Monday, October 19, 2015

Collar Safety Awareness and KeepSafe Collar

Dogs are members of the family but many pet parents remain unaware of the risks of strangulation associated with traditional collars.  A survey of veterinarians, trainers and doggie daycares found an estimated 26,000 collar related accidents occur each year.  PetSafe is raising awareness of these accidents during their Collar Safety Awareness Week which begins today.

Oz the Terrier sporting a KeepSafe Break-Away Dog Collar by PetSafe

Tenney Mudge's beloved friend Chinook was strangled by his collar when it became entangled and no one was there to help him.  Chinook's death is what has given birth to PetSafe's Collar Safety Awareness Week and their new collar, the KeepSafe®Break-Away Collar.

PetSafe's KeepSafe Break-Away Collar releases when it gets caught so dogs can get free

Designed to protect dogs from collar strangulation, say when a collar gets caught on a fence, or deck or even on the dog's crate, by using a safety buckle that releases in emergency situations.  If the KeepSafe Collar becomes caught, the buckle releases so the dog can get free on its own as you can see in this short video:

The KeepSafe Collar is great product for dogs to wear when they are home alone so they can free themselves if they get stuck.  I wouldn't recommend it for a walking collar, especially if you are a "puller", because the pulling pressure may cause the emergency buckle to release.

We were not aware of how many incidents and accidents have been caused by traditional collars.  I am sharing this great infographic from PetSafe as well so you too can learn more about Collar Safety.

PetSafe's infographic about collar safety and choosing a safe collar for your pet


  1. This a great product, don't want to haf problems wiv our collars!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. that is a great idea and one of the reasons we only wear collars when we are out

  3. that's a great idea... that's my mommas fear too, that I could come in danger that way... thanks for presenting such a great product, Dr. Oz

  4. Well Oz as per are a great model and spokesperson...and I purrsonally thank you for modeling the RED...
    you know i love red
    Hugs madi your bfff

  5. The dogs don't wear collars without a biped (like me) around. If they get loose, they're microchipped.

  6. That is a super invention... and a Grand way to keep Accidents from happening...

    HEY OZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... guess WHAT?????? we just got entered into the HOPPERING thingy fur Thursday and we didn't even furget how to do it... after all this LONG... (LONGER THAN A DACHSHUND) Break fur Moving and getting Settled in. We can't believe we COULD remember how to do it... We hope that Everybuddy sends Mr. Butch some HUGS on Thursday...
    THANKS fur setting up the HOP fur us.

    1. we where our harnesses usually..........those things are great. stella rose

  7. Aww man why did you have to go and say not recommend for walkies!?!

    Aroo to you,

  8. You're such a handsome guy with such an important message sporting your collar.

  9. Great post Oz, so important to keep up pups safe!

  10. This is a wonderful idea - we only wear our collars or harnesses when we are out and about with peeps, but we know some who have tragically lost there dog that way
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  11. Great post with an important message. I used to have a kitty who got his collar caught on the side of the couch one day while everyone was at work. My dad just happened to come for lunch that day, which was a rarity, and found him. Thankfully my kitty was saved.

  12. Very good advice Oz thanks! The most dangerous part of the collar is the tag so we have tagless collars but we like to wear them so they stay on all the time. Love Dolly

  13. That is a great collar. We will have Mom check them out.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  14. These collars look pretty cool. Thanks for giving us all the info
    Lily & Edward

  15. Years ago, SHE had a scottie who was strangled by his collar. It hurts even now to think about him. We don't wear collars around our house and garden since then. We only wear them when out with HER.

  16. Thank you for sharing this important information. I have been "lazy" about taking the collars off when leaving the pups unsupervised, but I will remember to do so now.

  17. We only wear collars when we leave the house. Our pawrents told us that a couple of our Angel Sisters almost strangled each other when ones jaw got caught under the other's collar. Since then none of the dogs in this house wear collars at home. Since we are chipped it isn't as much of a worry that something happens and we get out without id. Plus our pawrents prefer not to have jingling tags all the time.

  18. That is a great idea for a collar. I saw a video of a dog that's leash got caught in the elevator door and he almost choked. A safety collar would have been the perfect solution.

  19. That looks like a great product! It looks like they did address using it for a walk by having 2 D-rings, one on either side of the breakaway buckle. Hooking the leash to both of those should do the trick, don't you think?

  20. What a great idea to help keep our babies safe!! I have heard far too many tragedies all because of a collar :(
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  21. Actually, our cat almost died when her collar somehow got caught in her teeth and I just happened to come home from work early to find her freaking out and trying to get the collar off. I am so glad I was able to save her in time. These collars are a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  22. I had no idea it was that big a problem either. The only time we have really worried about it was when Luke was a puppy and we kept him in his crate, and then later behind a gate. We always took his collar off when we left him alone.
    I did see his collar actually get stuck in the crate one night when he was falling asleep. I rescued him quickly but he really got scared. That was the last night he slept in his crate...LOL...he went on the bed with us after that!
    Jan, Wag n Woof Pets

  23. Thanks for sharing this great information. I don't leave collars on my dogs.


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