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What dog toys are you using?

Pets and toys are inseparable. It is therefore important to ensure that the toys your pets are playing with are safe. Here's an article on avoiding dangerous dog toys :Avoiding Dangerous Dog Toys-PetStreetMall Articles
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Well, RAW bones are fine. Personally, I would avoid most of the "treated" bones they suggest. Most are either made in China or contain ingredients from China.

As far as stuffed animals are concerned, always avoid those made for children that have small plastic parts, typically eyes and noses. Also, again, make sure any stuffed animal is not made in China... The stuffing in some of those has turned out to be toxic. But unless your dog actaully EATS the stuffing, stuffed dog toys can be great fun and safe.

My guys love their stuffies. They are only allowed to play with them supervised, and once one gets a hole in it and starts leaking stuffing, it is either mended or tossed. Kodi is my great stuffie destroyer, and is most likely to de-stuff a toy. But even he has no interest in ingesting the stuffing, just taking it out of the toy and spreading it all over the house! The girls are very gentle with their stuffed animals, and mostly like to take them into their beds and cuddle with them.

Kodi has a few favorites that he has totally de-stuffed. But they are STILL favorites, so I just let him keep the skins. The funniest one is a deflated "Santa Skin"


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Karen, I bet that is one skinny Santa.

Raffi loves his stuffed and unstaffed toys the best. He does not like any of the rubber toys or balls. He also likes the ropes.
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That article seemed more marketing fluff and selling products by PetStreetMall.com. It didn't contain the best info.

BALLS:
Saying that tennis balls are safe is not completely accurate. The felt on tennis balls can wear down a dog's teeth, especially if they're strong chewers. And their statement that small rubber balls are not suitable for any dog is wrong. Emmie loves her small ChuckIt! balls; they don't pose a risk to her because she can't swallow them. And they're pretty indestructible to chewing; I've never seen any ChuckIt! balls be damaged or destroyed by a dog; not saying that it can't happen but it would be very surprising, especially for a small breed dog. Always monitor your dog's ball use, which is the most important thing to keep your pup safe, and don't buy toys made in China.

BONES:
No mention was made that cooked bones are what are dangerous for dogs. NEVER FEED YOUR DOG BONES THAT HAVE BEEN COOKED! Raw meaty bones can be a great option. I feed Emmie raw turkey necks, duck necks, chicken wings, marrow bones, but I cut them down to the right size for her and I always monitor her when she's eating them.
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Another caution is to not throw the small tennis balls, or any other toys about that size, up for them to leap up to catch. This last summer a friend of ours was tossing a regular sized tennis ball up for their 4 year old lab to catch which they had done a million times before, it came down at just the right (or wrong) angle as he leaped up to get it and it lodged in his throat. He died in their arms. That was a big wake up call for me too.
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Another caution is to not throw the small tennis balls, or any other toys about that size, up for them to leap up to catch. This last summer a friend of ours was tossing a regular sized tennis ball up for their 4 year old lab to catch which they had done a million times before, it came down at just the right (or wrong) angle as he leaped up to get it and it lodged in his throat. He died in their arms. That was a big wake up call for me too.
Wow! How sad!!!
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I don't know how they got through it. The next nosework trial was dedicated to the pup. Very sad.
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So sad. Luckily Emmie is not adept at catching anything in her mouth. Instead she uses a fluffy paw to bat a ball down to the ground and then picks it up. It's so cute!
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So sad. Luckily Emmie is not adept at catching anything in her mouth. Instead she uses a fluffy paw to bat a ball down to the ground and then picks it up. It's so cute!
Kodi is USELESS at catching anything.. And he knows it. He actually steps back and watches for (whatever) to hit the ground and then pounces on it!
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Dee Dee, that would have been horrific for your friends!

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