!Let's Talk! Button

Choosing Safe Dog Toys

December 15, 2022
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. This is definitely a timely topic for us. Our furry patients will be getting a lot of new playthings in their stockings this month! However, while one would like to think that any products made for Fido are guaranteed to be safe, that just isn’t the case. A local vet offers some helpful tips on choosing safe toys below.

Materials

One of the issues with toy safety is the fact that many contain toxic chemicals and materials. In fact, one study by Consumer Affairs discovered heavy metals, such as lead and chromium, in many dog toys. Some dog toys also contain latex, which contains BPA. Check the labels, and opt for things made of natural materials. Rice husk and natural rubber are two good options. They are safe to ingest, though you’d still want to call your vet if Fido eats a lot of it.

Size

Choosing toys that are the right size is also very important. A German Shepherd could choke on a plaything made for small breeds, while a Pomeranian could hurt themselves chewing on something that is made for a larger pooch. If you have a growing puppy, remember to toss out little Fido’s smaller toys as he grows.

Rawhide

We know, many pups love chewing on rawhide. It is important for Fido to have proper chew toys. However, rawhide toys can present serious choking risks. Hard rubber toys are generally going to be the safer option. If you do give your canine buddy rawhide, supervise him closely when he’s gnawing on it, and discard it when it starts getting worn. Ask your vet for more information.

Tennis Balls

It may be cute seeing Fido happily running after tennis balls, but be careful. These are extremely dangerous for large breeds, as they present potentially-fatal choking risks. Consider teaching your furry friend the commands to Leave It and Drop It. Even if you don’t give your pooch tennis balls at home, he could find one at the dog park!

Holes

You’ll also need to be careful of toys with holes in them. Because of the suction, your canine pal could potentially get his tongue stuck in them. Kong toys are quite safe, but again, you’ll need to pick the right size. Ask your vet for specific advice. Do you have questions about dog toys? Contact us today!
  • All
  • Behavior
  • Cat Care
  • Uncategorized

Blepping In Cats

Have you ever spotted your cat just sitting there with her tongue sticking out? This…
Read More
Cat looking up and to the left

Fluffy’s Year In Review

Happy New Year! As we say goodbye to 2022, many people will be looking back…
Read More
Black dog playing with green and gold gift boxes

Choosing Safe Dog Toys

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. This is definitely a timely topic for us.…
Read More
Black big bernese mountain dog standing on fallen leaves

The Bernese Mountain Dog

Did you know December 11th is International Mountain Day? While many of our canine companions…
Read More
Blue bird pecking on a seed from the snow

How Can I Keep My Bird Warm in Winter?

We love birds, but we also know that birds are not built to handle the…
Read More
Lady in blondie hair and white long shirt hugging a dog

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and you guessed it -just like humans, pets…
Read More
Four Corgis in a yellow couch

What Dog Is Best for an Apartment?

We know what you’re thinking: “I love dogs, but I live in an apartment. How…
Read More
Spoodle running with tongue sticking out

Poodle Day

Today, October 1st, is Poodle Day! These iconic dogs have very unique appearances, and make…
Read More
Five corgis in a yellow couch and brown basket

The Queen’s Corgis

All eyes are on Britain this week, with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, who…
Read More
1 2 3 8