These enrichment items are great for exercising veterinary patients brains, but need regular cleaning to keep them in good condition.
Puzzle toys and cavity toys challenge pets' brains and encourage them to tap into their natural instincts to forage or hunt for their food. These toys can become gross quickly because of the saliva, kibble and treat crumbs, not to mention the bits of peanut butter or softer items that can get stuck in nooks and crannies. Clients may not realize that even though their pet ate all the snacks, they still need to clean the puzzles after each use.
Download this handout to teach clients proper care and maintenance of the toys they're using with their pets.
Pssst! Did you know you can implement food puzzles as a Fear Free tactic in your clinic? Check it out here.
Want recommendations for puzzles to use? dvm360's resident tester, Maeby, tries out five different feline food puzzles here.
Looking for recommendations for and by dogs? Check out dogs at play here.
Are your feline patients feeling finicky about accepting the use of a food puzzle? Have their owners try these tips from Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, MS, DABVP (feline), to acclimate their cats.