Do You Play Frisbee with Your Dog? You Might Want to Think Twice
Why Frisbees Are Not Safe for Dogs
Frisbees are one of those man-made toys that most people don’t think twice about including in their daily playtime with a beloved pet. Much like other gadgets intended for human use that seem like they can serve a dual purpose with our furry friends, frisbees can pose a number of health problems to your dog:
That 99-cent frisbee you picked up at the store might be a swell deal for you and your friends, but for your doggo? Not so much.
Cheap plastic is not only bad for the environment, but it also might contain toxic chemicals that can leach into your dog’s body. For example, Bisphenol-A (also known as BPA), phthalates, and PVC are three common toxins that might be in your new frisbee.
Research shows that these chemicals can increase your dog’s risk of getting cancer and suffering from hormone dysregulations that may lead to infertility, asthma, allergies, and more.
Speaking of cheaply-made plastic, your dog’s teeth and gums are more at risk when playing with a frisbee that isn’t designed for dogs. Sharp edges and broken pieces can puncture your dog’s mouth or get lodged in his throat.
Another overlooked danger is that your dog is more likely to bite his tongue when running and jumping to catch a fast-moving frisbee.
Risk of Injury
The very thing that makes human frisbees so exciting is also the reason why your dog has an increased risk of injury. You guessed it: frisbees go fast!
Frisbees designed for humans are heavier than those designed for dogs. This makes it harder for your dog to catch the frisbee without causing injuries. Elderly, frail, or sick dogs are especially at increased risks of injury when they chase after frisbees that fly too quickly for them to reach.
As the weather warms, there’s nothing more enjoyable than playing in a park with your pup. Since frisbees move so quickly, your furry friend is at a higher risk of becoming dehydrated from all of that running.
*Note that with any outdoor activity, you’ll want to keep your pet hydrated.
How to Choose a Dog-Friendly Flyer
With all of that scary talk out of the way, let’s get to the fun part: choosing a flyer for your dog! Overall, you’ll want a dog toy that meets the following qualities:
Now that you know what to look for, you’ll also want to cater these qualities to your dog’s needs. Every dog is different, so take into account your dog’s personality, habits, and interests as you look for a retrieving flyer that your dog will like.
When it comes to finding the perfect flyer for your dog, there are a few different options. A few of the most common types of flyers include flyers for high-energy dogs, flyers for snuggly dogs, and flyers for senior dogs.
Not sure which playstyle and toys are right for your dog? Check out our ultimate guide on choosing the best toys for your dog.
Finding the Best Flyers for Dogs
So, you’ve narrowed it down and know exactly what kind of flyer toy would be the best fit for your dog. Hooray, now it’s time to go shopping!
Here at Chopper & Otis, we carry many retrieving flyer toys that meet the needs of all kinds of dogs.
For dogs and puppies who are more playful rather than long-distance pros, West Paw’s Zisc Flying Disc is the perfect softer flyer. Though this toy is lightweight, it’s also tough and geared towards gentle chewers.
The Zisc Flying Disc comes in a variety of colors and two sizes. It floats, can be flipped over and made into a quick travel bowl, and even glows in the dark! This flyer is 100% non-toxic, complies with the FDA, and is latex-free. You can also recycle this USA-made dog toy through West Paw’s recycling program.
Until next time--