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The Different Types of Collars You Can Get for Your Dog

The type of collar you get for your dog depends on a few different things.

First, consider the age of your dog. Puppies should never wear collars because when they tug and pull on the leash, they risk damaging their trachea. While you might not notice the damage when they are young, you will certainly see it at an older age. Puppies should always wear harnesses that do not focus all the tug weight on the neck region.

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Second, the type of collar you get for your dog will depend on their temperament. Dogs who are not well behaved on a leash and require a little more support should be wearing a harness. Dogs who know how to walk well on a leash can wear a collar, and dogs that are prone to biting might need a muzzle attached to their collar.

The three different dog collars and their benefits are discussed below.

Harnesses

The harness is the best option for owners who have not had success with training their dog to walk on a leash yet. They have three loops. The legs go through two adjacent loops while the neck goes through another, and then a piece that goes over the back will connect those loops. Some harnesses are more filled out than others, but which one you choose depends on your preference and the best fit for your dog.

Harnesses are best for puppies that are learning how to walk on a leash, dogs that are prone to lunging and tugging on the leash, and dogs that might need extra support as they walk. Harnesses act as a wonderful way to help a dog stand if they need assistance, and help the dog walk while the owner lends them some support.

Collars

A dog collar should only be worn during the supervision of a person. Most collars will have a mechanism that will release in case the dog gets caught on something, but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. The benefits of a dog wearing a collar include an easy place to attach tags and licenses for the dog and aesthetic appeal.

Dogs that are well-behaved on the leash and never pull on the leash can walk with a collar.

Muzzles

Muzzles are an option for dogs that are prone to biting or napping while they are out on a walk or if they need to go to the veterinarian. Muzzles do not restrain your dog from breathing or harm them in any way if they are used properly. They can be attached to a collar or a harness, or they can be used freely. The leash will still need to be attached to the collar or the harness, and not the muzzle.

Muzzles should only be used for dogs that have a tendency to bite out of fear while they’re in the public.

Keeping your dog safe and comfortable can be done with all three of the aforementioned options. Take stock of your dog’s character before you decide which one to purchase for him or her. Remember, they may need a different option for a different situation, so it’s alright to have all three on hand!

Skin Irritations

fPets get hurt and sick just like humans; however, humans sometimes don’t feel as equipped to help in these cases. You can help your pet without running to the vet or hoping it heals on its own. Try these five home remedies the next time your pet has an issue that doesn’t quite call for a visit to the vet.

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Skin Irritations

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If your pup has dry skin, allergic reactions, or other skin irritations, an oatmeal bath helps to ease the symptoms. Make sure the oatmeal is very fine, and get your dog to soak in the bath tub with the mixed oatmeal. You can also buy oatmeal baths from the store instead of raiding the kitchen. Since most dogs aren’t inclined to stay in the bath tub, try to pour the oatmeal water over your pets, which will help to soothe their troubled skin.

Fleas

You don’t have to run to the vet just because your dog has fleas. Borax powder is a great home remedy to treat a flea infestation from your dog. Pour the powder on your floor, and sweep it up. The crystals left over will kill the fleas almost as effectively as an exterminator or sprays. You can also treat your pet with lemon water, since fleas don’t like citrus. Check your pet’s fur regularly to catch fleas early, as well.

Dehydration

If your pup has come down with an illness involving vomiting or diarrhea, you need to replenish fluids so that your dog doesn’t become dehydrated. You may not realize it, but animals can drink certain sports drinks or other drinks with electrolytes similarly to humans. Since you don’t want to go overboard, you may want to use apps like Kuddly.co to consult a vet on the amount. Electrolytes are a must to give your dogs when they are ill to replenish fluids and vitamins.

Constipation

Constipation is an unpleasant and, unfortunately, common ailment for older pups. If you’ve noticed your pet is having difficulties going to the bathroom or lacks energy, consider feeding your dog pumpkin or prunes. Just double-check you don’t give your dog prune pits, since they are dangerous for dogs to consume. Canned pumpkin and prunes both help pups get regular, helping to get their digestion back to normal.

Wounds

If you notice a wound or swelling on your dog’s paw, body, or face, help relieve the pain with Epsom salt or heat pads. Epsom salt is a good treatment for a wound for your dog. Consider pouring some in a warm bath and having your dog soak in it. If you notice swelling, use a heating pad and place it on the injury.

Watch your animals to see if something is wrong. Once you realize your pet is sick or hurt, you can take steps at home to make him feel better or treat minor issues. Although it’s important to take your pet to the vet when it’s necessary, you can try to help your pet at home when possible.

This entry was posted on February 23, 2016, in Cates & Dogs.