Before reading this article, let yourself be told that the toy industry is not evil and does not want your beloved four-legged friend anything bad. However, there are a few things to look out for when buying a new dog toy for your dog. Because not every dog toy is safe. A lack of legal regulations leads to careless processing of animal toys. It should be said that dogs need toys because they are important for their development. Games promote mental and physical abilities of your dog and of course the fun of playing should not be neglected.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when buying toys:
No.1 the eye test
When you buy a toy, look at it carefully. Are there cheap glued joints, removable parts or rough press seams? Such processing errors can lead to injuries in the throat area. Another question to ask yourself is are there any parts that come off easily? Because excessive chewing can cause your dog to destroy the toy and swallow parts in the process. The size ratio to your dog is also important. A ball that is too small is not fun for a dog that is too big. Pay attention to the processing of the toy and you can safely play with your dog.
No. 2 odor test
You read that right! When you buy a toy, smell it right. Unfortunately, there are plasticizers, dyes, and bleaches that can be found in your toss or chew toys. Substances such as PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) or BPA (bisphenol A) are harmful and are often used in the manufacture of plastics. But the advantage over cheap plastic is that it has a strong smell and is so easy to spot.
No. 3 feel test
Feel the surface of the dog toy. As already mentioned, the size plays a role, but so does the material. Because if the material is too rough, it can damage your dog's teeth. The classic tennis ball is a popular dog toy, but it's not made for dogs. The rough surface is made of man-made materials that contain chemicals and can be harmful to dogs' teeth. Basically, dog toys are for dogs and human toys are for people. You should also be careful with the classic stick. It's best to find a stick that has a smooth surface and no sticking out branches. So nothing can happen while romping.
If you've made it this far, we congratulate you. The well-being of your dog is very important to you.
Finally, the following tips:
Dog toys made from natural materials are better for your dog than chemically treated toys. Don't let your dog play with his toys unattended and in an emergency always have a good veterinarian to turn to.
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