Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Can the toys your dog plays will cause cancer?

Unfortunately some can!

Vinyl and plastic dog toys contain a chemical compound, DINP, that is under investigation by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission due to possible cancer risks in humans. DINP (di-isononyl phthalate) is used to make hard PVC plastic softer. In 1998 Health Canada issued an advisory warning about the dangers of mouthing soft plastic toys by small children, and some countries, have already phased out DINP for use in children's toys. But, dogs have not been give the same consideration. So we need to especially careful of what we buy especially considering that dogs chew on their toys for extended periods of time and in some cases may even ingest them.

According to, "almost all soft plastic toys contain PVC," so avoid these types of toys all together!!

Below are some links to help you find safe PVC free dogs toys!