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What would you recommend Collar on or off?

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by SBTlove, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Okay with the impending threat of tornadoes and other bad spring weather today and for the next few months. (Hey March is really coming in like a lion). My question is when you have to be away from home (for work or other reasons) and that immediate threat is in the forecast would you recommend leaving collar and tags on?

    On the one hand I worry about her getting it caught on something, but on the other hand I worry about something happening to our place and her getting loose without tags. (I would never forgive myself if she got loose without any ID whatsoever.

    Those of you who deal with this kind of weather, what do you do? (I really wish I still had her crate)
  2. I would definitely leave them on. While it can happen, dogs choking because their collar got stuck is pretty rare. It use to be more common in cats though, but now it's pretty standard to get a cat a break away collar. Is your dog microchipped? That would be my number one recommendation, collars and tags can come off. My dogs go through tags like crazy, but they are all microchipped. It's usually only $25 if you go through a vaccine clinic or shelter.
  3. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    I missed the microchip clinic in November. We both had to work. They aren't doing another one until July. I have been trying like crazy to find one (that doesn't conflict with work) before storm season. I did find one coming up on April 14 about an hour away. I will be taking her to. I just wish there would have been one before now.
  4. Tiffany3483

    Tiffany3483 Good Dog

    My dogs wear collar and tags all the time. Also recommend microchipping as well. I would leave them on her if you are worried.
  5. Adrianne

    Adrianne Big Dog

    On, definitely. Also I would write on the collar (on the inside or out) with permanent marker incase the tags get lost. Include a number and an email address (sometimes phones die or get lost in emergencies).

    Good Luck!
  6. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    Also, if you decide to invest in another crate, I would get a plastic one since if something were to fall on a wire crate, it could risk impaling Sasha
  7. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    I'm especially on edge since we live on a 3rd floor unit. So I am seriously considering a new crate. Especially since even in the safest rooms there is glass. (If you can consider anything on a 3rd floor safe)
  8. HappyPuppy

    HappyPuppy Good Dog

    That is an interesting thought (re tornadoes) but I always be sure Ruby has collar/tags on whenever we leave the house... that would be prudent to keep ID on her in the even of a disaster. Man, I'll take our California earthquakes ANY DAY over freakin' tornadoes!!!!!!!!
  9. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Funny thing is, I think I would take a tornado over an earthquake. And tornadoes scare the crap out of me. But you know we are on a fault line here and we are just as much at risk for an earthquake as bad storms. Heck after the flooding we had a few years ago, nothing would surprise me.

    (I want to move back to NC)
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  10. SamThePitbull

    SamThePitbull Good Dog

    When I leave Sam at home alone I always loosen her collar up by one knotch.. Tight enought to stay on if she runs off in an emergancy but loose enough that if it gets caught she can kinda wiggle out of it. Or buy a breakaway..
  11. JakesMom5332

    JakesMom5332 Little Dog

    While all my dogs are microchipped, I don't trust them at all. (See previous posts about microchips). Rather than take the chance of losing another dog, to yet another chip floating, I keep my dog's tags and collars on them.
  12. Adrianne

    Adrianne Big Dog

    Here in Las Vegas we um.. get dust devils (our baby brother version of tornados). Not a lot of perks living here either.
  13. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Just got an update on todays weather. I think I'll be definitely putting her collar and tags on and moving her to the interior bathroom before I leave today.

    April is not going to come soon enough for that microchipping
  14. Adrianne

    Adrianne Big Dog

    Keep us updated, we'll be thinking of you two.
  15. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Thanks and I will. I'm sure we will be fine. I just get really nervous over storms
  16. #1 stunner

    #1 stunner Good Dog

    Geez...I certainly can understand how your feeling, I pray all goes well.
  17. K_Hodges

    K_Hodges Little Dog

    Where do you live? We're in Missouri. In 'tornado alley'. Tornados (or is it tornadoes? Hmmm) scare the crap out of me. We were driving through Joplin last year when they got hit so bad. It was really terrifying. I'm glad you brought this up, as it's something I need to start thinking about too.
  18. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Warmer weather in general, everyone has a collar and tags on, including the cat.
  19. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Well the storms moved out about 2 hours ago. A lot of businesses closed. My husband got off work 2 hours early because of it. We are fine, our place was fine. The building across from us had some damage but just minor. It wasn't nearly as bad as predicted. It was a lot worse south of here at work.

    But yeah definitely things on my checklist to do:
    Get dog microchipped
    Get a new crate
    Get a house with a basement (So that one might not be doable)
  20. Tahlz

    Tahlz Good Dog

    I'm bad.

    Sunny hardy ever wears a collar. He does have two, he also has tags but it's very very rare I'll ever leave one on and it's been like this for 3 years. I do plan on buying a tag collar from PM and using that on Sunny though, I just néed to order one first.

    Serenity wears a collar due to the zipline but it always comes off when she's off the zipline. I really do need to buy her a tag collar and some tags though.

    I know my dogs though. Sunny can't escape and Serenity won't run away. I know there is always that risk so I really need to get those tag collars/tags. I may do that this weekend. I never had one on in fear they could hang themselves but Sunny can't jump anyway. It was more laziness probably. I'd feel comfortable leaving PM tag collars on though so it's time to buy two.
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