PARK CITY PETS – CHOOSING A COLLAR

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How to Choose and Outfit Your Pet’s Collar

When you live in Park City, Utah and own a dog or a cat, no matter its size or breed, a collar is a necessity for the safety of your pet. A collar lets people know your pet isn’t a stray, keeps it safe when leashed during walks with you or a Park City pet sitter, and carries important information. Some owners don’t give much thought to their pet’s collar and grab the first one they find at their local supermarket or chain store. Some owners might feel that their cat or indoor dog doesn’t need a collar, but if your pet should escape your home without one, the chances of recovering it are slim. If you have recently adopted a pet and need to shop for a collar, there are many factors to consider, and choosing the right one for your dog or cat’s breed, temperament, size, and for the area in which you live are all vital for its health and well-being.

Choosing the Proper Fit

The best way to choose a collar for your pet is by bringing it with you to the store, if possible. Many pet stores allow you to bring your pet along with you while you shop, although it’s typically easier to shop with your dog than your cat. Choosing to buy a collar at a pet store also gives you the advantage of shopping with knowledgeable employees who can help you choose what kind of collar would be best for a particular breed or size. A proper fit for your pet’s collar is very important because if it is too tight, the pet may be uncomfortable and have a hard time swallowing or breathing and if it is too loose, it may slip out of it during a walk with your Park City pet sitter and either run off or get killed in the road. Dogs with a great deal of hair especially need to be fitted correctly because it can be difficult to gauge whether or not the hair will get in the way of the collar if it can easily slip over the head.

Most dog collars today have a snap-lock feature that makes the collar easy to put on and remove. If you’re choosing a collar for your cat, a breakaway collar is a good choice because it will pop open if it becomes snagged or caught on something. Some cat collars are affixed with small bells to keep indoor/outdoor cats from successfully stalking and killing small animals, such as birds and chipmunks, and this is something to consider if you enjoy inviting wildlife into your yard via a bird feeder. If this is your first pet, your local Park City pet store employee can help you choose the collar that’s best for your dog or cat.

Adding Tags to Your Pet’s Collar

Once you choose the right collar, the next step is to add an ID tag to it. Tags come in all shapes and sizes and should include your pet’s name, your name, and your address and phone number. Some stores including free engraving for your pet’s collar when you buy the tag in store, which can be convenient when it comes to one-stop shopping. Including an ID tag on your pet’s collar is vital because if it gets lost or stolen, it may never be recovered, and those that are lost are only given a few days to be claimed at the pound before they are euthanized. If you have chosen to have your pet microchipped, don’t forget to add its microchip ID tag to the collar as well, as this will tell anyone who finds your lost pet that they have a microchip, which can be scanned at most local veterinarians’ offices or shelters. The better your pet’s collar fits properly and the more information it carries, the better the odds it will stay in place and help your pet find its way home to you if it gets lost.

Summary: Some owners don’t give much thought to their pet’s collar and grab the first one they find at their local supermarket or chain store. Some owners might feel that their cat or indoor dog doesn’t need a collar, but if your pet should escape your home without one, the chances of recovering it are slim. If you have recently adopted a pet and need to shop for a collar, there are many factors to consider, and choosing the right one for your dog or cat’s breed, temperament, size, and for the area in which you live are all vital for its health and well-being.