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5 Ways Collars Can Injure Your Dog

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Strangulation

Dog collars are typical dog accessories, but if used improperly, they can cause serious harm. Strangulation is one of the most severe threats, but many owners ignore it. To avoid unfortunate consequences it is essential to realize how this mechanism works and what potential downsides they have.

Collars may unexpectedly shrink, especially if a dog is hooked on to an object. Restriction of the airways can lead to suffocation of a pet. For example, 26% of strangulations that dogs suffered from were caused by getting hooked by the collar while the owner was not there. Therefore, it is essential to choose a collar accordingly. Breakaway accessories are designed to unlatch once a certain force has been applied. Thus, if a dog is hooked by the collar, it will be able to escape. Regardless of the model, it is essential to check the condition of the accessory and whether it can be easily released.

Besides, ensure that the dog can safely navigate the play area. Carefully chosen boundaries and no objects to which the collar can attach will help. If a dog often walks unattended, the owner should also think about purchasing a harness. This accessory is much safer in terms of risk of neck injury, especially when the pet spends a lot of time in nature and runs uncontrollably in all directions.

Limb or Mouth Injuries

Limb and mouth injuries are both serious dangers that go along with dog collars and can happen even during regular playing activities. Often enough, an incident occurs between one dog’s tooth or jaw gets caught in another dog’s collar, and although that might not even injure the pet that was caught in the collar, the one whose tooth is stuck in their clothing might panic, trying to get out and thus worsening the injury.

In fact, swaydentis or broken teeth are known among veterinarians in cases of dental injuries affiliated with collars, and the statistics suggest that these constitute 5% of all dental emergency cases . Consequently, not only will the pet need urgent help from a vet as it will most likely have a broken or loose tooth, but the pet owners will also have a sizable bill facing them.

In the case of limb injuries – and likely the paw or one or both legs will get caught in the moving scratches, likely when the mascots are jumping at or wrestling with each other – one can sprain, break a paw or even suffer severe lacerations to the limb should the collar of the other dog tug at the limb too strongly. As such, one would need to act urgently to prevent both loss of limb and prevent further damage. These days, there are also quick-release collars available that break if put under the slightest strain, and which can also be useful in preventing these injuries.

Skin Problems

Collars can cause different types of skin problems for dogs. These may include types of skin disorders such as simple redness and irritation and even serious allergic reactions and infections . The reasons for these disorders are usually the constant friction to the dog’s skin and maybe the presence of very sensitive skin. One of the most common issues is contact dermatitis. Dogs may develop some rash or skin inflammation due to the types of materials their collars are made from. Since nickel is the most frequent material for making collar buckles, many dogs have an allergy to this material and develop red and itching collar area unable to grow any hair. The next most common issue with collars is hair loss and skin abrasion; if not cleaned adequately and regularly, the dirt and bacteria that thrives on the collar may lead to more serious skin damage and even infections which would have to be treated with antibiotics . Veterinarians report such issues when people do not adjust the collar to the growing dog or the dog’s skin is too sensitive for the collar used.

As can be seen, collars that are used for pets’ walks and identification may lead to some skin issues. That is why their owners should opt for hypoallergenic materials such as leather or nylon and fit them properly in size . Regular cleaning of the collar and checking the skin around its area are basic preventative measures for any pet. You may also consider lessening the pressure on your pet’s skin by opting for a harness next time.

Neck Damage

Selecting a proper dog collar and using it carefully is crucial. Such type of injury does not normally cause a lot of pain, but it can have serious health consequences and increase the risk of certain health issues like tracheal collapse. This condition is not completely understood, but it is believed to be common in smaller and toy breeds of dogs that are equipped with a small and delicate neck structure. Normally, this happens when a dog is pulling itself on the leash and there is a collar supporting the force in a certain place around the neck. As a result, the trachea and bronchi may flatten and become unable to supply sufficient oxygen to other organs. The majority of neck injuries, which have occurred despite the careful selection of its type, are actually the result of the increased pressure caused due to the lack of force distribution . In this example, a medium size dog was constantly trying to run as fast as possible. Once my friend was unable to secure it with two hands and the dog has pulled the leash hardly that caused a serious spinal injury. It was discovered, that the small disc between two neck vertebrae was unfixable. However, the dog managed to recover in six months after plenty of veterinary medicine and rehabilitation . To avoid these risks, it is important to adjust the collar carefully and select types that fit the dog properly. Additionally, a heavy-duty harness may help with dogs that are aggressively tugging.

General Discomfort

General discomfort

In life itself, even the most elementary dog collar can bring some kind of irritation. In some cases, this discomfort may not be so great, but in fact it has a strong impact on the dog’s body. In the case of a very tight collar or not allowing the animal to breathe normally due to digging, you may encounter the following changes: dogs run less, “sit”, constantly scratch behind the collar, get nervous when you try to insert or remove a leash .

In a survey conducted by pet caregivers, for example, about 20% of the owners said their dog’s behavior has changed because of the discomfort caused by the collar. Sometimes changes can be very strong, especially in hyperactive animals.

Shape and size of collar rings

On the other hand, a very loose collar is also not very good. Over time, it will begin to scratch, which can lead not only to wounds and the development of infections. Perhaps the dog collar worn in such a way is not externally noticeable, but in order to better examine, it will be interesting to note that the jewelry has become dirty. The disorder arises when wearing an improperly selected or secure belt, and judging by this, the tape hangs on either side and looks very unattractive.

If the animal is allergic to synthetic material, constant wearing of nylon or similar plastic will lead to serious consequences. This is reflected in the development of primary or secondary pyoderma and skin diseases. To prevent scratching and irritation, it is worth opting for a soft cloth or genuine leather.

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