Changing the Kitty Kollar

With practice, this entire process should take you less than two minutes. If you are doing a quick change and do not have to clean the stoma, the process takes even less time. Frequent changes are important to allow you to inspect the stoma. Therefore it will be very helpful for you to have two Kollars. We recommend that you wash the Kollar you remove so it can dry overnight and be ready the next time you change the Kollar.

NOTE: If you see more than the usual amount of discharge on the pad, or if there is any odor, or if there appears to be a “lump” under the skin, the site may be infected. You should contact your veterinarian right away. Do not try to treat yourself using creams or ointments, as the infection may be internal and dangerous especially in immuno-compromised individuals.

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1. Gather all supplies

  • clean kollar
  • protector pad
  • gauze or pad to clean stoma
  • diluted Betadine® or Nolvasan® (1 part to 9 parts warm water) solution. Please ask what your vet prefers you to use.

2. Loosen Velcro® strap over the tube

Gently slide off the kollar while holding the tube to prevent it from pulling out. Remove soiled pad.

3. Clean

Use diluted Betadine to gently clean stoma and sides of tube.

4. Check the stoma

Stoma should appear clean and dry and be kept free of hair.

5. Add a clean protector pad

Slide a clean protector pad over the tube against the stoma.

6. Add a clean kollar

Push clean kollar down over tube.

7. Close Velcro® strap

Fold Velcro® strap over excess tube length. Don’t forget to praise your pet or give a treat for his cooperation!