Sticks: Are they dangerous dog toys?

Our furry friends love to chase sticks. During long walks outdoors, dogs often fetch, chase and pick up sticks of their own. On most occasions, this can be harmless fun. However, there have been rising incidents of dogs being involved in stick related accidents.

Read on to find out about how to avoid injuries in dogs from chasing sticks…


Chasing sticks at high speeds can result in the stick being forced into the mouth or throat and be more prone to splintering. Many end up with cuts in their mouth, or even a stick lodged in their throat. Particularly if they are encouraged to play with sticks, dogs may end up chewing on them. This can be very dangerous for our pets.

Additionally, dogs can run into sticks that have become lodged at an angle. This can pierce soft tissues like the mouth, paws or chest. It is always important to remain vigilant when walking your dog as an owner or carer.

What’s the problem?

Many injuries associated with sticks can be difficult to treat, often requiring operations. Vets have warned against using sticks, and instead recommended investing in indestructible toys that are much safer for our dogs to chase. These should also be too large to swallow.

Those most at risk include Labradors, Springer Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels and Border Collies, some of the most active and playful pets around.

Alternatives to sticks

Toys! These are also easier for humans to throw and keep track of in a range of bright colours!

Some examples of toys you could invest in for your doggy walks include tennis balls, rubber toys or even their favourite teddy… Which will now be designated outdoor teddy!

By taking these precautions, you can ensure your loveable pets will be safe from the dangers of stick throwing, and continue to enjoy their daily exercise.

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