A special time for our foster pups is once they are bathed they each get a new collar to say “good-by” to their shelter life. To help in keeping all pups in our house safe we now use PetSafe® KeepSafe® Break-Away Collars after learning of the risks of collar strangulation accidents from PetSafe®. To help educate pet owners and professionals about the risks of strangulation and dangers associated with traditional collars, PetSafe® Brand is sponsoring its second annual Collar Safety Awareness Week, October 16-22, 2016, as part of National Animal Safety and Protection Month.
According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), more than 19 million dogs wear a collar daily. While commonly viewed as a form of protection and safety, an upwards of 26,000 collar strangulation accidents occur yearly in homes and establishments across the country. Crates and kennels, playing with other dogs, fences, heating/cooling vents, shrubs and branches are a few of the most common strangulation hazards dogs face each day.
Designed to prevent dogs from getting entangled by their collars, the PetSafe® KeepSafe® Break-Away Collar was invented by Tenney Mudge after the devastating loss of her beloved dog, Chinook, to a collar strangulation accident.
According to Mudge, “The most frequent and the most fatal collar accidents happen during common playtime when a dog’s jaw or tooth becomes caught or snagged under a playmate’s collar, even if just for a few seconds. When caught, the dogs’ instinct is to pull, twist, and panic, and one or both dogs’ lives are in immediate danger. It’s important to be aware of hazards to prevent a horrific and haunting accident from collar strangulation.”
The KeepSafe collar features a patented break-away safety buckle that releases when pressure is applied or it gets caught on something, allowing it to fall off harmlessly and reduce the risk of strangulation or injury to the pet. The collar also has a metal D-ring on each side of the breakaway buckle, which can be used to attach ID tags and can also be clipped together with a leash so pet parents can safely walk their dogs using the collar.
“A survey of veterinarians, trainers and doggy daycares found that more than 50 percent have experienced a collar-related accident with a dog,” said Toni Mark, KPA-CTP, MA, Training and Behavior Education Specialist for PetSafe Brand. “By sponsoring Collar Safety Awareness Week for the second year in a row, we’re hoping that we can reduce the number of these tragedies by educating pet owners and professionals about the danger and frequency of collar strangulation accidents.”