How We Got Started
(Special Note for veterinarians working with rodents: Properly fitted collars over the head have been successfully used to prevent self mutilation post operatively in rats.)
Self inflicted injury such as feather damage, healing after an injury, or post surgery restraint
can be challenging and frustrating. The goal was to create a lighter weight, effective, ergonomic, more comfortable, and sturdy restraint device to limit self inflicted damage. The avian spherical collar is not the final answer but it can be a very effective addition to the various forms of restraint devices currently available. Depending on the problem being addressed, it may be used by itself or in combination with methods to limit reach and to redirect attention of the avian patient.
It is constructed of medical grade polycarbonate plastic which is very durable. The 2 phase locking mechanism can be further reinforced in the event a patient learns to pop the collar just right to spring it open. Just apply a band of tape around the midsection of the collar once it is properly fitted.
Please understand, this is a tool that when not used properly, has the potential to cause injury to the patient. It is critical to instruct owners whose bird is fitted with a collar as to how to remove the collar should a concern arise. Each half of the collar is an exact duplicate of the other. By placing pressure
simultaneously on the number imprinted within the rectangle on each half, carefully pop the two pieces
apart. On small collars, finger pressure can be effective. On larger collars, it may be helpful to palm one half while using your fingers on the opposite side to release the locking mechanism. If unsuccessful, try the same maneuver but switching fingers/palm pressure 180 degrees on the numbers.
Never glue the two halves together. Use a strip of tape as described above if need be.
Do not stretch the neck tightly or a pressure sore will develop and air sac rupture is possible.
Birds fitted with a spherical collar should be monitored for comfort and the ability to feed and drink without difficulty. Precautions should always be used when first applying a collar. Birds may struggle and try different positions to remove the collar when first applied. Avoid surfaces where a leg or wing could get impinged.
Always check a collar for small imperfections (burr) around the openings. Use a dremel tool or small
file to remove before applying to a patient.
Additional information on using the collars will accompany each order.