Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | August 12, 2009

Beware of the Squeaky Toy & other Toy Hazards

Lucky Loves to Dance!

Lucky Loves to Dance!

Second Chance Humane Society just revised its mission statement to read: Safeguarding Animals and Promoting Responsible Pet Parenting & the Human-Animal Bond.  Recent Pet Column’s have promoted the concept of pet “parenting” which reflects a more respectful human-animal relationship while emphasizing  the great “parenting” responsibility involved in this kind of relationship that is lacking in pet“ownership”.  This Pet Column will be highlighting varying aspects of such responsibilities today and in coming weeks.

A first consideration of being responsible as a pet parent is in assuring the general safety and well-being of your pets and recognizing they typically can’t discern whether certain toys and food are truly safe.  Although toys are important for your pet’s enrichment and mental stimulation, particularly when needing to be kept occupied when left alone at home, many are not safe for pets.  It is up to you to make safe choices for your pets that include:

-Choosing toys that are the appropriate size for your pet, and not choking hazards. 

-Stick to toys designed specifically for pets, as children’s toys aren’t made for the strong jaws and sharp teeth of your pets. 

– Avoid giving your pets sticks, wooden toys, and cooked bones which can splinter and cause damage to a pet’s teeth and mouth, choking, ulcers and intestinal perforations.

– Give your pets safer bones and toys made of hard rubber and nylon.

– Do not allow your pets to chew towels, socks, shoes, and other articles of clothing which (aside from ruining a nice outfit) can be swallowed in part or whole causing intestinal obstructions.
– Do not allow your dog to chew rocks, in addition to damaging the mouth and teeth, can block the intestines if swallowed.
– Throw away small pieces of chews so your pets don’t swallow then, potentially causing chocking or intestinal obstruction.

-Dogs in particular love squeaky toys and can become obsessive with removing the “squeak” from the center of the toy.  These toys should only be provided under supervision and once the “squeaker” is abstracted should be taken away.  The plastic material of the “squeaker” has led to serious injury and/or death of dogs who have consumed the entire piece. 

The best approach is using “parental” commonsense, just because we are having fun chewing something up does not mean we should be allowed to continue.  My name is Lucky, a fun-loving Border Collie mix here at the Second Chance Shelter.  I love to play with anyone and anything so I do hope that my new parent is careful about what I am allowed to play with.  I am happiest just dancing about with people and dogs, so if you are the lucky person to adopt me you will also be adopting a lifelong dance partner.  Come to the Shelter for a dance today!

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.


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