Dogs love their toys! Whether your dog has one special toy or a large assortment of favorites it’s important to make sure everything your dog plays with is safe. This includes knowing what to provide and when they are no longer safe for your pup.
First, it’s important to know how to choose the best toys for your dog. A few things to remember:
- Aggressive chewers need strong toys
- Size matters – the bigger the dog, the bigger the toy
- Dogs could ingest toxic ingredients when chewing on toys – choose chemical free brands
Accessing the safety of your pets toys should be done periodically to prevent injury. This is especially important if your dog is an aggressive chewer.
Does your dog love tennis balls? Tennis balls are a favorite of many. Some dogs constantly enjoy play fetch or love to chew on them endlessly. However, be aware that as they wear the outside material can shred and become a choking hazard.
Does your dog love squeaky toys? Be sure to inspect toys that squeak for cuts and tears. A choking hazard could result if the squeaking mechanism becomes dislodged.
Are plush toys a favorite? Many dogs love to chew and shake plush toys. Over time tears are likely to occur exposing its contents. Swallowing the stuffing could cause stomach and intestinal issues. Additionally, any squeaking mechanism inside could become a choking hazard.
To help ease the transition from a favorite toy to a new replacement begin to introduce the new one before discarding the old.
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