What is A Breakaway Collar?

by Farmer Jack
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Let’s face it; you cannot own a pet without getting him a collar. Whether it is a cat or a dog, this is an essential accessory that will enable you to keep the pet close by so that he does not create chaos and get you into trouble with the law.

In addition to that, collars are also crucial for your pet’s beauty and holding IDs and tags if he gets lost.

There are many types of collars in the market, and you may be torn between getting the traditional unit or a different type, such as the breakaway collar.

You are in luck since, in this piece, we shall discuss the breakaway collar, also known as the quick-release collar, and point out the unique aspects that it brings out.

What is a Quick-Release Collar?

A breakaway or quick-release collar is a unit that is designed with a clasp that opens effortlessly when it is subjected to the right amount of tension. This makes it the safest option for your pet since as he wanders around, he is prone to get stuck by a branch or fence, which can easily choke and hurt him.

If your pet has this collar on, he will break away easily when faced with such potentially hazardous situations.

The quick-release collar is available in either sharp or round design, and a glance of the inside pins will tell you where it lies.

One disadvantage with this collar is that it may bring a problem if the pet is lost. If the collar had an ID card or any other form of identification, it would come off with the collar, and getting the pet back home would be more complicated than before.

The Traditional Collars

These are the opposite of quick-release units, i.e., Non-breakaway collars, and they get closed up whenever there is some tension. This design is most suitable for dogs with leashes and harnesses, and you should avoid using them on young pets or those with a minimal outdoor experience.

As such, we advise that you only use whenever you use these collars; your pets should always be under constant supervision. Some of the likely issues with the non-breakaway collars include strangulation, neck strain, and, in extreme cases, death.

Important Points to Note

  • Always consider your pet’s size before settling for a particular collar so that it does not turn out to be too big for him and present other challenges such as injury
  • Use the two-finger test to ensure that the collar is not too tight or too loose for the pet
  • If the pet is still growing, always make a routine check to ensure that the collar is not excessively tight around the neck

Wrapping It Up

If you previously did not know what a breakaway collar is all about, we believe that you now do. This is the safest option that you can use on your pet so that he does not get hurt, strangled, or even die when stuck to a specific object. This does not mean that you should avoid the non-breakaway designs in totality, only that constant supervision is necessary to minimize chances of injury or other unfortunate occurrences from happening.

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