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Choosing Safe Toys For Pets

Did you know that December is Safe Toys And Gifts Month? This was started with children in mind, but it also applies to pets. Our furry companions are very playful, but don’t really know what is and isn’t safe for them. A local Columbia, MD vet offers some tips on this below.

Strings

Anything with ropes or cords is a serious hazard to your canine buddy. Kittens and puppies are at the highest risk, but adult pets get frisky too. Keep toys that have strings or ropes attached out of paws’ reach when they aren’t being used.

Material

It’s not a bad idea to check the label, and see if it lists the materials it was made of. Ideally, you’ll want to pick things that are non-toxic. Take a look at where the toy was made as well. Items produced overseas may not have been subject to many safety regulations, and could contain toxins or unsafe chemicals. Try to stick with things made in North America. You may also want to monitor recall alerts. Better safe than sorry!

Size

Choose things that are the right size for your furry buddy. An adult dog could choke on a puppy toy, while a Chihuahua could seriously hurt himself with something made for a bigger pooch. This is also something to keep in mind if you have both a dog and a cat. Fluffy’s toys can be serious choking hazards for Fido!

Plushies

Stuffed animals are always popular with our canine pals. Many pups like these because they resemble the small critters they would hunt in the wild. Others just use them to snuggle with. We do recommend sticking with things made for Man’s Best Friend. These won’t have features like buttons and accessories that could be dangerous. Some pooches will rip their plushies open and pull out the squeaker. Supervise your pet closely if he is prone to these ‘operations.’ Both the stuffing and squeakers are very dangerous if swallowed.

General Safety

Every type of pet has their own set of do’s and don’ts when it comes to toys. However, in general, you’ll want to avoid anything small or sharp; items that are easily ripped or broken; and things covered in varnish, stain, paint, or dye. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Columbia, MD animal clinic, anytime. We’re here for you!

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