23 August 2015

Protecting my dog's neck with Nayeco Double Thor spiked collar

I have had lots of incidents where ignorant dog owners put pressure on their dog's leash or shout at their dog or hit them all claiming that they do this to control them, when, of course, as anybody with dog experience will tell you, if you shout and hit your dog you will make him angry and he will bite the first dog or person that is around believing that is the reason why his owner is mistreating him.

I had my dog bitten by a huge peaceful pitbull, and I would like to stress that pitbulls are peaceful because it was the irresponsible owner shouting at him what made the pibull bolt and attack my dog.

There is very little you can do when another owner is ignorant and does not want to invest 5 minutes of his time researching the Internet about why his dog bites other dogs. I mentioned that the other dog was a Pit-bull, not because I believe the breed is any more dangerous than a Collie or an Akita, I mentioned it because pitbulls jaws are very strong and they can pull lots of weight, there is no way my German Shepherd mix stands a chance against that bread and without breaking the dog fight on time, serious injury or death is perfectly possible.

Stainless steel spiked dog collar
Stainless steel spiked dog collar
In case you have not experienced a real dog fight, know that dogs aim to bite the neck, that is the way to kill a prey quickly, there are major arteries on a dog's neck that make them easier to bleed to death than biting on their torso or legs. I am not willing to risk my dog's life again any more, to stop this I have bought two stainless steel spiked collars for my dog to protect his neck if another dog bites him.

I will be sorry for the other dog if he breaks his teeth of course, but it is his owner who is responsible, I can't just stand and do nothing when my dog is attacked by some moron shouting at his dog , besides, if nobody bites my dog on his neck first, I am sure nothing will happen, I see it as a defence, not offensive.

I found cheap spiked dog collars for sale in Amazon but the reviews were pretty bad, citing metal spikes falling off or rusting as the main problems. The best high quality real stainless steel spiked collar with double protection I found were for sale in TiendaAnimal, it wasn't cheap, I paid €60 for it, but, my calculation is that a veterinarian treating my dog after a dog fight would cost me far more, today I have seen the same collar in the same shop for €40 which makes me feel a bit silly having overpaid, but that is life.

I have had this collar, called Double Thor, made by Nayeco, a company based in Catalonia, for one year and the collar still looks like new after using it every single day, I am impressed with the quality. The only mistake I made with the shopping was the collar size, I should have bought a bigger one, the metallic plate on the collar shortens its length, the ideal Double Thor collar length for my 23kg dog, is the 55cm size instead of the 50cm I have, I am on the last notch if his neck gets bigger due to overfeeding I will not be able to adjust his collar any longer.

German Shepherd mixed breed wearing spiked collar
German Shepherd mixed breed wearing spiked collar
Away's neck protected from a mortal bite! :)

And a cheaper version of the same high quality dog collar, without the thin metal bar covering the spikes:

Spiked dog collar Nayeco
Spiked dog collar Nayeco

18 August 2015

Repairing my dog's pawn pads

I made the mistake of playing fetch with my dog on a rough surface and even thought it is lots of fun, if you are going to throw a ball to your dog for fetching, please make sure it is in the forest or on a surface with grass, otherwise he will damage his pawn's pads, I know of at least another dog owner that had the same problem he was told by the vet that over time playing fetch on hard surfaces it is not good for the dog pawns.

I bought a spray called "Kw. Potepleje Spray" in TiendaAnimal.com, it is being advertised as moisturiser and dog pawn pad repairing spray that contains Aloe Vera. According to the label, this spray made in Denmark, creates a protective layer over a dog pads and protects him from salt, water and snow.

Damaged dog paw
Damaged dog paw

I have today finished the whole 50ml, it lasted around two months, and I am certainly not going to buy it again, here is why:

  • My dog Away hates sprays, when I tried to apply the liquid on his pawns he was scared of the liquid being sprayed on him, one work around to this was to pour the liquid directly without spraying it
  • Every single time after applying the moisturiser on my dog pads he would lick it, I did't think it is toxic, probably very tasty, but it is a waste of money if the dog is going to eat his moisturiser instead of letting it do its work, and there is nothing I could do about it
  • After two months of using this spray, I didn't notice any significant improvement on my dog pawn pads, I liked that the liquid did not smell and was not sticky, but few results, my impression is that it is the analogy of a hand cream for a human and it will not fix damaged dog pawn pads.
What to do now? Simple, I will not play fetch with my dog again on a pavement or path that does not have a soft surface, we will stick to do that at the beach.
Paw repairing dog medicine
Dog product to repair paws

Link to product (Danish language): https://kw.dk/?f=content&l=da&s=item&i=1375