Choosing the appropriate toys will make your Chihuahua’s play time richer, while lessening his chance of accidental injury. You can purchase safe toys for small pups from pet supply stores or even make them from household objects. Still, it’s good to keep these few main safety concerns in mind.
Why Choosing the Right Size Matters?
Generally, small dog toys should never be small enough to fit in your dog’s mouth. Your pup should also not be capable of breaking them into smaller pieces, as they can stick in his throat. A dog toy that’s too small can easily bounce back in your dog’s mouth and obstruct his windpipe. That means that he could suffocate to death if you aren’t in the immediate area to intervene! For that reason, choosing small smooth balls isn’t the best choice for most pups.
Tennis balls and the larger, hard rubber balls are big enough to stay out of the throats of most small dogs. However, you should make sure both kinds of balls are still whole and strong and not cracked after purchase.
The small pull ropes found in pet aisles are also a good choice for your Chihuahua unless you find him attempting to eat the rope when you’re not playing. In that case, small fibers and threads from the rope can get stuck in his throat. This, again, can be dangerous, especially if you’re not around to help.
Unusually shaped dog toys like Kongs are also a good choice for small dogs. Even much larger dogs find it virtually impossible to chew Kongs into smaller pieces, so they won’t have a chance to lodge in the throat and cause problems. Moreover, you can make Kongs even more interesting by stuffing them with dog treats, peanut butter, or frozen beef broth.
Unconventional Toys for Chihuahuas
Ever thought of getting your Chihuahua a pool? Most dogs love water and will adore chasing their toys in and out of the pool. For small dogs, however, it’s terribly important to make sure they can easily clamber out, even when heavy and wet from the water. Make sure the sides of the pool are low and that your dog’s head easily clears the water.
Dogs that are gentle can play relatively safely with a wide variety of toys, including small plush animals and squeaky toys. More aggressive dogs need to be kept safe from toys with ribbons, “googly eyes,” or toys containing a squeaker, which can be chewed loose and pose a danger if swallowed.
No matter how carefully constructed, most dog toys can split or crumble at some point, as well as be ingested by your dog. This poses two problems. Most dog toy materials are not meant to be eaten, and some can cause digestive trouble.
If the piece in question is sharp, it can even puncture the dog internally. So it makes sense to select non-toxic small dog toys that don’t contain any brittle materials. The safest route is to stick to high-quality latex and vinyl toys crafted specifically for use with dogs.
No matter what small dog toys you select for your pet, keeping these main safety points in mind should help you choose appropriate toys. After all, what’s the price of keeping your pup happy and entertained?