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Chew Toys Can Be Good For Your Dog But…..The Right Ones

Saturday, November 9, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG CHEWYou love to see your dog settle down with his favorite chew toy. He’s not only exercising his jaws but he’s getting a mental workout as well.  We can easily get into a good book but your dog explores his world with his mouth which benefits his brain  explains Kristen Collins, an animal behaviorist from the ASPCA behavior team. If your dog has plenty of supervised chew toy time, it will help stop him from turning to chewing some of your favorite things like your furniture, TV remote etc.

Chew toys must be safe and  vinyl toys don’t carry a warning label. So look for toys designated “phthalate free,” a claim that is government regulated, or check with the manufacturer.  According to Prevention, many chew toys are made from polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC or vinyl—a cheaply manufactured rubbery plastic. While the texture may be ideal for chewing, what lurks inside is not: The chemicals that give this plastic its chewy quality are known as phthalates. According to one Danish study that examined the effects of these on pets, the grinding, heat, and moisture associated with chewing breaks down the plastics, depositing phthalates into your dog’s body and increasing his risk of liver, kidney, and reproductive problems.

Get the right chew toys for your pet to keep him busy and improve his brain function!

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