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Bailey's Collar Could Have Taken His Life

I would like to send an alert out after an event last night. Last night we almost lost our boy. His collar got caught on a knob of the dresser cutting off his passage to the airway, he tried to free himself, but to no avail.  

The only reason he was alright was because we were there, we heard unusual noises and investigated the noise. 

When we got to him he was motionless. We managed to free him and without any  efforts to resuscitate him, with just some love he was fine. 

I now have grave concerns about a dog wearing his collar in the house. What would have happened if we were not home? My husband and I have decided to remove his collar when he is in the house and when he cannot be monitored closely.

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Comment by Sherry Miller on June 4, 2011 at 10:26am
I am so glad you heard him and that Bailey is alright........that is a scarey thought and now has me rethinking ...I think Molly's collar would give but will be testing it on an old collar here.  Also watch out for mini blind or drapery cords as it also can entrap them. 
Comment by Cornelia on June 4, 2011 at 10:58am
I'm glad your Bailey is alright!! Our Joy never wears a collar indoors, except the tick collar and that one is flexible and would give way or maybe snap...?
Comment by Susan Stone on June 4, 2011 at 11:14am

Terrible experience and you were very lucky. I am aware of the risks and always remove the collars from my dogs indoors. I also remove Erin's tick collar when I go out as she will push her head through the cat lap if the door beel rings and has got cought when trying to pull her head back.  

Thanks for warning us.

Comment by Dawn Riddell on June 4, 2011 at 11:41am
Thank goodness you were home Eileen, I'm so sorry poor Bailey went through that. I think you're right to keep the collar off indoors. None of mine ever wear collars at home. My American Cockers sleep in crates and thats another hazzard for wearers of collars. Get well soon Bailey,xx
Comment by Elayne Murphy on June 4, 2011 at 3:48pm

OMG thank god all is well for both you and bailey... an awful experience x 

a great big irish hug sent your way xxx

Comment by Maggie Smith on June 4, 2011 at 6:01pm
I bet you are still in shock - what an experience. Great that all is well. Makes you wonder if  'house' collars should have elastic in them - like some cat collars. Thank you for sharing this and am sure it will prevent similar accidents happening
Comment by rosie beere on June 5, 2011 at 12:40am

you can buy breakaway collars they release under pressure  as a  walking collar have two clips the leash goes through. not much more expensive than ordinary ones. there have been a lot of dog deaths through strangling, just horrible.


Comment by Peter Hennig on June 5, 2011 at 4:03am
sorry to read this what a shock!!! our guys only have a collar when we take them somewhere and we are at the other end of the lead I hope there is no permanent damage, poor boy
Comment by Dee Rance on June 5, 2011 at 6:47am

I don't have collars on my dogs in the house just for that reason.....I once was looking after a friends pony...she insisted on using a head collar on him, (he was an entire stallion) he stood on the door frame, put his head on the other side of the door and got the head collar stuck on the hindges...and then he must have slipped...I found him in the morning dead...he must have broken his neck while struggleing........this was a few years ago....and I still have nightmares about it even now...if only....and you were so lucky that you were there, it is the most dreadful thing to come and find one of your precious 'friends' dead in the morning. or at any time...moral...don't keep anything on them that can cause a problem when you are not there...

I am so glad that your wee boy is well...and you will get used to not having a collar on him....

Comment by Melinda Auld on June 5, 2011 at 7:32am
How horrible for you all!  That would have been terrifying.  As others have said, I also never have collars on my dogs, unless they are out on walks.  I have heard too many horror stories!  I'm so glad your boy was okay.  Hugs.


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