Whilst scrolling through social media sites one evening, Buddies team member Becks stumbled across the extremely sad story of Sandra and Stanley.
French Bulldog Stanley was home with his dog pal while mum Sandra was at work. This was no different to any other week day. ‘Stanley was playing with one of his dog friends (who kept him company during the day) and in a freak accident the collar got caught on the other dog’s tooth. When my parents found them, Stanley was dead and the other dog terrified.’
This sparked us to research the dangers collars can pose, and we were shocked and saddened to find that freak accidents like Stanley’s are more common than you would think.
Most dog owners see collars as a vital part of dog ownership. They allow us to walk our dogs on a lead and they provide a place to display ID and health tags. But with the popularity of harnesses growing, and the requirements of micro-chipping, are the days of the collar gone?
Here are a few of the potential danger’s collars can cause to your furry friend…
Spinal Injuries – Traditional dog collars can cause harm to a dog’s spine and neck. If your dog pulls, or you use the lead to pull your dog around, you could be causing serious internal damage. The neck is a very sensitive area and repeated stress can damage the tissue and thyroid glands.
Limb or mouth injuries – If a dog’s collar is too loose, it’s not uncommon for them to get their limbs and/or mouth stuck in the collar. A loose collar can cause irritation, leading to the dog scratching. This is where it become easy for limbs to loop through the collar and become stuck. This can then lead to limb damage or even breakages.
Skin problems – If a dog’s collar is too tight, it can lead to serious skin conditions. The constant rubbing of a collar can cause hair loss, therefore making the area more prone to infection.
Strangulation – Even a well-fitting collar can be dangerous. Freak accidents causing strangulation from collars are reported all over the world.
The popularity of harnesses has grown in recent years, and the majority of the Buddies office dogs wear a harness when walking.
A harness can give you more control of your dog and also evenly dispenses the pressure on a pulling dog.
If you are traditional, and like to use a collar, we recommend using one of the fabulous breakaway collars on the market. Breakaway collars have a safety buckle which releases when pressure is applied. If you are particularly fond of your dog’s current collar, and want to stick with it, then please do ensure you always remove the collar when your dog is indoors or left alone.