The Naked Dog Project

Here are some photos of the kits we have placed at our local dog parks.

Emergency Kits

Below is one of the most thorough sites I found on emergency kit preparation and emergency treatment. Take a look and also search for yourself. There are many sites out there with good information, just be sure you add the tools listed and shown above to complete your emergency kit. And always consult your veterinarian in any emergency situation.

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Industrial scissors that can cut thru leather and fabric collars

Bolt Cutters (at least 14" to get around most collar chains/"O"rings)

Emergency Kit "Must Haves"

If you chose to play with collars on or allow your dog to play with dogs with collars on, you must have an emergency kit.

Below is a site link that talks about emergency kits, emergency treatments as well as provides links to important sites for poison control and other life-threatening situations. But there are 2 things I want you to focus on that are not listed. And they are, in my opinion, the 2 most important things you can have in your emergency kit to help save your dog’s life. They are what you need to cut off a collar in case of an emergency. 

You MUST have the following:

  • A bolt cutter (at least 14” to get around most collar chains/”O” rings)

  • A pair of industrial scissors (these need to have the ability to cut through leather and fabric—any materials used to make collars) 

These tools are available at any hardware store. We purchased both and the tool box pictured below for less than $40. This small investment could have a large payout—it could save your best friend's life. I have tested these tools on chain, fabric, and leather collars, and they worked beautifully. I will tell you that it was easier to use the bolt cutters on the “O” ring than on the chain. The release was much quicker, and quicker is better when you find yourself in this situation.

If the daycare where Gracie died had these tools on site the day a dog’s jaw got tangled in her collar, she would be alive today. But let’s face it, if they would have left her personal quick-release martingale collar on her versus placing their choker collar on her, she would probably be alive today as well. There are instances, though, where regardless of the collar, tools will be needed. The quick-release buckle could jam; it could be in the dog’s mouth or somehow otherwise unattainable. Also be aware that accidents can happen at home that do not involve dogs playing. I have heard horror stories of dogs hanging from fences and getting their collar stuck in deck boards and in floor registers. Their natural instinct is to back up and spin or twist, which can result in strangulation. This point alone carries a lot of weight in the debate over the safety of collars in an unsupervised environment, but we will save that topic for another day. So for now, For Gracie’s Sake, please have the proper tools readily available in case of an emergency. I pray you never need them, but be prepared!