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How To Choose The Best Toy For Your Dog

Dogs absolutely love playing with a variety of toys that can be chewed on, kicked around and fetched. But not just any old toys will do. Our canine cohorts actually need specially designed dog toys made especially for them.

Dr. Melissa Meehan tells you how to find the perfect toy for your dog...


Top Tips

  • Human toys can be dangerous to pets due to toxic dyes and materials used in their manufacturing. As dogs use their mouths to bite and gnaw their toys, they could swallow something that might be detrimental to their health.
  • When choosing a doggie play item, only purchase tough dog toys that can withstand some hearty attempts at destruction.
  • Make sure the toy has no detachable parts that your pet could accidently swallow or choke on.
  • Vary the toys every so often to ensure your pet doesn't get too bored with the same old plaything.

Follow these tips to ensure your dog makes the most of their playtime with some delightful dog toys.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.