Pet Toys and Treats to Watch Out For

We all know that there are certain foods that our pets should not have. Grapes, raisins, dark chocolate, alcohol… these are all off limits for our furry friends. But, you may be surprised to find out that some toys and treats designed specifically for your pets can actually be very dangerous as well.

Certain toys and treats can present a choking hazard or may be dangerous if consumed, especially in excess. This is why it is very important to only buy your dog or cat toys and treats appropriate for their size, species, and habits.

Dangerous Pet Toys

For example, if you have a dog that loves to eat tennis balls, you need to consider different types of toys that they are not able to chew apart. Toys that easily break apart when chewed can be a choking hazard for your pet. Toys with the highest chance of causing a choking incident include:

  • Small stuffed toys
  • Rubber balls
  • Sticks
  • Children’s toys

Cats present a unique challenge when finding appropriate toys. Because cats are generally smaller than dogs, and are naturally curious, they are known to get into things that aren’t really meant for them, thinking they are toys. So, not only do cat owners need to choose toys that are safe for their kitties, they also need to make sure that items lying around the house are safe. Items to look out for include:

  • String or yarn
  • Paper clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Small pieces of plastic
  • Sewing needles

Pet Treat Hazards

Similarly, say you have a cat that just doesn’t know when to stop eating their favorite treat. Even though the treats are made specifically for cats, it doesn’t mean that they should eat too much at once. Excessive consumption can cause digestive issues, obesity, or even toxicity, depending on the ingredients.

Some popular pet treats to avoid include:

  • Bones
  • Rawhides
  • Sugary or overly starchy treats
  • Treats from unknown origins or countries without strict pet food manufacturing regulations

Give Your Tampa Bay Pets the Very Best

For advice and recommendations on species and size appropriate pet toys and treats that won’t cause any health concerns, contact the veterinary experts at Pet Urgent Care of Wesley Chapel at (813) 279-6500 or online today. We’ll help keep your pets healthy and safe with the high-quality, compassionate care that they deserve! And, if your pet does have a toy or treat related emergency outside of normal business hours, bring them to our location at 27027 SR-56 in Wesley Chapel.