When your dog is wearing a dog collar, what’s it worth?
The United States is on track to become the world’s first country to require pet owners to keep their dogs wearing dog collars, according to a study by a German nonprofit organization.
The organization, “Equality for Animals (EFA), conducted a study on collar use and health among more than 8,000 dogs that live in Berlin, Germany,” the organization said.
In the study, the researchers found that a dog’s collar is not only used for identification, but also to control behavior.
“If you have a dog who’s been trained to sniff and bite and run away, and you’ve also made it clear that he has to be on a leash and wear a collar, the dog will get a bit anxious,” said EFA spokesperson Barbara Smedley.
“And that is why dogs have a history of accidents, because it can lead to problems down the road.”
“There is also evidence that dogs have an association with diseases, including allergies,” she added.
“Some dogs have become very aggressive when they are wearing collars.
In some cases, dogs who are not wearing collators may be even more aggressive.”
In addition to the use of collars for identification purposes, the study found that dogs that were not wearing them suffered from more serious problems including:Low weight lossLow body weight, which can lead dog owners to lose their ability to walk.
Stress, including headaches and anxietyHigh blood pressure and a lowered immune systemHigh blood sugar, which in turn can cause seizures and other problems.
“In addition, dogs that have been wearing a collar for more than a year have more severe health problems, including lower levels of certain blood markers and higher levels of an inflammatory cytokine called interleukin-6,” said Smedkley.
According to EFA, dog owners in Germany have to keep dogs wearing collations for at least a year to be considered acceptable.
The EFA study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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