Choosing Safe Toys for Dogs

Janet Ford By Janet Ford, 4th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Wether you are purchasing toys made specificially for dogs or want to save some money by purchasing used children's toys for your pets from places such as Goodwill or yard sales, there are basic rules you need to follow to keep your dog safe.

Choosing Safe Toys for Dogs

You can't assume just because the tag says a toy is made for dogs that it will be safe. You have even more to consider when buying toys traditionally for children for your dogs. With Christmas just around the corner, these warnings may be more important than ever. Here is a short list of things to look for and avoid.

1 - Reject toys that are either too small overall or have removable parts. Either could cause choking hazards. Most common are tennis balls for larger dogs (at least for unsupervised play) and toys with plastic facial features such as eyes and noses.

2 - Check to see what type of stuffing is used. Beads and beans should always be avoided. Polyfill is okay but know your dog may make an unholy mess and when they do, be at the ready to clean it up before tempation to chew on those fibers kicks in. The best toys aren't stuffed at all. They even make plush toys without stuffing now.

3 - Squeakers are fun but, again, please monitor play time with these toys as they are almost always small in size and something many dogs will make a special point to retrieve out of the toy, making them a choking hazard.

4 - Avoid rawhide unless it is chipped rawhide. The longer pieces are great for chewers, until they get slimy that is! Then they not only pose a choking hazard but there are many reports of fatalities every year from these types of chews.

Look for toys that are made well, sized appropriately and don't contain pieces, inside or out, that can pose a danger of choking. And remember, your dog's best toy is YOU! Get out there and play with your dog.

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Canine, Dog, Dog Toys, Dogs, Pet Supplies, Pet Toys

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author avatar Janet Ford
Janet Ford is a published author and prolific freelance writer who also enjoys taking on editing projects. Nestled in the woods of Michigan, she also raises, trains and shows redbone coonhounds and cares for her small group of rescue horses.

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author avatar Denise O
5th Dec 2010 (#)

Wonderful and sensible tips for all dog owners.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Virginia Allain
5th Dec 2010 (#)

These are very good points. My sister's dog swallowed a small squeeker toy and had to have surgery to remove it.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
5th Dec 2010 (#)

Good tips for pet owners.
People should be aware that not all toys sold in pet stores are really SAFE for our pets.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
6th Dec 2010 (#)

Welcome to Wikinut, Janet.

You first article is a valuable one. My two Huskies and seven cats give a big thumbs up.

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