Yes! In 2010, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement declaring hot dogs as posing the greatest risk to children, as they cause more choking risks than any other food due to their shape. They suggest cutting hot dogs lengthwise to change their shape. Since The Original Round Dog is flat, rather than cylindrical, it reduces the chances of children choking on these. The Round Dog is also skinless, which is a request we heard from a lot of parents, and can easily be cut into small pieces if desired.