Making Your Pooch Fashionable with a Rhinestone Dog Collar

In the past, chic pet accessories such as the rhinestone dog collar were so hot, however some people thought they were too gaudy for animals and thus their popularity declined. However, with the renaissance of flash and bling, rhinestone dog collars are becoming a hot item once more. People are now recognizing that their pooches also deserve to be stylish in their own right.

Dog lovers treasure their pets very much, and one way of showing high regard for their pet is by giving them something that makes them stand out and look so special. Most dog owners express their pet’s individuality through their collars. There is a wide variety of dog collars to choose from each one catering to different preferences. But the most special among them all is the rhinestone dog collar, which truly makes any pooch look like a million dollars.

Rhinestone dog collars are usually made of leather, cloth, nylon, and even metal with rhinestones embedded on the leash. These tiny, sparkling stones make any color shine, complementing the dog’s eyes and coat. The materials used for rhinestone dog collars are usually very flexible, following the contour of the dog’s neck. It can be a colorful band that is similar to the dog’s owner’s tennis bracelet.

Some rhinestone dog collars can be specially designed to spell out your pet’s name in flashy gems. This is definitely a prettier alternative to the usual dog tag that just has your pet’s name engraved on a small sheet of metal.

Before, rhinestone dog collars are only worn by female pets, but with the emergence of metrosexuality, even male dogs can wear rhinestone collars without much problem. For those who still prefer their dogs to maintain a butch image, there are also rhinestone collars that come in rugged designs that complement their pooch’s macho impression. Examples of these are those black leather collars with a few big rhinestone studs that are well-spaced.

Rhinestone dog collars may come with buckle or snap-on closures. Whatever kind of rhinestone collar you choose, you must make sure that it closes securely so that it would not fall off easily. Snap-on closures are usually convenient, especially for small toy dogs. However larger dogs usually need more security which only buckled collars can provide. It is thus important to test whether the kind of lock the collar you are buying would withstand the strength and size of your pet.

When you are considering to get your pet dog a new rhinestone dog collar, it is important to make sure that the collar fits well and the gems are properly secured. You would not want Fido to be able to remove the collar easily and then chew or choke on the sharp little stones. You should check the collar regularly to see that there is no damage with the material and all the stones are in place. Always watch out if a stone falls off so that you can quickly keep it away from your dog’s reach.
An easy way of measuring the fit of your dog’s rhinestone collar would be the finger test. If you have a small dog, one finger should fit snugly between the dog’s neck and collar. For medium dogs you would need two fingers. Large dogs would need three fingers. If the rhinestone collar is too tight, it can choke your dog and kill it, but if it is too loose, it can easily fall off and get lost.

Other than these reminders, rhinestone dog collars are not really that difficult to maintain. You just need to clean the collar once in a while to maintain the brilliance of the tiny gems. You would probably just need water, with a little mild detergent to remove stubborn grime and stains. Missing pieces might not be inevitable so it is wise to keep some spare gems to replace those that would eventually fall off.

In these times when being fashionable is already considered an asset, dogs can keep up with their owners with the accessories that they wear. Perhaps the best way to glamorize your dog is to have it wear a rhinestone collar. It serves the purpose of regular collars but adds style and flair to your most beloved pet.

Microchipping Your Pet – The Best Chance for Lost Pet Recovery

The statistics on the number of pets that are euthanized each year are heartbreaking. According to the most recent study by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, more than half of all the pets that enter shelters are euthanized. A larger percentage of cats are euthanized, because cats are less likely to enter a shelter with some form of identifying information, i.e. a collar or tag. I have so often heard about a family pet being euthanized before the family could locate their whereabouts; sometimes within hours of the pet entering a shelter. Shelters are spilling over with animals, and the animals the shelter considers “less desirable”, are usually put down first. This is particularly troubling for me because two of my four house-cats are not social with anyone other than our family. Heaven forbid, one of them should escape and find her way into the local shelter. That is the primary reason I decided to have all of my cats microchipped.

What is a microchip and how is it implanted into my pet?

A microchip is an identifying integrated circuit that is placed just under the skin of your pet. The tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is made from biocompatible materials, which means it is non-toxic and will not cause an allergic reaction. The method for inserting the chip is as easy as a vaccination. Your pet is not placed under anesthesia, nor is there any recovery time. A veterinarian places the chip in a hypodermic needle and injects the chip just under the skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The chip then bonds to the tissue in your pet usually within 24 hours, which should prevent the chip from moving around. Once the chip is in place, it does not wear-out or expire; therefore it should last during the life span of your pet. Cost varies, anywhere from $30 -$100, but it is a one-time cost.

How does the microchip work?

Using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), the chip simply stores an identifying number associated with your pet; it is not a GPS device that can locate your pet. Afterwards, the pet owner must register the pet with the appropriate microchip company. If your pet is found with a microchip, with no identifying information in a database, the chip is useless. Some companies charge a small registration fee to register your information. Once your pet’s information has been placed in the database, the information can be accessed through scanning the microchip with a scanner or reader. Microchip companies usually donate these devices to shelters and veterinarian offices. Any information changes should be updated in the data base. For instance, should you move, it is very important that your address and contact information be updated with the microchip company, especially contact numbers.

Microchip vs. Collar and Tag

Some argue that a microchip is unnecessary since their pet has a collar and identifying tag, and many cat owners who have “indoor only cats”, suggest that since their cat never goes outside, why should they invest in a microchip. First, tags and collars can fall off or be removed, leaving your pet vulnerable, without identifying information. Second, even a “housecat” can accidentally find itself outside. A visitor may leave a door open too long, or a natural disaster may leave your pet out in the elements. A microchip is the only permanent method of identification that will increase the chances that your pet will be returned to you, should the unexpected happen.

