You can buy dog toys in many different places; drug and grocery stores, dollar stores, big box stores, online, in pet stores and more. Finding dog toys is not an issue. The question you really need to answer is "are you buying the correct toys for your dog?"

Below you'll find some important advice from Dr. Karen Becker;

Pamper Your Pet, but Please Avoid These

Dangerous Playtime Mistakes

By Dr. Becker

Pets in the U.S. are lovingly spoiled, averaging 34 toys each, according to one survey of more than 100 pet owners. Your dog may have one or two favorites, or he may choose a new No. 1 depending on his mood, but one thing’s for certain — most dogs love to play with toys.

If your dog is new to your home, offer him a variety of toys — tugs, balls, Frisbees, chew toys, squeakers, stuffed options, and more — and you’ll quickly learn his favorites.

Since many pet stores allow pet visitors, you can even take your dog with you down the toy aisle and see which ones seem to peak his interest.

You’ll want to pick and choose carefully, however, as not all toys on the market are safe for dogs or safe for your dog. Your dog’s temperament, size and age all play a part in determining which toys are safe, and there are considerations, too, based on the toy itself (material, brand, shape and more).

Toys are meant to be fun above all else, so use the tips that follow, compiled by Vet Street, to ensure the toys you choose for your dog keep him not only happily playing, but also safe.

Toy Safety Tips for Adult Dogs

Size and Shape Considerations

  • Choose toys that are the right size for your dog. Giving a small toy to a large dog poses a risk of inhalation and choking. Small balls are especially dangerous, as they can easily become lodged in your dog’s trachea.
  • Generally speaking, you should choose large toys for large dogs and smaller toys only for smaller dogs.
  • Avoid toys that have small parts that can be chewed or pulled off.
  • Avoid toys with sharp edges or that can be chewed into sharp points.
  • Be careful letting your dog play with sticks. Avoid sticks that have sharp ends and choose one that is too long or too short for your dog to jab into the ground when carried vertically (like a straw), as this could impale your dog’s mouth.
  • When playing fetch, avoid toys that are overly heavy or hard, which might damage your pet’s teeth or injure him.
  • If your dog likes to de-stuff toys, be sure he’s not eating the stuffing. Some dogs really enjoy stuffing-free toys, which you can purchase “skin only” or make yourself by removing the fluff.

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Picking the right toys for your dog and supervising play can mean the difference between a good day and a very bad day. It literally could be the difference between life and death. Remember, dog toys are not regulated so avoid those from China, which could contain anything, and choose wisely. And always supervise play with a toy, especially a new one.





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