Post # 1
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use plastic buckle designed collars for your dog’s collars if possible!!!
I’ve just had the most awful experience with my two pups that wear the metal buckle collars – the ones that you put the little prong through the holes to make it tighter or looser.
They were play fighting and Milo got his jaw caught in Stanley’s collar and because he was struggling to get it off he was twisting it round and round and was choking Stanley. And because the metal buckle isn’t a quick release one I couldn’t get it undone. There was blood everywhere because the buckle corner was cutting into Milo’s nose, Milo was screaming in pain and Stanley couldn’t even make a noise because it was so tight around his neck.
The pups are really shaken up and stressed and we are too.
So please be aware of the collar design when you choose one for your dog!!
This is the kind of collar that you should avoid if possible…
Post # 3
@Laurengrapes: aw poor thing! i never really thought about that.
Post # 4
I’m sorry you had to experience that, how awful 🙁 I hope poor Milo and Stanley are doing much better now!
Thanks for the tip. My dogs both have the plastic release collars but I didn’t even think about a negative side to the metal kind.
Post # 5
How scary!! Glad they are okay now!
Post # 6
So sorry to hear this happened. I hope everything will be OK.
Post # 7
I worked at a cageless kennel in college and my dog and her best friend, this little Corgi got in what the owner thought was a fight one day. (They would never fight!) They were attached and freaking out and it turns out my poor dog got her tooth stuck in Corgi’s chain collar. 🙁 They were both getting hurt (hence the freak out). So sad! He was able to get them apart, and my dog was so shaken up she sat on his lap (she is a large breed 🙂 in the office the rest of the day! Definitely something to be mindful of!
Post # 8
How sad! Thanks for posting – I never would have thought of that being an issue!!
Post # 9
I’m very sorry that this happened, but thank you for sharing! I was just looking for a new collar for my dog and was wondering whether there are pros and cons to the different closure devices on the collars. I hope your pups will recover quickly!
Post # 10
Aww I hope that your dogs (and you!) recover quickly from that scary incident!!! Poor pups!
Post # 11
Oh how awful! We have always used plastic buckle ones because if the dog gets caught on something while running through the woods, the plastic will break if the dog is really struggling.
Post # 12
Thank you for all your kind wishes towards the pups (and me!)
I just don’t want anyone else to go through what we did today – I dread to think what would have happened if it had have happened when we were out!
Post # 13
Wow I never thought of that. One of our dogs has a plastic release and the other a metal buckle (not on purpose, those just happened to be the collars the stores had when we bought each). They are rough and tumble during play time so I can imagine this happening to them. I think I’ll be getting a new one for my one guy.
Post # 14
I’m glad you were there to save them! We had the exact same thing happen with our two dogs except it was a nylon collar with a plastic buckle (maybe it would have released before something really bad had happened but I wasn’t going to wait and find out). It’s scary to think what might of happened if I hadn’t been home with them at the time. Our dogs never wear collars after that incident. We moved their tags to harnesses and have them microchipped.
Post # 15
Wow, sorry to hear! I hope they’re okay. Our pup uses a harness to try to avoid anything like this. He is such a goober that I wouldn’t be surprised if this happened with his harness on though.
Post # 16
Thanks everyone! I just wanted to warn everyone! I’m lucky as it could have been so much worse!