Does your dog have a collar? Do they wear it 24-7? Collars are a great idea for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, they provide a place for identification in case your dog ever escapes. Second, they are convenient for attaching a leash when going on a walk and last but not least, they are super cute and allow you to show off your dog’s (or your) personality.
But have you ever considered taking your dog’s collar off when you aren’t home?
Leaving a collar on a dog when they are unsupervised can be very dangerous. Dog’s collars can get stuck on a number of different things; cages, fences, the list goes on. Sadly, when this happens, dogs often panic and are unable to get loose, resulting in injury or death from strangulation. This horrifying scenario can be avoided by being sure to remove your dog's collar when they are out of your sight.
Less severe, keeping a collar on a dog all the time can alter the growth of their coat, leaving a patchy or hairless ring around their neck where their collar normally lays. Additionally, hot spots (skin infections) can sometimes form if dogs are wet and have their collar left on…not to mention the collar gets stinky…fast!
“What if my dog gets away and doesn’t have their collar on” you’re thinking…
…this is why microchips are a great idea. Regardless of whether your dog is collared or not, if they are microchipped they will always be identifiable- just make sure you keep your address and contact information up-to-date!!
Another alternative is break away collars. These collars are designed to break open if there is enough force on the collar. Although removing the collar all together is the very best option, if you know you’ll forget, shop for a break away collar instead!
All in all, collars are a must have for all dogs for a number of different reasons, but they should never be left on 24-7, especially when your dog is unsupervised! It is always better safe than sorry, plus…it will help keep the collar looking brand new for much longer!
If you’re in need of a new collar, support local and check out For Your Paws Only and if you need a new ID tag for that collar, check out locally owned and operated Tag a Pet.
Looking for a microchip? Any local veterinary clinic can implant it for you!
Thanks for reading!
Jill from Tails and Trails