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Collars; The Dangers We Don't Talk About Enough

We always want to do our best for our furry friends. They deserve all the care and protection we can offer. However, sometimes we overlook the dangers of something as simple as a collar. This is something so many dog owners don't know about, so we want to raise awareness on the topic.

While collars are important for identification and control during walks, they can be hazardous when left on a dog that is left alone at home. In this blog, we will explore the dangers of collars and why they should be removed from dogs when they are left alone.

One of the most significant risks associated with collars is strangulation. If a dog is left alone wearing a collar, there is a chance that the collar could get caught on something (floor ducts are a common one), such as a piece of furniture, or become entangled in another object. This could lead to the dog being choked, which can be fatal. Dogs can also become panicked and struggle to escape, making the situation even more dangerous.

Another risk associated with leaving a collar on a dog when they are alone is the possibility of the collar getting caught in their mouth or jaw, especially if you have more than one dog at home. Dogs can become curious and start playing with their collars, or it can get caught whilst playing. If the collar gets caught in their mouth, it can lead to serious injury, including broken teeth, dislocated jaws, and even choking.

Collars can also pose a risk of injury when dogs are left alone and are free to roam. If a dog tries to squeeze through a tight space, the collar could get caught, leading to injury or even strangulation. If a dog tries to jump or climb over a fence or gate, the collar could get caught, leading to serious injury or even death.

In addition to the physical dangers associated with collars, they can also lead to psychological harm. A collar that is too tight or uncomfortable can cause a dog to become anxious or distressed. Dogs may also become agitated or anxious if they are unable to remove their collars.

In conclusion, collars can be hazardous when left on dogs that are left alone at home. Strangulation, injury, and psychological harm are all risks associated with leaving collars on dogs. It is important to remove collars when dogs are left alone and to ensure that they are properly fitted when worn. By taking these precautions, we can help to ensure that our furry friends stay safe and happy.

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