Puppy Dogs are the best companions that humans could ever ask for. We love to spend time with our pawed mates and go out on long walks. Dog leashes and collars are a common sighting in most furry households.
They are used to tame and make the dogs more loyal to their owners. When going out on walks, you will find every dog walking with a leash tied to their collar. Though these are helpful to keep your furry friends from running away, their improper handling can lead to serious hand injuries.
A walk in the dog park can leave you in the Emergency Room of the nearest hospital if you are not careful and don’t know how to use the dog leashes and collars properly.
Injuries due to dog leashes and collars
The misuse of dog leashes can leave you with a sore arm. They are the leading cause of injuries in dog owners.
The Royal Cornwall hospital in the UK treated over 30 patients who walked in with serious hand injuries due to this misuse of leashes and collars. Dog leashes are usually just tied around your wrists to emulate a sense of control over the dog.
There have been many cases when dogs upon indulging in fights with other dogs tried to run off. Even with a leash on. In an injury case, the sufferer reported that her dog ran away unexpectedly. Which caused the leash to wrap around the hand and degloving the middle finger along with a dislocated index finger.
Degloving refers to the removal of soft tissue and skin from the finger, causing extreme pain. The treatment of such fierce degloving required some minor amputation in the top part of the middle finger, which in itself can be a traumatic experience.
How to avoid these injuries
It is essential to learn from these injuries to avoid them. You have to stop wearing the leash on your hand or wrists. As they are fragile and unexpected force can even lead them to break.
It is a better idea to wrap the strap around your arm instead. And then hold the leading rope of the leash tightly while walking your dog. A shorter leash is also a better idea as it reduces the force exerted if your dog tries to run off unexpectedly.
A longer strap increases the momentum and thereby the power on your hands. It is also very crucial to note that you should never place your fingers under your dog’s collar.
A collar is tightly wound around the neck and already has very little space. These tight collars can even snap your fingers if you’re not careful.