If you’ve ordered one of our collars that require rivets, you may have noticed we offer nickel and stainless steel options.
But what’s the main difference between these two materials? And why does it matter for your dog?
Nickel is recommended if your dog frequents freshwater environments, including lakes and rivers.
Nickel is a strong material, but not as resistant to wear and tear and use as stainless steel. But, freshwater like what’s found in lakes, rivers, and in your tap isn’t going to be as corrosive as saltwater or chlorine. The nickel will remain cleaner longer because of the environment your dog frequents.
Stainless steel, on the other hand, is a better material in your dog’s collar if their adventures are in saltwater or chlorine, like oceans or dock jumping pools.
This is because stainless steel is a highly durable material, with high corrosion resistance and low maintenance. Since saltwater and chlorine are highly corrosive, stainless steel is the way to go.
Stainless steel is an alloy, made up of multiple materials. The material in stainless steel that makes it virtually corrosion or oxidation-proof is chromium (most stainless steel varieties contain at least 10.5% chromium). The chromium provides an oxide layer in the material, which allows the stainless steel to self-heal even if the surface is damaged or nicked.
If your dog is aquatically active, i.e. it likes to take a dip in the ocean, seaside strolls, or laps in the pool, stainless steel is better because it’s resistant to the damaging properties of salt water and chlorine.
But, if your dog just likes to splash in the lake or walk through the river, nickel products are going to be less expensive yet still keep their sparkling appearance.