Are Rope Toys Safe for Dogs?

    What You Need to Know About Your Dog’s Rope Toy

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    Second only to perhaps bones, rope toy is a quintessential toy that dogs can’t resist pulling on and showing off their ferocious sides. However, like dog bones, rope toys can actually be dangerous to your ferocious pup, making them a big no-no for dogs. 

    In this post, we’re going to talk about the dangers of traditional rope toys and how you can choose rope toys that are safe for your dog’s playtime fun.

    The Dangers of Rope Toys 

    While your dog might love to chew and chew, rope toys should never be used exclusively as chew toys. Traditional rope toys often claim to be made of cotton, but a majority of these seemingly safe play toys are actually made of synthetic fibers, such as nylon and other man-made materials, which can harm your pup if chewed on and swallowed. 

    These fibers will shed from normal wear and tear due to your dog chewing and biting on the toy, and the little pieces can then build up in your pet’s intestines. Continued use of a rope toy for chewing can cause the particles to roll into a tight ball in your pet’s intestines, where it can cause immense pain and even permanent damage. The fibers will eventually cause lacerations that are hard for veterinarians to repair. 

    This is such a scary nightmare that most pet owners don’t even realize can happen to their dogs! And, while it’s hard to believe that a pet company could sell such devastatingly unsafe toys to our furry friends, it does happen, which is why it’s important to know what to look for in choosing high-quality, safe toys for our pets.

    Safe Rope Toys for Dogs

    Our dogs deserve better than cheaply made fibers when it comes to their interactive play. Keep your pet safe by investing in rope toys that are durable and made of safer, environmentally-friendly materials, like hemp or bamboo. These ethical ingredients don’t pose the same dangers to your pet as other products, which are manmade and less sustainable.

    In particular, hemp is great for the environment due to how fast it grows and how little water is required to grow it. Hemp doesn’t need pesticides in order to grow in abundance, and 60-70% of the nutrients used by the plant are returned to the soil. 

    Most importantly for your dog, hemp rope toys contain smaller fibers when broken down from your dog’s playtime fun, making it less likely to cause harm if consumed by your dog.

    Remember that, regardless of the toy, your dog should always be supervised during play time. For dogs who especially love to chew, be extra attentive to playtime activities and toys, and inspect your pet’s rope toy regularly for wear and tear.

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    Hemp Rope Toys for Dogs

    Your dog deserves the best of the best when it comes to his safety and health. Here at Chopper and Otis, we have safe rope toys for dogs that offer your dog a high-quality toy for long-lasting play. All of the following toys are unlikely to injure your pet if ingested:

    Beco Hemp Rope Jungle Ring

    Dogs go wild for the Beco Hemp Rope Jungle Ring! This rope ring is perfect for tugging, pulling, chasing, and more. Made from sustainable, naturally-woven hemp materials, your dog’s teeth also get clean from all the biting and gnawing on this funtastic dog toy.   

    Ideal for dogs that weigh 16lbs or more, the Beco rope ring is 6.5” x 1.7” and can be used for a game of tug-o-war with multiple dogs for added fun. 

    Beco Hemp Squeaky Rope

    The Beco Hemp Squeaky Rope is great for dogs who love loud, squeaky toys. With its tough hemp fibers, your dog will be able to have fun for longer. This eco-friendly dog toy comes in one size, 23” x 1” x 1.7” and has four playful squeakers for optimum fun!

    Made of sustainable woven hemp and recycled cotton, the durable microfibers of this dog toy also work like a natural toothbrush. You can also say goodbye to those harmful dyes in your dog’s old toys, because the pops of color in this hemp rope toy are dyed using natural plant dyes with your dog’s safety in mind. 

    Beco Hemp Rope Ball on Loop

    It’s a ball! It’s a plane! It’s a ball on a loop! This thick, chewy toy makes for a good game of interactive play with your pet. Your dog will love playing fetch or tug-of-war with his new, sustainable rope ball. 

    The Beco hemp rope ball comes in two different sizes for medium and large dogs:

    • Medium – 2.75” x 2.75 x 10”
    • Large – 3.5 x 3.5” x 12” 

    This toy also comes with a handle that allows you to easily throw the toy farther distances so that your dog will run and run all day long.

    Beco Hemp Rope Tug & Fetch Bundle

    Can’t decide on just one hemp toy for your fur baby? Try out the Beco bundle, which includes all three of the above rope toys for a variety of playtime fun for your dog!

    And remember, no dog toy is indestructible. Always, always supervise your dog and remove toys if your dog is biting off or trying to swallow pieces.

    Until next time--