Toxins in Dog Toys

You are walking down the aisle, of pretty much any store, and you think... "Let me grab Rover a toy!" Wait!!! Before you just grab the first cute or cheap toy you see, remember, that's going into his mouth. Be careful of the toxins and dangers that many toys pose to our furbabies. Here are some things to know when choosing chew toys and playtime toys for your pup!

The Food & Drug Administration has stated that regulation of pet accessories, such as, toys, beds and crates are not required by them, any government or non-government organization. We want what is best for them, but how can you find out what is safe when these items are not tested and regulated? You can check out a project by the Ecology Center, HEALTHY STUFF.

Healthy Stuff can help you find out what chemicals and compounds may be in certain dog toys. There is a library of test results for various Pet Brand Names and archived pet supply data. They found that 45% of the products tested had detectable levels of hazardous toxins; 48% contained detectable levels of lead in them. In fact, the lead levels, in about half of the toys, showed higher levels of lead than the allowable standard in children's toys.

To most of us, these dogs are our family and we would hate to think what we are choosing for them could actually be harming them. I would grab my dog any cute toy that I thought would excite him, so I get it, but here is some more information to help us make more informed decisions for our little loves!

Many Chinese-made pet products have shown high levels of lead, chromium and cadmium. Here are toxic chemicals that may be found in pet toys!

Aside from toxins in toys, you want to be sure to regulate and check your dog's chew toys often. You know your dog and their chewing style. What is safe for one dog to chew on may be very dangerous to those extremely tough chewers. With these tough ones, it is best to stay away from toys that have buttons, small eyes, small hanging particles, squeakers, batteries, sharp metal, springs, long fibers, string, ribbon, large knots of rawhide, and soft toys with foam stuffing inside. These may all be choking hazards and intestinal obstructions. If a tough chewer has a string toy, watch them and take it away when they start shredding the pieces off. Tennis balls should be taken away when the felt rips off, as this can hurt their teeth and small particles may be swallowed. It is also a good idea to cut off tags; this was my dog's favorite means of toy destruction. The tag is a choking hazard, as well as the way to rip open and ruin the brand new toy.

In the event that you should ever encounter a dog who is choking. It is best to learn the Heimlich Maneuver for Dogs.
Also, watch for signs that a toy may have caused your dog harm: vomiting, blood on or around toy, diarrhea, loss of energy, loss of appetite and sudden disinterest in a toy.

Dogs toys are great for your dog's overall health, dental health and mental and physical stimulation. They can be used to train, comfort, distract, relieve separation anxiety and boredom, give treats, feed whole meals for dog's that devour it in a moments time, and a fun way to bond.

Although we have learned that there are many toys out there we need to watch out for when choosing for our pups, there are definitely many that are a safer choice dog toy. One of these is KONG DOG TOYS. They are non-toxic hard natural rubber toys designed for these tough chewers. They serve different purposes and come in a range from puppy to extreme chewer toys. Any toy may be destructible by the right dog, but with the knowledge of your own dog's chewing style, you can feel safe letting them chomp on these. So have fun spoiling your furbaby!

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