Oct. 28th is a pretty big day for dogs: it’s Plush Animal Lovers’ Day! Does your canine pal absolutely love his plush toys? Fido is pretty adorable when he’s running after his favorite plaything! However, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to giving your dog squeaky toys. A local veterinarian offers some helpful tips on choosing your pup’s toys below.
Generally speaking, squeaky toys are not going to be the most durable or long-lasting dog toys. In fact, some pooches make pretty short work of destroying them! Pay close attention to the condition of your canine companion’s toys, and repair or toss old ones. You’ll want to distract your playful pup by giving him a new toy while you do this. Or, just wait until he’s sleeping.
As the saying says, variety is always the spice of life. Rotate your furry pal’s toys out regularly. (You may want to do this when Fido is napping or outdoors.)
Squeaky toys can get crusty and gross pretty fast. Wash your furry friend’s things regularly. Toys that are in good condition can usually be machine-washed. However, you’ll want to double heck the label instructions to be sure.
There are some legitimate concerns about squeaking toys and prey drive. Some dogs are just hardwired to go after small animals. That high-pitched squeak, to Fido, sounds like something that he or his ancestors would hunt in the wild. If you know or suspect that your dog has a strong prey drive, plushie toys may not be a good option. Ask your vet for tips on suitable toys and play strategies.
Material is also something to consider. We advise looking at labels before purchasing. Opt for products that use non-toxic materials.
One of the big things about squeaker toys is the fact that some pooches eat the squeakers. This can actually be very dangerous! Squeakers can cause severe, and potentially fatal, intestinal blockages. If your canine buddy does this, you may actually be better off getting him a different type of toy. If you aren’t sure just how your pet will react, supervise all play sessions carefully.
Squeaky toys can be quite useful at times. For instance, they come in very handy if you’re trying to get Fido’s attention for a photo! Plus, they can be great 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!