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Wearing a collar is an important part of a dog's life. A collar serves many purposes, but perhaps most significant is that it holds tags with vital information in case your dog gets lost. Sometimes, though, collars can irritate your pup by rubbing, chafing or pinching his or her neck. So here is an overview of collar chafing and how to prevent it:
Collar chafing occurs when your dog's collar rubs his or her neck the wrong way and causes irritation, usually in the form of an abrasion. Symptoms of collar chafing include hair loss, redness or skin that looks like it has a mild rope burn.
Yes! Collar chafing is usually preventable. But sometimes it's difficult to see the issue developing because the collar covers up the affected area. Because of this, it's recommended that you regularly check on your dog's neck under the collar, especially if he or she wears it all the time. Try taking the collar off every few days or weekly.
Collar chafing can be caused by several different factors or a combination of them. The following are the main reasons behind collar chafing and how to prevent or resolve them:
If you find that chafing has occurred, stop using the collar for a little while to allow the skin to heal and fur to regrow. You can use a harness as an alternative since that will serve the same purposes as a collar - just make sure to put your dog's ID tags on the harness.
If the chafing looks particular bad or their are open abrasions, you may want to go to the vet in case your pup needs antibiotic cream or other medical treatment. In addition, your vet will be able to suggest a collar that works better for your dog.
If you're in the market for a new collar, The Pawsitive Co. products are soft and wide enough to reduce irritation. Our dog Brody, the inspiration behind founding the company, has been using his for years and has not had issues with chafing. Plus they come in a variety of colors!