Tools of the trade: OPPO Duckbill Dog Muzzle

dog muzzleby Dr Yuka Kozawa, My Vet Animal Hospital, Waterloo, NSW

This is the only type of muzzle we have in our clinic. We use it whenever we’re handling a dog where a trust relationship has not been established. Often dogs snap just because they are really scared and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

What’s good about it

Many of our clients find it very scary when a traditional muzzle is placed on their pet. It can be very confronting for them and this muzzle dispels all those negative feelings. It’s a lot easier for the owner to look at their animal in a cute muzzle. The bright colours certainly help and the dog ends up looking like Donald Duck rather than Hannibal Lecter.

Dogs tolerate it as well as any other muzzle. I haven’t had any issues but most dogs generally don’t like their mouth area being confined. Some dogs are a little hesitant at first but they soon get used to it.

The muzzle is made of silicon so it’s flexible and easy to wash. It comes in four sizes that will fit most breeds.

What’s not so good

We see a lot of toy breeds at our clinic and the smallest-size muzzle is a little too large for very small dogs. If a dog has a very round head and a short snout, the muzzle can slip off—though I’ve had that problem with a lot of other muzzles too.

Where did you get it

I purchased these muzzles while in Japan but they are available on eBay or at Dr Grab.

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