Dogs can develop collar burn from chafing, straining or from electronic fences that malfunction. Regardless of how the collar burn occurs, fast treatment will keep your dog from discomfort. Once you address the burn cause and treat the wound, take steps to prevent against such an injury from occurring again.
If your dog’s collar is too tight, it can cut into his neck and result in a burn-like injury. You should be able to comfortably put two fingers under your dog’s collar. Anything tighter will be uncomfortable and may even interfere with his eating, drinking and respiratory function. Also, if your dog is on a chain or other tie-out, a too-tight collar will become even more uncomfortable if your dog strains against his restraints during the day. The cure for this problem is simple -- loosen the collar or buy a larger size.
Anytime moisture is trapped under your dog’s collar, there’s the potential for chafing, which can rub the skin raw. This is especially prevalent in outdoor dogs or hunting dogs exposed to the elements. To protect against this problem, regularly remove your dog’s collar, especially after he gets wet, and allow both the collar and his fur and skin to dry before putting it back on.
E-fence collars typically have metal prongs that push against a dog’s neck and deliver a shock if he breeches boundaries. If the e-fence and collar system malfunctions or is set too high, it can leave burn marks on your dog’s neck. This same problem can be associated with shock collars as well. If this happens, remove the collar, safely restrain you dog by another means, treat the wound and allow it to heal.
Minor burns can be treated similar to treating a hot spot, cut or abrasion. But to be on the safe side consult your veterinarian for the best treatment for your dog's collar burn.
The healing time for a collar burn is based on your dog’s overall health and how severe the burn is. Don’t put a collar back on your dog until his neck is fully healed, and when you do, take precautionary measures to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again. While the dog heals, use a harness leash when you walk him or take him out in public places.
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