Dogs use their senses of smell and taste to process external stimuli, so giving him or her chew toys often eliminate ruined furniture and torn clothing. Sometimes it is hard to determine when toys need to be replaced, but the most common signs are damaged toy pieces and bad odors. The most common odors associated with a dog’s chew toys include toys made of rubber (which has a very strong odor when brand new), food-flavored, leather, mylar, and some synthetic materials. Depending on the breed, age, and personality, a perfect chew toy is often a difficult find.
Once Fido or Alfred finds a favorite toy, the consequences are not sweet sometimes. Over a period of time, chew toys may develop a sour or rotten smell which is hard to remove with a simple cleaning. The smell itself may not be the fault of the toy, but due to the presence of a condition in the dog such as:
- Periodontal Disease – Dental sticks for dogs are only a temporary solution to bad breath if periodontal disease is present. Tooth plaque buildup causes gingivitis, which leads to periodontal disease. A visit to the vet is in order if a dog has tartar buildup on his teeth and gums.
- Intestinal Worms or Infection – If a dog has worms or an infection, his or her energy levels and appetite are both going to be too low for engaging in play activities. A sudden lack of attention to chew toys may be an indicator of a serious health problem.
- Injury and Obstruction – Cuts, abrasions, abscesses, and foreign objects lodged in the mouth may create infections, causing intense itching and discharge. If that is the case, most dogs may then chew harder on their toys to relieve the pain, leaving residue on them.
After addressing the dog’s health issues (if there are any), check the chew toys for excessive rips and tears, exposing the inner material. The chemicals used in the material will cause problems, so using more natural and organic chew toy products like rawhide, antler, and wood last longer and are less damaging to mouth and digestive organs.