CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER.
Have you ever had a passing thought and asked yourself “how safe is the collar I’m putting around my dog’s neck?”
Have you ever wondered “how dangerous it would be if my dog’s collar ever became caught on something?”
The sad fact is that many dog owners find out the answers to these questions when it is too late. Collar accidents occur on a regular basis under the most normal and careful of circumstances with every type of conventional collar.
National Animal Safety and Protection Month helps us to highlight how we can protect our dogs from senseless and devastating collar accident tragedies throughout the year.
My own dog, Chinook, lost his life when he was strangled by his rolled leather buckle collar. Chinook was the love of my life. For 9 years our bonds grew strong until one day, in an instant, the collar I put on Chinook to keep him safe, became snagged, twisted and took his life instead.
A common characteristic of collar accident is that they begin suddenly and end tragically.
Collar accidents occur in the backyard or inside the home in our dog’s safe environment. Collars can and do become snagged on fences, crates, furniture, cabinet knobs, deck boards, and vegetation to name a few.
Collars getting caught on fences is a common cause of strangulation.
The number one most common and fatal collar accident is when two dogs become entangled while they are neck biting in play. The jaw or tooth of one dog slips under the collar of the other and becomes caught. In the dog’s panic to get free the collar twists and begins to strangle one dog and cause injury to the jaw of the other. One moment a dog is happy and playing and the next moment the life is being strangled from him. Multiple-dog households are in particular danger of this terrifying ordeal