Tips for Buying a Pet Collar

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Pet collars are a necessity for dogs, and a good idea for other pets, such as cats, rabbits, and ferrets. They are the easiest place to attach identification and vaccination tags for your pet. If your pet strays or gets lost, a collar with tags can allow people to identify and return your pet to you. Finding the right one for your pet is more than just picking up whatever looks good. It's important to pick the right collars, harnesses, and leashes based on pet's type and size. The following tips can help you find the best pet collars for your furry friends.

Buying a Pet Collar:

  1. Dog collars: Collars can add a dash of fashion to Fido's daily walk, but remember that they need first and foremost to be functional. When you shop for a pet collar for your dog, you'll want to make sure to get the right size. When considering size, remember that a narrow pet collar will cut into a big dog's neck and a wide pet collar will be unwieldy for a small dog. When the pet collar is around your dog's neck, you should be able to fit two fingers in between the collar and their neck. Any less and it could be choking or irritating; any more and the collar could wriggle off. If you want to use the collar for walking your dog, you'll want to make sure the collar has an attachment for a leash.

  2. Cat collars: While not all cat owners choose to put a collar on their cat, it's a good idea, especially for cats that go outdoors. Cat collars are different than dog collars in one very important way: They must have a bit of elastic or a breakaway clasp. If kitty gets stuck in a tree with the wrong kind of pet collar, she could choke. Spiked dog collars may look cute on her, but dog collars are very dangerous to cats. Cat collars are also often affixed with a small bell to keep your cat from catching birds and to help you keep track of her.

  3. Small animal collars: Pet collars aren't just for dogs and cats; other small animals, such as rabbits and ferrets, can benefit from pet collars, too. Just as with cats and dogs, pet collars for small pets are for identification purposes first and foremost. Collars for small animals can also be attached to harnesses and leashes, allowing you to take your bunny or ferret out for some fresh air. Since most small animals spend a lot of time in cages, it's important to purchase a collar that is loose enough, or has elastic like a cat collar, to avoid choking in case the collar gets caught on cage bars or accessories.

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