Retractable leashes to be banned (risky for pets & humans)!

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A recent article on the Veterinary Information Network warns about the danger of retractable leashes. Dogs using these leashes can run ahead or lag behind and have more freedom to explore the environment.

Unfortunately, they can also stray into the street or wrap up their owner with the cord and trip them, especially if greeting another dog. In a veterinary office, retractable leashes can permit dogs to approach each other and cause an occasional disaster as the leashes get tangled. Fights between dogs can escalate because the long leashes make it hard for owners to control them.

Dogs can develop significant momentum before getting a jerk at the end of the leash. The VIN article showed a radiograph of a dog with a torn trachea (windpipe). The dog had strayed into the street and was hit by a motorcycle, but the neck trauma was thought to be from the yank of the leash.
In 2009, Consumer Reports also warned about the hazards of retractable leashes. In the story, a woman’s finger was severed when it became caught in the leash. I had a retractable leash with my last dog, but it broke from the strain of my new large-breed dog.

Some pet stores ask owners not to bring in dogs on retractable leashes because of their poor control.

Responsible pet owners control their dogs when out in public. A long leash can permit the dog to approach people who do not appreciate the greeting. When walking my dog I always walk between my dog and other pedestrians.

I believe a traditional leash gives the owner more control.

(credits to: Lawrence Gerson is a veterinarian and founder of the Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic and a bi-weekly contributor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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