Changing the Kitty Kollar

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 (the one you are changing and a clean replacement). I recommend that you wash the Kollar you remove so it can dry overnight and be ready the next time you change the Kollar. If you would like a printable version of this procedure, click here to open a PDF that you can print or save to your computer.

NOTE: If you see more than the usual amount of discharge on the pad, or 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.

Gather supplies before changing the Kity Kollar

1. Gather all supplies: clean kollar, protector pad, gauze or pad to clean stoma, and diluted Betadine or Nolvasan (1 part to 9 parts warm water) solution. Please ask what your vet prefers you to use.

Loosen Velcro strap and slide off Kitty Kollar

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.

Use diluted Betadine to clean stoma

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

Stoma should be clean, dry, and free of hair

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

Slide clean protector pad over the tube against the stoma

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

Work clean Kitty Kollar down over tube

6. Work clean kollar down over tube.

Replace cap on tube if removed previously

7. Replace cap on tube if you removed it previously.

Fold Velcro strap over excess tube length

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