Dogs love rubber toys. After all, what’s not to love with the bouncy, exciting ingredient commonly found in many dog products? While many dog products are made from rubber, a surprising number of these toys are actually made from conventional synthetic rubber. These products can be dangerous to your dog and should best be avoided.
In this post, we’ll talk about why they’re so dangerous and why choosing 100% natural rubber toys is safer for your cherished pet.
The Dangers of Conventional Synthetic Rubber Dog Toys
Man-made rubber is not safe for dogs due to the amount of chemicals that can go into them. Dog toys are shockingly not regulated for pet safety, meaning anything can be put into your dog’s toys if they don’t exclusively state otherwise. Here are just a few facts about the dangers of synthetic rubber:
- They’re Toxic
Synthetic rubber dog toys may contain artificial dyes, phthalates, lead, formaldehyde, and other toxic, cancer-causing chemicals.
- Plastic in Disguise
Synthetic latex is made from petroleum, which is not actual rubber! When you purchase artificial rubber, your dog is essentially chewing on plastic.
- Not Environmentally-Friendly
Since synthetic latex is made from plastic, this means it’s made from fossil fuels that pose a danger to our environment.
- Less Durable
Fake rubber is less durable than natural rubber and may break off, posing a choking hazard for your pup. Not to mention, seemingly harmless objects like tennis balls contain coating that can come off and choke your dog.
- Teeth Hazards
In addition, other rubber balls with one hole for air to escape are dangerous to dogs because they can get stuck on your dog’s teeth or even his tongue, where the suction can cause permanent damage.
- Digestive Issues
Your dog might also have upset stomachs if he does happen to swallow a piece because of the unclean ingredients.
The Benefits of Natural Rubber Dog Toys
Natural and Clean
Due to the numerous benefits of having truly natural dog toys, many dog products claim to be natural when their business practices are not. In fact, factories around the world use unsustainable ecological practices to create rubber, even though it’s 100% natural. From unfair wages to child labor, natural rubber doesn’t always mean sustainable.
That’s why we at Chopper & Otis only choose natural rubber that has been made in sustainable factories under clean regulation standards. Our dogs deserve the best of the best when it comes to what they’re playing with, and you deserve to know exactly what you’re buying when investing in a rubber pet toy.
Natural Rubber Toys for Your Dog
If you want to invest in a product that is both safe for your dog and environmentally-friendly, check out these options below!
3. Beco Bone
*All of our toys are designed for dogs, not children. As with any dog toy, no pet toy is indestructible. Always supervise your pet and remove if your dog tries to eat, bite off, or swallow pieces of the toys.
Until next time--