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What are the pitfalls in choosing a toy for my dog?

SO MANY TOYS! SO MANY CHOICES!

In the United States the average household with a dog spends $109 per year on toys and accessories. With $48 million households owning dogs in the US that’s over $5 BILLION dollars per year!

Ask any veterinarian about “foreign body” or “obstructions” of the intestine that they have seen, and they’ll launch into the most amazing (and disgusting) tales of things they have removed, and even sadder, tales of removals done too late to save the dog. The average foreign body removal

According to Quote Purple, a site devoted to gathering insurance claim information, on average, removing a foreign object from a dog can cost anywhere between $1,600 to over $10,000 with surgery. Even without surgery, removing a foreign object can still cost owners between $300 to $1,200. While many of these things are related to things they got into, many are from toys.

What is the best toy size?

  • If it can fit through a paper towel tube it is too small for your small dog (up to 30#)
  • If it can fit through a jelly jar opening it is too small for you big dog (think bigger than a tennis ball is good)
  • And remember that if you have cats, your dog doesn’t know that the tiny little cat toys are not for them.

What is the best toy style?

No toy should be harder than something you can dent with your fingernail. If you cannot, it potentially can break teeth. Red flags can be “durable,” “for heavy chewers”. Not all toys labelled with these are bad, but use the fingernail rule.

  • Stuffie pitfall #1 – plush toys are a favorite at our house, but KNOW YOUR DOG. If you dog is a shredder, then plush toys need supervision when they are used. Big globs in pillow stuffing can clog the intestines too.
  • Stuffie pitfall #2 – many toys (particularly cheap toys from foreign countries) have all kinds of different “junk” material inside. Feel it all over – if you feel granules or uneven consistency of contents. Skip it.
  • Squeakers – dogs love squeakers, it appeals to their prey drive. If you have ever watched a dog kill a squeaker, you know how much satisfaction they get by squeaking that sucker until it’s dead! Now ask an ER vet how they feel about squeakers…and how many they have removed from very sick dogs. Think of a squeaker toy as a toy with a vet visit inside. KNOW YOUR DOG – if she is a toy destroyer, this is a supervision only toy!
  • Rope toys – If the weave of the rope is remotely loose, take a pass.
  • “Dental” toys – unless it is approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council, it’s not a dental toy, it’s just a toy. Make sure it passes the fingernail test.

What purpose do you want the toy to serve?

Active toys:

These are toys for playing with a human or other dog.

  • Wubba
  • Chuck it
  • Please remember that tennis balls scratch the enamel of your dog’s teeth, so use sparingly, if at all!

Brain toys/time toys:

Giving you time to get something done while the dog manages the toy. It should be something that does not have parts to remove and swallow and durable enough to not be destroyed. This means, your dog needs a trial run with every toy before she is left alone with it.

  • Food cube
  • Orbee
  • Frozen Kong with low cal fruit, banana, oats inside
  • Brain games to purchase
  • Brain games to DIY

Cupcake tray brain game:

  • Please remember that tennis balls scratch the enamel of your dog’s teeth, so use sparingly, if at all!

Entertainment

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Designed for the most demanding use, the Chuckit!® Ultra Ball® is not your dog’s ordinary ball. Simply put, this is the best ball for the game of fetch. Developed to have high bounce, high buoyancy, high visibility and high durability. The Chuckit! Ultra Ball promises to outplay the ordinary. Can be used in the water and is designed specifically for the game of fetch. Features an extra-thick rubber core and quality material that floats. The bright color gives increased visibility and helps to prevent the ball from getting lost. Compatible with Chuckit! Launchers. Available in Small, Medium, Large, X-large and XX-large in a one or two-pack. Product Note: For supervised play only. Know your dog and choose the appropriate size and type of toy to prevent choking or other harm. Inspect this toy regularly; if the toy is damaged or if parts become separated, remove toy and parts as injury may result. Not a child’s toy.
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Baskerville Muzzles provide you with reassurance in a wide variety of situations – and for those around you, seeing a muzzled dog shows responsible pet parenting.

