- Avoid balls with single air holes, which can create a deadly suction trap, sticks and stones, heavily dyed toys, toys treated with fire retardants or stain guard, soft plastics.
- Watch you pets, when they are playing
- Choose toys that fit your dog size, and avoid toys that could slip to the back of the mouth.
- Select toys that match your dog’s play style.
- Keep a variety of toys types on hand, rotate to spark your dog’s interest.
In our pet world, toys make the world go round! Toys bounce, roll and soar, they inspire play, enrich training, ease boredom and curb problem behaviours.
Never, has there been so many toys for pets out there, what a choice! Yet it seems to be trail and error, whether most of these toys are suitable for our pets, and in fact become
- Chocking hazards
- Pieces as particles maybe ingested, like stuffing, squeakers, etc
- Toxic materials and coatings.
This reality hits hard when a beloved animal is injured at play. One such horror story became news after a dog’s tongue was trapped in a hole in a ball, requiring long and painful medical intervention and finally, amputation of the tongue.
Tennis balls are bad for large breeds, which can chock your dog, and could be even fatal.
It just doesn’t end here, what about dyes, preservatives and chemical residue, even in mainstream toys tainted with heavy metals, including cadmium, lead and chromium. From cancer agents to neurological poisons, these chemicals are released from affected toys when pets lick and chew them.
What can we do about it?
- Technically, dogs don’t chew tours, but rather, tear and shear them as they would prey, using their premolars and molars. These teeth are situated farther back in the mouth, and any toys that find its way into this set of grinders is a potential victim.
- Buy appropriately sized toys, that won’t work its’ way back of their mouth.
Strong Chemical Smelling Toys
- Brightly dyed fabrics may contain toxic ingredients and leach dye when wet. (remember pets toys are often not tested).
- Avoid toys treated with fire retardants or stain guard, as they contain formaldehyde and other chemicals.
- Study labels, check reviews online regarding pet toys
- Study labels, check reviews online regarding pet toys.
- Check double-stitched, are they reinforced for pets.
- Machine washable
- Can cause choking and blockages, including other edible chews. In fact, this is a much bigger risk than contamination or digestive irritation.
Take time to research, don’t just on-the-spot buy, just because the toy looks so cute, do your homework, your pet will thank you for this one.