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Like most things you give your dog, you have to be careful when deciding what types of toys you are giving them. Some toys can be too hard or bad to eat so it’s important to think about how destructive your dog is and the risk factor of a certain toy. In this post, I’ll walk you through a list of good and bad types of toys for your dogs.


  • Ball Toys
    • Rubber ball toys can be dangerous to play with. When the pieces break off while they chew the toy, it can be a choking hazard. The ball itself can also be a choking hazard as they can become slippery when the dog gnaws on it and could slip into their throat. Something like a tennis ball is safer because the fabric covering gives the ball a better grip.
  • Bones
    • Some bones can cause harm to your dog. Like a ball toy, pieces of the bone can break off and be a choking hazard and the bone could potentially be swallowed and get stuck in their throat. Avoid give your dog any rib or poultry bones because those splinter very easy.

  • Stuffed Toys
    • These toys contain a stuffing called poly-fil. Not only can this be a choking hazard but if the dog swallows the stuffing, it can lead to intestinal problems as it is really hard for them to digest it at all.
  • Rawhide Bones
    • This is a very common toy that people give their dogs but it can cause a lot of problems. when the dog is chewing the bone, pieces of it break off very easily. This again can be a choking hazard and it also can block up their intestines if the pieces are too big. This type of chew is also difficult for them to digest.


  • West Paw Dog Toys
    • This brand makes all different shapes of chews for your dogs so it is a bit more difficult for the dog to choke on the chew itself. They also use completely safe and non-toxic materials to make the toys and they are also latex-free making it safer for your dog to eat it if they do.
  • Benebone
    • This is a softer bone made of nylon so it doesn’t hurt your dog’s teeth as much as other bones. Because it is a softer material, it is also harder for it to break or splinter.
  • Kong Toys
    • These toys are very soft for your dog to chew on and wear-down or break very slowly. This type of toy can also be a treat as you can fill most of these toys with something like treats or peanut butter to keep your dog distracted and entertained for a long time.

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