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Hidden dangers of tennis balls
Tennis balls and dogs are like peanut butter and jelly – a pair that has proved its compatibility throughout history. However, owners should also be aware that tennis balls can be dangerous for dogs, according to VetStreet.com.
Problems arise between tennis balls and dogs when they are used as a chew toy. Many dogs have jaws that are strong enough to compress the air in a tennis ball, and if the compressed ball pops in the back of the dog's throat, it can cut off its air supply. If you have a golden retriever that can hold three or more tennis balls in its mouth at once, or a Lab who just loves to chomp on these cheap toys, you can see where there may be a problem.
In addition, many dogs love to chew the rubbery, fuzzy materials that make up these balls. VetStreet.com reports that the chewed bits of tennis ball are not something you want inside of your dog, so you should only allow your pooch access to these toys when you can supervise.
That said, tennis balls are a great, cheap way to make sure your dog gets exercise. Most dogs, retrieving breeds in particular, find great joy in playing fetch with a tennis ball and will run for hours in pursuit of this fuzzy green object. If your dog loves fetch, consider replacing tennis balls with pet products like the Wing-A-Ball. This ball is made of rope, which means there is no way your dog could pop it and choke on it. In addition, the rope attached makes it easy to throw long distances for your pooch.
Another durable toy that your dog can't chew apart and swallow is the Durable 10-Inch Football Dog Toy. This rubbery football will certainly satisfy your canine's chewing urge, and is easy for your pooch to pick up and chase around. Retrieving dogs may also love chasing the Booda Tail-Spin Flyer, a soft flying disc.
You don't necessarily need to throw away all of your tennis balls, either, the news outlet reports. Just use them in a way that reduces their risks as much as possible. Always remember to put them away out of your dog's reach after a game of fetch, and never encourage games of keep away with a tennis ball, which may make it want to chew on the ball or keep it in its mouth.