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« on: September 11, 2007, 07:45:26 AM »

Story on Itchmo today.

http://www.itchmo.com/prison-officer-receives-award-for-saving-sniffer-dog-2736

Sent shivers down my spine.  Something similar happened to 2 of my past German Shepherds a few years ago.

They were playing on my deck.  I was home (otherwise they wouldn't be on the deck).  The younger dog ( 1-year-old) managed to get his mouth stuck in the older dog's collar (5-year-old).  I couldn't get either loose, couldn't unbuckle the collars, couldn't use a knife even if I had one handy for fear of accidentally slitting their throats.  They were frantically thrashing about and rolling around.  I panicked.  My neighbors were yelling asking if I wanted them to call a vet.  Older dog's gums turned gray and she was fading, lacking oxygen.  Her body went limp and only then was I able to loosen the collar.  Rushed her to the vet.  Thankfully she was fine and lived another 9 years after that.  Scary, scary.  I'm shaking just talking about it.

Since then I have always removed their collars when I am not home and able to watch them.  They can even get collars caught in their cages.  It happens.

Been meaning to take one of the pet first aid courses offered by the Red Cross.
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2007, 11:16:00 AM »

Our dogs wear safety collars:
http://www.keepsafecollar.com/category.cfm?Category=1

Got them because Pet Connection did a post on collars and the possibilities gave me the willies.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2007, 11:20:45 AM »

Had an incident a few years ago, about 2:30am, I awoke suddenly and I swear I heard one of the dogs calling me, went downstairs and found my dog strangling with his choke collar caught on his pen. Took all my strength to hoist a 130# dog, keep him calm and wrestle his collar loose from the pen. Needless to say NO MORE choke collars on dogs in pens. Now they all have safety collars.

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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2007, 11:26:25 AM »

I don't have collars on my dogs or cats. I do keep a harness on the beagle because she attacks anyone who comes to the door. I need it to grab her. When we adopted the 2 cats 7 yrs ago I tried to collar them.Punkin who was 8 or 9 had been a feral & he kept getting it caught around his jaw & mouth. After finding him choking on it twice I took them all off.Didn't seem to matter how tight or what kind,he just kept freaking out & trying to get out of it. In the crate I don't even use a harness.
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2007, 12:07:02 PM »

Lots of scary stories.  Good thing itchmo posted that story today.  Lots to chew on. 

lesliek,
I don't use collars on my cats anymore either.  All indoor cats.  I have had them get their mouths tuck in safety collars.  You actually managed to get collars on your ferals?  You rock!  My kitties that didn't get used to collars as youngsters, can't stand anything near their necks.

arabiannikki,

I have to remember to take the dogs' leather collars off if they are crated and I'm not home.  Have been lax with that.  My vet taught me to do that.

lakota,

Welcome to the forum.  Glad your dog woke you up to save your other dog. 

I'll have to look into safety collars for my dogs.  Thanks for the link CarolPW.

Klondike,  Yeah, they get panicky with a stuck nail.  Cats sometimes climb a screen and get stuck.  Had one cat get a nail stuck on a dog crate and was stuck in mid air screaming. 

oops, saved my post prematurely

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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2007, 02:05:15 PM »

When we adopted the 2 cats 7 yrs ago I tried to collar them.Punkin who was 8 or 9 had been a feral & he kept getting it caught around his jaw & mouth. After finding him choking on it twice I took them all off.

I had this happen with my cat as well.  She totally freaked when her jaw got caught in the collar. Blood and fur went flying everywhere.  Luckily, neither of us had any injuries, but my cat hasn't worn a collar since that day about 10 yrs. ago.

My last dog would sometimes get her collar caught on branches in the woods.  But, not being one to do much of anything for herself she'd just stand still and bark until someone came to free her.  Lucky for her and me.
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2007, 04:02:44 PM »

Collars are a challenge. I've used the breakaway collars but get concerned (it's maybe only in my head) that they breakaway too easily and come off. My dogs are chipped, but they also wear their tags on a martingale collar made by Premier. Since they have little pointy spitz heads, they could easily slip a regular collar. The Premier collar stays loose, but tightens if they try to pull on it (or out of it). I'm still not happy with the configuration, but it's simple and has worked so far.

http://www.sitstay.com/store/equip/collars3.shtml
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2007, 04:06:56 PM »

Oh my!  JustMe... that is soooo scary!!!  I am so glad that your dogs recovered.  I do not use collars on my cats, ever. 
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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2007, 07:39:08 PM »

Justme- Get rid of the leather collars ! My friend moved a few towns away & her indoor cat got loose at the new house. We did finally find him 7 wks later. He made it back to the old house[around the corner from me]. Unfortunately he was wearing a leather collar. From getting wet & drying out multiple times,it had shrunk so much it was stuck in his neck. He was in the vet hospital on iv antibiotics for 3 weeks. He did finally make it home,but he never fully recovered his health. He's a maine coon mix & longhaired except where the collar rubbed away the skin on his neck. The hair never grew back.
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2007, 03:14:02 AM »

lesliek,

Poor kitty.  Never thought about the shrinkage aspect.  Thank you for the information.  I will pass that along to some friends who still use leather collars.

I don't use leather on the dogs anymore.  No collars at all on cats (all indoor).
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Eventually they will understand,
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For I will whisper into their hearts
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"A kitten in the animal kingdom is like a rosebud in a garden", author unknown
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