How to Assemble an Elizabethan Collar

Updated April 17, 2017

Putting an Elizabethan collar on your pet can make the difference between a healed wound and a reopened wound. E-collars, as they are sometimes called, are used to keep pets from licking, chewing and scratching wounds on their bodies and heads. E-collars can be very scary for your pet until it is used to wearing it, so supervision is required at first.

Place the plastic tabs on the edge of the Elizabethan collar into the slots on the opposite edge to assemble the collar into a cone shape. Adjust the collar according to your pet's size.

Put the dog or cat collar on your pet. Make it loose enough so that it is not choking your pet, but tight enough so that the collar will not slip off its head.

Attach the Elizabethan collar to the regular collar with the tabs that snap into loops on the small end of the assembled cone. This secures the Elizabethan collar to the regular collar creating the assembled Elizabethan collar. Adjust for proper fit.


Some pets are not comfortable eating or going to the bathroom while wearing the Elizabethan collar. You may need to remove it for these activities. Supervise the pet while the Elizabethan collar is removed to avoid any licking, chewing or scratching of the injured area.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic Elizabethan collar
  • Dog or cat collar
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