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Picking the Right Dog Chew Toys

Mar 12, 2008
If you are a dog lover, you must already have heard about dog chew toys. Chew toys can help keep your dog from chewing your property, protect him from ingesting harmful objects, ease boredom and contribute to teeth and gum health. Not all chew toys, however, will do for your dog. Here are some tips you might like to read to help you choose the right chew toys.

Choose the Right Size

Different dogs are in different sizes, and you should choose just the right size toy for your dog. If the toy is too big, many dogs do not want to play with it at all. On the other hand, however, if the toy is too small, you dog might accidentally swallow it and choke on it. So, you really should know about your dog's breed and size very well to pick the right toy size. Fortunately, many reputable dog toy manufacturers often have detailed description on the toy label to help you decide if the toy is for your pet.

Overall Safety

Aside from checking the size of the toy, you should also check it for safety features. Depending on the breed of your dog, a chew toy that is too hard could damage the teeth. Toys that are too soft could result in accidental ingestion of torn or chipped parts. In general you should avoid chew toys with small beads, buttons, strings, wire, bells and fake fur. Even a mild mannered dog could rip off small parts and swallow them. Swallowed parts can result in choking, mouth wounds, and damage to the intestines and constipation.

Keep a Variety of Toys

It is not practical to buy a whole box of chew toys for your dog, but you should at least choose a few of them. This is because dogs can get bored if they only play with one toy and, to avoid this, you should have a rotation of a handful of chew toys. It is also a good idea to occasionally give your dog chew toys with edible treat to encourage your dog to play with them.

Durability of Toys

Chew toys are not pet nannies so you should at least keep an occasional eye at your dog while he is at play. This will help you respond faster in case your dog is about to ingest a non-edible part.

You also have to keep an eye at the toys. Even the sturdiest toys have a limit to their lifespan. Periodically inspect your dog's toys and look for signs of wear and tear. Damages to the toy might already be a sign that you may have to replace it. Otherwise you could put your dog's health and life at risk.

Your Veterinarian Counts

If you are not sure whether a chew toy is appropriate for your dog, the first person you should consult is your veterinarian. He might even be able to recommend good toy brands or retailers.

All dog owners would like to see their dogs happy and healthy. Giving your dog chew toys is one of the best ways to show him your love and affection. You just need to make sure, with the tips in this article, that the toys you choose are not just entertaining but are safe as well.
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