Lulu has suffered with allergies for the past 9 plus years we have had her. Twice a year she becomes so miserable with itching, leaving us with great worry over the sores she creates from constant scratching. We have tried every treatment and most antihistamines (prescribed for dogs). Recently, we had the idea of looking for a cone. My husband was going to stop at the local Vet and inquire about a cone for her and I placed an ISO cones on Face Book. In response to the ISO post, a friend replied with a link for a DIY cone, but it was for a cat; however, the same process could be applied for a dog. I thought I would share with you how I made her soft cone, and a few awesome links I found for other DIY pampered pet items.
It's fairly simple to make, even if you really don't sew well. In fact, the idea also came to mind of rolling up a large bath towel (for large dogs) and safety pin the ends together. Can she still lick her paws? Sure...she could. But she won't. We haven't figured out why, and honestly that does not matter. What matters is she is not scratching her skin raw, nor rubbing her eye to the point of infection.
For Lulu's cone, I cut a length of fabric at 40" long and 30" wide. Fold fabric in half lengthwise. Since I knew I wanted the collar to remain in place, I stitched short pieces of cord on one side of the fabric, evenly spaced. This allows the collar to be attached to the cone. (Measure your dog's collar, and double that measurement for the length of the soft collar)
When your strips (cord, fabric, ribbons, what ever you want to use) are stitched on, place fabric right sides together, stitch one end closed, then up the side seam. Leave the top open for stuffing. Turn the tube right side out and stuff. I did not stuff it too tight, as I knew that kind of weight could do more harm than good. I caught a wave of luck with closing the ends together: I had a safety buckle left over from some other project. That was sewn to the ends and buckled nicely around her neck.
I experimented with adding snaps to tighten the collar some, but that didn't hold. I wound up using safety pins (large) to pull the ends together a little tighter. I'm sure a draw-cord strung through would work just as well for closing and adjusting.
Old flannel shirts, t-shirts, scrap fabric or towels work well for the fabric;
Use items on hand from around the house - remember to upcycle!
No collar for your dog? Use a belt for securing the cone.
- No Sew Dog Bed http://tipsngiggles.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-doggy-bed-or-floor-pillow.html
- 19 DIY Projects for Dog Lovers http://barkpost.com/diy-projects-for-dog-lovers/
- DIY Sweatshirt Pet Bed http://www.handimania.com/diy/sweatshirt-pet-bed.html (My Favorite!)
- 33 DIY Dog Toys from Things Around the House http://barkpost.com/3-dog-toys-you-can-make-from-things-around-the-house/ (Caution: some of these toys need supervision from their human!)
What toys, remedies or other supplies have you made for your pet(s)? A follow up note on the cone: Lulu has found out she can still lick her paws, but it's not nearly as excessive as before we placed the soft cone on her collar! Success? I'd say so!
Whether you are looking for the best in pet supplies, or making your own, I wish you success and inspiration in all you do today and always!