Finding safe treats for your dog can be difficult. There are a lot of treat companies that claim to be healthy but in reality, they aren’t safe or they’re actually unhealthy. Just like with people food, it’s important to know what makes a treat a good treat and how to find them. Also like people toys, you need to make sure you dog has safe toys to play with. The difference though is that toys aren’t a luxury for dogs—they truly need them. Toys will help fight boredom for your dog, provide comfort and help prevent your dog from developing behavioral problems. So what should you look for in a safe toy.
Before we delve into what kinds of toys and treats are good for you dog, there’s something you need to know about Rawhide. Rawhide easily becomes a dangerous choking hazard as the pieces break off. They also cannot be digested, so the pieces your dog swallows will remain the same size through the entire digestive process. This could cause blockages in the intestines if a lot is swallowed at the same time. Also, rawhide is one of the byproducts of the international fur trade which is profoundly cruel and it’s something to consider if you’re going to purchase any rawhide toys.
The first thing you want to do is make sure that the toy or treat you’re looking into is the appropriate size for your dog. Just like with children, you want to make sure the parts can’t be swallowed and become choking hazards.
Toys that are designed for dogs aren’t just “fancy” toys. They have been designed with the clear intent of dogs playing with them meaning the creators made sure it was safe. There are a lot of non-dog toys though that many dogs thoroughly enjoy. Just because they weren’t meant to be dog toy doesn’t mean you can’t use them. You just need to make sure that they are actually safe and that you remove any ribbons, strings, googly eyes or any other part that could be chewed off and swallowed.
Squeakers trigger the predatory nature in dogs making them feel like they need to search and destroy the source of the squeaking. This doesn’t mean you can’t have squeaky toys for your fur-baby, it just means you need to supervise them. Due to being a choking hazard, squeaky toys don’t make for good toys while there’s no one home.
An easy way to figure out if your toy is safe or not is to check the labels for the child safety warnings. If it hasn’t been approved for a child under 3, chances are it’s not great for your pup. There are some dangerous fillings that aren’t actually digestible like nutshells and polystyrene beads.
Keep in mind that soft toys are generally better than hard toys as hard toys can break off into smaller pieces and become dangerous if ingested. Of course, that doesn’t make soft toys perfectly safe as they aren’t indestructible but they do tend to be sturdier. Also remember machine washable toys are great for keeping the toys clean and free of bacteria.
It isn’t easy finding toys and treats that are truly safe for your pets. A lot of times, consumers are mislead by companies but more often than not, it’s simply a matter of not knowing. So already you’re making the right decision by having come here. Continue your research until you feel comfortable in the knowledge you have about giving treats and toys to your furry family member.