There are many toys that are specifically made for pets. These toys usually allow your pet to play fetch, hunt or just have a little fun. However, not all of these types of toys are safe for your pets as some can pose a choking hazard or cause an intestinal blockage.
So what type of toy will be best for you pet? Well, it will depend on what sorts of things they like to do when they play with their toys and how big the pet is – if you have a small breed dog then they might enjoy a squeaky ball more than heavy chew toy, while larger breeds may enjoy the heavier chew toy more than they do the ball since their teeth might not be strong enough to tear through the fabric.
When shopping for a toy, there are also other things to look at besides what the toy is made out of. The safety of the toy and how much it will keep your pet entertained should be your main concern. If you have a small breed dog then a ball – with a core stuffed full of real rabbit hair – is best, while larger breeds can enjoy chasing a tennis ball. Also, if they are chewers make sure to check out the safety ratings to ensure they aren’t going to get any loose steel in their mouth from the side of their toys. Most toys these days are made with plastic as well as stuffing instead of fabric which is safer for your pet.
If you have a pet that is adventurous, then a Frisbee with bells glued on the edges would certainly get your pet’s attention. However, if your pet isn’t very active and doesn’t like to jump then this type of toy may not be right for them. Also, tennis balls are a pretty common toy for dogs to enjoy playing fetch with their owners. It is important to know that these types of toys can be dangerous for your pets especially if they break open or if they accidentally chew through the ball.
Since your pet will be chewing on these toys, it is important to make sure you are purchasing the right ones for them. Not all toys are safe for your pet to play with. So how can you tell what the unsafe toys are? Well, any toys that have squeakers or stuffing inside of them can cause an intestinal blockage if ingested so it is best to avoid these types of things altogether. Some toys may also be choking hazards if they contain strings or small parts that can get lodged in your pet’s throat. Also, one type of toy that is not safe for pets is ropes; the rough rope may cause severe irritation and even an intestinal blockage. So what are some toys that can be a bit risky?
Another thing to note is that if you purchase a string or rope type chew toy for your dog; make sure you remove any loose end or pieces from the toy because they can cause choking issues. Also, be sure to watch your dog when he or she plays as some toys can become a bit dangerous if they are chewed apart or swallowed.
Now, you may wonder why it’s important to read these kinds of things? The truth is that most dogs are quite good chewers and do enjoy playing with their toys. However, it is best to watch for signs of problems with the toy such as your dog snatching at his or her mouth which could mean that the toy has a hard piece in it which could cause a blockage. Make sure you check out your pet’s toy box and make sure they don’t have many of these types of toys in them as well. In a nutshell, you know your pet best and so it’s better to give them toys that they can chew on safely instead of risking something going wrong with it.