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There are thousands of options for your dog and it can be really overwhelming visiting a pet store or a product website.  Here are some simple rules to follow and more guidelines outlined in the articles provided. First do not use ANY products made in China or other countries where there are no regulations.  Buy American, Canadian, South or European made products; and there are certain products from South America that are also safe. If you don’t see the country of origin, do not buy it.  Many products are distributed in the US but are manufactured in China – so beware.  Do your research and consider paying a little more for a product made in the US. US regulations are very strict and they will keep your dog safe.  In this section we also discuss how toys can effect behavior – such as resource guarding, aggression, or hunting behavior – so keep this in mind when choosing toys and other such items.  We’ve also covered leashes, chew toys, beds, collars, etc!

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Toys made in China

We are not obverse to products made outside the US but there is definitely a comfort and security knowing that there is a way that our country monitors products thru the FDA and other regulatory agencies. Things made in China have been in the forefront of recalls lately, and product liability not only with pet

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Toy Checklist

Check your peanut butter – make sure it does not contain Xylitol Never leave your dog unattended with any edible item Check all ingredients in treats and pill pockets  

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Tug Toys

Tug toys Tug of war in nature signifies a fight over a female, or ranking in a pack. When you play tug of war – you may think he’s boosting his confidence but realistically its teaching him to challenge you for the role of caretaker and leader. When you lose tug of war it obviously

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Tennis balls

Tennis balls should be monitored closely.  Dogs can easily rip apart the greenish covering, rip apart the inside of the ball and ingest the material.  Tennis balls are made from petroleum products and aren’t safe for your dog.  You would not allow your child chew on a tire, so don’t let your best friend chew

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Bully Sticks, rawhides, flip chips, and “retriever rolls”

Bully sticks from the US, Venezuela, Argentina and South American countries are generally made from free range cattle. They tend not to have chemicals, preservative or antibiotics.  People often ask what is in a bully stick.  Simplest explanation: bulls have them, but cows don’t. They are typically sanitized up to 14 hours in hydrogen peroxide

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Cooking any bone, or boiling it for longer than 1 – 2 minutes, will start to cause the bone to harden and it’ll then be prone to splintering; this can cause a chocking hazard and potential for obstruction or impaction in the digestive track.  These bones are fine if you put a little peanut butter

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Nylabones are generally fine but can present a problem if your dog chews off part of the plastic, which can become lodged in their stomach and digestive track.  If your dog tends to chew things off of toys, this may not be the best option.

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Antlers are an excellent option since they are natural and hard, yet not hard enough to break your dog’s teeth.  They may seem pricey but they last virtually forever and are safe for your pet because they do not splinter, shatter, or chip.  As with any chewable toy or bone, make sure to discard it

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Chicken raw hide

A great option is a product that is shredded and pressed chicken meat.  It is pressurized, flattened into sheets, and then rolled into raw hide like patterns.  These products also have chicken broth and tiny piece of chicken baked in.  They are safe because they are digested exactly as chicken would be.

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