Avoiding Dangerous Dog Toys

Photographer Roger Caras may have summed it up best about pet owners' relationships with their pooches.

"Dogs are not for our whole lives, but they make our lives whole."

For centuries, people all over the world have made dogs their favorite companions. From California to Russia, canines have always been around households with their tails wagging.


If you have a pooch, then you know that you're the most important part of their world. Every time you leave the house, they want to come with you, and when you come back, they never want you to leave. It's the type of devotion that makes dogs so easy to love.

It's tempting to spoil your dog with every toy on the market. After all, it is your best friend. However, not every toy is made equal and it's important to not give them a chewable that is a choking hazard. Check out some risky toys below:

  • Stuffed Animals: Everyone has a few stuffed animals lying around their house from childhood. Because of their soft texture and easy-to-bite cloth material, it can be tempting for any dog to sink their teeth into it. Unfortunately, plastic buttons come loose and the stuffing can clog your dog's intestinal tract if swallowed.
  • Balls: Generally, a tennis ball is safe for dogs that are medium sized pooches. However, small rubber "superballs," golf balls or racquetballs are not suitable for any dog. The reason tennis balls are safe is because of their considerable size and fuzzy exterior that makes choking difficult.
  • Bones: Your dog may beg, but it's important not to give in to their big sad eyes. Giving a dinner bone to dogs should be avoided if possible. Chicken, turkey or rib bones are especially dangerous because they splinter and break, which can cause serious problems to your pooch's digestive system. If you do insist on giving your dog a bone, you should stick to specially formulated recreation bones.

Safe Alternative Dog Toys For Your Pooch

Dogs express their feelings by their barks, their eyes and their wagging tails, but it's still easy to see how excited they are when you present them with a new toy. Currently, there is a wide range of dog toys that have been specially engineered to make your dog happy while keeping them safe and healthy.

A properly designed dog toy will promote a healthy mouth, teeth and gums while preventing any risks of tooth damage or choking. Below are some of our favorite safe dog toys at Pet Street Mall:

  • Kong Toys: It seems strange to refer to a dog toy as "legendary," but that's exactly what the Kong toy managed to accomplish. This toy can do it all. You can add treats inside of it to entice your pet, plus it can be thrown like a ball or chewed on like a bone and your dog can't choke it on, either.
  • Kong Flyer: Flying discs that you use at the beach are made from brittle rubber that can be broken into pieces and swallowed by your dog. This heavy-duty disc can be thrown far distances while withstanding the chomp from your pooch. The Kong Flyer can is also very flexible and soft, so you won't hurt your dog's head if they miss they catch.
  • Tugga Wugga: Nearly every dog loves a good game of tug-of-war, however you don't want to play with any piece of rope or cloth you can find. Nylon ropes can cut your dog's gums and cotton fabrics can tear easily. This reinforced and stitched toy is made so that you can safely interact with your pooch, without worrying about damaging their mouth.

So, if whether you're looking for a chew toy, a tug-of-war toy or something to play catch with, there are safe ways to keep your dogs tail wagging. Today, most trusted dog brands carry products that have been tested by hundred of canines all over the world, so you know that your pooch can safely play with their new toy. Whichever toy you choose, remember to invest in a quality brand like Kong; after all, your dog is worth it.

If you're still looking for a fun dog toy for your pooch, be sure to ask the pet experts at PetStreetMall.com by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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