Is It Safe for Your Dog to Play with Tennis Balls?

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Today we just shared a fun gallery of dogs and tennis balls and briefly answered the question as to whether or not it’s safe for your dog to play with a tennis ball.   But here we wanted to give you a more in depth answer.   Many of you might have a dog that’s a “tennis ball addict” and the idea of removing fetch with a tennis ball might seem daunting.

Thankfully you don’t have to do this.   The fact is that tennis balls, like any other toy can be safe and there are times it might not be.   What you have to watch out for are two major things.  First, a dogs jaws are quite strong and if your dog bites down hard enough the tennis call could pop.  If this happens it could damage a dog’s air supply in in worst cases lead to death (this happened to Oprah Winfrey’s dog).

The other bad thing about tennis balls is the debris that accumulates as your dog continues to chew on it.    The chewed bits of the ball are not something you want your dog ingesting.  So in order to ensure your dog’s safety here are a couple things you can do.

You simply need to use the tennis balls safely.  That means when you’re done playing fetch you place them in an area your dog has no access too.  NEVER use them as chew toys.  That’s basically it.  With everything comes risk but you don’t have to deny your dog a fun game of fetch.

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