Plush Animal Lover’s Day is October 28th! Does your canine buddy get super excited when he spots a plushie toy? Stuffed animals are definitely pretty high on the list of Fido’s favorite playthings. However, there are some pros and cons to think about when getting them. A Scottsdale, AZ vet lists some key ones below.
Some dogs get a little too enthusiastic about plushies, and will really tear into them. Others will immediately remove the squeakers, sometimes with an almost surgical precision. This may be cute, but it can also be dangerous. Those squeakers and stuffing can be serious choking hazards! Fido could also develop an intestinal blockage if he were to ingest the filling. That would be both very dangerous and very painful. Err on the side of caution here: supervise your furry friend’s plushie playtime.
Getting Fido’s plushies from pet stores is a bit safer than offering him regular stuffed animals. That fluffy squirrel toy may still ultimately be doomed, but it will probably last longer than a kid’s toy would. If you do give your pooch a regular stuffed animal, be sure to dogproof it first. Remove any small parts or pieces your pet could choke on, such as plastic buttons or eyes and ribbons or strings. Also, don’t give your canine pal anything that contains batteries.
Even the most durable stuffed animal is eventually going to give into your furry buddy’s claws and teeth. Pay attention to the condition of Fido’s toys. You should be able to sew small rips pretty easily. However, once your pup’s favorite plaything starts to get really worn, discreetly toss it and replace it.
As the saying says, variety is the spice of life. Rotate your canine companion’s things out regularly, to keep him from getting bored. This also gives you a chance to clean them. Most are machine washable, but check label instructions to be sure.
Stuffed animals help Fido indulge his innate prey drive. However, many pups also like to snuggle with their toys, for comfort. Your furry best friend may enjoy having a teddy bear to cuddle up with during his naps. (We probably don’t have to point out how cute this is.)
Does your plushie-toy loving pooch need an exam? Is Fido due for vaccinations or parasite control? Contact us, your local Scottsdale, AZ animal clinic, today!