Can a collar hurt a dog's neck?

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Dog collars can damage the nerves in your dog's front legs.

The best way to prevent neck, nerve and thyroid damage is to get your dog a harness.

When your dog pulls on a harness, it doesn't hurt its body as much as a collar does.

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Traditional collars can harm a dog's neck if it pulls hard on the leash or if a pet owner uses the collar to pull the dog around.

Repeated stress on the neck can even lead to long-term medical issues—including damaging the thyroid glands and tissues around the neck area and salivary glands, she says.

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Unfortunately, as adorable as they are, Dachshunds, Shih Tzus, and Lhasa Apsos are among breeds at higher risk.

However, any dog can certainly experience back pain at some point in its life.

More severe cases of neck pain may cause a dog to limp on a forelimb as pain shoots from their neck to their leg.

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Cervical intervertebral disk disease may cause a range of clinical signs including pain.

Signs of neck pain in dogs include: walking slowly, holding their head low, spasms of the neck muscles, and crying spontaneously.

Some dogs may show weakness (tetraparesis) or wobbliness (ataxia) in all four legs.

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Traditional collars can harm a dog's neck if it pulls hard on the leash or if a pet owner uses the collar to pull the dog around.

"You are potentially damaging the dog's neck by jerking it," Hodges says.

"The neck is a very, very sensitive area."

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Dog collars can damage the nerves in your dog's front legs.

When your dog's nerves are hurt, it causes a tingly feeling in their front paws, and most dogs will lick their paws to try to make them feel better.

If your dog has a problem with paw licking, you might want to consider using a harness instead of a collar.

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Actually, e-collars are much the same as a tens unit that us humans use frequently for physical therapy.

There is no harm done to your dog.

Every owner we train with has to first put the collar on themselves to feel what it's like.

e-collars hurt your dog and are a painful way to train.

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When fitting a collar, you want to be able to slip a couple of fingers between it and the dog's neck.

A space of less than two fingers means the collar is too tight and can restrict breathing; a collar that's too big could slip off over the dog's head.

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