Pet topic and tip idea of the Month for July 2011
Check the collar/Harness and leash often. Your pet can easily get away if the collar or leash is weak. Inspect for tears, thread-unraveling, and broken or rusted hardware and for general wear and tear.
Make sure the pet's collar fits well and does not slip off or is too tight. Make sure the buckles, claps etc are fitting well, not loose.
If you need to buy a new collar or harness for you pet here are a few tips I have found.
Select a collar and leash that is the correct size for your dog. Smaller dogs require thinner leashes and collars with smaller clasps, while larger dogs require thicker widths. Measure you dog/cat so you know what size to buy and not guessing.
If you have a smaller dog or a dog that pulls on its leash, consider purchasing a full-body harness instead of a standard collar. This will discourage your dog from pulling while ensuring your dog is not injured. Harnesses also work well for cats that require some freedom while being safely restrained, for example, in airports or veterinarian clinics or even going for a walk.