|First Do No Harm
Safe dog toys matter because they offer one area where we can control what substances our dogs come into contact with. We can't protect our dogs from everything in their environment but we can make sure that the toys they put in their mouths are safe and don't harm them in anyway. What a simple concept. The toys in our collection are:
Here are some things to think about:
- In compliance with the safety standards recently set for children's toys in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008;
- Manufactured by responsible companies who use independent labs to test their toys to make sure they're safe and who genuinely care about your dog's health and well- being;
- Tested again by happydogsplay.com upon arrival at our office to check for ourselves that there aren't unsafe levels of Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Chromium. We use a local company that specializes in testing for lead and other heavy metals using the X-Ray Flourescence device that is commonly used to test children's toys;
- Made from plant-based materials (no wool, no leather) or safe synthetic fabrics instead of wool. All our toys are vegan and cruelty-free.
Other things we can do to keep our dogs safe:
- The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that companion cats and dogs are polluted with even higher levels of many of the same synthetic industrial chemicals that researchers have recently found in people, including newborns.
- According to the EWG, scientists now believe that chemical exposures play a significant role in causing many of the health problems in cats and dogs including high rates of cancer in dogs and skyrocketing incidences of hyperthyroidism in cats.
- The Whole Dog Journal reports that vinyl toys containing phthalates (an additive to vinyl to make it soft and pliable), can cause measurable toxicity and biochemical changes in the kidneys and liver of dogs.
- The Consumer Product Safety Reform Act of 2008 provided new safeguards for children's toys after many of them were found to have lead contamination. Under current federal law, dog toy manufacturers do not have to prove chemicals are safe before they are used in dog toys and other products for our companion animals.
1. Clean our homes with mild, non-toxic products.
2. Provide spring or filtered water in our dog's water bowl.
3. Use stainless steel feeding bowls or ceramic bowls that you know are lead-free.
4. Feed natural, human-grade food and treats that are free of preservatives and by-products.
5. Use safe, environmentally-friendly pest control products in our homes and yards.
6. Throw out all the vinyl and plastic toys that are in your home.