Should A Dog Wear A Collar 24/7?
Updated: Dec 15, 2019
This is a question we get asked a lot. The question and the answers have become quite controversial among dog owners. In this post, we are not going to pick a side, instead we are here to educate the public on the pros and cons of having a dog wear it's collar 24/7 and let each of you decide, what is best for your situation and your pet.
Wearing a collar that sports your dog's ID, dog license and rabies tag helps ensure his safe return, should he run off unexpectedly.
The serious risk associated with collars is the strangulation hazard. The collar can get caught, causing the dog to panic, which usually only makes the situation worse. This can lead to injury and strangulation.
Leaving your pet’s collar on 24-7 can cause damage to the coat and skin of the neck. It can cause the hairs to break and deform; once the hairs are gone, the collar can cause irritation due to the friction that occurs when it rubs against bare skin.
If you choose to not have your dog wear it's collar when your dog is home, then we suggest that you have your dog microchipped incase he gets loose and needs to be identified. Microchipping is safe, inexpensive, and can be done at your local vet.
If you choose to have your dog wear his collar while at home, you can help to ensure his safety by doing the following:
Ensure the collar is properly fitted and not too tight, you should be able to put two fingers under your dog's collar.
Purchase a Dog Collar that has a breakaway feature to address choking or snagging concerns. And in lieu of hanging ID tags, collars can have identifying information embroidered on them.
We hope that this information was helpful!
Ensuring your pet has the proper collar and collar-wearing habits, you’ll ensure your pet stays happy and healthy for years to come!