thing, too, for post operation management. They are easy to use and the market has a wide variety of dog diaper/belly band sizes and you will surely find the right fit for your dog. These are also helpful especially for dogs who have just gone through spaying/neutering, who have difficulties in urinating/pooping. There are washable diapers/belly bands that have no "crinkly" or uncomfortable texture that causes many dogs to dislike it. These can be washed over and over again, they're heavy-duty and won't rip any time soon. Harmful dyes and chemicals are not present, too, so this is probably the safest and healthiest type for your dog.

The only downside? The cleanup involved. But this is nothing compared to the amount you save, the wellness of your dog and the favor you are doing to the environment.

Always keep in mind the cost, the quality and the efficiency of what you are going to use. After all, at the end of the day, it is still you who knows what is best for you and your furry best friend.

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