Very often dogs decide to play with toys that are not suitable or objects that can cause choking.
This infographic is a very useful tool to show pet owners at your veterinary clinic how dangerous inappropriate toys can be.
Below you can find the most common items that can cause choking. Make sure that these items are nowhere near your fluffy family member 🙂

What are the most common choking hazards for dogs?

Protect your dog and prevent it to choke on some of these things. Veterinarians have seen many cases of dogs choking on each one of these things and they always advise to be careful while playing with balls and toys for dogs that are so small that dogs can have them in their mouth and choke on them. Another thing you need to be careful with are things that are not even meant for dogs to play with, like batteries or plastic wrap. You should try to keep such thinks as far from your dog as possible, to prevent it reaching them and playing with them.

If you ever notice your dog playing with rocks in the park, it is a good idea to reprimand it and to try to teach it to avoid using rocks as toys. Vets have seen so many rocks while doing foreign body extraction procedures.

If you and your dog are quite fond of playing “Catch the stick”, that’s all right.  However, always be careful while playing this game with your dog because it might end up at the vet’s clinic. Inspect your dog’s mouth after each game and make sure you don’t use small sticks that can cause chocking.

One of the most common cases we witness of dogs choking is on bread. You might think that treating your dog with a piece of bread is harmless, in most cases it is, however the bread can stuck on the upper palate of the dog’s mouth and it can cause choking.

chocking hazards infographic

Items that can cause choking in dogs

  • Balls
  • Chew toys
  • Batteries
  • Rocks
  • Sticks
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Cooked bones
  • Bread
  • Candy
  • Kids Toys
  • Strings
  • Human meds