Q&A: what do you do if invisible fence collars make your dogs fur fall off and make the skin red and itchy?

Question by sdancer: what do you do if make your off and make the skin red and ?
My has a stronger fence collar and is a lab but the fur around the is falling off and she is itching it a lot and the skin is becoming slimy and red. what can i do to stop the irratation and help for the fur to grow back?

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Answer by Schnoodle_Mom88
Talk to a vet – that could be happening for a number of reasons, including the strength of the collar in general, and may need special treatment. I would take the collar off and use a regular leash or tie out for a while.

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    • ;)
    • December 18, 2012

    Well the first thing to do is loosen it a bit or give her a rest from it.

    Is she still challenging the fence? Usually after a few days they will not challenge the border at all, so the collar never snaps. If you are still having issues, you may have to turn up the collar after her neck heals. She needs to learn not to challenge the border.

    If the irritation is too severe you will have to take it off, give it a few days to heal, then try again. Once she submits to the boundary, she can wear the collar loosely or even go without it. They don’t challenge the fence, they just turn around at the beep or just stop before approaching the boundary.

    • Samantha B
    • December 18, 2012

    stop using TOUCHER DEVICES right now! both the inverted callers and the zappers should be out lawed! to salve your problem. 1st in vest in a long leash or a real fens and stop using the zapper. go out buy a body harness for your dog and move its tags to the harness and remove any neck stile caller. take ur dog in to a groomer or u or a friend carefully cut and shave down the fur around the neck wounds because you don’t want fur getting in the open wound wile it heals. it will itch, ALLOT! so watch him closely and don’t let him scratch it. he needs supervision until it heals! the dog will want to scratch and that could cause it to get infected. infection could really do allot damage to ur dog. apply a topical antibiotic like neosporan it will help, and wont cost much. if the wound area starts feeling really hot and begens to puss green he needs to go to the vet for antibiotics to keep the wounds from going septic. the wounds are really close to the hart and lungs and if infection gets in the blood it will KILL your dog!


    • River
    • December 18, 2012

    Those collars are not supposed to be on all day. Is her collar too tight? She needs time without it until the skin heals. It sounds like she is getting blisters that are bursting from the rubbing of the prongs.

    You can use Petnat ultrasalve to heal the wounds and help with hair regrowth. But the collar must stay off for quite a while, until she is healed. The ultrasalve will prevent the skin getting infected.

    • Heidi P
    • December 18, 2012

    First just stop using it immediately. Then once you’ve diagnosed the problem you can fix it.

    • Pup Luvr
    • December 18, 2012

    Can you ‘give the dog a break’ from the fence and collar –

    take the collar off at night and treat her neck – what does the vet say (some meds?)

    maybe use a tie-line while you’re outside with her…

    or let her stay inside, since it’s so hot now during the day anyways?

    Can she then go down to a lower level collar since she knows what’s ‘in store’ for her at the invisible fence line?

    Good Luck!

    • Jade645
    • December 18, 2012

    You can’t leave them on all the time. I recently bought a similar device and it actually warns this can happen right on there if they wear it all the time. The suggest taking it off for times of the day everyday. Given the current condition of your dogs neck however it is clear that you should seek vet. care immediately.

    • Luca's Mom
    • December 18, 2012

    Stop using it. Talk to your vet.

    • bkunetka
    • December 18, 2012

    stop using it! those things are awful in my opinion, but if you own a dog you should know that if it is causing a problem like that it should be removed, then take her to the vet to be checked around that area, they might give some creme or something and then the fur will grow back eventually

    • **♥purdy-lil-thang♥**
    • December 18, 2012

    Weird. Take her to the vet and get some cream or medicine for the wound, and let her be without the collar for a while. The vet might have some advice for what to do.

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