Buckle Collar Warning
My sister and her family live in a rural part of Western
Washington State. They have two six-month-old black labs: Olive
and Dozer have the perfect life of adventure, freedom and a
family who adores them. The brother sister doggie duo, play
endlessly together: wrestling, chasing each other and just being
evening my sister heard them cry in a very strange way. She
looked out the window and saw them struggling together. Her
first thought is that they had caught a small animal. She rushed
out to free the critter. On the way, their cries changed to
those of pain and total fear. She now thought a coyote or worse
was attacking the pups. When she reached the dogs, in the dark,
the scene made no sense. The dogs were in a screaming panic.
Dozer was trying to get away from Olive but couldn't, and Olive
was foaming at the mouth and on the verge of unconsciousness.
They had been wrestling and Dozer
got a hold of Olive's collar in his mouth. His lower jaw had
become stuck under her collar when she began twisting to get
away from him. With every turn, Olives collar became as tight as
a tourniquet with Dozer's jaw trapped in it. The dogs were
frantic. Olive passed out from lack of oxygen. Dozer went down
too because his jaw was trapped in Olives' collar.
My sister's husband arrived to
help but could not get a knife under the twisted collar to cut
Olive free. Finally they figured the only way was to grab the
unconscious Olive and literally un-twist her. They figured she
was dead by now. With some heavy lifting and spinning they were
able to create enough slack in her collar to cut it off. Dozer
was free and the unconscious Olive, thankfully came around in
Needless to say, everyone was
traumatized. This is an example of the dangers of buckle
collars. This would not have happen with the quick release
collars now on the market. They have a "seat belt" like latch,
which can easily release if the animal gets hung up. My sister's
vet said they were very lucky as numerous pets AND CHILDREN are
seriously injured by buckle collars with no safety release.
Please be aware of the dangers of
using a buckle collar on your pet. Consider the use of a quick
release collar for the safety of your companion. Don't let this
happen to you.
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