When you set out to buy a collar for your pup, you might find that there are a surprising number of different considerations to take into account. You probably thought this would be an easy matter of just choosing a bit of leather or fabric to wrap around their neck and hold a leash right? Wrong! In fact, dog collars come in a range of different styles and designs and the right one for you is going to depend on what you hope to get from it. There are dog collars that actually serve a vast range of different purposes that go well beyond simply attaching a leash. You can use collars for training purposes, as well as to help treat health problems such as fleas and ticks. How can that work you ask?
Essentially, a flea or tick collar will often work by emitting a toxin or gas that is harmless to dogs and humans, but that is killer for fleas and ticks. This simply then laces your dog with an element that those ticks and fleas can’t stand, thereby ensuring that they either die or get discouraged from hopping on in the first time.
There are actually a number of different designs and technologies that can go into the creation of these collars however, with some being more effective than others. In particular, a lot of these flea collars will emit a toxin that are released constantly in such a way as to coat the entire dog – rather than just affecting their necks. You don’t want to use a flea and tick collar in every scenario, but they are very useful for specific situations. For instance, they can be useful in conjunction with other flea control products as part of a more cohesive strategy. The other consideration is that like humans, dogs can sometimes have sensitive skins. While you should find that these collars are fine for 99% of dogs, there will be those one or two who have issues with them so if you find your dog is scratching or whining, then you might want to consider trying a different product or avoiding this particular technique.