Dog toys are a necessity. They are not only meant for fun; they are a must in a dog’s life.
Some toys can help you exercise your dog. Other toys can help your pup cope with anxiety. Some other toys can help them avoid chewing things they shouldn’t chew (keep your shoes safe!). Also, there are toys that can be a choking hazard or have strong chemicals that might hurt your pet.
You must be very careful when buying toys for your dog because not all of them are safe.
We’ll give you some tips on how to identify the safest toys for your dog:
Consider The Size Of Your Dog
If you have a big-sized dog, avoid buying super small toys.
Toys that are meant for small-sized dogs are very easy to swallow.
Be Careful With Toys That Are Easy To Tear Apart—For Example, Tennis Balls
Tennis balls, squeaky toys, stuffed toys, etc. If your dog can easily tear apart a toy, it’s best to buy a more sturdy one.
Make Toys Dog-Proof
Remove any ribbons, strings, eyes, or parts that may fall off the toy.
Ask Your Veterinarian About Rawhide
most rawhide brands and products are not safe for dogs.
Ask your vet if they know about a brand that produces safe rawhide. If not, avoid it at all.
Dog Toys Should Be Meant For Dogs
Yes, that sounds kind of obvious, but some people let their pets play with almost anything, and that’s not safe.
Kids’ toys, pillows, cable cords, etc., can also be a choking hazard.
Many dog toys are available in pet stores, so avoid letting your pet play with anything that isn’t made for them.
Use Your Senses
If a toy has a strong chemical smell, brightly dyed fabrics, or doesn’t feel well-made, don’t buy it.
Remember that your dog’s safety is a priority! A safe dog is a happy dog!