Common Things That Are Dangerous for Your Dog

Protect your dog by avoiding common hazards and see how you can find alternative solutions

Common Things That Are Dangerous for Your Dog

As dog owners, we want the best for our furry friends. However, some everyday items that seem harmless can pose serious risks to our pets. In this blog post, we'll highlight common things that are dangerous for your dog, ensuring you can keep them safe and healthy.

1. Tennis Balls

Tennis balls are a popular toy for dogs, but they can be hazardous. The fuzz on the ball can wear down your dog's teeth over time, and if your dog chews through the ball, it can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockages.

Safe Alternatives:

  • Rubber Balls: Specifically designed for dogs, they are more durable and safer. Twiggy Tags VisiBall is a safe option for dogs due to the rubber design.
miniature wirehaired dachshund holding a twiggy tags visiball, which is a safe rubber dog ball made in shades of blue specifically so dogs can see them even though dogs are colourblind

2. Sticks

Many dogs love playing fetch with sticks, but sticks can splinter and cause injuries to your dog's mouth, throat, or intestines if swallowed.

Safe Alternatives:

  • Fetch Toys: Made from durable materials, they are designed to withstand vigorous play. We recommend the Twiggy Tags ZigZoom , which is a stick shaped toy made from recycled and durable rubber, for fetch and interactive play.
  • Frisbees: Soft, flexible frisbees are safe and enjoyable for your dog to catch and retrieve.
working cocker spaniel running towards the camera with a twiggy tags zigzoom in her mouth, a durable recycled rubber fetch and interactive throwing toy for dogs, in shades of light blue and dark blue

3. Rawhide

Rawhide chews are commonly given to dogs to satisfy their chewing instincts, but they can be dangerous. Large pieces can break off and become lodged in your dog's throat or digestive tract, leading to choking or blockages.

Safe Alternatives:

  • Dental Chews: Designed to be safe and digestible, these treats can freshen breath and are usually very easily digestible. Just check before giving daily they don't contain too much sugar!
  • Natural Chews: Such as bully sticks or antlers, which are less likely to splinter or cause blockages. Just ensure your dog is supervised at all times with these chews.

4. Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins are highly toxic to dogs and can cause severe kidney failure, even in small quantities. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, and lethargy.

Safe Alternatives:

  • Dog-Friendly Fruits: Apples (without seeds), blueberries, and strawberries are safe and nutritious treats.
  • Commercial Dog Treats: Specifically formulated for dogs, ensuring they are free from harmful ingredients.
pembrokeshire corgi eating a piece of melon, a dog safe fruit option

5. Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause symptoms like vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid breathing, and seizures.

Safe Alternatives:

  • Carob Treats: Carob is a safe chocolate substitute that dogs can enjoy without the risks.
  • Dog-Specific Treats: Available in various flavours, they cater to your dog's taste without harmful ingredients.

6. Xylitol

Xylitol, a common sweetener found in sugar-free gum, candies, and some peanut butters, is extremely toxic to dogs. It can cause a rapid insulin release, leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, and liver failure.

Safe Alternatives:

  • Natural Sweeteners: If you bake treats for your dog, use honey or molasses instead of xylitol.
  • Plain Peanut Butter: Ensure it does not contain xylitol or other harmful additives.
dog safe peanut butter

7. Household Cleaners

Many household cleaners contain chemicals that can be harmful to dogs if ingested or if they come into contact with their skin.

Safe Alternatives:

  • Pet-Safe Cleaners: Specifically formulated to be safe around pets.
  • DIY Cleaners: Vinegar and baking soda solutions are effective and non-toxic.

8. Medications

Human medications, such as ibuprofen, paracetamol, and certain prescription drugs, can be extremely dangerous to dogs, causing symptoms ranging from gastrointestinal upset to organ failure.

Safe Alternatives:

  • Pet-Specific Medications: Always consult your vet for appropriate treatments and dosages for your dog.
  • Secure Storage: Keep all medications out of reach to prevent accidental ingestion.

Being aware of these common dangers can help you protect your dog from potential harm. Always supervise your dog during playtime, choose safe toys and treats, and ensure hazardous items are kept out of reach. By taking these precautions, you can ensure a safer and happier life for your furry friend.

Keep your dog safe by avoiding these common hazards. Choose appropriate alternatives and always supervise your pet to ensure their well-being. Remember, a well-informed pet owner is the best defence against potential dangers.

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