What are the safest dog toys?
Our dogs explore the world through their mouths, yet there are no standards for toy safety. Tests conducted by ConsumerAffairs.com found a variety of mainstream toys tainted with toxic heavy metals, including cadmium, lead, and chromium. These toxins are released when wet or when bits of the toys are consumed. Look for toys that are made in the USA, BPA and phthalate free, toys that do not have strong chemical smells, and that are dye free. Toys have to have two holes to prevent suction from drawing the tongue into the hole.
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What are the safety standards in dog toys?
There are currently no national standards for lead and other toxins in pet toys. Tests conducted by ConsumerAffairs.com found a variety of mainstream toys tainted with toxic heavy metals, including cadmium, lead, and chromium. Most companies use a standard of 600 parts per million for lead, which is the standard for children’s toys. Many vets question the standard because what is safe for a child, might not be safe for a 10 lb Yorkie.
Avoid toys with single air holes, heavily dyed toys, toys treated with fire retardants, stain guard and soft plastics. Use your senses, strong chemical smells indicate residual chemicals, bright colors may contain toxic ingredients. Fabric dyes are not tested for consumption, yet our dogs explore the world through their mouths.
Always make sure that there are two holes in toys to prevent two holes to prevent suction from drawing the tongue into the hole.
Look for toys made in the USA, toys that are BPA and phthalate free.
Always choose toys that are appropriately sized for your dog. Here is a comprehensive guide for choosing toys for small dogs “The Best Kong Products for Small Dogs“.
There are many brands out there like Planet Dog that only makes toys without phthalates and uses FDA-certified nontoxic dyes. Honest Pet Products that are dye and chemical free ultra-durable hemp material. Or the good old Kong, which is nontoxic, uses 100% natural rubber and is all made in the USA. Other companies we love WestPaw and Quaker Pet Group (goDoggy and HearDoggy).