Recently, my neighbors dog jumped the fence and attacked one of my dogs. Her ear was torn and she had to get stitches. Originally, the vet said she probably wouldn't need the cone of shame, but when we mentioned we have another dog, they recommended using it.
Our dog is large (~50 lbs) so the cone is big. Unfortunately, it engulfs her entire head, extending so far that she can't chew bones or toys. The injury is on the back of her ear, so my impression was that the cone was meant to prevent her or our other dog from licking or scratching at the injury. My dog is really depressed and it's only day two. I was wondering if it would be OK to cut the cone to make it shorter, so that it only protects her ear, and allows her snout to extend past the cone so that she could hold and chew on her chew toys. I attached some pictures of how large the cone is, as well as the injury (back of right ear) if that helps.