We love spoiling our pets with treats and toys. There are hundreds of treats and toys to choose from. Trying to find which ones are safe for our loved ones can be a challenge. This blog focuses on finding safe chew toys for our dogs and cats.
When we are talking about giving anything to our cats and dogs to either eat or chew we should ask ourselves these three questions:
1. Do you grimace at the thought of chewing on it?
2. Does it bend or break easily?
3. Would it hurt if you hit yourself in the kneecap with it?
Greenies are a great treat for your animals to chew on. They are soft enough for the teeth, keeps them busy and is recognized by the Veterinary Oral Health Council to help with plaque and tartar build-up.
Kongs are one of our favorite chew toys. Again, they are soft enough to prevent fractures of the teeth and you can fill them with treats to keep your furry friend active and occupied.
(For fun ideas for filling the kongs please go to https://dogs.thefuntimesguide.com/2006/02/dog_recipes_for_kong_chew_toys.php#gsc.tab=0)
Note: If you are filling toys with treats, you must be aware of the extra calories to prevent weight gain.
With any toys we must be cautious with appropriately sizing them to our animals. The wrong size could cause them to be swallowed leading to choking or a foreign body that may require surgical removal.
If toys appear broken or pieces are falling off they must be discarded. Squeak toys are fun but some dogs are inclined to destroy the squeaker. These toys should be monitored as the squeakers or stuffing could be ingested.
Puzzle toys can be great additions to any pets’ toy box, especially for cats and energetic dogs.
For dogs we recommend: Kong toys, Busy Buddy toys or the Orbee line from Planet dog
For cats we recommend: Kong cat wobbler, Busy buddy line/slim cat and treat mazes
We recommend against the following toys because we have witnessed the damage they can cause to teeth: Nylabones, bones, deer antlers, ice and rawhide. Be cautious when giving tennis balls and rope toys as they can cause abrasions to the enamel and have been known to remove healthy teeth, respectively.
Remember the most attractive toys or objects around your house are often the most dangerous. Make sure you pet proof your home prior to bringing any furry friend home. Some objects to remove are: string, ribbon, rubber bands, panty hose, child toys, etc. Anything that could potentially be swallowed or ingested should be removed.