Is Your Pet’s Collar Too Tight? How to Tell

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.

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Health-related Pet Questions? Ask Odeliah: Resident Vet Student

More Than Just Pet Supplies

When we started Dealwagger.com, we had more in mind then just selling pet supplies. Foremost, we wanted to find a way to give back to animal charities and shelters because we can’t stand the thought of innocent animals who are virtually on death row in some shelters. So we decided to give a portion of our profits to those charities in need. Our other concern that is paramount is providing great resources and sharing advice when it comes to your pet’s lifestyle and your health-related questions. As a pet owner myself, I know I always have 10 questions at the top of my head when I have my dogs and cats in mind, whether it be related to periodontal/oral health issues, skin/fur issues, food/diet-related issues, vaccines, and of course accidents that can occur at any time.

“Ask Odeliah”

We are excited to announce that all readers of our blog and subscribers of Dealwagger.com will now have the opportunity to ask questions about their pet. A friend of ours named Odeliah is currently in Veterinary school at Ross University and is up on all of the latest scientific findings and recommendations from Veterinarian doctor-professors. We don’t know if it can get much better than this, as Odeliah is more than capable of answering your questions relating to topics of health, in addition to having access to specialist doctors at school ready to confirm opinions and findings. When presented with this opportunity, Odeliah replied “I absolutely want to begin interacting with the ‘every day pet owner’ and now is a great time to begin”. When speaking with her regarding our website and how we wish to share valuable, free resources with our customers, she showed an enthusiasm and passion for helping us make this become a reality. We are privileged to have her as part of our “Pack” as our personal oracle for pets.

Knowledge of Nutrition

“You are what you eat”. Thats the expression, right? Well, I personally believe that statement to be mostly true, since I am very conscious of the food I consume myself. Therefore, why should it be any different when it comes to keeping our pets healthy? Odeliah mentioned “At my university, I am trained in performing nutritional assessments and providing professional advice for which dog food, chew toys, dental chew toys, treats, etc. are best for the patient (animal). Even diet pet food provides incorrect meal portions for pets trying to lose weight.”

AskOdeliah@dealwagger.com

We believe this is priceless knowledge and experience that we can all benefit from, including our pets of course. We hope you choose to take advantage of this free service we are offering and feel free to e-mail Odeliah at AskOdeliah@dealwagger.com to get your question answered soon! We will also post all of these questions and answers on our Forum page so you can search archives of past questions. Eventually we will have a breadth of information for all to share.

We appreciate your readership and interest in improving the quality of life of you and your pet