How do you measure a dog's neck circumference?

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For a proper fit, measure your dog's neck with a cloth seamstress's tape measure.

  1. Take a measurement a few inches down from his head and then add an inch for very small dogs or two inches for medium and large dogs.
  2. Pull the tape snug but not tight.
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For a proper fit, measure your dog's neck with a cloth seamstress's tape measure.

Pull the tape snug but not tight.

(If you do not have a tape measure, you can use a piece of string and then measure the string with a rigid ruler.) Allow sufficient room to slip two fingers between the collar and the dog's neck.

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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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However, you can definitely give your dog raw turkey necks! Raw bones are safe to feed and have lots of great benefits for teeth and digestion.

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Many physical therapists will vouch that neck pain in dogs is one of the most painful conditions! Significant amount of pain is caused when the neck muscles are spasming.
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Feel for the dog's withers.

The withers on a dog is the highest point of its shoulder blades. It is located behind the base of the dog's neck. Feel around this area on your dog and locate the top bony point of the shoulder. It is easier to locate the withers on a dog with a short coat.
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Kibble fed dogs should start with smaller, softer bones, like chicken necks. This will allow their body to adjust acidity levels to break down the bone. In time, they will be able to digest any edible bone. For those looking for a longer lasting chew, recreational bones can be offered as well.
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Being leashed by the neck, even with a simple buckle collar, can be painful to dogs who pull or lunge, especially if their guardian jerks on the leash. It can put pressure on the trachea, the spinal cord, the vertebral discs, the esophagus, etc., and should be avoided.
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