Dogs get bored just like people do. As much as your dog loves you, your presence alone can’t always keep them entertained, so you need to buy them toys. But, you need to be careful what toys you buy. Some toys are dangerous for every dog because of the way they’re made. Others are only dangerous to certain dogs.
Make sure to buy toys that are big enough for your dog. If you have multiple dogs, buy toys that are big enough for the largest dog in the house. Toys that are too small can be swallowed, which can cause choking or gastrointestinal issues. Owners with dogs of multiple sizes may want to search for toys that are one size fits all. Flavored bubbles are a good example. The bubbles don’t pose a choking hazard to dogs of any size.
If a toy has a single air hole, don’t buy it. And, if the toy has any indentations that could create a suction, don’t buy it. If your dog’s tongue gets stuck, it could be seriously damaged. If the damage is severe enough, your dog could potentially die. Avoid toys like this hazard at all costs.
Soft and Hard Toys
If your dog is a rough chewer, make sure to avoid soft toys. They can easily be torn apart and eaten. Plush squeaky toys are especially dangerous. Once the toy has been ripped open, the hard squeaker can be swallowed, posing the same risk as toys that are too small. Nylon bones and other tough toys should be given to rough chewers.
Inspect and Wash
All toys should be inspected and washed periodically. An old toy can begin to fall apart, making it dangerous for the dog to play with. Some toys, mostly soft ones, can be repaired. Any toy that has chunks missing, rips that can’t be repaired, or sharp edges should be thrown away. Toys that aren’t broken beyond repair should be cleaned. Dogs can get sick just like humans can. Wash soft toys the way you would wash clothing. Hard toys can be scrubbed with soap and water. Some hard toys may also be dishwasher safe.
Always keep safety in mind when you’re buying toys for your furry friends. You want to make sure they’re safe and healthy as well as entertained.