What happens if my pet gets lost?

If your pet is taken to a veterinarian office or a shelter, he/she will be scanned. Provided the chip has been registered, the identifying information will display on the scanner. Depending on the policy of the microchip company, either the microchip company will be contacted – they in turn, will contact the owner; or the pet owner will be contacted directly by the veterinarian or shelter, using the registered information in the database. This is why it is so important to keep the information accurate and up to date.

Unfortunately, due to the different frequencies, and scanners used by microchip companies, the system is not perfect. However more microchip companies are providing universal scanners that can read a range of frequencies. In addition, work is being done by the American Microchip Advisory Council to develop a network of the various company databases, which will streamline the process for locating owner information. It is best to contact local veterinarians and shelters to educate yourself on their systems for handling lost pets before choosing a microchip company. Even with a less than perfect system, microchipping does bring pets and owners back together.

Does it work?

Yes! Research has shown that the return rate of a microchipped cat entering a shelter is 20 times higher than the return rate of a cat that enters with no identifying information. Linda Lord – lead author of a study conducted by the Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine at Ohio State University stated the following, “We found that shelters did much better than they thought they did at returning animals with microchips to their owners.” She added that pet owners should strongly consider microchipping their pets.

With the growing popularity of microchipping, microchip companies are under more pressure to change their standards to a more universal system for returning pets to their owners. This is great news for pet owners, making microchipping an even more accurate method of pet recovery. A microchip used in conjunction with a collar and ID tag is the best way to ensure that your pet finds his/her way home.

All About Different Pet Name Tags

For those with pets, pet collars are often a very good idea. There are many advantages and these are enhanced by the idea of pet name tags. There are many reasons to have one of these for your pet, in fact. They make it safer and easier to keep track of your animal. This is particularly true if you have an outdoors pet.

If you have an indoors pet, it will serve as a way to help people bring them back to you if your pet somehow escapes. The name of the pet and your address can be inscribed on the tag to help your cat or dog be found if they do get lost. Advertisements can be put up but unless you have a cat or dog that is a particularly rare breed or has particularly rare markings, then it can be hard to locate the animal going by picture alone.

A name on the tag will narrow it down, considerably. Of course, this also tells people who are not looking for your pet in particular that your animal is already owned, which can suggest to people that they should not adopt it as their own pet or take it to an animal shelter. If there is no address, however, it will only signify that the pet is owned by someone and not who that someone is.

However, animals do not, generally, go far from their homes, as they are territorial, so it will always be likely that the home of the pet is not far from where it is found. If your pet is found with a pet tag, then it is more likely that the person who found it may either try and find the owner by themselves or take the animal to a shelter.

The latter means that you may be able to find your lost pet much more easily. Different materials can also be bought, including brass, nicron and acrylic. Brass is probably the most durable and the most high quality. You might like to choose brass as it will give your pet tag a more classic look. For those who take a lot of pride in the accessories worn by their pets, this is possibly a good option.

The writing inscribed in this will last much longer, also. Nicron has a silver effect that some may prefer to the brass, although the material itself is not as traditional. However, many consider the cool tone of silver to be more tasteful than the more brash tone of brass and other gold-like metals. Acrylic tags are probably more versatile and many may find them to be much more fun.

They come in a variety of colors, as well, which may appeal to many people. These can be bought in different shapes, such as a bone shape, a heart shape or a paw shape. Of course, the bone shape is specifically for dogs and it would possibly look out of place if a cat wore it.

It is also possible to have a picture on the surface, possibly representing the personality of the pet. This way, you can use the pet tag not only for a useful function, but as a way of celebrating your pet, also.

Comfort That Comes From the Right Pick of Dog Leash and Collar

What people refer to as training collars are generally called “choke chains”. A choke chain is metal-made with a sliding ring attached to the dog’s leash. You may wonder why it was called as such. The reason behind is the fact that there is no limit on the tightness these training collars can pull against a dog’s neck. Therefore, there is a possibility to have him choked. Furthermore, it can cause some serious injuries like severely sprained necks, tracheal and esophageal damage, hind leg ataxia, etc.

If you doubt, there are documents to support them from hundreds of veterinary practices related to choke chain-injuries. So choke chains must really be used appropriately. Experienced trainers would have proper handling of the tool. But for the most part, an average person won’t. Therefore it is important that in the very start, you choose the right leash and collar for your dog.

The one called flat buckle collar could either be nylon or leather. It can be used for training and everyday use. It should fit stably, but make sure to allow looseness enough for you to insert at least two fingers. Any looser than that may cause sliding off but tighter might cause the dog’s discomfort.

Nylon which comes in various bright colors is good for dogs that spend most time in water or mud. Meanwhile leather is durable and absorbs oils from your dog’s coat. Thus it is more flexible over time. So choice of material mainly depends on personal preference. Also, the width of the collar must be appropriate for your dog’s size. For instance, a Chihuahua, which is a small breed, doesn’t require a wide or heavy collar.

Another ideal device to prevent choking is a harness that goes around the neck and rib cage. This is a great way to get rid of that choking “tug of war” whenever you want to pull your dog on a certain direction. They can also protect small dogs which have small airways from serious collar pressings.

Now speaking of proper leash, the same as collars, there is a choice of material-leather or nylon (braided leather is also available). Most dog owners pick a retractable leash. These are nylon-made with plastic casing and are up to 25 feet or so in length. Its one-button “braking” system and spring mechanism are its best assets.