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So, Moxy and Crow have this giant ball that has a tug o' war rope through the middle. After a year of playing with it, the rope frayed today. After picking up several pieces off the floor, I finally put the ball away.
Is this the Jolly Ball you are talking about? My boy loves his. I had to throw the first one away since he destroyed the ball. This is good to know. He isn't really interested in the rope but I'll definately keep an eye on this now.

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FYI about tennis balls. Not good for their teeth, wears them down like sand paper. And at some point becomes to small and can be swallowed. It does happen.
Are the Kong Squeeky balls bad for the dogs teeth also?

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Is this the Jolly Ball you are talking about? My boy loves his. I had to throw the first one away since he destroyed the ball. This is good to know. He isn't really interested in the rope but I'll definately keep an eye on this now.


Are the Kong Squeeky balls bad for the dogs teeth also?
Yep...the Jolly Ball. My dogs love it. I still have to get another one. I think they were saying the squeeky balls are bad for their stomach since they can swallow the pieces after tearing them up.

On a positive - I bought the breast cancer awareness tennis balls made by Wilson, and Moxy hasn't destroyed one yet....even our friends' GSD didn't destroy it when the two of them played with one this weekend. Weird, right? They don't catch it in the air, though...so I haven't been worried about them swallowing it whole.

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Are the Kong Squeeky balls bad for the dogs teeth also?
Sand, grit and dirt can still get caught in the covering and act like sand paper. I use the JW balls, so far they are tough enough that Woolf hasn't torn them up and there is no cover for the grit to be caught in.
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Sticks: a dog carried it by the top of the stick, stumbled over something and it went right through his brain, killing him instantly.
Tennis ball size hard rubber ball (Kong?)lodged in a GSD's throat, they couldn't get it out and he died on the way to the vet from suffocation.
Dried out bones, even uncooked, become too hard and can break their teeth.
A friend's dog ran up to a metal faucet with running water and broke her tooth.

I don't let them play freely with toys they can take apart. Rawhide under supervision only.
I know we can worry about many things but the ones we can prevent help.
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Sand, grit and dirt can still get caught in the covering and act like sand paper. I use the JW balls, so far they are tough enough that Woolf hasn't torn them up and there is no cover for the grit to be caught in.
Good point. I'll definately watch this more closely now. I have a JW ball and a Orbee Tough ball. He likes both of them but the Kong Squeeky balls are his favorite.

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My husband had a cat that ate some floss and they had a problem so I knew about eating long stringy things can be bad. We have a few tough rope toys that we have gotten for Blitz and just recently I caught him tearing at the ends of it some. I have never thought about it being bad for him since it has always been minor pieces but this really caught my attention and now has me worried about him. He is not an avid chewer so we haven't had a problem before. I will definitely be checking his toys more often now. Thanks.
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I don't think people should freak out and ban everything. Eventually your dog will have nothing to chew/play with because everything has an inherent risk to it. People die in bathtubs and sinks. Ballpoint pens kill people. Both people and animals can choke and die on even soft foods.

And not always because they were being irresponsible. Accidents sometimes happen. Millions of people chew on ballpoint pens. Should they all stop because a few accidentally swallowed a piece that tore their insides apart?

That being said, I do agree that we should be responsible and certain toys/chews should not be left unattended with your dog.

I don't use tennis balls because I wouldn't like the way they feel on my teeth, or even in my hand, so I don't even bother.

But ropes? I will let my older dog play with her rope. Why? Because it is the ONLY toy I can actually get her to play with. With my puppy, I'll let her play with ropes, under supervision, but she enjoys them and they are great tugs. HOWEVER, I will only use cotton ropes that I make myself. More biodegradable, easier on their teeth, and if some is accidentally swallowed, poses a much smaller risk than a polyester rope.

But no matter what toy, there will always be a risk. Kongs can be torn and pieces swallowed (yes, even the black ones), jolly balls can pose a risk, raw bones can damage teeth, etc.


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One of mine has this thing about dryer sheets. I have found them in his poop, he must find them if they fall on the floor when I take clothes out of the dryer and don't see them right away. So I have become totally anal about them and search every load of clothes to find them and throw them away! I sure don't know what the attraction is, but i don't want an impaction!
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Penny shreds her ropes. I always have to stay on my toes trimming the excess strands with scissors until its too damaged to use any. Penny has however swallowed some because i find it in her stool occasionally

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My vet says he has done more surgeries for rope toy ingestion than probably any other obstruction! He recommends no rope toys, there's so much that is safer!!!!! Bob
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