|Barked: Thu Mar 21, '13 7:42am PST |
|My dog is a 15 lb Schnoodle, a little over a year old. He can be big-time puller, so for walks we use either a Gentle Leader or Easy Walk harness. However, for quick potty breaks I have been attaching a leash to his regular collar. I'm 8 months pregnant, so it's difficult for me to bend over to fuss with a harness every time.
Well, today I was trying to attach the leash and Ringo was squirming around, so he ended up choking himself. I didn't think anything of it at first, but he wheezed for several minutes. I immediately took his collar off. The only thing that got it to stop was me picking him up and relaxing him by petting--it was almost like a human panic attack, and he was shaking for a little while. Now he is fine. Eating and drinking like normal, no apparent breathing issues or cough.
I have two questions:
1. Should I be concerned about collapsed trachea, or could it have just been that it was irritated and he panicked?
2. I need an easy way to quickly attach a leash without hurting him. Is the Easy Walk harness okay to leave on him all day, or would it be too uncomfortable for him?
I just felt awful that I put him through that For a while we were able to make the short walk to our fenced yard off-leash, but one day he spotted a squirrel and that was the end of that.
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