Collars. As a pet owner, getting your pet a collar is very important for a number of reasons, especially if you have a dog. These collars give you a place to attach leashes for walks and your pets’ tags and license. We understand that getting a collar is not as easy as putting one on. New owners especially would probably have a lot of questions like “Are collars even safe?” or “Will a collar lead to excessive shedding of fur?” We’ve got answers that will hopefully bring you some clarification.
First off, are dog collars safe? Well, using the right collar in the right way can ensure that you steer clear of hazards, making it safe for your pooch to wear, even for long hours. However, using the wrong one or using one the wrong way can be detrimental to your dog. For starters, make sure your dog’s collar is not too tight. This will cause breathing difficulties for your dog and could even damage their trachea. Keep your dog’s collar loose but not too loose to the point it can be shaken off.
There are a number of collars to cross off of your options to ensure your dog’s safety. This includes choke collars, which can cause damage of skin and tissues in the neck, bruising of the oesophagus, dislocation of the neck vertebrae and more. The choking can also lead to psychological effects, making your dog frightful and/or aggressive. Next, head collars, typically used in training dogs that pull during walks. Now, this may seem like a harmless solution to your dog-walking problem. The truth is far from that. Not only is a head collar uncomfortable as it wraps around your dog’s muzzle but it also reminds your dog of having their muzzles bitten down by other dogs as warnings. If your dog does pull when wearing this collar, the collar pulls the dog’s head downward and to the side. This movement can cause neck injury if your dog pulls too hard or moves a little too fast. If you’re thinking “Okay, then how do I get my dog to stop pulling?” Dogs generally like to pull on walks which can be difficult for the walker. Fret not. There is a better, safer alternative: Sense-ation Harness. The ring of the harness is located at the dog’s chest instead of the neck, allowing you to redirect your dog toward you without causing any pain, even when your dog pulls or lunges. Another collar that can be harmful to your furry friends are prong collars. These collars have metal protrusions attached to them that pinch dogs that pull. This can scratch or even puncture the skin. As with choke collars, dogs may interpret the tightening of a prong collar to a stranfle, making them the same psychological effects. Shock collars. The name itself sends chills down one’s spine, doesn’t it? Imagine being electrocuted every time you make a mistake. Not fun, huh? Well, that is exactly what a shock collar does. This leads to severe anxiety and displaced aggression in dogs. The shocks can cause multiple physical effects as well, from mild burns to a major heart condition known as cardiac fibrillation.
Wondering if your dog’s collar can cause hair loss around his or her neck? It is definitely possible for this to happen. Hair loss is a symptom of collar chafing, which is the rubbing of your dog’s collar on its skin. It is not easy to spot collar chafing as the collar usually blocks the effected area. However, it is definitely preventable. Chaffing is caused by pulling, tightness, pinching, dirt, roughness or stiffness of the collar material and also by wearing the wrong type of collar. Therefore to prevent this from happening to your favourite- we mean fur- child, then always keep the collar clean. After a day out, or on bath days, take off your dogs collar and give it a good clean. As mentioned above, make sure your dog’s collar is not too tight and that it can always move around to avoid pinching your dog’s skin or fur. Soft materials like nylon make good collars, be sure that the collar is soft and supple even upon purchase. Do not depend on “Oh, it will eventually soften with time” as that time can be the cause of chafing. When you’re home with your dog, you can opt to take off the collar as well since collars do not have to be on 24/7.
Collars can be too heavy for your dog, depending on the type and material of the collar and also the size and age of your dog. Leather and metal collars tend to get quite heavy. Thick chain collars and leashes are a certain no-no, even for large dogs. This slows them down and tires them out. In terms of weight, a nylon collar is probably best, especially for small dogs, old dogs and puppies as they are physically weaker than bigger dogs. To put into perspective, you wouldn’t put an adult Rottweiler’s collar on a Pomeranian puppy, would you?
Finally, some dog owners are concerned that collars can cause seizures, and they have reason to be concerned. Certain collars that treat ticks and fleas have been found to cause neurological problems for dogs, including seizures. This is caused by drugs in the isoxazoline class like Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica. While most pets do not have any reaction to these treatments, some pets do. This includes pets that don’t even have a prior history. Therefore, it would definitely be best to consult your veterinarian if you plan on using products with these drugs to treat your dog.
Scared to get a collar now? Well, we’ve got good news for you then. Even though getting a collar for your best friend is a package of What-ifs, there is surely a good collar available for your sweet creature, like the Truelove Adjustable Nylon Dog Collar which is available on Lazada in multiple colours.