When it comes to the safety of baby toys for dogs, it is important to understand that baby products are manufactured to strict safety standards. However, no one regulates the safety of dog toys, so it is up to consumers to do their research before buying a toy for their pup. Thick rubber toys are generally safe for dogs, but stuffed animals should be used with caution and supervision. It is also important to check labels on stuffed toys to make sure they are safe for children under three years of age and do not contain dangerous fillings.
Dog toys made of hard rubber, such as those from Kong and Nylabone, are a great option for pups with strong jaws. Deflated soccer and basketball balls can also be sturdy and durable toys that your dog can use to fetch or chew on. If you have spray toys that your kids no longer use, these can also be given to your pup without any potential harm. When it comes to keeping baby and dog toys in the right hands and paws, parents must be extra vigilant.
It is important to check four times that the toy is safe for babies before allowing your pup to play with it. If the toy intended for the baby falls to the ground and the dog(s) play with it, it can be a worrying situation if it happens again and again. It is also important to remember that no matter how careful you are, some toys may still be unsafe for both humans and pets. That is why it is essential to avoid or modify any non-dog-proof toy by removing ribbons, ropes, eyes, or other parts that can be chewed and ingested.
Discard toys when they start to break into pieces or are broken. Finally, when buying toys from other countries, pet owners should be careful about their origins as there isn't much data regarding their safety standards. Ultimately, it is up to us as consumers to do our research and make sure that our pets are playing with safe toys.