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Toxic Dog Toys

I know this topic has been covered before, but I'll start it up again rather than latching on to an old one. First of all, it is really hard to find dog toys that are not made in China. Second of all, even if you find ones that say they are made in the USA -- or sometimes Canada -- from my readings, it seems that there have also been issues with toxic toys that are made in the US. There are probably Chinese made toys that are safe, but we don't know, and there is not enough oversight of US made toys, either. It cracked me up to read someone's comment to an article about one toxic toy made in China, saying "what do you expect, they're communists". Never mind that it is the relatively new capitalist aspects of the Chinese economy, putting profits above all else, that causes the problem, and that the corporations manufacturing them are international corporations looking for the cheapest labor possible. Anyway... sorry about the political rant, my point is our dogs don't care a whit about communist, capitalist, or whatever, they and we just need fun toys that are safe! I don't have links to the articles right now, but can provide them later if needed. It seems like even the high end boutique pet supply stores carry stuff from China, and I was just really shocked to find out that even if I can find US made toys, that is no guarantee, either. I am starting to get really paranoid. What can we do?
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hmmmm.. give them toys made from things around the house? plastic water bottle in a cotton sock, marrow bones, balls, frisbee's things that they can't ingest or rip apart...? for a start...?

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Yah, just have to make sure my socks aren't made in China, and that the plastic bottles don't contain pthalates. It's enough to give me a nervous breakdown. Ha ha. Well, there is a certain element of chance in life, I guess. I'm saving up empty tp and paper towel rolls, those should be fun. I know I have to watch that he doesn't swallow the paper, but it should be harmless enough.
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I feel your concern. I agree with Tammy, sometimes regular things around the house are just as entertaining. You might want to consider children's toys. I assume they're regulated in the U.S. . My biggest concern with Molly , and she has a hundred, is that they don't' fall apart or pieces come off. I keep a close eye on all of them. A couple of stuffed ones we restitched, but she's not a real chewer, more of a shaker. We've only thrown out two or three over seven years. Not sure about Skineeze but the two that Molly has are holding up well. Not sure where they're made?

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I think it's important to supervise with the soft toys. My guys do not destroy their toys. If they were destroyers they would have few.

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Robbie, it's not just that they can destroy them and maybe choke on them, it's that I am worried that there is toxic material in them that can get in the dog's mouth, even if they don't chew them up. i.e.

http://www.dancingdogblog.com/2009/0...st-from-china/

I hate to be all depressing, but come on, I find this to be a little crazy making! However, I am new at the puppy thing, and I know all of you experienced dog people have been keeping your pets alive for a long time. It's just that in y wait for my puppy I have been doing some research, and some of what I am finding is a bit alarming. Oh well, maybe it's just pre-puppy anxiety. -- Eileen
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Its ok to have anxiety, we all do. Mine is the treats and food...there was a time you could just go and get your dog a new yummy treat, not today the minute I see China, it's a no go. We have lots of the non stuffed toys, but we have balls, you have to make for sure you take away the small baby balls when they out grow them. My guys love Zu Zu pets I use them to teach inpluse control, I make them sit and watch and when I say get it they pick it up and bring it to me, Yogi has a racoon and Misty has a white bunny. After the game is over they get a treat. They never get to play with these alone and they are not allowed to chew on them. At this point in time I am not worried about the toys but that could change in the future. We also have frisbee's. If you are really worried you could make your own and stuff them with wash cloths. My friend makes them for her Lab that rips up all toys after a time.

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I was just at Petco today, and was doing some more toy research. I found a couple of little toys (Hol-ee ball and a little ball with feet on it) made by the JW company. They are made in China, but the tag says that they are certified non-toxic. "JW pet toys have been tested by an independent facility for lead, antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, mercury, and selenium, and determined to be safe." This is very encouraging! I plan to write or e-mail Petco and other large pet supply stores, and talk w/staff at some of the smaller ones in my area (though I'm sure they are aware), to let them know that I will go out of my way to buy toys by companies that at least seem to be trying to address the issue of harmful substances in the toys!

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I was just at Petco today, and was doing some more toy research. I found a couple of little toys (Hol-ee ball and a little ball with feet on it) made by the JW company. They are made in China, but the tag says that they are certified non-toxic. "JW pet toys have been tested by an independent facility for lead, antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, mercury, and selenium, and determined to be safe." This is very encouraging! I plan to write or e-mail Petco and other large pet supply stores, and talk w/staff at some of the smaller ones in my area (though I'm sure they are aware), to let them know that I will go out of my way to buy toys by companies that at least seem to be trying to address the issue of harmful substances in the toys!

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Be very, VERY careful of the balls with feet (stupid design anyway!!!) A NUMBER of dogs have had to have surgery after biting off and ingesting the feet. Not toxic, but dangerous anyway!


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Yah, just have to make sure my socks aren't made in China, and that the plastic bottles don't contain pthalates. It's enough to give me a nervous breakdown. Ha ha. Well, there is a certain element of chance in life, I guess. I'm saving up empty tp and paper towel rolls, those should be fun. I know I have to watch that he doesn't swallow the paper, but it should be harmless enough.
I have always felt funny about the card board and what is in it. Also TP. I think if you think about it you could make toys. 100 percent cotton rope. Maybe in the baby section of toys are us. I hope they regulate toddlers toys.

Maddie at 5mo old
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