Australian researchers found that a veterinary collar significantly affects the quality of life of animals — judging by changing their daily habits and also on how their state appreciate owners. For their study, researchers during the year interviewed 434 pet owner: 77.4 percent of them reported that the collar actually worsens the condition of the Pets. Article published in the journal Animals.
Animal veterinary collar worn to prevent infection: it prevents them from licking and biting wounds or stitches remaining after surgery. Often (primarily in the English language) it is called “Elizabethan collar” in honor of Rafa — collar of starched fabric or lace worn in the era of Queen Elizabeth I.
Despite the fact that the collars do help animal to avoid further injury and infection, they can be dangerous. Mainly, for example, they are made of plastic, on which the animals may be allergic. In addition, it can prevent a pet comb and lick themselves for reasons of hygiene — why, for example, they may be more lice.
Another disadvantage, as reported by pet owners is that Pets in the collars feel worse psychologically. Check it out on a large amount of data decided by scientists under the leadership of Ann Fawcett (Anne Fawcett) from the University of Sydney. Throughout the year they regularly surveyed 434 pet owner — dogs and cats — who wore plastic or other veterinary collars. In addition to demographic data about the participants, the researchers also collected information about how the collar affects (and is affected by it at all) on a daily activity animals: are they less engaged in their usual activities, less eating and drinking, worse sleep, whether they received any additional injuries. In addition, participants were asked on a five point scale to assess the overall quality of life for their animals — while wearing the collar without it.
About 60 percent of the participants reported that their animals became harder to drink, and 17 percent — about what they can’t do this on their own at all. 67.5 per cent of participants reported that their dogs became more difficult to play, and 19.1% — that the animals had ceased to play at all. As for quality of life, 77.4 percent of participants reported that the quality of life of their Pets have fallen while wearing a collar compared with the same figure without it. According to participants, the quality of life of their Pets largely decreased due to the fact that they couldn’t drink and play.
Of course, veterinary collar on the animal to wear as needed. Scientists, however, noted that pet owners and veterinarians must be aware of how much the collars affect the lives of animals (and, consequently, on the lives of their owners), and carefully select, for example, the material from which they are made, and it is also possible to use other means of protection or, for example, carefully monitor to ensure that the pet is not brushed and is not biting the wound.
Stress in animals during treatment may also cause a trip to the vet. To reduce it, at least in cats, can help written specifically for them music.