We all love to watch our dogs play. It feels good to see them run and fetch and chase and just have fun! And it’s almost as much fun for us, shopping for new dog toys, when we know how much joy our dog will get out of playing with them.
There are so many dog toys on the market – how do you know if what you are buying your dog is safe?
Not so long ago if you made sure the toys you bought were lead-free, didn’t have parts that could come loose, and weren’t the tennis balls vets warn us about – having removed too many surgically from dogs – you felt you were doing your job being a loving, caring, careful pet parent.
But buying toys for our dogs has become even more difficult. Recent studies have shown that many dog toys – in particular dog toys made from vinyl and plastic – often contain bisphenol A (better known as BPA) and phthlatates. These additives, used to make plastics more flexible, can leach into dogs’ systems when a toy is licked or chewed, and potentially cause a great deal of harm.
The US and the European Union have banned phthalates in childrens’ toys, and the USDA has banned BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups. In humans, BPA and phthalates have been linked to a number of serious health issues, not the least of which is cancer. You may have heard of BPA, as it is used in many reusable water bottles and has recently been in the spotlight.
Unfortunately, lots of dog toys use plastics, and therefore contain BPA and/or phthalates. Some of the highest concentrations of these harmful additives have been found in dog bumper toys, popular for training. The extent of risk is not yet known since the studies are very new, so it’s wise to do your research and think twice about the toys you buy your dog.
Fortunately, there are lots of safe, non-toxic alternatives available, so there’s no need to take chances. Like the Orbee-Tuff Woof Ball from Planet Dog. Rated a 5/5 on the durability scale, it’s made in the USA, is non-toxic, and it’s 100% guaranteed. Meaning if it’s chewed or destroyed by your dog they will replace it – guaranteed. Your dog can still have fun with new toys, and you can feel good about what you buy your pet.
Check out our great selection of other BPA-Free and Phthalate-Free Dog Toys.