A Harness or Collar worn inside of the cage creates a
potential problem if it becomes entangled or hooked on the cage or its
contents. This subject has been covered in other articles.
Monkeyzone recommends training and behavior modification techniques be
applied instead of the 24 hour collar or harness.
We do feel it is necessary to address another potential
problem seen in primates wearing their collar/harness 24 hours a day.
When these primates are bathed their collar or harness
remains wet and the underlying skin does not dry out. Bacteria
grows and the skin cells deteriorate. The constant rubbing of the
wet collar or harness quickly chafes the stressed skin. If this
area is not given proper care the condition escalates. We have
seen cases where the Collar or Harness has cut deep into the skin.
The infection along with the friction applied creates a nasty incision
requiring prompt medical attention.
For those owners who feel a 24 hour collar or harness is
necessary we recommend the following guidelines be followed:
Purchase a collar or harness used only when bathing your primate.
After bathing thoroughly dry the area and re-apply a clean dry
collar or harness. If you use a collar or visa versa you might
want to bathe using a harness so you have full access to the covered
area. All areas that come in contact with the harness or collar
should be inspected for signs of chafing or skin developing sores.
The collar or harness should be clean at all times. Regular
washing and disinfecting will reduce bacteria growth. Having more
than one harness or collar available allows you to rotate use easily.
Check the fit of the collar or harness when you apply it to your
If you should notice your primate tugging or scratching
at any area around the collar or harness immediate inspection is
necessary. If you should notice a peculiar smell around the collar
or harness remove it and inspect thoroughly and seek veterinarian help.
Our primates comfort and health must be given priority.
The time and expense spent to ensure both is our responsibility as
primate owners. If you have questions or comments about any of the
information provided do not hesitate to contact Monkeyzone. We are always available for your concerns.