It has many names. The Elizabethan collar, the E collar, the Buster collar, or simply the pet cone, is a protective medical device that prevents animals from biting or licking their wounds while their injuries heal. However, the way the critters look while wearing it has earned the device a few nicknames as well: the pet lamp, the pet radar dish, and, most notably, the cone of shame.

To explain the origins of these alternatives, Bored Panda has collected a list of photos where our four-legged companions' expressions perfectly describe the way they feel inside the darn thing.

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Suddenly, the cone of shame isn't so bad.

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RJ
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3 months ago

Don't worry, I'm here for you doggy

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The collars are named after the ruffs worn in Elizabethan times. The first U.S. patent was filed by Frank L. Johnson in 1959.

The vets usually suggest them in order to prevent the animal from irritating a wound or removing stitches while self-grooming. The cones of shame are used to either prevent the animal from licking or biting its wound or using its limbs to scratch its head, eyes, or ears. The collar is sometimes also used to stop animals with self-destructing habits from hurting themselves. Also, the cones of shame help animals that suffer from allergies. For example, it can prevent the critter from ingesting any of the medicine that's applied on its skin.

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RJ
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3 months ago

Its wonderful how dogs support each other, humans need to learn more from the dogs.

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Despite their regular use, relatively little is known about the effects of these collars. One survey, aimed at owners whose pets wore the cone of shame during the past 12 months, showed that 77.4% of their respondents reported a poorer quality of life in their companion animals while the collar was on.

The poorer owner-perceived quality of life score was mostly due to the way the collar interfered with the animal's ability to drink, play, or caused irritation. So, animal healthcare professionals suggest pet owners do their research when choosing the right design for their little buddy.

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Rissie
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3 months ago

Happy pupper is still happy :)

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columbokateUK
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3 months ago

This will be me on 15th june when I'm back at work 😁

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3 months ago

How do YOU like having your head in a cone, huh? HUH?! HOW DO YOU LIKE IT, HUMAN!

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RJ
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3 months ago

that look though. poor kitty.

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My friend's pupper is in the cone of shame and I can't even.

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MsM
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3 months ago

Pixar pupper is pooping? XD

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MsM
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3 months ago

That's a nice lamp.

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Francis
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3 months ago

typical cat :D

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Tracey Hirt
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3 months ago

“I uses The Cone of Shame to protect the tiny hooman.”

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troufaki13
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3 months ago

Look! It's the very rare cat-lamp!

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Paulina Johansson
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3 months ago

Phteven?

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Untitled_Goose_Man
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3 months ago

Is that a real alligator?

Beth Arriaga
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3 months ago

Omg I never even saw the alligator... I want to say yes. Just because that would be awesome.

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Laugh Fan
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3 months ago

It's okay - you can have the bed to yourself.

Gillian Black
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3 months ago

one way of having the whole bed to yourself I suppose

Just another bot
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3 months ago

It's so nice they let the sick pup have the bed all to himself. Really good boys and girls

Up All Night
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3 months ago

They just don't want to do anything with the animal clinic-smelling one.

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Randy Klefbeck
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3 months ago

The shunning.

Sue Knerl
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3 months ago

All who wear the cone of shame shall be shunned.

Sharon Attwood
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3 months ago

Poor baby!

CodingGirl04
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3 months ago

Aww poor guy

Faith Nicole
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3 months ago

Beautiful dogs

CincyReds
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3 months ago

Awwww they let him have the bed all to himself

Marlene Ricker
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3 months ago

Ostracized due to the Cone of Shame!

sharron lynn parsons
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3 months ago

Extremely sad !!!

Chris Watson
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3 months ago

Respect for the wounded.

Dorothy Cloud
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3 months ago

One way to get the bed all to yourself!

Muriel Gillespie
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3 months ago

Some people will do anything to get their own bed!!!!

Carole Hamilton
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3 months ago

only way to get own bed!

Janine Hunt-Jackson
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3 months ago

That Might be catching! Let's all sleep over here, so we don't get sick!

jleitner
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3 months ago

I'm imaging that the one in the cone is not in a good mood and not inclined to share the bed...

nancy pearson
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3 months ago

there's an alien among us!!!

Lydia Dean-Melchior
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3 months ago

Well... you'll definitely know who your friends are.

Viviette Moore
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3 months ago

lol

Kesam
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3 months ago

He probably just farted

Kimberley Thomas
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3 months ago

Outcast vs Heathers groups.

Shanti
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3 months ago

Who farted?

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Rissie
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3 months ago

That night shade is melting.

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MsM
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3 months ago

Howdy, doggo!

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columbokateUK
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3 months ago

Formulating a revenge plan

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Rissie
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3 months ago

Aaw, kitty is so pretty! Even with the little up side down lampshade on.

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Idk what's worse, the cone of shame or the kitty pajamas. He doesn't seem to be happy about either.

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Tami Bridges
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3 months ago

That cat is breaking out the first chance that arises lol

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MsM
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3 months ago

Typical siblings

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3 months ago

As long as Fluffy keeps his stoic gaze northwards the Clemens family has crystal clear satellite reception.

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Dennis does not like the cone of shame.

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RJ
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3 months ago

help me..!!

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Bored Birgit
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3 months ago

Hooman. Watch. My. Ears.

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Gillian Black
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3 months ago

where are the fish arent I in a fish bowl

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Our cat is wearing a cone of shame right now and she keeps trying to lick her tummy.

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Cats are contortionists.

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This is the smallest cone the hospital had.

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Kesam
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3 months ago

Wow, this cheetah has an enormous wobbly body and a tiny head.

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Viviette Moore
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3 months ago

I think he would rather get wet

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RJ
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3 months ago

I'm not happy with this, hooman

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Cone of Shame: Day 9

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Eric Elton
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3 months ago

Ice Cream Cone of Shame

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von Funnyname
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3 months ago

Stay clear of the exhaust vent on this Death Star...

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Tracey Hirt
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3 months ago

“Draw me like one of your French girls...”

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GirlFriday
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3 months ago

This little one is going to poop in your shoe.

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Tracey Hirt
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3 months ago

Definitely plotting your death right now.

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Paulina Johansson
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3 months ago

Another lil phteven cloud.

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suramura
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3 months ago

omg, he's got both a moustache and a goatee! how adorable!

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Bev Gyori
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3 months ago

I have to wear this for how long?

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Note: this post originally had 50 images. It’s been shortened to the top 35 images based on user votes.