Did you know that Oct. 28th is Plush Animal Lovers’ Day? Your dog may be more than happy to help you celebrate it. Fido is pretty adorable when he’s running after his favorite plaything! However, there are some things to think about when it comes to giving your dog squeaky toys. A local veterinarian offers some tips on choosing your canine buddy’s toys below.
Generally speaking, squeaky toys are not going to last very long. Some pooches make pretty short work of them! Pay close attention to the condition of Fido’s toys. Once they start looking old or worn, repair or toss them. (Tip: distract your playful pet by giving him a new toy while you do this.)
Squeaky toys get crusty and gross pretty quickly. Wash Fido’s playthings regularly. Toys that are in good condition can usually be machine-washed. Check the label instructions to be sure.
As the saying says, variety is the spice of life. Rotate your furry pal’s toys out regularly to keep things fun and fresh for him.
There are some valid concerns about squeaking toys and prey drive. Some dogs are just hardwired to go after small animals. That squeak, to Fido, sounds just like something he or his ancestors would hunt in the wild. This can cause him to get a bit too serious about his toy. 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 another thing to consider. Get into the habit of looking at labels. Choose products that use non-toxic materials.
As you may know, some dogs will try to eat the squeakers. This can actually be very dangerous! Squeakers can cause severe, and potentially fatal, intestinal blockages if swallowed. (The stuffing isn’t safe, either.) If your furry pal does this, you may be better off getting him a different type of toy. If you aren’t sure how Fido will react, supervise all play sessions carefully.
Squeaky toys can be useful. They can definitely come in very handy if you’re trying to get Fido’s attention for a photograph! They are also great for older dogs, because they’re soft on the mouth. Plus, they’re also a good way to get that cute tail going!
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