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Top 5 Pet Toys

These are the top 5 pet toys approved by Riggins the Dog!

  1. The Buster Food Cube/SlimCat treat ball: For a food-motivated pet, food cubes/treat balls are a great way to keep them busy inside the house. These two specific dispensers are a hard plastic and easy to keep clean. They can be filled with dry kibble (this is a great way to keep calories down rather than using treats and adding additional calories in). If your pet is on dental food that doesn’t fit in the cube/ball, then mini treats such as Zuke’s Naturals are a great alternative as they are low in calorie.
  2. Kong Genius Mike Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Toy: This dispenser is a hard rubber rather than plastic. It has openings on either end for the treats or kibble can fall out of. This one is a great choice if you are feeding dental food that doesn’t fit into a food cube because the openings are larger.
  3. The Nylabone: For dogs that are strong chewers, it is important to give them an outlet so that they do not chew household items! Nylabones are a safer option than rawhides and bones as they cannot splinter. They come in many shapes and sizes and are long lasting.
  4. Kong Canine Pet Stix: For dogs that love to carry and fetch sticks, this is a great alternative that is much safer. Wooden pieces that splinter off of branches can embed into the gums and soft palate, causing damage to the mouth including teeth. Ingesting the pieces can also be dangerous by causing an obstruction or perforation to intestines. This toy can even be tossed inside the house on days that going outside isn’t ideal!
  5. Hide-A-Bee: The hide-a-bee has a few variations (presents, birds) and is a great toy for goal-driven dogs. This toy has a base with several holes, and then a few smaller pieces that get hidden inside and the dog has to pull each of them out. This can be done over and over until the dog (or you) get bored!

These are a few variations of (well used) nylabones, the Buster Cube, and Kong Genius. Riggins is a busy boy, and this helps keep him occupied! Keeping your pet’s mind and body going are important for all ages. From puppies to seniors, dogs should have outlets for their mind and bodies!

Written by Liz Espejo, RAHT

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