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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-04-2019, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Collar allergy

My dog scratches at his nylon collar. I thought it was an allergy but I have changed his food, bathed him, done everything I could think of and he still scratches. I took the collar off and he stopped scratching. It might not be an allergy but something else about the collar that he doesnt like. Its a double thick, 1 or 1 1/4 and its about 1 too big so it's kind of loose on his neck. It was the smallest reinforced collar they had at the time I bought it. It also has tags on it, so it could be the tags. What would be a good replacement that is sturdy and would not cause irritation?
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-04-2019, 12:15 PM
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Do you leave the collar on all the time? If so, this presents a hanging risk. I only use a collar if I am training or walking the dog. Collars are often a source of itching for dogs.
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I use rolled leather collars and they don't seem to bother the dogs. P.S. Also leather will stretch so not as much as a risk to leave on the dog as nylon collars. We even have leather breakaway straps on the crown section our horse's halters for the same reason....

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Google hemp dog collars.There is a wide variety of sellers and prices to choose from.My girl Misty wears a hemp harness when she's on her long line.It's soft and comfortable and doesn't cut into her skin.

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The tags can cause issue to. My chihuahua would have thin hair and skin look irritated due to tags. I usually keep no collars on until they get leashes up.


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We are required to have tags on the dog at all times. I have never had a dog catch a collar on anything. Thank you all for the suggestions. I read them at the pet store. All they had were nylon and flat leather. The largest leather collar they had is a snug fit, but it works and hes not scratching at it.
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I think many states require that tags so does mine. Photos irritation due to tags on the chi from tags. ALots of articles on dogs with collars getting snagged and choked when owners not around. Freak accidents but they happen


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I can take them off, but mine are inside when Im gone and they are separated. They usually just sleep until I get home.
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We are required to have tags on the dog at all times. I have never had a dog catch a collar on anything. Thank you all for the suggestions. I read them at the pet store. All they had were nylon and flat leather. The largest leather collar they had is a snug fit, but it works and hes not scratching at it.
Are you saying you would be breaking the law if your dogs are in a fenced yard without their tags? It only takes one time for a dog to get his collar caught on something and hang. In my county, we are required to get tags showing the dog has had a rabies shot, but I'm not aware of a law that says the dog must wear them and if there is, it is not enforced. It is tax more than anything.
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I don't know how y'all do it. You must have really obedient dogs. I need the collar on at all times in case I need to grab him right away. He tends to get into stuff (food) he shouldn't. Sometimes he needs to vomit and I need to move him to a spot for that (either outside or away from the rugs/carpets). Sometimes he gets into rooms that he's not allowed in. I've got a lot of animals (deer, foxes, squirrels, etc. etc. etc.) around me....and what if that one time the garage door opens and he escapes out the door without a collar and sees another dog or animal walking by? Or the door bell rings, I need the collar on to be able to grab him and remove him from the area. All situations that I need a collar to grab him. I can't grab his legs or tail or ears. He's too slippery and fast.
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