Dog Collar and Leashes – Vet’s Advice on Dog Collar and Leashes


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What dog collar and leashes do you generally recommend?

Dog collar and leashes are a basic staple of all dogs. Dogs should ideally always wear a collar with some form of identification. Dog collars and leashes can be purchased at pet stores, on-line and even in some grocery stores or large department stores. You can choose from a variety of fashionable colorful dog collars and leashes. These are the basics rules for choosing a dog collar: The collar should be secure, durable, comfortable, easy to clean, and have a good hook for an ID tag. Nylon or leather work well and are both durable materials. It should fit your dog well and allow you to get a finger or two under the collar. If your dog is a puppy, make sure the collar is adjustable and feel it around your pups neck every few days and adjust as needed. Leashes can also be leather or nylon and the primary thing you need to consider is the length. The shorter the length, the more control you have over your dog. If you have a new dog, you may want to start short, such as with a 6 foot leash, and move to a longer leash as you and your dog become more familiar. Consider a reflective dog collar and leash materials if you walk your dog at night. When walking your dog, make sure he or she is on a leash. Consider getting matching dog collars and leashes to keep your pet fashionable!

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.