Unlike humans, dogs play with toys using their mouths. This creates some scary problems if you don’t know what to do and Googling different queries just makes you panic more. Below are some tips to help you keep your pup safe, happy, and healthy if they ingested a toy.
What do I do if my dog ingests my toy?
The first thing to do is to take a deep breath and know that you are their human – they’re depending on you to help them. Stay calm.
Next, seek immediate medical attention. With this type of incident, every minute matters– and it’s always better to play it safe than sorry. If you are worried about an expensive vet visit, call your vet first. Sometimes they might say, “Closely monitor your dog and if she seems in distress, bring her in.” If it looks like your dog is already acting strange, the earlier that your dog is seen by a vet, the better off they will be.
If you know what toy your dog ingested or you can gather the remaining parts of what wasn’t ingested, be sure to bring that with you to the vet. This way the vet will have context on the size of your pup’s consumed object. If you are worried about expensive vet fees, please rest assured that most vets will work with you and you can also apply for pet insurance if you haven’t already.
Bottom line: Listen to your vet and do what they say. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Are dog toys edible?
Never. Toys are toys, not treats. Toys were made to be thrown, shaken,
bitten, but never consumed. If your dog eats a toy, please seek immediate medical attention.
What are dog toys they can play with by themselves?
All toys require supervision. We all wish it weren’t true, but there isn’t a single toy out there that is okay for dogs to play with by themselves. Why? Because anything can happen while you’re gone. Your dog could bite their tongue, cut their gum on a bone, or even choke and an injured dog is not worth the risk.
Are there safe toys I can leave with my dog home alone?
No toy in the world requires zero supervision. Every dog is different and you could do all of the safety testings in the world on a product, but there’s a lot of uncertainty of every dog’s play style and tendencies that have to be taken into account. With this being said, every parent knows their dog best!
If you have any questions at all about toy safety, reach out to Happy@barkbox.com and talk to our team of dog experts. We’re always here to recommend the best toys for your 4-legged love.