Puppies love toys and it’s not uncommon to see them happily jumping around and playing with new items. However, there are many different toys on the market and choosing the right one for your little furry friend can be tricky.
When choosing a toy for your puppy, it’s important to keep in mind that your pet’s size and strength will change as it grows. You also need to consider the fact that some toys can be dangerous for your puppy, so it’s best to check with your veterinarian about the safest toy options for your dog. When evaluating the safety of a toy, consider the following:
- Toys should not be so small that they can be accidentally inhaled or swallowed.
- Toys should not have parts that can be torn off.
- Toys must not have sharp parts and must not form sharp edges when chewed.
- Avoid hard objects such as butcher shop bones or hooves that can break teeth.
- If your puppy breaks a toy with a squeaker inside to get to the squeaker itself, give him such toys only when you can look after him or remove the squeaker before your dog can get it.
- Avoid any toys stuffed with beads or anything loose.
- Many toys that make animal sounds or move on their own contain batteries, which are toxic. Never leave your puppy alone with these toys as he could potentially swallow a battery.
- Never give your puppy a container or box that could get his head stuck in it.
- Do not allow your puppy to play with or chew on sticks, which can break and damage the mouth or other parts of the digestive tract.
- Do not use sticks or stones found on the street as toys.
- Avoid rubber toys that only have a small hole at one end. In some dogs, the tongue can get stuck in the hole.
Don’t forget that as your puppy grows, he will probably outgrow his toys. For example, toys that were once the right size can become too small and pose a choking hazard. And toys that he couldn’t chew before can rip apart easily as he gets stronger and older, causing problems with choking or intoxication. So when your pet gets older, make sure he has the right toys and take the time to play with him!