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Puppy found in Tempe with collar embedded in neck

Posted: 06/16/2011                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Deborah Stocks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

PHOENIX – Arizona animal advocates are reminding pet owners to check their growing animals’ collars after one puppy was found wearing a collar so tight it was growing into his neck. The Arizona Animal Welfare League & Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said they recently took in a four-month-old male puppy with a wound nearly 1/2 inch deep in its neck from a collar that was too tight. A couple found the dog wandering in an alley in Tempe with his sister who also was wearing a collar that was too tight but had not yet become imbedded into her skin. The couple took the dogs to a veterinarian and paid for their treatment before calling the shelter.

“Puppies can grow very quickly,” Shannon Blizzard, Director of Operations for AAWL & SPCA said in a news release. “If the collar is not loosened to keep pace with the dog’s size, it can literally grow into the skin, causing excruciating pain.” Blizzard added that hundreds of animal neglect cases are investigated each year and may involve collars becoming embedded in the necks of growing dogs. They suggest checking a puppy’s collar at least every week until it is fully grown, up to a year for larger breeds. Both dogs, now known as Channing and Claudia are available for adoption at the AAWL & SPCA shelter located at 30 N. 40th Place in Phoenix. Staff says both dogs are happy and friendly and that Channing seems to watch over his sister.

Yours in Health,
Sar Rooney BHSc., ND., DC., DASc., GDSc. (Hons) Zoology, MHATO, MATMS.
Canine Naturopath, Naturopathic Physician, Research Health Scientist, Zoologist 

Naturopathic Animal Services

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