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Stress, Recuperation Rates and Elizabethan Collars - Let's Smash the 'Cone of Shame' and Replace it with the 'Sunflower Shield' Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021
  • 11:00 AM
  • Sunday, July 28, 2024
  • 12:00 PM
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Stress, Recuperation Rates and Elizabethan Collars - Let's Smash the 'Cone of Shame' and Replace it with the 'Sunflower Shield'

After surgery, a pet is often sent home wearing an Elizabethan collar - also referred to as an E collar, Buster collar, or plastic cone - to prevent licking and chewing of the incision which could cause irritation, infection, and delayed healing.  Could non-compliance lead to delayed healing?  Could the cone itself lead to extended recovery time if the pet experiences fear, anxiety, or stress while wearing the cone? And, if so, what can we do to about?

Join the presenter as she delves into scientific, observational, and anecdotal evidence regarding the impact of owner-compliance and stress on recovery rates and provides a solution to help make wearing of the Elizabethan collar less stressful for the dog, pet guardians and veterinarians.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how fear, anxiety, and stress may directly or indirectly affect wound healing.
  • Understand the potential negative impact of Elizabethan collars on animal welfare.
  • Learn how non-compliance of Elizabethan collar wearing may lead to delayed recuperation rates.
  • Understand the potential for delayed healing which may be experienced by some dogs wearing Elizabethan collars.
  • Learn what trainers, guardians, vets, and pet care providers can do to help take the fear, anxiety, and stress, out of the Elizabethan collar, setting the scene for a happier pet and the potential for a speedier recovery rate.

About Your Presenter    

Louise Stapleton-Frappell - B.A. Hons, PCT- A, PCBC-A, CAP3, CTDI, DN-FSG2, DN-CPCT2, CWRI

Louise Stapleton-Frappell, Partner and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career Center and Board Member of The Pet Professional Guild, is a Professional Canine Trainer and Behavior Consultant – Accredited by The Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Louise has constantly built on her knowledge and furthered her education in the field of force-free, rewards based, science-based pet training. The creator of the DogNostics’ Dog Trainer Certification Program, Louise has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, in Southern Spain, where she offers a wide range of both group and private classes and pet dog services.
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