There are so many treats and toys in your local pet store that it can get overwhelming on which one to choose for your furry friend. While some treats and toys are veterinary recommended, there are also a lot out there that can actually wreak havoc on your pet’s teeth and can be a choking hazard. Here are some chew options that Bark Avenue Enterprise deciphers as safe for your pet and some options you should leave at the store.

Safe chew toys for pets

While many great chew toys for pets are available, these two are good, safe options for your four-legged friend:

  • Kong toys — Rubber Kong toys are made of a durable material that is geared toward different chewing levels, making this the perfect toy for all pets. Kongs can be filled with peanut butter, spray cheese, canned food, yogurt, tuna, and other tasty ingredients, and your furry pal will love their toy.
  • VOHC-approved chews — The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) grants their seal of approval to chews, treats, and other products that have demonstrated the ability to slow plaque and tartar accumulation. Look for the VOHC seal to find a chew that not only entertains your pet but also provides dental health benefits.

Unsafe chew toys for pets

Many chew toys lining pet store shelves claim to be safe for pets, but not all products are hazard-free. Avoid the following chews when purchasing treats for your pet:

  • Antlers, hooves, and bones — These extremely hard items are often given to “power chewers” to provide long-lasting enjoyment, but they can easily fracture teeth. Also, splinters and fragments can be swallowed, piercing, or lodging in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. 
  • Rawhides — Rawhides are a popular chew toy for pets because they can last for hours. However, some pets try to ingest these items as soon as they become slightly soft, and the slimy chew can become a choking hazard or gastrointestinal obstruction. They are also often highly processed since they’re made from chemically treated animal hide. 

While we want to give our pets options for treats and chews, we also want to make sure they are perfectly safe for our four-legged friends. If you’re unsure whether a particular chew toy is safe or harmful for your four-legged friend, contact your nearest Bark Avenue Enterprise team for advice or visit your nearest Bark Avenue Pet Supply to pick up some safe treats and toys for your pets.