Restraint Collars in Birds: Types of Restraint Collars and Specific Issues with Restraint Collars

Key Points

  • Restraint collars provide the clinician with a non-pharmaceutical method to prevent self-injury.
  • Without proper use and monitoring, collars can do more harm than good.
  • The most common restraint collar is the Elizabethan or e-collar.

Restraint collar devices are also referred to as ‘neck collars’ or ‘safety collars’. The most common restraint collar is the Elizabethan collar (or e-collar). Many different manufacturers sell e-collars and modified e-collars designed for different species and for specific purposes. Restraint collars are widely used to prevent undesirable behaviors and self-injury. Clinically, veterinarians have used restraint collars in birds to prevent self-mutilation or self-trauma and to prevent animals from removing intravenous catheters, bandages, and other external devices . . .

To continue you need to be a member. (Français), (Español)

Pour continuer, vous devez être un membre

Para continuar, debe ser miembro de

Already a LafeberVet Member?

Please Login


Schafer-Nolte, C., Kummerfeld, N. & Ganter, M. Experiences with cylindrical throat collars for cage birds. [German]. Kleintierpraxis 32(3), 133–134, 136 (1987).

Wilson, S. Elizabethan collars and plastic bags. Vet. Rec. 132(26), 664 (1993).

To cite this page:

Brown C. Restraint collars in birds: Types of restraint collars and specific issues with restraint collars. July 24, 2007. LafeberVet Web site. Available at