“ Brand: Petstages / Type: Dog Toy „
Petstages cuddle pal is another of this firms developmental toys for dogs. The cuddle pal is priced at around £4 on www.ebay.co.uk £10 on www.amazon.co.uk mine was around £7 from a local pet shop so prices do vary.
A cute little thing this toy is with it's bright red soft furry body similar to that of standard teddy bear toys, which has big orange spots for decoration. Each of the four feet are a mixture of blues, purples, greens and yellows with alternate colour spots. These feet along with a tiny stripy tail are in a smooth rain coat type material.
The head part is filled with stuffing and quite firm, whilst the body makes a crunchy noise when picked up as it has a separate bag of filling inside neatly covered by a small Velcro seam on the underside of the belly. The Velcro is very sticky and holds in the contents very well and is much more suitable for dogs than say a zip which could be eaten.
So what's inside my cuddle pals belly?
A neat little stitched bag of buckwheat. Buckwheat? I hear you wonder, why buckwheat?
Buckwheat contains no gluten and is the fruit of the buckwheat plant used for making buckwheat flour and noodles with the biggest producers being China. It can also be found in beer too for the purposes of gluten free beverages.
So here's the thing - is it toxic or not?
When I purchased the toy I was a little concerned what would happen if my dog chewed it up and ate the buckwheat. Would this be harmful? The pet shop said no so I bought it. However being cautious I looked on the internet some said it was toxic to dogs! I did some more research and found some quite conflicting statements some saying it is toxic and others saying it is perfectly safe. So in my hour of need I rang my vet. Apparently the buckwheat seed itself is NOT toxic and if eaten will just cause a case of the tummy upset, however the plant IS toxic to dogs. Saying that I don't believe buckwheat plants are widely growing in the wild of the UK if at all as it is a plant found originally in Asia and China, that said it is grown here in the UK for manufacturing purpose.
Petstages obviously feel that it is safe or they would not manufacture it and as they are a reputable company I am quite happy with that.
So at the end of the day I guess it is up to you to decide and do your own research should you feel the need. I feel the toy is safe for my dog and I just make sure that I check the sachet of seeds regularly for any breaks, if this happened I will throw them out, but you still have a cute toy in any case.
So what is so different with this toy from your average dog teddy?
Well the buck wheat has the answer. This little pal can be microwaved for 30 seconds making it gloriously toasty and comforting to a new puppy missing it's mummy or as I have used it as a comforter for my dog when she is in season. She carries it around as somewhat of a surrogate puppy. The idea is very similar to that of your human hand/neck warmers that are placed in the microwave and give relief and comfort; this is apparently similar for the dog. I have to say at first my dog was a little unsure of this heat treated pal and just wandered around it in circles for a while, then slowly she began to push at it with her nose. Maybe she just wondered where it can from as clearly she had not had a pup! Not long after though she was carrying it in her mouth and snuggling up to it on the sofa. It stays warm for about 30-40 minutes which is often enough time to relax my flustered pooch.
The teddy minus the buckwheat sachet can be hand washed and hung out to dry which is great for those of us with mud loving dogs and I have found that even after several washes it has maintained both its bright colour and shape.
As it measure 7 inches by 4 inches it is suitable for pretty much any breed.
Overall, a great bright comfort toy for your new puppy which can last and provide ease to adult dogs.
Information taken from various websites regarding buckwheat including www.wikipedia.org , www.aspca.org , www.petstages.com ,
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