I had something terrible happen a few months ago that I had never heard anyone talk about before (of course, that was before I found this website). My beloved "Frostie" dog who was 9 months old choked in our back yard. I let him out to go to the restroom as i had many times. He loved to race around the back yard. He was a pretty hyper dog. Somehow.... a small limb that had fallen from the tree got in between his collar and I guess he fought to get loose and he choked to death. Imagine our horror when my son and I found him dead in the back yard. I still cannot get that vision out of my head! It was the the most horrible experience. After that I checked on-line and found many articles warning people, but it was too late for me. I have a new dog now and my son and I are too scared to put a collar on him....only when we take him for a walk which is not very often because he just sits there and I have to drag him. We need to work on that!
Jawlaw, that is so sad. I can only imagine what you and your son had to do to get over that. I know about the collar thing and for weeks and weeks would take it off my puppy when she went into her crate. I did not think of something outside. What sort of collar was it. Aisha now has a choke collar on which I quess is not the greatest thing, but she is a larger breed that needs a reminder every so often. Again, I am sorry.
jawlaw, I can only imagine the effect that had on you and your son. But, now you know better and will do better. I would be willing to bet that has happened before, and will happen again probably, but I am sure it won't happen to you, your son and your dog. That kind of thing stays with you. I almost had the same thing happen once except there was no limb. There was a little girl at my house with a dog on a leash, and she tied the leash to a ladder. I looked out the window and saw the dog moving all around, thought he was playing, when in fact he could not touch the ground, When I got out there his tongue had already turned blue. That scared me enough not to let a child be in charge of a dog on a leash. I hope this did not make you feel worse, that was not my intent.
It was just your average collar. It was not a cheap one, but not an expensive one... I can't remember what brand. It was just a freak accident. The vet kind of got on to me for NOT putting a collar on my new dog because he said that could not happen again if we tried... just one of those freak accidents. However, since that time, I have read of accidents like this involving sticks, fences, crates, air condition units..... They have those break away collars, but I am still afraid it would not break loose. I bought one but it is too big for my dog right now and I probably will not be brave enough to use it. Someone else told me they use cat collars because they stretch so they can get out of them if they get stuck.... I think I will just get him microchipped and leave the collar off unless we go for a walk (if I can ever get him to walk on a leash)!
I'm so glad you could save the dog. I feel so guilty because I didn't get to him in time. But nothing can be done now. You are right. I learned from it and I will make sure that can never happen again. I have had many dogs in the past and they all wore collars and I never had any problem. However, the combination of my dog being hyper and running around the yard....I guess it just slipped right in his collar. I just wanted to bring this up so others would think about how dangerous a collar could be
He will walk on the leash don't worry. How about showing him a treat and making him walk a few steps at a time before he gets it. I do not have Aisha chipped which is why she has a collar in the event that she gets loose. I am hoping that no one would take her, but you know people..... You are being over-protective which is completely normal. Let the vet say what he might, and just turn a deaf ear. You will in the end do what you want anyway. Give your pup a big hug for me.
I had never heard of this. How awful. My thoughts are with you. I'm sure it is uncommon, but after it happening to you I can understand why you feel the way you do. Now I'm scared. Tell me what a break away collar is please.
When my puppy was a little bit smaller (ok so she is still small) a collar would not fit her, so we tried a harness. One day while playing, I thought she had something in her mouth she wasnt suppose to. Come to find out she had managed to bite the harness where it goes around her neck and got her teeth stuck. Now both fit her fine, but we stick with the harness because she tends to try and "back out" of the collar.
i was once in the back of a truck while my dog was on it's lead tied up but then he saw a rabbit and while the car was moving he jumped off still tied up. he got through but only by a bit then after that he just kept doing it...he was a very odd dog.
Two big field type Labradors of mine were playing one night. Lucky for us, I keep close watch on my dogs, though it could have gone either way. I looked out and one had the other dog's choke chain (labs eat web/leather collars off in minutes) wrapped around it's jaw like a loop. The one dog in terrible danger of choking, frantically trying to get away from it's sister, in grave danger of a broken jaw. I had to immobilize 2 scared 100lb. dogs (by myself at 2AM) frantically trying to jerk themselves free, and figure out how to loosen the chain which was dug deep into the dog's jaw with the force of the twist they had given it. A neighbor came out to find me, sobbing and covered in blood, 20 minutes later, asking if I was OK. 1/2 the blood was mine. They bit me up good in their terror. I told her what I was doing. I had basically gotten the dogs pummelled into both laying down and was soon able to extricate them from their mutually deadly situation. I still use choke chains on my dogs. It is that or no collar(dog tags be where?). I am ever aware of the daily danger. I don't collar pups.
Never had the collor thing happen. But I do have a friend that had something like this happen to her horse. The horse got it's halter caught in a apple tree branch in the back part of her field, and the horse paniced and hung it's self. Needless to say all of us in that area that had horses never left another halter on our horses.
to make a long story short.........my son's baby sitter had her 2 dogs playing in their yard. her son came in screaming that schotzee was killing baron. she ran out, blood everywhere, they were beating schotzee because they thought she had baron by the throat. actually, baron got tangled up somehow with schotzee and his collar was tightening around his neck. the blood was from the pressure building up caused all his baby teeth to start popping out of his mouth, every blood vessel in his eyes broke and his eyes almost popped out of his head. he is a rottie and schotzee is a lab/bernard mix. they had to cut the collar to get them apart. baron was rushed to the vet and the vet told them another minute and baron would have been dead. absolutely scary but also a very freak thing.
I don't keep a collar on my dog for those reasons. He is crated almost every week day and I have read not to keep one on while they are in their crate. I have a fenced in back yard where he goes potty and plays. I have been concerned lately about getting him an ID tag and having him wear it because he has gotten away a few times and the thought that noone could identify him or who he belongs to just terrifys me. What is the best solution to this problem?
It's there own fault. The poor dog was probably wearing a choker collar. And if you buy the right type of collar, it won't happen. That is why Shadow only wears her choker while training, and at puppy school.
One thing I do not like seeing is a dog wearing a collar that has no ID on it. That is the only reason that makes sense to have a collar on 24/7, to hold a pets ID. I like microchips, but they can go undetected by many people that may "find" a lost pet. Tattos are good, but most people don't know what to make of the numbers. A good old ID tag with current phone number is probably the best way to get your pet back if it every should find itself in unfortunate circumstances. SOOOO, IF, you are wanting to keep good ID on your pet 24/7 do NOT us nylon collars. Spend a couple dollars more for a decent quality leather collar. As a child our most tragic dog loss was collar related which also would not have happened if it would have been leather. In most cases, an appropriate sized leather collar will rip and break freeing your pet up from whatever they have gotten bound with. I have seen several "oddball" accidents over the years collar related... never with leather collars. I do hear customers coplaing of lost collars though !! Oh well, better that than the dog!!
Wench, Just out of curiousity why are the leather collars better? I'm not questioning you, just want to know because I will certainly replace my nylon collars if need be. Is the leather not to strong to break? Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494