Since puppies are typically so energetic, you’re going to need a wide variety of toys to keep one entertained. But since fabric toys in particular are prone to disintegrating into small choke hazards when they’re worn down, you need to be careful about employing used ones for your puppy. To determine whether a used fabric dog toy is still safe for your puppy, use one or more of these three methods.
Pull On Any Loose Threads And See If They Easily Come Off
Individual loose threads on a fabric dog toy are an early sign of decay. However, if only a few threads have broken off from the toy’s main body instead of many, your puppy should still be able to play with and chew on the toy without danger.
It all comes down to whether the threads are still connected to the toy enough to not budge when you pull on them. If any of them easily come off, you can be sure that your puppy will get all sorts of fabric in its throat if it tries to chew the toy.
Soak The Toy In Water And See If It Starts Coming Apart
The better the condition of a fabric dog toy, the better it should hold up when it’s soaked in water. It should both remain in one piece when you take it out of the water and dry quickly when you smother it with a towel.
If one end of the fabric dog toy completely unravels when you dunk it in water, don’t be sad that you ruined it. If your puppy had put one end of the toy in its mouth for a long period of time, its saliva would’ve had the same effect on the fabric as ordinary water. The only difference would be the puppy’s risk of swallowing a bunch of loose threads.
See How The Puppy Bites And Chews On The Toy
When a puppy’s teeth are just coming in, the animal will be tempted to chew and thoroughly tear apart almost any toy that’s available. In this case, even a relatively sturdy fabric toy that only has a few loose threads on it is in danger of completely coming apart.
While you play with your puppy for a few minutes, use only the fabric toy in question. The harder the puppy tears at loose threads, the more wary you should be of leaving the animal alone with the toy.
Since puppies are smaller than normal dogs, they’re more likely to choke on small objects. While this shouldn’t be taken as motivation to take all your dog toys away from a growing puppy, you need to be circumspect. Learn more about puppy care here.Read More