With the holidays right around the corner, we are all starting to think about gift giving and your pets are probably towards the top of your list. What most pet parents don’t think about is that a lot of dog toys are toxic. Much like babies, dogs put their mouths around toys. Chewing, biting and gnawing are normal for dogs. From harmful dyes to toxic plastics, your dogs are ingesting these things on a daily basis.
Back in 2009 The Washington Toxics Coalition paired up with the Michigan-based Ecology Center and tested over 900 common household products. Tests revealed that toxic chemicals like lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic, are present in pet products.
- 80% of all dog toys are made in China where regulation is far more lax.
- 2/3 of all pet toys tested contained toxic levels
- 1/3 contained heavy metals!
- 1/2 of all dog collars tested were positive for lead, with 25% beyond safety levels!
- ½ of the tested tennis balls were lead-positive, and tennis balls made exclusively for pets are more likely to contain high levels of lead. Imagine, this is a toy your pet crates in their mouth for long hours at a time.
The results can be found on the user-friendly website: www.HealthyStuff.org. Visitors can look up products by manufacturer, brand, or product type, and can easily generate lists of products based on their rating. You can sign up to receive email notices about pet products.
One of our favorite brands is Pet Lifestyle and You (P.L.A.Y.). I’m always impressed with the quality of their products, and their passion to help the planet, all while keeping our dogs happy and comfortable. They craft their stylish products with green goals in mind. While they are well-known for their luxury dog beds, they released some toys recently to be able to bring your dogs some veggie-inspired playtime fun!
We received a set of the Garden Fresh Plush Toys. Knowing what I already know about P.L.A.Y., I was confident these toys would pass the Kiko test and I was correct. Kiko loves playing with her Garden Fresh Plush Toys! Millie decided she wanted to play with them after learning that they each contained a squeaker. Millie loves toys that squeak!
The Garden Fresh Plush Toys are made with care and made very well. The folks at P.L.A.Y. are all about quality, so their plush toys are hand-crafted and meet their high standards. To help make them durable, a double layer exterior and double stitched edges makes them fit for those dogs like mine who love to play! Each toy contains P.L.A.Y.’s very own Eco-friendly PlanetFill® filler, which is 100% post-consumer certified-safe recycled plastic bottles, saving a number of plastic bottles from being dumped in a landfill. This is the same filler they use for their high-quality beds. The Garden Fresh Plush Toys are fun for all dogs, and can take a beating, but they are not chew proof. If you have an aggressive chewer, the folks at P.L.A.Y. created a post with some helpful tips and training tricks.
A lot of plush dog toys on the market contain harmful dyes to create colorful toys. To prevent dogs from ingesting harmful dyes, P.L.A.Y. uses AZO free-dye. Unlike most toys, you can wash and dry P.L.A.Y.’s Garden Fresh Plush Toys! The toys are super soft and come in fun vegetable varieties – Peapod, Zucchini, Apple, Carrot and Pumpkin.
The Garden Fresh Plush Dog Toys can be purchased separately ($6.90-13.50), but you save $8 if you purchase the entire set for $39.90. The set would make a great gift for Christmas! It even comes with a yummy dog treat recipe!