Keeping your dog healthy is such a top priority that it pays to look into whatever ways you can minimize any toxins that he or she may be exposed to. If your dog really loves to play with toys, just think of how much time the toy is in her mouth! That equals a lot of direct exposure to a substance, and if it’s toxic… That’s why we love nontoxic toys made by companies in the USA, with full disclosure of what the toy is made from (and where the ingredients are sourced). Check out these dog toys that don’t contain toxic or unknown ingredients, made by USA companies that care about how their products are made. And no matter how natural a toy is, always supervise to make sure parts aren’t being consumed, or that it’s become ragged enough to injure pup’s mouth. Once a toy is broken or shredded, it’s time for a new one.
1. The Stick from Ruff Dawg. If you want natural, a wooden stick is definitely a match. However, natural wood can cause splinters, cuts, and damage to your pup’s mouth, making it a definite no-no. Pick up The Stick from Ruff Dawg instead. It’s colorful, it floats, it’s chewable, and it won’t splinter or hurt your dog’s mouth. Smaller pups will like The Twig, a smaller version of The Stick. If stick fetching isn’t your pup’s cup of tea, take a look at all the toys made by Ruff Dawg for safe, chewy fun. Ruff Dawg is headquartered in Massachusetts.
2. Mingo from West Paw Design. Does your dog like to carry a toy around, chew on it a bit, and then carry it around some more? If so, he’ll probably love the Mingo flamingo toys from West Paw. As a stuffing-free design, this plush toy may not tempt your pup to rip it apart. Of course, voraciously destructive chewers would do better with a tougher toy from West Paw’s Zogoflex line. But for the “toy tender” type of dog, the Mingo, in large or small, is a cute, colorful companion to have around. West Paw Design is headquartered in Montana.
3.Ollie’s Orca from Purrfect Play. Purrfect Play takes natural seriously. Not only made in the USA, all their toys contain 100% natural materials. Ollie’s Orca is made from hemp on the outside and organic cotton stuffing on the inside. Since hemp is such a strong fiber, this toy will probably last longer than most, provided your pup isn’t a “chew-to-destroy” type of dog. Purrfect Play is headquartered in Indiana.
4.Custom Organic Dog Toy Trio from Created By Steph’s Mom on Etsy. We love that not only does this shop make handmade, unique dog toys with organic, natural materials, but you can also customize the design with a sweet message! This Dog Toy Trio is made with all organic and nontoxic materials, down to the dye used in the fabrics. Created By Steph’s Mom is headquartered in Pennsylvania.
5. Coconut Dog Toy from Cocomutz on Etsy. The story of Cocomutz is a sweet one, for sure. A move to Key West, the discovery of how much a dog loved coconuts…and a new, natural toy was born. It may not be the prettiest toy your dog will own but it will be unique, natural, and pleasantly fragrant. The Coconut Dog Toy is made simply from “coconut, natural sisal or manila rope, and love.” Cocomutz is headquartered in Florida.
6. Tug & Fetch Dog Toy from Eco Tug Dog Toys on Etsy. Made from recycled cotton t-shirts, these knotted, ring-shaped Tug & Fetch Toys are colorful and great for the not-too-aggressive chewer. We love the softness yet strength of this toy as a good choice for puppies and seniors. It has the added benefit of being machine washable and dryable, too. Eco Tug Dog Toys is headquartered in New Jersey.