Surprising Triggers for Hot Spots in Dogs and How To Prevent Them

Surprising Triggers for Hot Spots in Dogs and How To Prevent Them

The Importance of Proper Collar Care for Your Dog

The Importance of Proper Collar Care for Your Dog

As responsible pet owners, we want the best for our furry companions, ensuring their health and comfort in every possible way. One often overlooked aspect of pet care is the maintenance of their collars. While collars are essential for identification and safety, improper care can lead to discomfort and health issues for your dog, especially in high-humidity climates. In this blog, we’ll discuss the common problems caused by wet and dirty collars, the solution our high-quality collars provide, and the success you and your pet will experience with proper collar care.

The Challenge for Pet Owners

Pet owners often face the challenge of keeping their dogs comfortable and healthy, particularly in high-humidity climates. Wet and dirty collars can quickly become breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi, leading to painful hot spots, skin irritations, and infections. Additionally, traditional fabric collars tend to fray, collect bacteria, and do not last long, making them a poor investment for pet owners.

High Humidity Climates: A Breeding Ground for Problems

Dogs living in high-humidity climates are at an increased risk of collar-related issues. The persistent moisture in the air means that collars may not dry quickly, keeping the skin underneath constantly damp. This can result in hot spots—painful, inflamed areas of skin caused by bacterial infections. These hot spots can be extremely uncomfortable for your dog and may require veterinary treatment.

The Role of Natural Oils

Dogs’ skin naturally produces oils that help protect and nourish their fur and skin. However, these oils can accumulate on collars, attracting dirt and bacteria. In high-humidity environments, this accumulation happens even faster, necessitating regular cleaning. Some breeds, like Labrador Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and Cocker Spaniels, produce more natural oils than others, making regular collar maintenance even more critical for these dogs.

Our High-Quality Collars

We offer a solution with our high-quality, durable collars designed to withstand the challenges of an active dog’s life. Our collars are made from high-quality webbing, which is more durable and less prone to fraying compared to traditional fabric collars. We use stainless steel D-rings that are rust-proof and incredibly strong, and top industry plastic buckles that are more robust than standard ones. Each collar is handmade with care to ensure it lasts through any adventure. Plus, we back our collars with a lifetime warranty, giving you peace of mind that you're making a sound investment.

Good Collar Practices

  • Have More Than One Collar: It’s a good idea to have multiple collars for your dog. This allows you to rotate them, ensuring that each collar has time to dry completely and be cleaned regularly.
  • Adjust the Collar Properly: Always check and adjust the collar before putting it on your dog. Ensure it fits snugly but not too tight; you should be able to fit two fingers comfortably between the collar and your dog’s neck.
  • Remove When Crated: Take off your dog's collar when they are crated to prevent any risk of it getting caught and causing injury.
  • Regular Cleaning: Keeping collars clean not only extends their life but also helps keep your dog free of hot spots and bacterial infections.

Safe Cleaning Methods for Dog Collars

To prevent hot spots and bacterial infections, it’s essential to develop a routine for collar care. Here are some safe and effective cleaning methods using baking soda and vinegar:

Baking Soda Paste:

  1. Create a Paste: Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water to form a thick paste.
  2. Apply the Paste: Rub the paste onto the collar, focusing on areas with visible dirt or odor. Use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub the collar.
  3. Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse the collar with lukewarm water, ensuring all the baking soda paste is washed away.
  4. Dry Completely: Allow the collar to air dry completely before putting it back on your dog.

Vinegar Solution:

  1. Mix the Solution: Combine equal parts white vinegar and water in a bowl.
  2. Soak the Collar: Submerge the collar in the solution and let it soak for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Scrub Gently: Use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub the collar.
  4. Rinse and Dry: Rinse the collar thoroughly with lukewarm water and let it air dry completely.

Both baking soda and vinegar are natural, non-toxic cleaning agents that will not affect the design or ink from the sublimation process when used properly. However, always perform a spot test on a small, inconspicuous area of the collar before full cleaning to ensure there is no adverse reaction.

How Wildside Makes a Difference

When you choose Wildside collars and harnesses, you’re investing in your pet’s health and comfort. By following our recommended care practices, such as removing wet collars, regularly cleaning them with safe methods like baking soda and vinegar, and rotating between multiple collars, you can prevent bacterial infections and hot spots. Here’s how our solution transforms the experience for you and your dog:

  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your dog’s collar is made from high-quality, durable materials provides peace of mind. You won’t have to worry about frequent replacements or potential health issues caused by inferior collars.
  • Comfort and Safety: Your dog will enjoy greater comfort and safety with a properly fitting, clean collar that won’t irritate their skin or cause infections. Regular maintenance ensures the collar remains in top condition, providing reliable performance.
  • Long-Term Savings: Investing in a collar that is built to last saves you money in the long run. Our collars are designed to withstand the rigors of an active dog’s life, meaning fewer replacements and better value for your money.
  • Confidence in Quality: With our collars, you can trust that you’re providing the best for your furry friend. Our handmade collars are crafted with precision and care, ensuring they can handle any adventure. Plus, our lifetime warranty guarantees your satisfaction and peace of mind.

Customer Testimonials

Here are some stories from satisfied customers who have used our collars and followed our care tips:

Sarah from Florida: "Since switching to these collars and following the cleaning routine, my Labrador hasn't had any more skin issues. The collar looks great even after months of use."

Tom from Texas: "The lifetime warranty was a huge selling point for me. These collars are incredibly durable, and the cleaning process is easy and keeps them looking new."


Our collars solve the problem of poor-quality, bacteria-prone collars that can cause discomfort and health issues for your dog. By choosing our high-quality, durable collars and following our recommended care practices, you ensure your dog remains comfortable, safe, and healthy. Experience the peace of mind, long-term savings, and confidence that come with providing your pet with the best collar on the market. Your furry friend deserves nothing less!

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