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From 2 January 2006 Issue
What Jill KnowsEmbedded Dog Collar
I read your column and think it's great! I need advice quickly-- we adopted a dog from a local rescue lady. Bear had been previously kept by some moron who put a puppy collar on him and then he grew and grew. They didn't expand his collar so his neck actually grew bigger and the collar became a part of his neck! Have you ever heard of this before? Our vet is recommending that Bears have the surgery to remove the collar from his neck. We aren't sure about this. Can you tell us if Bear should have this surgery? Thanks a million. (To enlarge the photo, click on the photo or link)
Yes I have heard of this condition before, it's called an "embedded collar." It is 100% preventable and usually treatable with surgery. Embedded collars can be extremely painful and dangerous, even fatal. Can you imagine having a collar grow into your neck? Wouldn't you want it removed? Yes, have the vet remove it, if they can! By all means!
It just so happens that I, too, just got a puppy who had an embedded collar. He had to have his collar removed from his neck by a veterinarian. It was VERY painful and traumatizing. Never attempt to remove an embedded collar yourself!! Antibiotics and pain killers are required, along with experienced veterinary care.
The wound which results from the collar being surgically removed requires careful wound aftercare. Warm compresses, hydrogen peroxide washes and antibiotic ointment are usually required. My puppy, Bradley (who is up for adoption in NC -- see:
http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/NC200.html ), is recovering nicely, but still cannot wear a collar yet. We have a harness on him, when necessary.
I recommend that you follow the advice of your veterinarian. I wish Bear the very best of luck and good health. Take good care of him and let me know how his surgery goes!
Love and paw pats,
Companion Animal Behavior Consultant
What Jill Knows, Copyright 2003
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