Dog Toys You Should Avoid
There are certain types of toys out there that you should avoid. Here are some of the most common dog toys that you should never buy for your furry friend:
Stuffed toys: Poly-Fil or any other kind of stuffing should not get anywhere close to your dog. The danger comes from the possibility that your dog will chew and rip the toy and eat the stuffing. There’s also a choking hazard involved which can lead to serious problems or even death. The Poly-Fil fiberfill is dangerous. While some animals don’t have trouble with it, this material can affect the digestion in others. It can lead to blockages that can result in death if emergency surgery is not performed.
Toys that can break into shards: There are certain types of toys that can break into shards. Most of them are designed for aggressive chewers. If your dog swallows those shards there is a high risk of stomach perforation. Surgery can fix this, but if the damage is too severe, nothing can be done. It can also be terribly dangerous to your dog(s) depending on what he/she swallows.Dogs have swallowed some puzzling things. Some include needles, razor blades, rocks, socks, you name it. Experienced vets have probably seen it all. Keep your pooch away from danger by giving him/her the correct and smart toys.
Squeaky toys: Squeaky toys are fun and dogs like to play with them, but they are not the most highly recommended. Your dog will likely chew on the toy and try to get the squeaker out. The squeaker is a tiny piece that can be easily swallowed and poses an enormous choking hazard. However, if you truly want your dog to have such a toy, allow the pup to play with it under your supervision. When they are done, put the toy somewhere safe where they cannot reach it.
Toys with bells: There are certain types of toys that come with bells on the inside. When the dog plays with such a toy, the bells make noise. However, these toys can be dangerous if you have an aggressive chewer. The danger is the same as that with squeaky toys: the dog will try to get the bells out and can choke on them.
Toys with Phthalate: This is a very dangerous chemical that most vinyl toys contain. Phthalate can be deadly for dogs as it can cause damage to the liver, kidneys and other vital organs. Avoid buying vinyl toys for your pet. Carefully check every label on every toy that you plan on buying, even if it’s not made from vinyl.
Shoe-like toys: As we have previously mentioned, buying your dog toys that look like household objects is a big no-no. Still, probably one of the most popular dog toys on the market is the shoe-toy. Such toys will encourage your pup to chew on your real shoes. So, your dog will get confused if you let him/her chew on a shoe-like toy but punish him for chewing on the real thing.
Avoid buying toys that look like household objects
As indestructible as they may seem, avoid buying your dog toys that look like objects he/she can find around the house.
For example, if you buy your dog a shoe toy, he/she will think that all the shoes in the house are chewing toys. This encourages bad behavior and it is a good way to lose your shoes.
The same goes if you have a child. Never buy your dog toys that look like your child's toys
Let your dog pick his/her own toys
Yep, I just said it and I mean it. Most pet stores today allow your furry friend(s) to “shop” with you.
It is a good idea (and it usually works) to take your dog with you when you shop for his/her toys. Pay close attention to your pup’s preferences and buy what your dog seems drawn to.
Offer your dog several options when it comes to indestructible dog toys and see how he/she acts. Dogs tend to gravitate toward their favorite toys, even in the store.
Moreover, you can ask the staff what indestructible dog toys they recommend for your dog’s specific breed.
To find out more about what your dog might like or dislike, read this interesting article on some unbelievable facts that you probably didn’t know about your dog