Laser pointers for pet exercise?

I bought this one lazer pointer for cats and they really love it and it says its good exersize for them, but I saw on the dog whisperer that they did that to 1 of there dogs and he went crazy by just looking for the light all the time and wouldnt do anything. So is the lazer pointer bad for dogs or just all pets?

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ANSWER #1 of 12

you dont put it straight in its eyes... >.>


ANSWER #2 of 12

It can be harmful if it's shined in the dogs eyes. Even if you don't mean to, the dog might turn and look at you and the beam hits his eyes.

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ANSWER #3 of 12

Any obession in a dog, usually has negative consequences...be it a laser light, or a dog who loves rocks...It's not the "game" that is harmful, it's the "obession"...So, no...as long as your cat isn't sitting tight, waiting ONLY for that light to come on, I'd be inclined to say...it's fine.

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ANSWER #4 of 12

My dog knows wear we put the lazer and when we walk even near that spot, she jumps up and looks around for the light. It's hilarious. As long as you dont shine it in an animals eyes then they should be fine.

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ANSWER #5 of 12

That dog must have been really dumb...my cat hears the click of the pointer and knows the red light is to be found...he hears the click when it turns off and he has lost interest.

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ANSWER #6 of 12

my dad put out his laser pointer and was shining it somewhere and my dog was just laying out there, and he didnt do it to make her chase it, and she got up and started chasing it and she starts barking and playing and puppy pawing it and everything and we asked our vet and he said don`t do it to often but occasionally play with her with it and we excercise her so I dont think it hurts my puppy`s eyes im not so sure about other dogs and cats, never heard of it with cats.

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ANSWER #8 of 12

IT COULD HURT HIS EYES

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ANSWER #9 of 12

My dog has seizures whenever he plays with one 'cause he gets so worked up. :( I think there should be some kind of warning label on them, like: Warning, may induce seizures in some dogs."

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ANSWER #10 of 12

I thought it was alright at first, but a couple of days later, our doberman Kimber was just acting...weird. its like she was going after something that wasnt there, and trying to eat at the floor, chewing up carpet and stuff. she was soo sick all night, she kept heaving, yet still grabbing at the floor with her mouth. she eventually threw up, which I know is nasty, but contained pieces of rug, string, and other little bits of stuff she had picked up. me, my fiance, and my dad came to the conclusion that one or 2 things were happening: 1) she was so used to seeing the light that she was starting to hallucinate and just see it in random places, therefore biting at something that wasnt there, and 2) when she was playing with it, she was looking for a smell of it, but instead got the smell of the places the laser was pointed, and he brain was insisting that the red light had to be there somewhere. I mean, its a SUPER fun way to entertain your pet, but after witnessing what happened last night, I DO NOT recommend it. I could be wrong, but I looked up laser pointers and dogs and found out that a lot of dogs become "obsessed" with the laser light. I dont think there was anything that talked about her symptoms specifically, but we pieced the light and the way she was acting together, and I just dont recommend it whatsoever. its fun and all, but chances are, it will make your dog go crazy.

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ANSWER #11 of 12

My dog doesnt want anything to do with the light. He just jumps up and licks me in the face like I am crazy when I try to get him to play. My cat likes it for about 2 mins and then he's done.

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ANSWER #12 of 12

I thought it was alright at first, but a couple of days later, our doberman Kimber was just acting...weird. its like she was going after something that wasnt there, and trying to eat at the floor, chewing up carpet and stuff. she was soo sick all night, she kept heaving, yet still grabbing at the floor with her mouth. she eventually threw up, which I know is nasty, but contained pieces of rug, string, and other little bits of stuff she had picked up. me, my fiance, and my dad came to the conclusion that one or 2 things were happening: 1) she was so used to seeing the light that she was starting to hallucinate and just see it in random places, therefore biting at something that wasnt there, and 2) when she was playing with it, she was looking for a smell of it, but instead got the smell of the places the laser was pointed, and he brain was insisting that the red light had to be there somewhere. I mean, its a SUPER fun way to entertain your pet, but after witnessing what happened last night, I DO NOT recommend it. I could be wrong, but I looked up laser pointers and dogs and found out that a lot of dogs become "obsessed" with the laser light. I dont think there was anything that talked about her symptoms specifically, but we pieced the light and the way she was acting together, and I just dont recommend it whatsoever. its fun and all, but chances are, it will make your dog go crazy.


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