#1 SIZE MATTERS: Size is of utmost importance when considering toys, treats and chews for your pets. For instance, the diameter of a ball should always be wider than the width of your pet’s jaw. Ensure that toys are unable to fit completely inside your pet’s mouth. Beware of chews and toys that break apart in large chunks but don’t break down into smaller pieces as these can all be hazardous as well.
#2 KNOW YOUR PET: Each pet has different tendencies. If your pet is one who swallows things whole versus another that chews thoroughly, keep that in mind, as it helps determine how you can best protect your pet. Knowing your pet’s habits and tendencies is important to identify potential hazards. And if you have a puppy or a kitten, always anticipate the worst and err on the side of caution using prevention as the first line of defense.
#3 NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET UNATTENDED WITH TREATS & CHEWS: A good rule of thumb is if your pet is not finished by the time you get to the door, it is not okay to leave them with that treat and/or chew alone. Supervision is always recommended.
#4 TAKE CARE WITH MULTI-SPECIES HOUSEHOLDS: The perfect toy for your cat could be a choking hazard for your dog and vice versa. Take note of all your pet’s toys when you leave the house and your pets unattended. Also, if you have a human baby or toddler at home, watch for small toys that are left behind, as those can easily pose a choking hazard for your dog or cat.