Allergy dogs and collars

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Postby amazincc » October 22nd, 2009, 1:10 am

Does anyone know of good collars for allergy dogs?
No matter what kind of collar I put on Faust - he developes big angry red welts which turn into big oozing sores around his neck, especially on his throat.
I've tried pretty much everything from leather to nylon to stainless steel to nickel-plated to you-name-it.
Any suggestions?
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Postby TheRedQueen » October 22nd, 2009, 1:16 am

No collar? :wink:

How tight does it have to be?

A nice loose collar that can be used to hold tags...the Ruffwear Knot-a-Collar...Sawyer wears one so he's ready to go all the time (my guys don't wear collars at home). I don't think they sell them anymore...but I see them for sale from time to time. (they now have "Knot just a collar"...which is different)

The spiffy dog collar is nice because it's quick dry, in case that's a problem.
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Postby amazincc » October 22nd, 2009, 1:28 am

TheRedQueen wrote:No collar? :wink:

How tight does it have to be?

A nice loose collar that can be used to hold tags...the Ruffwear Knot-a-Collar...Sawyer wears one so he's ready to go all the time (my guys don't wear collars at home). I don't think they sell them anymore...but I see them for sale from time to time. (they now have "Knot just a collar"...which is different)

The spiffy dog collar is nice because it's quick dry, in case that's a problem.
http://www.spiffydog.com/home.php


"No collar" is not an option right now, at least not while he's awake... lol
I do take it off when he's crated, and at night while he's sleeping.

It has to be tight enough to not slip over his head while he's on a leash and he has a pretty big neck anyway, so it's hard to find one that doesn't rub against his skin, you know?
He doesn't get wet - I think he's just ubersensitive to stuff that comes in close contact w/his skin on a regular/long-term basis, especially on his face and neck.
He is wearing a very simple nylon flat collar right now, and where the fabric touches the base of his throat - huge sore spot already.
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Postby mnp13 » October 22nd, 2009, 2:06 am

Have you contacted Noel? Maybe have her make a martingale that has a large loop, so it hangs low on his neck, but has plenty of space to tighten as necessary.
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Postby amazincc » October 22nd, 2009, 2:22 am

I think I found something! :)

I'm going to order one and try it out - https://olivegreendog.com/earthdog-hemp ... ollar.html

Earthdog Solid Hemp Martingale Collar

Safer and more gentle than a choke collar with its limited closure, this is the perfect design for dogs who slip out of their collars. Unlike nylon and other synthetics, hemp is naturally hypoallergenic and softens with wear, making this collar extremely comfortable. Machine washable, hassle-free. Collars are 1" wide. Made in the USA.
See additional views for colors--as with all natural dyes, color can vary somewhat. Leash also available.
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Postby Malli » October 22nd, 2009, 2:55 am

machine washable is a big plus!

If that doesn't work you could always try one of those fabric covered ones from collarmania - I think they are washable too and I think you can get one with flannel.
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Postby TinaMartin » October 22nd, 2009, 9:02 am

Those look soft. Let me know how it works. I may want to get one for Gator.
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Postby TheRedQueen » October 22nd, 2009, 9:50 am

Doh! :doh: I can't believe I didn't think of the Earthdog ones...I love those collars! I don't have any...but I lust mightily for them...(being a hippy and all...) I just haven't found a pattern I like enough for Score. They're really, really soft and nice. Planet dog also makes hemp collars...and they have metal buckles.
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Postby Malli » October 22nd, 2009, 1:10 pm

TheRedQueen wrote:Doh! :doh: I can't believe I didn't think of the Earthdog ones...I love those collars! I don't have any...but I lust mightily for them...(being a hippy and all...) I just haven't found a pattern I like enough for Score. They're really, really soft and nice. Planet dog also makes hemp collars...and they have metal buckles.


they do! Do you think the Metal buckles are trustworthy and strong?
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Postby kera09 » October 22nd, 2009, 1:20 pm

let me know how the collar works on faust. I dont keep a collar on duge unless hes going outside, bc he is extremly sensitve also. let me know i may have to get him one!
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Postby kera09 » October 22nd, 2009, 1:29 pm

i think i might try the shampoo for duge! anything is worth a try for him!
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Postby amazincc » October 22nd, 2009, 2:57 pm

TheRedQueen wrote:Doh! :doh: I can't believe I didn't think of the Earthdog ones...I love those collars! I don't have any...but I lust mightily for them...(being a hippy and all...) I just haven't found a pattern I like enough for Score. They're really, really soft and nice. Planet dog also makes hemp collars...and they have metal buckles.


I just scoured their site... I only found the plastic buckles.
Do you have a link???
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Postby TheRedQueen » October 22nd, 2009, 3:49 pm

amazincc wrote:
TheRedQueen wrote:Doh! :doh: I can't believe I didn't think of the Earthdog ones...I love those collars! I don't have any...but I lust mightily for them...(being a hippy and all...) I just haven't found a pattern I like enough for Score. They're really, really soft and nice. Planet dog also makes hemp collars...and they have metal buckles.


I just scoured their site... I only found the plastic buckles.
Do you have a link???


Hmmm...guess they've gone to plastic only.

Did find this though...
http://www.felinefido.com/store/WsDefault.asp?One=706
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Postby Natalie » October 22nd, 2009, 3:52 pm

Satin-lined collar mania?
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Postby amazincc » October 22nd, 2009, 4:07 pm

Thanks, Erin... I like that you can engrave the buckles... gonna try one of those as well, and see how he does. :)
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Postby Malli » October 22nd, 2009, 8:10 pm

earthdog stuff is purdy. I'm upset at the prospect of the collars having plastic buckles though :neutral: I emailed to confirm.
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Postby mnp13 » October 22nd, 2009, 8:41 pm

Malli wrote:earthdog stuff is purdy. I'm upset at the prospect of the collars having plastic buckles though :neutral: I emailed to confirm.

I wouldn't trust plastic. No way.
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Postby Malli » October 22nd, 2009, 8:52 pm

well, thats why I emailed to confirm :)
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Postby amazincc » October 22nd, 2009, 9:20 pm

This is the e-mail I got...

Hi Christine,
We discontinued the metal buckle style about two years ago, and they now only come with the plastic buckle. We had a problem with some of the spring release mechanisms in the metal buckles and have found these to be more reliable.

Regards,
Jessica-Star Benedict
Customer Support Specialist
PLANET DOG
49 York Street, Portland, ME 04101
1.800.381.1516


I might get one anyway, just for him to wear around the house and in case I have to grab him fast for some reason...
For outside walking - definitely don't have that much faith in a plastic buckle, so that's a no-go.
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Postby Malli » October 23rd, 2009, 12:11 am

yeah earthdog wrote me and told me they'd never had metal clips :|
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