Puppies love to play and to chew and so do adult dogs. They are one of the essential dog products every owner should have. There are many toys and treats on the markets. How do you know which to choose? We are going to show you some of our favorite and explain why other toys and treats may not be safe.
The three things to be most careful of toys are broken teeth, choking or swallowing part of the toy. Bones, chew hoops and ice cubes should never be given to dogs as they are too hard. Even big dogs can break their tooth on hard objects. And in fact, it is the big dogs who love to chew that suffer the most fracture teeth. Even a nylon bone can be too hard. Rubber toys such as kongs are sturdy and soft on gums and teeth.
You can hide treat or a regular food like a puzzle toy. This helps occupy a puppy or dog when you are busy or are going away. If you buy a toy that has a hole in it, you do want to be careful that it has two holes. If the toy only has one hole, that can create a suction. The dog’s tongue can actually get stuck in there. There have been reports that dogs having to have their tongues removed or amputated because of that.
Swallowing or choking on toys is problems of pets just as they are for small children. The difference is that there are no government regulations for pet toys like there are for kid’s toys. So many toys are completely unsafe. Don’t buy any toy that has any pieces that can come off or that you think might be destructible. Some dogs, especially small ones will carry plush toys around and not destroy them. But if your dog follows the stuffing or the toy itself, you could be facing a surgery bill to remove the materials from the intestine or the stomach. If the toy is starting to come apart, you need to take it away.
Squeaky toys are okay as long as they are intact. Once they start to tear, throw them away. So your dog doesn’t choke on or swallow the squeakers. Squeakers can also cause heavy metal poisoning if ingested. This chew squeaker puppy plush toy is sturdy and too large to get caught in the mouth or throat. Old, well-washed or milk bottles make good chew toys and are safe plastic for humans. Frisbees are fine for large dogs.
Old socks and shoes are not good choices. Your dog can’t be expected to tell the differences between new and old shoes. Tennis balls are great for playing fetch with dogs, but put them away when you are done. The hair on the outside of the tennis is very abrasive to the enamel on the teeth. You don’t want your dog chewing on or carrying the tennis ball around a lot. For more information about choosing the right toy for dog, stay tuned for the next post.