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Is Your Companion’s Collar Too Tight?

Written by PETA | June 4, 2012

While it’s important for our dogs and cats to wear collars (although never choke or prong collars) and proper identification when they go outdoors, just putting a collar on and assuming that it’ll be fine for the animal’s entire life is a recipe for disaster. As animals grow or gain weight, a too-tight collar can result in severe neck wounds, as the following cases illustrate:

  • Dan, a staffer from PETA Foundation’s Literature Department, was trying to help a neighbor get his semi-feral cat spayed when he spotted this cat in the neighborhood. Dan sat with the trap for more than two hours (at 10 p.m. in a neighborhood with a high crime rate) until the cat was captured. The unneutered male cat had a deeply embedded flea collar wrapped around his neck, armpit, and torso.


 A PETA fieldworker spent the day on Saturday waiting for this feral dog—with a deeply embedded collar—to appear after being alerted to her condition by an out-of-town visitor to the area. It was the deepest collar-related wound that the fieldworker had ever seen.


     Remember: If you can’t comfortably slip two fingers between the collar and the animal’s neck, the collar is too tight. To learn more about how to care for companion animals properly, check this out.

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    • Lisa says:

      I dont think PETA should be encouraging owners to put collars on their pets, dont know about dogs but for cats they are the worst thing to put on them i have 12 cats at first they did wear collars and i bought all id tags these were saftey ones thinking they would be better, most of them lost them and one came in with his leg stuck in it, my cats are all microchipped now which is a safer and more secure way, i would recommend every owner has thier pet microchipped. I read a story last week here in the UK of an owner who was reunited with her cat after 10 YEARS all because he had a microchip how amazing is that.

    • Jake says:

      That’s awful! My dog doesn’t wear his collar unless he’s going for a walk or to the vet (or stuff likke that)

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