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If your pooch is an extrovert who gets a little too excited on walks, take control of the leash with the PetSafe® Gentle Leader® Headcollar. Created by a veterinary behaviorist over 30 years ago, this headcollar immediately, gently and safely helps you control unwanted leash behaviors like pulling, lunging, barking and jumping. A comfortable neoprene padded nose loop and collar puts pressure on the back of the neck instead of your dog’s throat, which prevents choking and coughing. Easily fit the headcollar on your furry friend in just a few minutes using the adjustable nose loop and neck strap with quick-snap. Our perfect-fit guarantee ensures the headcollar fits petite pups, giant pooches and all canine sizes in between. And, if your dog decides to turn the headcollar into a chew toy, we have a 1-year chew damage replacement policy for a minimal fee.
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A lack of physical activity can lead to weight gain, poor health and even aggression. Toys that mimic the thrill of the hunt encourage even inactive cats to chase, pounce and leap, transforming playtime into exercise time. The Petlinks System Wild Thing Electronic Motion Cat Toy erratically spins feathers and encourages healthy activity.
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Scratch Tunnel with Corrugate offers a variety of play features in a compact, budget-conscious design. Cats love the angled scratch surface and the open tunnel design with toy is the perfect spot for peek-a-boo games, plus doubles as a cozy hide-out to curl up and nap.
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The KONG Wubba™ is a fun, interactive tug and toss toy that is great for interactive or solo play. It’s long floppy tails are ideal for shaking and tugging instincts as well as games of fetch. A durable reinforced nylon exterior combines with unique ball shapes for play sessions that last longer. Dogs love to squeak the Wubba™ and add to the fun by shaking the flapping tails back and forth making every game different from the next.
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KONG Classic Flyer is made for fetching. It is made of durable KONG Classic rubber which allows for a forgiving catch, plus the material delivers a dynamic rebound just in case your dog misses the initial toss. Let your dog’s love of fetch take flight with a safer disc that delivers tons of healthy activity

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Our Deluxe Pop-Up Playpen is perfect for use indoors and out. Great for play, exercise and house training. It folds flat in seconds and comes with a matching storage bag.
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The multiple award-winning Orbee-Tuff® Snoop challenges the brain in fun and stimulating ways. Snoop is translucent and squishy with a deep crevice that conceals the treasure. Filled with treats, dogs will pounce, nudge, nose, and nibble to release the hidden reward. This interactive puzzle toy offers hours of long-lasting, brain-stimulating entertainment for dogs of any size. For extra credit, insert any 2.5″ Orbee-Tuff toy (also stuffed with treats) for a double puzzle.
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Slow your fast-eating dog down with the JW® Skid Stop® Slow Feed Bowl. Rapid eating may cause…bloat, discomfort, and other digestive problems. The unique design of the JW Skid Stop Slow Feed Bowl features large interior indentations which prevent your dog from eating too quickly. Rubbery base keeps the bowl in place for your beloved pup. Pet parents love this dishwasher-safe, heavy-duty plastic that resists rust and bacteria.
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Made of tough, durable plastic, the Buster Food Cube provides valuable mental stimulation and exercise. Your dog is rewarded when treats fall out … and you can vary how easily they are released with a simple twist.

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Why do dogs feel like eating has to be a race? We have no idea, but we solved the problem anyway. Featuring meal-lengthening ridges and mazes, Fun Feeders™ keep pups engaged for up to 10x longer at chow time, which improves digestion while helping furry friends eat at a fun, healthy pace. Available in 5 unique colors and designs, the Fun Feeder™ also features a slip-resistant base to prevent sliding and food spillage. Fun Feeders™ are top rack dishwasher safe, BPA, PVC & phthalate free, and available in tiny (3/4 cup), mini (2 cups), and regular (4 cups) sizes. Go beyond the bowl.

About Healing Arts Animal Care

Healing Arts Animal Care in Beaverton, Oregon provides veterinary acupuncture, pet rehabilitation therapy, physical therapy and athletic conditioning and Animal Massage Therapy for the dogs and cats of the Portland, Oregon Metro Area including Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, and Tualatin. We strive to create a team among you, your pet, your veterinarian and ourselves to create a whole package of care for your pet including wheelchairs for dogs. Pets come through our door knowing that we’re going to have fun here and this isn’t “another trip to the vet.” Through manual therapies, acupuncture, laser, ultrasound, underwater treadmill and creating a tailored individual home exercises, we strive to bring your injured pet back to speed, keep your elderly pet as an active member of the family, return your obese pet back to a functional friend and keep your athletic pet at the peak of his performance.

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