Are Squeaky Toys Safe for Dogs?

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
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When it comes to dog toys that engage and entertain – squeaky toys are a tried and true classic that fits the bill perfectly. While most dogs love the high-pitched tones these chewable and squeezable toys produce, some owners are not as thrilled and are wondering if there are any potential dangers when it comes to squeaky toys. Could the squeaker come off and pose a choking hazard, or can mold build up inside the hollow center, etc? These are all valid questions, so let’s see what the answers are. 

Are Squeaky Toys Safe for Dogs? Safety Concerns To Have In Mind

Safety should always be paramount when it comes to choosing toys for your furry friend, especially when it comes to squeaky toys. Not every squeaky toy is created equal, and some may pose risks to your canine companion. Before selecting a squeaky toy, it's crucial to consider several safety factors.

Firstly, pay close attention to the material of the toy. Opt for squeaky toys made from durable, non-toxic materials. Avoid toys with small parts that could be easily chewed off and swallowed, as this could lead to potential choking hazards. Ideally, the squeaker should be highly inaccessible, such as is the case in these  Multipet Loofa Dog Toys with a hidden internal squeaker. The long tubular body of the toy concealed the squeaker and is also super fun for pooches to carry and toss around.

Another thing to consider is the size suitability of the toy for your dog. Choose a squeaky toy that is appropriate for your dog's size and chewing habits. A toy that is too small may present a choking risk, while a toy designed for heavy chewers will likely withstand the test of time. One of those heavy-duty toys that will last your pooch quite a while is the  KONG Floppy Knots Dog Toy which is made from durable materials and has minimal stuffing. In addition to being delightfully squeaky, this cute dog toy is also fun to chew or play tug of war with – your pooch will love it.

Of course, it’s important to note that no matter how tough a toy is, you should never underestimate the importance of supervision during playtime with squeaky toys. Always keep an eye on your dog while they are playing with their toys. Regularly inspect the toy for any signs of damage, such as loose stitches or tears, and replace it if necessary to prevent accidents.

Similarly, you shouldn’t give children’s squeaky toys to your dog to play with. These were not designed with canines in mind, so they can pose a serious hazard in various ways, from mold growing inside rubber squeaky toys to squeakers being easily accessible to chew on. The materials also can't stand up to your pet's teeth, so they can swallow bits and pieces, potentially causing serious health issues, too.

By prioritizing safety and taking these factors into account, you can ensure that your dog enjoys their squeaky toys without unnecessary risks. Safe play is happy play!

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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