When to Take Cone Off Dog After Neutering or Spaying

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It’s important to give your dog plenty of time to heal after a neuter or spay procedure. Cones play an important role in the recovery as it stops the dog from scratching and licking the treated area. How long a dog has to wear a cone will depend on the circumstances and your vet should have given you guidelines on this.

As a general rule of thumb, about 10 to 14 days should have passed before a dog can have the cone taken off. It’s also important you respect this recovery time period before you allow a recently-spayed dog to start playing. This should give enough time for the incision site to heal after a neuter or spay procedure. Even after some time has passed, it might not be a bad idea to have the cone put on when your dog is not supervised for a period of time (such as when you are out for work).

If your dog isn’t coping well with the cone then first check that the cone has been put on correctly. It should be loose enough for one or two fingers to between the collar and the neck. The next step is to teach your dog so that he understands that wearing a cone may lead to a reward.


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