Very Important Reading for All Dog Owners!
Out Those Worn Dog Toys!
Are you trying to
save yourself money by not buying dog toy after dog toy? Do you think,
“I will just let them use those dog toys until they are utterly
destroyed, and maybe I won’t have to spend as much money on more toys in
the long run?” If saving money is really your motive, then let me tell
you what you might be in for with those raggedy dog toys.
was raised to use up everything until it simply wasn’t usable any more.
Why replace something time and time again, wasting my money? You’ve
heard the old adage:
Use it up,
Wear it out,
Or do without!
Some of us may take that adage way too
far. For example; why do we let our dogs play with potentially
dangerous pieces of a dog toy?
One might say, “Oh my dog
doesn’t actually eat them... he always spits the pieces out on the floor
and I am always picking them up!” Well don’t be fooled! It’s simply
not possible to watch your dog 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our
“good” dogs are, in fact, dogs and not humans. If you think of them as
being on the same level as a two-year-old child, then they, (and you),
might be better off. It would NEVER cross your mind to give a
two-year-old child a piece of toy to play with. Your two-year-old child
would NEVER be allowed to play unsupervised for any length of time
either. Then why do we let our toddler-like dogs play with destroyed
toys any time they wish, often unsupervised? As far as dog toys are
concerned, it is a truly better (and safer) idea to throw those toys out
when they become worn.
Trust me...I am not making this
statement lightly. In the past, I have frequently allowed my dogs to
play with mangled dog toys. However, they will no longer be playing
with fragments of toys! In addition, our dogs don’t need to play with
50 million toys! A few good quality dog toys, which are in good
condition, are more than enough for even the most playful pooch. Any
way, they would much rather be interacting with us than playing with
Dog toys function a lot like children’s toys... they
occupy the subject’s time and provide amusement. As social animals,
interaction is what dogs crave. Interaction with the “pack” is essential
for their well-being. Instead of tons of toys, let’s just give man’s
best friend what they really need and want - us.
reason for my sharing the above statements has come from experience.
Dog toy “fragments” have personally cost me a lot of money in vet
bills. Dogs can, and do, get these “fragments” caught in their throats,
stomachs and intestines where surgery will be required for extraction,
or certain death will occur. Surgery is an expensive proposition, even
with dogs. One operation to remove a piece of lodged toy can easily
exceed $1,500.00! That’s a lot of money. Replacing worn dog toys so
pieces are not ingested is a lot less expensive than surgery.
reason for throwing away those worn out plush toys is the squeakers.
Dogs are attracted to the squeakers because they sound like a small
animal. They respond to the toy because they want to “get” the animal.
When plush toys become worn, dogs will pull out the stuffing in order
to get to the squeaker. As you are well aware, those squeakers are
quite small. A two-year-old child wouldn’t be allowed to play with
them, because they are considered a choking hazard. Your dog could
choke on a naked squeaker too!
Some of us buy stuffed toys
which are intended for human use, for our dogs. This can be another
hazard. These days, toy companies are required to use fire retardant
treated stuffing inside the toys. That is great for children who
rarely, if ever, will eat the stuffing. However, our dogs do eat
stuffing. That fire retardant may very well liquefy in the dog’s
intestines. If that occurs, there is virtually nothing a veterinarian
can do to save your precious dog’s life. The dog will need to be “put
down” or die a terrible, agonizing death!
In the long run,
throwing away worn out dog toys may save you plenty of money and our
dogs, a great deal of pain. Use the “two-year-old child rule.” If a toy
could potentially cause a two-year–old child to choke, then your dog
could too. Supervise your dog(s) when they’re playing. We wouldn’t let a
two-year-old child play unsupervised, now would we? Pay more attention
to your dog(s) and try not to allow them to be on their own too
frequently. What they need is their “pack leader.” They need our
Submitted by:Stephanie Summers