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Old 12-19-2012, 05:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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There is also an issue with the glue in tennis balls wearing down the enamel when mixed with saliva.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I only use the large Kong tennis balls that have squeakers in them. They are our outside fetch toy. They aren't allowed to free play with them.

Hondo tends to flip the ball up and catch it. I worry that he'll choke on it. So we only use the oversized Kong tennis balls.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:55 PM   #13 (permalink)
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We use lacrosse balls with Joey. He can't swallow them, and can't seem to destroy them either.
I would be very cautious using those smooth lacrosse balls. They can choke or swallow them. Just the wrong size for a dog with ball drive.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I've never allowed the Hooligans to play with tennis balls ... have heard too many scary strories about them ... I try to buy fairly large balls that would be difficult to accidentally swallow.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
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We don't use them with our current pack because one of them just shreds the daylights out of them.
The fun is destruction. Shouldn't have named him "Conan"
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:19 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I recently purchased these balls because I thought they were hilarious. Well, my dogs aren't allowed to have them, they are not big enough to be safe(and there is one larger hole for stuffing treats and a very small hole on the other side....still suction may happen if the dog gets tongue stuck in the hole. This is a small cuz to compare the size: they are about 2.5" in diameter. about the size of a cuz without the feet. Or probably the same size as a tennis ball?
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:31 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I can't use tennis balls with Rocco. I used to but he destroys them in one session of fetch. And I mean "during fetch" because I don't allow him balls otherwise. Now, we only use softballs with him. They are perfect! They are big and hard. He can't swallow and he can't destroy (at least not for a while). He ends up destroying them anyway, but they'll last about a month or longer if I'm really careful about taking them from him right away.


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We don't use them with our current pack because one of them just shreds the daylights out of them.
The fun is destruction. Shouldn't have named him "Conan"
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:34 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Thanks for the responses ...

So another question then ... for those of you that use tennis balls with your dogs and have no teeth issues ... what the heck? How does that happen? (or not happen?)
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:38 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Some dogs have genetically softer teeth.
Some dogs will gnaw/ grind a ball while others just hold/carry. Onyx has really sharp strong teeth because she is a hold/carry and has genetically strong white teeth. Karlo is a chewer, and his canines are flat. I had to take away the jollyballs because of the way he is with them.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:41 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Thanks! I guess it's just like human teeth! I've never had a cavity or a filling, but others have !!!
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