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Dog Toys 101

August 15, 2023

Does your pooch come running up to you when he wants to play? Fido is always super cute, but he’s extra adorable when he feels frisky. It’s important to take time to play with your pet. You’ll also need to offer him lots of toys he can use by himself. A Roanoke, VA vet offers some advice on this below.

What Toys Will Keep My Dog Busy?

Dogs sometimes get into mischief when they’re bored, especially when they are home alone. Puzzle toys and treat-dispensing toys are great for keeping your canine buddy occupied.

What Kind Of Toys Are Safe For Dogs?

Safety should always be your first concern when choosing Fido’s playthings. Pick things that are the right size for your pooch. Large breeds can choke on products made for smaller dogs, while little ones can hurt themselves on things that are too big for them. You’ll also want to look at the material and check where the toy was manufactured. In general, avoid things made overseas. Some countries have very loose quality and safety standards for dog toys. In fact, one study showed that an alarming amount of pet products—particularly rubber and plastic toys— contained harmful substances, such as BPAs. 

What Dog Toys Are Indestructible?

Does your furry buddy tend to demolish his playthings? Many of our canine pals make pretty quick work of destroying stuffed animals. This can be dangerous, as some pups will try to eat the stuffing or squeakers, which are definitely not safe. Don’t give Fido any stuffies that were made for humans. Your best bet is to choose toys at pet stores, where you can check the material. Or, if you’re shopping online, search for durable toys and check reviews.

What Dog Toys Are Good For Puppies?

Puppy owners should look for chew toys that will hold up to Little Fido’s gnawing. Kong toys are likely the most popular option. These are also good because you can stuff them with yummy treats and even freeze them. Don’t get anything that could break off into small pieces. Rawhide toys, for example, can be dangerous because of this. Ask your vet for specific advice,

How Do I Clean My Dog’s Toys?

Most stuffed animals can go into the washing machine. Use a gentle detergent, and hang dry. Rubber and plastic toys can usually be hand washed or put through the dishwasher on a hot cycle with no  soap. Check label instructions.

Do you have questions about picking dog toys? Contact us, your local Roanoke, VA animal hospital today!

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