There’s really nothing cuter than a dog who loves their toys. Whether it’s a squeaky ball or a stuffed toy they immediately shred to pieces, it’s so satisfactory watching their endless joy when they get a new object to play with. Pit bulls are essentially just big puddles of love, but they adore playing with and destroying their toys. If you own a pit bull, you know how quickly they go through toys, and that adds up to some serious cash over time. Their powerful jaws require a toy that’s durable and long-lasting, but what kind of toys actually stand the test of time with your pit?
Choosing Durable Toys for Pitbulls
Choosing the right materials is the first step in choosing something your dog won’t destroy within minutes. That generally means buying soft or plush toys is just throwing money down the drain. Even the expensive “indestructable” toys made with things like firehose can be destroyed because they have seams and determined dogs know how to pick them apart.
Toys made with solid rubber are usually pretty impossible for pit bulls to destroy. Kongs are the most popular brand on the market. They sell quite a few different types of rubber toys, but their stuffable ones are the most popular. You can fill them with peanut butter, cheese, or treats to keep your pit entertained for hours.
Rope is another popular material, but it’s questionable how safe it is. Depending on how your dog chews their toys, they can pull the long fibers out. If they swallow these fibers, it can cause some pretty serious digestive issues, particularly intestinal obstructions if the fibers ball up and can’t pass through. Rope can be relatively safe, but you should always monitor your dog closely when they’re playing with it.
Rawhide As A Chewtoy for Pitbulls?
Rawhide has been popular for decades, especially in large breeds. It takes a while for dogs to work through these treats, and it’s great for keeping bored or anxious dogs from destroying things they shouldn’t. However, there’s controversy surrounding the safety of it, and even the Humane Society of the United States has recommended owners not give their dogs rawhides.
Choking is the biggest danger. When rawhide gets wet, it becomes stringy and soft. A lot of dogs manage to break off pieces small enough to swallow but too big to actually fit through the esophagus. If the dog manages to swallow it or cough it up, then the esophagus can become torn and damaged. There is a high number of dogs who have actually died from choking on their rawhides, and a lot of them happened as they were being observed by their owners are not.
Intestinal obstructions are another risk. If your dog manages to break it down enough to safely swallow it, it can wad up in their intestines and lead to a medical emergency requiring emergency surgery. Signs of an intestinal obstruction are vomiting after eating or drinking, abdominal pain, lethargy, lack of appetite, and a lack of bowel movements.
Digestive upset is very common because dogs will eat most (or all) of the rawhide. Unless your pit has an iron stomach, it’s very unlikely he’s going to be able to eat a large amount of the rawhide without getting diarrhea or having vomiting episodes.
Contamination has been a huge problem in the recent past, too. Rawhide is nothing more than animal skin and other animal-based materials. Because of this, salmonella is a very real possibility. From 2008 to 2011, there were six FDA recalls of rawhide because of salmonella contamination. Your dog may get it from a contaminated rawhide, but you can contract it, too, if you handle the treat.
Safety is a huge concern in terms of the toys you give your pit bull. You know their chewing habits, so if they’re hugely destructive and love chewing their toys into pieces, you should provide them appropriate toys to prevent choking or intestinal blockages.