Which Safe Dog Toys for teething puppies?
So when you are out looking for toys for your puppy, how do you know which dog toys are safe? Well, this can be difficult if you are solely trusting the packaging of the toys. This is because pet toys aren’t regulated by any organization. The Food and Drug Administration will only regulate items that are intended for consumption by humans, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission will only report on pet items that pose a threat to human life.
So without any organizations out there helping shed light on unsafe toys, it’s up to us to determine what’s safe. The most common things to watch out for when selecting dog toys, is to watch out for items that can be ingested, and toys composed of toxic materials. Here are a few things you can do, when shopping for dog toys.
Buy safe dog toys manufactured in the USA
I know that this does not guarantee that a toy will be safe for your pet, but it should be an indicator that it could be safer than toys manufactured outside of the United States. There have been reports of Chinese made toys containing dangerous levels of lead and other toxic substances. This is simply because there is no regulation covering, well about anything in China. So whatever they can slap together in a fun looking toy to sell, they will. The safety of your pet does not seem to be their concern.
Read reviews to find safe dog toys
Reading reviews can be the quickest way to determine if the toy you are looking at purchasing will be durable. Since people seem to be more inclined to write a review if they are dissatisfied with a product, when they buy a toy and their dog destroys it quickly, the bad reviews will build up quickly. This will let you know that this toy would be a good one to skip.
Phthalates and Bisphenol A(BPA) free
Phthalates and BPA are used in plastics and can cause developmental and reproductive issues in animals. Phthalate exposure to animals has shown to cause damage to the liver, kidney, male and female reproductive system and is amplified when a developing fetus is exposed to these toxins. Because of the effects these chemicals have been shown to have on animals, products have been created for human babies that do not contain these toxins.
Products made from natural rubber are much safer than plastics containing phthalates and BPA. Nylon bones like Nylabone can be durable and safe for your dog, but they can eventually break down. So make sure to keep an eye on the toys.
Throw them away
No matter how durable and safe the toys you choose are, there will always be situations when you dog will chew on them enough that the toys will become a hazard. When you notice that small bits of the toy have a chance of breaking off and being swallowed, it’s time to throw them away. The time will vary depending on how much your dog chews on the toy and how aggressive they are with it.
List of safe dog toys
Kong is based in Colorado and has been making dog toys since the 70’s. Their toys are made from natural rubber, nearly indestructible, and are widely available.
Planet Dog is a Maine based company that offers a large variety of toys made of non-toxic and recycled materials that are manufactured in the U.S since 1997.
West Paw Design is a Montana based company which make safe non-toxic toys. The materials are free of lead, cadmium, mercury, latex, natural rubber, phthalates, hormones, Bisphenol A, or asbestos. West Paw Design will also guarantee that their products will last, and if they don’t they will replace it one time for free.