Oct. 28th is a big day for Man’s Best Friend: it’s Plush Animal Lovers’ Day! Does your canine buddy absolutely love his plushie toys? Does he sometimes run up to you holding one, hoping you’ll play? Fido is pretty adorable when he’s feeling frisky! However, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to giving your dog squeaky toys. A local veterinarian offers some tips on choosing your pup’s toys below.
Generally speaking, squeaky toys are not going to be the most long-lasting dog toys. In fact, some pooches can make pretty short work of destroying them! Pay close attention to the condition that your canine companion’s toys are in, and regularly repair or toss old ones. You’ll probably want to distract your playful pet by giving him a new toy while you do this.
As the old saying says, variety is the spice of life. To keep things fresh and fun, rotate your furry pal’s toys out regularly. You may want to do this when he is napping or outdoors.
Squeaky toys tend to get crusty and gross pretty quickly. Wash your furry pal’s things regularly. Toys that are in good condition can usually be machine-washed. However, you’ll want to check the label instructions to be sure.
There are some valid concerns about squeaky toys. Some dogs have a strong prey drive, and are just hardwired to go after small critters. That squeak, to Fido, often sounds like something he or his ancestors would hunt in the wild. If you know or suspect that your dog has a strong prey drive, ask your vet for tips on suitable toys and play strategies.
Material is also something for you to consider. Get into the habit of looking at labels. Opt for products that use non-toxic materials.
One of the biggest things about squeaker toys is the fact that some dogs eat the squeakers. This can actually be very dangerous for Fido! Squeakers can cause severe, and potentially fatal, intestinal blockages. If your canine pal sometimes does this, you may be better off getting him a different type of toy. If you aren’t sure just how your pooch will react, supervise all play sessions carefully.
Squeaky toys can be quite useful at times. For instance, they will come in very handy if you’re trying to get Fido’s attention for a photograph! Many of them can also be great playthings for older dogs, because they’re soft on the mouth.
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your vet clinic, today!