Warning! Pet Safety!

After our scary experience this month with our dog Argus swallowing a squeaker, we wanted to put the word out and touch as many pet owners as possible. Please be careful when buying toys for your pets, many things can be hazards to your animals!

Stuffed Toys:

If your dog is a “chewer” these toys are not for them. Although they love them that love will be short lived if they swallow stuffing, buttons, zippers or worst of all SQUEAKERS! If your dog likes a “comfort” toy, they are NOT a chewer, make sure all the small parts are removed and the stuffing is fiber or fabric, not pellets. Majority of dogs will feel the need to “kill” the squeaker which will lead to the thought that destroying these toys is ok. It can also lead to aggressive behaviors. Lets just stay away from toys with squeakers.

Long lasting toys:

If your dog is the “chewing” type then look at getting toys that are more durable. Kong toys can be a good choice, Nylabones or Durachews. Do make sure to get a bone of the appropriate size, one too small can get stuck in your dogs throat or digestive tract. When in doubt size up!

Rawhide:

While rawhide can be good for your dogs dental hygiene it is not good for their digestive tract. Concerns are small chewed pieces can get stuck in your dogs throat and larger pieces can cause unforeseen blockages. Although these chews can be given and monitored closely it would be better to choose a different option.

Rope toys:

These toys are meant for playing but should not be left with your dogs unattended as they are not meant for chewing. It does not take a lot of pieces or time to create blockages in the digestive system.

Further into this scenario when getting a pet, pet insurance may be a great benefit to have. Dogs and cats are prone to swallowing objects and removal is both scary and costly. Consider the benefits of getting pet insurance right of the bat, this will also keep “pre-existing” conditions to a minimum as they will not cover these issues. Although premiums can be high (Premiums vary from breed to breed, age, etc.), one expensive treatment can still have you coming out on top. There are many companies to choose from so do your research.

 

Please go through your pets toys and keep them safe!

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