Are Plastics Dog Toys Harming Your Dog’s Health?

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    Chopper with swollen glands

    Over the past few years, research shows that dogs with and without allergies are reacting to dog toys made with BPA, PVC, phthalates, and chemically-laden dyes. Vinyl and hard plastics are also known to cause allergic reactions. According to an article in Environmental Health News, researchers at Texas Tech University found that BPA and phthalates readily leach from bumper toys, which are used to train retrieving dogs.

    So how do dog owners designate what is safe and what could be potentially harming? Many pet owners report their pups are happier and safer with dog toys which abide by similar non-toxic product regulations that parents use for child-safe toys.

    Our products are non-toxic and also help owners reduce their “carbon pawprint!”

    Dog Toy Allergies

    Plastic and chemical toy allergies do not always start when a dog is a puppy, they can actually strike at any age. Extreme allergic reactions from dog toys may reveal in swollen muzzles and/or eyes, sudden gasping and breathing trouble, and rapid-onset diarrhea or vomiting. Additional symptoms may include: excessive paw-licking, scratching and butt-scooting, hair loss, either an all-over thinning or bald spots, coughing, sneezing, or asthma, vomiting, and swelling of the feet, face, or joints.

    When Chopper started to develop allergies, a mission began to find durable toys made with vegetable dyes made from natural and synthetic rubber that were also free from BPA, PVC, phthalates, vinyl, and hard plastics. Our team hand-selects each item company prior to offering it to our customers. We have long list of criteria for our dog toys and each product must meet quality, material, and manufacturing practices in order for us to sell them.

    Chopper & Otis and their pup friends test out each product. Here are a few of their favorites!



    No fillers or stuffing to litter the floor, no seams to tear open. This colorful toy contains only natural vegetable dyes and wool.

    Chopper & Otis: Eco Bonele by Le Sharma eco-friendly dog toy

    Retreads High Roller

    Made from recycled bicycle tubes and Ecolast post-consumer material. SuperFloat water toy floats on top of the water. Handcrafted in Portland, Oregon.

    Chopper & Otis: Retreads High Roller Ball by Cycle Dog eco-friendly dog toy

    Duraplush Fuzzball

    Stuffed with non-toxic, eco-filling made from recycled plastic bottles. Handcrafted in Portland, Oregon.

    Until next time--

    Chopper & Otis

    Please Note*

    The information in this blog is not meant to serve as medical or veterinary advice for your pet. If your dog is expressing an allergic reaction, please make an appointment with a licensed veterinarian immediately. Also, please safely test out dog toys for your pet. In the case of dog allergies, one solution doesn't always work for every pup. The team at Chopperand Otis does its best to find and examine safe toys for dogs, but we do not provide medical advice.