To fetch or not to fetch? The safety of sticks

Throwing sticks whilst out on a walk is a very common activity for many dog walkers. Pooches chase after them and love carrying them along, a majority of the time without any consequences. Recently, however, the British Veterinary Association and animal charity Dog’s Trust have warned that there are possibilities of serious injuries caused by playing fetch.

There are two main issues that can come from your pup chasing after a stick.

In some cases the stick can point out and cause nasty penetrative wounds, into the mouth or neck as the dog is approaching it at a high speed and unable to stop in time.

There are other cases where splinters or shards of stick can flake off and become embedded or lodged in the mouth or throat, infection is a common outcome due to the bacteria found in the wood but these are less easy to spot and can sit dormant until other symptoms arise such as a swollen jaw or lack of appetite.

In the most severe cases this can be fatal, or cause serious injuries, but are very rare. A specialist hospital that see serious cases reported that they see two to three referrals a month.

The easiest way to discourage your pup from seeing a stick as a toy is by training otherwise, using positive reinforcement when they use a more appropriate toy when out on a walk. Why not replace a dirty twig with our Busy Buddy® Waggle™, with a peanut butter treat inside to give them a safe and yummy alternative!

There is no greater pleasure than taking your canine companion on an engaging and safe outdoor walk and with such a wide range of substitutes on the market, your pup can be treated to something safer than a stick.

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Is it time to play outside yet?

If your pets love being outside come rain or shine, we bet you’re waiting for the days when the sun has got his hat on and the evenings stay lighter giving you more quality outside time with your furbabies.

Easter is the start of the warmer season and a whole host of outdoor fun so take our advice and look at the things that will get your pets excited this summer!

Stimulate and engage your pet

Our FroliCat® range has been specially designed to keep your kitty active. These interactive toys entertain your cat for hours whether you’re at home or away. Our Dart™ allows you to set the speed and timer settings offering an exciting playtime for your feline play pal.
The range of Busy Buddy® toys made for your dog provide hours of fun. And best of all, when they play with the Barnacle™, not only will they improve their health, they’ll also be rewarded as the Treat Meter™ randomly dispense treats whilst they play.

Exercise both body and mind

Treat-dispensing cat toys, such as our Funkitty™ Twist ‘n Treat™ Cat Teaser make playtime last longer by dropping treats or food as your cat plays. Toys with food rewards appeal to cats’ natural predatory instincts and give your cat portion control and exercise at the same time.

If you’re looking for a new twist on a classic toy for your playful pup, the durable nylon and rubber Jack™ holds Busy Buddy® treat ring refills for longer lasting playtime. Watch your dog chew, bite and twist the Jack™ to figure out how to get the delicious treats in the middle. The treat rings can be placed in multiple locations to increase the challenge over time!

Help keep them healthy and alert

Make mealtimes a challenge with our dispensing feeders, which actively engage them to try and get their dinner. Our Busy Buddy® Kibble Nibble™ has two Treat Meter™ dispensers, which randomly release dry food and treats as the ball tumbles around. You can customise the rate of release according to the size of your dog’s kibble so it can hold your dog’s entire meal and unscrews for easy loading and quick clean-up.

The Fishbowl Cat Feeder Toy gives cats of all ages a stimulating and rewarding play experience whilst they eat. Your cat can see, smell, and touch the treats or kibble you place in the fishbowl and they must solve the puzzle to get them out!

Distract them from chewing furniture, shoes, or other inappropriate items

The best way to keep your pet from chewing anything they shouldn’t is by keeping anything they’re tempted to get, out of reach.
If you catch them in the act, interrupt the behaviour and offer them an acceptable replacement such as a chew toy. The Busy Buddy® Squeak ‘n Treat Ooga™ for your dog has a squeaker that will give your dog hours of fun while preventing him from ripping it apart in minutes.

Try and add some extra entertainment for your cats as boredom can be the cause of chewing and scratching. If you’re not around to play with your cat you can provide treats hidden around the house to keep them moving round and staying entertained.
Our Funkitty™ Egg-Cersizer™ Cat Toy randomly dispenses treats and has 3 closable holes to adjust the challenge, meaning more exercise and portion control.

So whether it’s rain or shine, you can always rely on PetSafe® toys to provide a challenging and engaging playtime for your furbabies.

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