Did you know that an average of 26,000 dogs a year, or 71 a day are injured in a collar-related accident? Collars are very important for your furry friend but can be dangerous at the time if it is not used properly.
It can get caught on gates, fences, dog crates, branches and roots of trees, or when your furry friend is catching fun with another pup. If no one is there to save them as soon as possible, they will injure their necks or die by strangulation.
Will that makes you toss your collar out? Of course not. To make sure your furry friend is safe wearing them, we have put this list together for your dog’s safety.
1. Remove Collars During Playtime
When some dogs are catching fun with each other, they wrestle at objects, including their collars. Oftentimes, a pup’s tooth or jaw can get tangled in their friend’s collar.
Their first objective is to twist and attempt to be separated, which can lead to the tightening of the collar. If they can not be separated quickly and safely, it can result in injury or death. Also, ID tags and their clips can get caught and result in accidents.
The best way to avoid these issues is to remove collars before playing with other puppies.
2. Remove Collars At Home & In Crates
If used at home, it can get stuck on household items, like fences or gates. When your furry friend is in a crate or kennel, their ID tags or collar can get hooked on the crate. And it could lead to injury, if they are unable to unhook themselves.
The only safe way to avoid this is to take off collars before crating your furry partner or before you leave it on his own.
3. Stay Aware Of Your Dog And Their Surroundings At All Times
Collar entanglements can occur and escalate so fast, you can intervene promptly by keeping a keen eye on your furry partner.
In case of entanglement, taking action might mean having to cut the collar off. Cutting might be compulsory even for the one with a side-loose buckle.
4. Make Sure The Size Is Right
Not too loose, not too tight is the best. If you are able to put just two fingers between the collar and your pup, it is sized right. Read Dog Collar Size Chart By Breed In Inches
If it is too tight it could be uncomfortable for your furry friend. And if too loose the odds of getting caught on things are increased. It can even get caught in its own mouth and paws.
You have to be checking the fit of your furry friend’s collar in case they grow or lose weight, or their fur gets thicker in the winter.
5. Avoid Dangling Name Tags
A bone-shaped ID tag is appreciated like the next dog lover. But a common cause of accidents related to collars is dangling ID tags.
ID Tags can hook in other furry’s collars, and can also be stuck in crate wires and other things. Struggling to break free can lead to neck lacerations.
6. A Quick Release Collar Is The Best
A quick-release collar is very good for your canine. A collar that is too tight can cause skin irritation, infection and inflammation. It is very common in puppies when it skips the mind of owners to resize their collars as they grow. In the worst cases, it can penetrate into the dog’s neck and cause deep wounds.
7. Don’t Tie Up your dog
Never tie your furry friend up. Tying up a pup on a raised surface or in the back of an open vehicle or anywhere is very dangerous. If you must tie her up let it be somewhere on ground level, be sure it’s free of obstacles and cannot be “circled around” to avoid entanglement.
Not all collars fit all situations. Try using quick-release or breakaway collars, or go for a harness. Monitor your canine so you can assist in case they get into trouble. Always have an emergency tool kit handy with tested tools with you to cut off any collar. This tool kit should contain a bolt cutter and industrial-strength scissors.