Safe Christmas Dog Toys
With the winter holidays now upon us, many dog owners consider buying new toys for their pets. According to the American Pet Products Association’s (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, 53 percent of dogs and 38 percent of cats receive gifts at Christmas. Dogs are more likely to get gifts during the holidays than at any other time of the year; many of these gifts are toys.
For safety reasons, the Humane Society of the United States advises that you avoid toys with the following:
- Rubber bands
- Eyes or any other parts that might come out and be ingested
- Small balls and other small objects that could be swallowed
- Rawhide (unless you check with your veterinarian to determine which rawhide toys may be safe for your dog)
The Humane Society also reminds us that some rawhide products may be made from byproducts of the “cruel international fur trade.” As an alternative, tough rubber toys may be safer and last longer.
The APPA shares that the following are some popular presents — both toys and other useful objects — appropriate for gift-giving:
Booties by Ultra Paws
Bags on Board Waste Pick-up Dispensers
Bags on Board Dispensers easily attach to leashes and include 30 disposable bags for on-the-go convenience.
Loofa Santa Dogs by MultiPet
Loofa Santa Dogs are elongated plush toys, complete with Santa hats, and are available in different colors and sizes. They also feature squeaky sounds that pets love.
The Loft Jacket by Kurgo
The Reflective Safety System by Petflect
This safety set includes a leash, vest, and collar. It ensures that dogs are safely visible from more than 500 feet away during outdoor activities or winter walks when the days grow shorter.
The Bitter Cherry Spray by OUT! International
OUT! is a safe, alcohol-free taste deterrent that discourages pets from chewing, nibbling, and licking certain spots and materials (like the gifts under the tree). Plus, the clear, non-staining formula has a pleasant scent.
The Good, Bad, Hol-ee, and Bad Cuz Toys by JW Pet
These toys are sure to be a hit. Awarded the Best New Dog Product title at the 2011 Global Pet Expo, the Hol-ee Cuz and the all-new Bad Cuz toys feature all-natural rubber for nibbling and soft plush that any dog will love.
For more gift ideas for your favorite dog, check out our Holiday Gift Guide.
Article written by Author: The Dog Daily Expert