Prevent Dog Choking: Know the Dangers of Dog Collars

Dog ChokingThe fear of your dog choking can concern you when your dog pulls hard on his leash which forces his collar to dig deep into his neck and makes him cough… or even worse you worry about your dog at home alone because his collar and tags could get stuck on something and cause him to choke before you can help him get out of his collar.

This dog health article gives you tips on dog collar safety to help you keep your dog out of harm’s way.  I hope when you read this article you’ll use these tips to prevent your dog from choking because of his collar’s poor fit or his dog tags.

Prevent Dog Choking: Steps to Check the Correct Fit of Your Dog’s Collar

First, check out whether your dog’s collar is the right one for your dog’s age, size and breed.  Here’s how to get the right size collar for your dog.

  • Use a soft measuring tape to measure the top part of your dog’s neck and add 1 inch.  This part of your dog’s neck is the narrowest part. 
  • Slide your index and middle finger under your dog’s collar to check that it’s not too tight. Your dog’s collar should fit snugly so it won’t to slip over your dog’s ears.

3 Dog Choking Dangers from Dog Collars & Tags

Second, here are 3 dangers to avoid that will help prevent your dog from choking due to his collar.

  1. Tight Collar  Your dog’s tight collar could restrict his airway and make it difficult for your dog to breath.  Tight dog collars also cause chafing around your dog’s neck which can lead to skin irritations.
  2. Loose Collar – Your dog’s loose collar can easily slide off.  This means that your dog’s collar could get caught on gates, furniture, bushes and other dogs when they play.  The risk for your dog is choking or suffocation if he’s unsupervised or home alone.
  3. Tags on Collar – Dog tags can get caught on things like your dog’s crate, furniture or bushes.  Your dog may twist and turn to get loose which could have fatal results from choking.

6 Tips to Prevent Dog Choking Injuries & Accidents

Lastly, here are 6 valuable tips to help you keep your dog safe from injuries due to his collar.

  1. Microchipping – One strategy to protect your dog from collar injuries and choking is to get your dog microchipped.  Your dog also has a better chance to be found if he’s gone missing because his collar and tags could easily be removed by someone who might want to steal your dog.
  2. Break-Away Collars – These collars will unsnap when it gets stuck on something like your dog’s crate or a bush.  Dog choking accidents can happen in the blink of your eye which means you need to supervise your dog at all times.
  3. Collar Free  Consider removing your dog’s collar when he sleeps or is home alone, plays with other dogs, and when your dog is asleep at night.  This way, your dog won’t be in danger of choking from his collar or dog tags when you’re not able to be with him.
  4. Boarding and Doggie Day Care – Discuss your collar on and collar off rules with the owner of all dog boarding and day care centers so your dog is safe in their facility and with other dogs at play.
  5. Dog Sitters & Dog Walkers – Instruct your dog sitters and walkers on your collar rules and dog choking safety so they understand the do’s and don’ts to keep your dog safe inside and on walks.  This includes being careful not to pull your dog with his leash and cause harm to your dog’s neck and throat.
  6. Groomers – You may want to give you groomer specific instructions about your dog’s collar when they wash and dry your dog for safety.  Soapy fur becomes slippery and collars can slide off while your dog gets lathered up.  To prevent accidents, always require that your dog is supervised and never left alone while they are at your groomers.

You’ve just read about the dangers of dog collars and how to prevent dog choking which will help you keep your dog safe from accidents and injuries that could result from your dog’s collar and dog tags.  Freak accidents like dog’s choking by his own collar can happen in seconds so I hope this information gives you all the tips you need for your dog’s safety.

Share this article with your friends and family so they have ways to keep their dog safe from accidents, injuries or choking as a result of their dog’s collar.  You can always depend on the best dog health strategies from Dog Health News.

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Dog Daycare: What’s Your Plan If You Have an Emergency?

Dog daycare may not be on your top priority list until your 85 year old uncle falls down the stairs, spends 4 days in the hospital, requires 3 weeks of physical therapy and needs to install a stairlift before he can go home and care for his dog who’s now your responsibility or even worse, you’re franticly in need of someone to foster your uncle’s 10 year old dog for several weeks and have no idea how your uncle and his dog will deal with  separation.

This news brief gives you an example of one dog owner’s emergency situation so you’ll have a strategy to create a care team for an injured dog owner and their beloved dog.

Dog Daycare: 8 Helpful Tips for Emergency Coverage

  1. Dog Foster Care – You never know when you’ll need a trustworthy dog sitter who can take over full responsibility for your loved one’s dog in an emergency.  A good strategy would be to have a dog sitter and a foster home in case you need a temporary or permanent solution to care for a senior’s dog when something goes wrong.
  2. Keys – You’ll need at least 5 sets of keys to give out to your care team to handle things like taking out trash, picking up mail or retrieving personal items for your loved one.  You may need to give keys to your dog daycare manager, housekeeper or a service company if work needs to be done.
  3. Phone numbers – Emergency numbers including dog sitters, family members, friends, doctors, home care facilities and financial planners should be kept in a safe place that the care team can access readily.
  4. Dog food & treats – Your care team needs to know where the dog food and treats are kept as well as the daily portions.  You may want to put notes on the refrigerator for easy reference.
  5. Leashes, harnesses and jackets – To make things easy, keep the dog’s leashes, harnesses and jackets in one place near the door you’ll use to take the dog out.  Don’t forget the doggie waste bags too!  You may want to have an emergency kit ready in case you need to bring it along to your dog daycare facility so your senior’s dog will have all the things he needs including one of his toys.
  6. Medications – It’s critical to know all the medications taken by your senior and their dog.  You can keep a list of these items in the kitchen on the refrigerator  with instructions for dosage and where to renew prescriptions as needed.
  7. Veterinarian – Another much needed item on your checklist is the contact information for your senior’s veterinarian including the number for your local emergency animal hospital.
  8. Instructions for dog care – Your senior might have special daily routines with his dog.  A smart idea is to write them down and give them to your care team, dog daycare facility or foster dog parents so everyone has the same instructions for dog care. 

Fred and Sasha’s Story

  • Fred – The good news here is that Fred had a care team in place and were able to put a plan together immediately. Since Fred managed to dial 911 to get emergency help for himself, the next top priority was finding a foster home for his dog, Sasha, a lively 10 year old Cairn Terrier who looks like Toto from the well known classic movie, The Wizard of Oz.  After a long discussion with his care team including what to do about dog daycare, of High Energy Dogscourse, Fred agreed to the installation of a stairlift as the first step to safe-proofing his home.  Fred can’t wait to come home from from the rehab facility so he can be reunited with his best pal Sasha.  He’s grateful for his care team beyond words.
  • Sasha – As part of Fred’s care team, I’m lucky to be able to take Sasha for weekly walks by the ocean.  Even though I know Sasha could literally lift me off my feet if I let her pull me down the street, she is a perfect example of a well behaved dog.  Fred says that Sasha loves anyone she’s with, however I’m certain her heart remains with her owner and I bet she can’t wait to come home soon and be with Fred.  Dog daycare in Sasha’s case would be only for emergencies.

This short story gives you a heartwarming story and tips for emergency coverage so you can put together a care team for your loved one and their dog in case something unforeseen happens.

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