Ways to Save on Pet Toys
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Ways to Save on Pet Toys

Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 at 10:55 am
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Dog ToysWalking down the toy aisle at your favorite pet store makes you realize just how much variety there is when it comes to play time. It also makes you realize how expensive those toys can get. Making sure your pet stays entertained is a good way to ensure your furry friend lives a happy life. It’ll also ensure your stuff doesn’t get torn apart out of boredom. Below are some ways you can buy your dog or cat fun toys without breaking the bank:

Quality Is Key!

Sure, there are plenty of cheap toys on the market today, but if you have a pet who is a persistent chewer, you’ll discover that those affordable toys won’t last long and will need to be replaced. If your little chewer tore apart the last toy, buy a more durable toy instead. Sure, you might have to spend a little extra initially, but you can be sure you won’t be visiting the toy aisle as often.

Make Your Own!

Sometimes, the toy your pet love the best is really simple. Maybe it’s a tennis ball with a robe through it, a knotted rope for tug of war, or a tennis ball. Luckily, many dog toys can be made from home. Try grabbing a tennis ball, cut a hole in it, run a thick piece of rope through it and knot on either side of the hole. Voila, a homemade toy for your dog.

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RePurpose Items

Does your older child have stuffed animals he or she doesn’t want anymore? Do you have a dog who loves stuffed toys? Pass them onto your pup. Some dogs simply like sleeping with, carrying around or gently chewing on stuffed animals. Make sure the stuffed toy is free from small parts like tags, plastic eyes, or anything else your dog can choke on.

Check Thrift Stores and Garage Sales

Thrift stores often carry old toys, stuffed animals and sporting equipment. You might just get lucky enough to score an unused tube of tennis balls for cheap!  At a garage sale, you can probably score some old stuffed animals at a fraction of the price!

Be Safe

As always, you want your pet to be safe. When buying or making your pet a toy, make sure they are free from choking hazards. If your dog does chew apart a stuffed toy, promptly remove the stuffing to ensure he/she doesn’t swallow it. This can cause intestinal problems and might result in expensive veterinary bills.

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