Collars for your pet

Getting your pet used to a collar early on is important. Put the collar on when your puppy or kitten is eating and playing under your supervision. Distract your puppy or kitten from thinking about the collar.

Initially you may find your pet scratches at the collar so don’t get this confused with fleas. Using a veterinary approved flea product and using it regularly can rule this out. You should be able to comfortably fit two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck.

Types of collars

Not all collars are appropriate for every dog or cat or for every stage of their life so you may need to use different collars as your pet progresses.

Options include, Leather, Nylon, or Cotton and they all have different clasping actions such as a buckle, quick release or breakaway clasp. Breakaway collars have a safety clip that allows the collar to come off if it’s caught on something to keep your pet from choking or becoming stuck.

Choker chains are not necessary and are not needed if your pet learns to leash walk correctly.

Head halters are an excellent way to teach your pet to walk calmly and correctly. Your dog is still able to bark, drink water and bite. It is not to be used as a muzzle.

Harnesses wrap around the body and are good for walking cats and smaller dogs but you will find that if you have a medium to larger size dog, a harness is more of a hindrance as you dog is able to use their body weight against you.

You should check the fit of a puppy and kitten collar as they grow, at least every couple of weeks and adjust or upgrade to another collar as necessary.

We recommend discussing the most suitable collar for your pet with your veterinarian.