Santa Chooses Safe Toys for Dogs
We’re often asked “What’s a good dog toy for Santa to bring Fido?” Wrong or poorly constructed toys are dangerous. Toys should be fun, safe, practical, and very durable. What is safe for one dog may not be safe for another. Every dog is different, and dog parents need to select wisely.
Kids’ toys are not dog toys! They may look similar, but your child won’t rip into the toy as the dog does. Dog toys must be made to withstand chewing, crushing, and tearing. The stuffing, exterior fabric, and possible batteries inside a child’s toy may pose a risk to your dog. Be cautious of bright colors (which may have toxic dyes) and hollow toys with non-edible fillings. Tug and twist the toy; if you can break it, your dog can break it.
Exercise caution with rawhide chews. Purchase “pressed” chews that soften and break into small pieces, which are easy and safe to swallow. Avoid large chews made from single sheets rolled and knotted at each end. Never leave your dog alone with a rawhide chew. Dental chews are a better option, as they dissolve and soften once in contact with saliva. Stick with name brand treats “made in the USA.”
Hard nylon or hard rubber toys may be the answer if no large chunks can be broken off, leaving sharp edges. Avoid soft rubber toys, as bits and pieces can come off and get ingested. Nylabone and Kong toys with hard ends and rope in the center are usually a good choice. Discard when the rope begins to unravel. Dispose of torn and broken toys!
Avoid toys with bells/whistles, which can be swallowed. Purchase the appropriate size toy for your dog’s mouth to avoid a choking hazard or intestinal tract blockage.
Dog toys do not have to meet the same stringent safety standards imposed on the manufacturers of children’s toys. Keep your dog safe this holiday season and all year-round!
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