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If you've ever walked into your local pet store and been overwhelmed by all the products, this vet has the answers for you.
Dr. Hunter Finn is a veterinarian who recently went viral on Tik-Tok for posting informative videos about safe, healthy options to look for in pet stores, from toys to treats to dental products.
You'd think that everything sold in a pet store is safe or healthy for your dog or cat but, unfortunately, that isn't always the case.
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Rawhide bones with double-layered ends pose a choking hazard that may require surgery to remove the knots from your pet's intestines. And fatty treats, such as pig ears, can upset your pup's stomach and in certain cases even cause pancreatitis.
You should also be aware of the hardness of the bones you buy for your dogs – Hunter suggests using your knee or fingernail to determine if the bone is safe for your pet. If you slap it against your knee and it's not too hard, it is safe. If you can't indent it with your fingernail, the bone is too hard.
As far as cats go, don't ever give your cat a stringy toy unsupervised. Those strings can be eaten and can cause issues if it is ingested and cannot be passed.
If you're buying treats to take care of your pets' teeth, make sure there is a VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) stamp on it, otherwise, it's just a waste of money.
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In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Hunter says he made these videos to help pet owners select the right products for their fur babies. "After a walk through a local store, looking for new toys for my own dogs, I realized there are an overwhelming amount of options. Marketing and colorful products play a huge role in the consumer's decision but, unfortunately, those well-marketed products are not always what’s best for their loved ones."
Hopefully his video will help inform your next trip to the pet store, too.
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