Remember those shows on animal planet like animal cops houston, etc? One in particular comes to mind. Animal control went to a woman's home about an embedded collar. Owner had cut off the collar and cleaned the wound herself. Dog was happy dog, playing like nothing happened. Wound was healing. Animal control said it takes months for a choke collar to become embedded. SO NOT TRUE!!! Owner was very adamant that it had only been on about a week. I was yelling at the tv, agreeing with animal control. And then it happened to my dog. I got chickens and passed the care of our dogs to my older but not teens kids. About once a week or when it was too cold for the kids I did all of the dog chores myself. On dec. 15 we took pics with one of our dogs. On dec 21 I bought a cheap choke collar for her because she had broken her last collar going after a rabbit. We have to keep our dogs chained up to keep neighbors from shooting them. I have rescued animals, nursed animals back to health and worked at bet clinics as a young adult. This is all my stupidity. My husband walked around to all the animals yesterday and discovered the choke chain was embedded! I was flabbergasted! No way, I just put that on her on the 21st, 2 finger rule and everything. She had gotten off her chain on the 23rd when the screw clasp connecting the collar to the chain came undone. I was so involved with my chickens that I didn't go behind my kids and check the dogs from the 23rd until the discovery yesterday. It is no one's fault but my own and ashamed CAN NOT describe how I feel about this happening to one of MY animals. Collar was not totally embedded but that doesn't make it right- I of all people know u are not supposed to keep a choke collar on a dog! She is so friendly and happy and doesn't judge. That's what makes it worse. The collar was removed- she didn't even flinch- the wound was cleaned with peroxide and antibiotic salve applied as well as antibiotics given. Today it is scabbed and healing. DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR PET! I have decided to find good homes for ALL of my animals. This should never have happened under my watch and I feel that I have let all of my animals down. They deserve better.