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Oct. 28th is a big day for Fido: it’s Plush Animal Lovers’ Day! Many of our canine buddies absolutely love plush toys. Man’s Best Friend 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 tips on choosing plushie toys below.
Generally, squeaky toys are not the most long-lasting dog toys. As you may have noticed, some pooches make pretty short work of them! Pay attention to the condition of your canine companion’s toys. Repair them or toss them when they get old or worn. (You’ll probably want to distract your playful pet by giving him a new toy while you do this.)
As the saying says, variety is the spice of life. Rotate Fido’s toys out regularly. This will keep him from getting bored.
Fido uses his mouth to play, so it’s no surprise that squeaky toys get crusty and gross pretty quickly. Wash your furry buddy’s things regularly. Toys that are in good condition can usually be machine-washed. Check the label instructions to be sure.
There are some concerns about squeaking toys and dogs that have a strong prey drive. Some dogs are just hardwired to go after small critters. That squeak, to your canine pal, sounds like something he or his ancestors would hunt in the wild. If you know or suspect that Fido has a strong prey drive, ask your vet for tips on suitable toys and play strategies.
Material is also something for you to consider. Get into the habit of looking at the labels. Opt for products that use non-toxic materials.
One big thing about squeaker toys is the fact that some dogs eat the squeakers. This can be very dangerous! Squeakers can cause severe, and potentially fatal, intestinal blockages. If your pup does this, you may be better off getting him a different type of toy. If you aren’t sure how Fido will react, supervise all play sessions carefully.
Squeaky toys can be very useful at times. For instance, they come in very handy if you’re trying to get Fido’s attention for a photograph! Many of them can also 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, today!