Some pet parents overlook the fact that their pets can grow quickly– meaning their collars can become too tight unknowingly. That last thing we want to cause is discomfort or pain to our beloved pets. So what is too tight? Follow our easy tips here:
1. MOVE THE COLLAR AROUND: The collar should be loose enough to move it around your pet’s neck WITHOUT you needing to force it to move. Hold it by the loop where the leash goes. Cat collars may not have that loop so manually move the collar around. If the collar moves too easily, it could also be too loose! That’s dangerous as well since it can get caught onto something and choke your pet. The goal is a happy medium of movement with slight resistance.
2. TWO-FINGER TEST: Place two fingers under your pet’s collar. You should be able to tell if they have enough space to breathe comfortably. If your two fingers fit fine, your pet is comfortable. You may use three fingers as a secondary test for this step. If 3 fingers fit snug, that is a good sign.
3. LIFT THE COLLAR: Lift the collar up toward your pets ears as if you were removing a necklace from a human’s neck. Now, take your dog’s collar and gently lift it like you were going to take it off like a necklace. The goal here is that the collar should fit snug right at your pet’s ears. If it slides over his ears, its too loose. If you can’t lift it to their ears without choking them, its too tight! Adjust the pin until you find a notch that is comfortable.
For the record, a collar that is too loose is better than a collar that is too tight! Either way, follow the 3 easy steps above and make sure your pet is ultimately comfortable.