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Choosing Safe Pet Toys For Fido

December 1, 2023

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. While this was originally aimed at raising awareness about choosing safe gifts for kids, it also applies to pets. It’s probably safe to say that quite a few of our canine patients will be getting extra toys and snacks in their stockings this month. Playthings are both fun and beneficial to our furry companions! While choosing Fido’s things isn’t exactly rocket science, there are some things to keep in mind. A local Cornelius, NC vet goes over some basic safety concerns about dog toys in this article.

Basics

Don’t get Fido anything with small parts or sharp pieces. Items that look very fragile are also best avoided: you don’t want your furry best friend’s toy breaking into pieces he could potentially choke on. We’d also recommend skipping toys with holes in the middle: dogs can get their tongues caught in them, which is both painful and dangerous. 

Size

Be sure to choose things that are the right size for Fido. Dogs can seriously hurt themselves playing with things that are too large or too small for them! For instance, tennis balls are fine for small and medium-sized dogs, but present choking risks for large breeds.

Materials

Unfortunately, studies have revealed that many dog toys contain harmful chemicals and/or heavy metals. Some of these products are also made with vibrant dyes, while others are coated in fire retardant. Get into the habit of reading labels on all of Fido’s products, and opt for things made from natural materials, like rice, hemp, and corn husks.

Plushies

It’s always cute seeing Fido playing with squeaky toys. Just be careful: many pups try to eat the squeaker, which is a huge choking risk. (Some dogs remove the squeakers with near-surgical precision, but that’s another topic.) Choose sturdy ones that were made specifically for Man’s Best Friend. Many that were meant for kids really aren’t safe for dogs.

Rawhide

Many dogs enjoy rawhide, but unfortunately it isn’t always safe. It can present a choking hazard, and may also cause severe intestinal blockages if ingested. Ask your vet for more information.

Tips

Our canine pals all have their own preferences. Pay attention to how Fido acts when he’s playing. Some pups like to chew, some are more interested in puzzle toys and snuffle mats. It’s also good for dogs to have a variety of toys. 

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contactus, your Cornelius, NC animal clinic, today!