Since I don’t have any children yet, it’s only natural that I use holidays as an excuse to spoil my four-legged friends. How can I not when I look at their tiny faces?
When it comes to holiday gifts for my furbabies, I lean towards natural, dye free, organic treats/toys when possible. I like to keep it healthy for my girls. These days, dog toys and treats are laden with chemicals, preservatives and dyes. Imported toys are more worrisome because of the lack of regulations. Dogs use toys to destress and entertain themselves, often licking or chewing the toys you provide. When a toy or treat is tainted with chemicals, dyes or heavy metals, these compounds are released and ingested as your dog licks/chews.
In addition to toys and treats, we buy our dogs bedding, shampoo, food and water bowls and all of these items can be potential sources of chemical exposure. It really boils down to manufacturing practices and country or origin. For me, it makes sense to think about the size of my dog: a 10lb chihuahua who is chronically exposed to chemicals through toys and treats will not be able to quickly eliminate those toxins. A 60lb dog might eliminate a little bit better, but again, they aren’t going to do it as well as you or I; eventually the dog will reach it’s threshold for toxic burden.
If you’re stuffing a stocking for your furry friend, choose toys that are free of chemicals and dyes and treats that are made with minimal and high quality ingredients. If you need some ideas, here are my picks for natural pet gifts this season:
Skip the giant plastic stocking stuffed with artificially dyed toys and raw hide and buy your furry friend a safe and well made gift instead.