The Dangers of Dog Collars

While researching a subject of interest for our Holidays4Dogs website readers, I sadly came across an article featured in the Metro about Rocco the Border Terrier. Tragically, the little one was found hanging by his collar from a door handle in the home. Read on to find out more about the real dangers of dog collars.

After this tragic event, tributes came flooding into the border terrier owner’s page on Facebook. Many people posted their condolences online together with pictures of their pets, alongside collars which have been removed and the caption, ‘collars off for Rocco’.

According to a member of Rocco’s family, dog collars can pose hidden dangers that many of us rarely consider.

However, there are numerous stories to be found of dogs finding themselves in similar situations. This, often overlooked issue, highlights the dangers of dog collars.

Ordinary collars can, and do, become caught on furniture, door handles and other objects, causing injury and in some cases, death.

The danger continues outdoors, where collars can become attached to gateposts, fences and other obstacles. When this happens, there is a severe danger of choking.

Collars and crates can also be a recipe for disaster. It has been known for dog tags to get trapped in the bars of the crate. Another potential way that collars can get caught is in air or heating vents.

While you may think dog collar accidents are rare – incidents are on the rise and the dangers are very real. This may be because more dogs are left alone for longer periods while people work longer hours.

Tips to Prevent Dog Collar Accidents

Breakaway collars – these collars are designed so that the clip opens under any pressure – so if the collar gets caught on any obstruction and the dog pulls, the clip will release.  These collars are readily available in pet shops or on-line.

Harnesses – a good alternative is to attach the lead to a harness, (which can still display the details of your dog on a tag). The dangers associated with harnesses are much less.

Avoid identity tags that dangle and may get caught; instead, opt for the type that inserts into the collar and lies flat or is embroidered directly onto the collar.

Just a few extra precautions can dramatically decrease the chances of your dog ever being the victim of a tragedy such as Rocco’s.

More on this tragic story…

The independent online reported this sad incident – Dog Owners remove their pets’ collars in tribute

Instagram #CollarsofforRocco ‘Dog Owners Are Removing Their Pets’ Collars In Touching Tribute To Dead Dog

It is also worth noting, that if your dog pulls very hard on the lead, there is a danger a collar can cause injury to the dog’s neck.

In 2020, a team of researchers from Nottingham Trent University concluded that all collar styles, including padded ones, have the potential to cause injury by pressure to the neck.

They recommended all dogs should be walked on a harness and a collar should only be used as a connection, if the dog does not pull.

Collars should always be worn with identification attached, but if your dog pulls – use a harness for walking.

Dangers of Blind Cords to Pets

In additon to the dangers of dog collars, Holidays4Dogs would also like to highlight the similar danger of blind cords to pets – (as well as to children).

Safety advice for householders;

Examine each blind in your home. If they have a looped control chain, or cord, but do not have a safety device fitted – you can easily install one yourself.

One cheap option is to simply cut the cords off your blinds, so there is no longer a loop.

Ensure that all operating blind cords and chains cannot be reached by your dog. Simply tucking the cord loop away is not a safe option.

Consider trimming overly long cords.

Move pet beds and any furniture away from windows and blinds where pets can easily climb up.

When buying a new blind, always look for one that does not contain cords, has concealed cords or, has an in-built safety device that complies with the new European Standards.

Remember  – All corded products are unsafe and require other safety measures to make them safer. Always ensure continuous cord loop products are installed properly. and 4Dogs are participants in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commission fees by advertising and linking to the following websites. Read our full disclosure agreement here.