Whether you have a newborn pup or an adult dog chances are you're going to be putting a collar on his neck to keep him under control. There are many collars on the market but not all of them are right for your dog's skin. Many dog owners notice that certain collars start to irritate their pets and in some cases even cause painful rashes that may need a vet to remedy. If you put a new collar on your dog and notice excessive scratching, the development of a rash and rubbing his neck along carpeted floors chances are he is having a bad reaction to the materials used to make the collar and it's recommended you remove the collar immediately.
Unlike some dog problems, an irritating collar will be pretty obvious. Dogs don't try to shy away from letting you know they are not happy with something and if a nylon or leather collar is causing him discomfort you'll know. The first sign a dog is suffering from collar irritation is excessive scratching. When specific fabrics start to bother his skin his first response will be to scratch. Most dogs will assume a sitting position and use their hind legs to feverishly scratch at their necks, often rapping against the collar. A dog may also dive face first into a carpet or lawn and rub his neck along the surface in an attempt to relieve the itching. When you notice your dog engaging in these acts do the smart thing and remove his collar. Look for signs of a rash where the collar has been, such a pink skin or even bleeding.
Just because your dog is scratching doesn't necessarily mean it's the collar. Your dog may have fleas, an allergic reaction or ticks and all of these will cause him to scratch incessantly. If the scratching has caused a rash it is a good idea to schedule a visit to the vet so you can properly diagnose the problem. If the vet determines your dog does not have fleas or ticks and is not allergic then chances are it is the collar that is the culprit. Make note of what the collar is made of and look for a dog collar that does not contain those materials.
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