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All those tennis balls and fuzzy toys..

What I learned this week

So for all you toy carriers (my male used to carry around his toys and mouth them... never put them down). They collect dirt, sand, and some are just abrasive to begin with. If you let your dog have them all the time, they cause excessive wear on the teeth. If your dog isn't a big chewer/carrier/crate biter, the pulp will draw into the tooth at the same rate of wear so by old age, they still have ok, albeit worn down, teeth.

For the aggressive ones, the wear beats the pulp retraction, and the result is the pulp is exposed. Here is a pic of a broken canine (the pulp will bleed).

A wear exposed canine will not be red or bloody. It will be dark as its likely dead and collecting all manner of nasty in it... like this

Its painful (though many aggressive chewers have no issue biting right through the pain), but more importantly it opens a pathway for infection, and ultimately weakens the tooth and puts health at risk. Once the pulp is exposed, the options are extraction of the tooth (big deal for a canine), root canal and filled with inert substance (a little weaker than OEM equipment), or root canal and titanium crown (stronger than natural, and eliminates the issue of further wear, however now if a break were to occur, however rare, it happens at the gumline).

The cost of 4 canine root canals w/TI crowns? About $3600.

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Tennis balls are the devil when it comes to GSDs. They should be used for playing tennis.


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I like to use racketballs for the pups, they last a LOT longer and they aren't inclined to chew on it....
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Tennis balls are the devil when it comes to GSDs. They should be used for playing tennis.
Yeah i learned that early, so we switched to "pet friendly" but it still doesn't solve the issue of holding sand (I live near the coast, and sand is about as bad as it can get for teeth, and its impossible to keep it out of the house, much less anything that touches the ground outside)

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I like to use racketballs for the pups, they last a LOT longer and they aren't inclined to chew on it....
I now use large, solid rubber balls that keep their mouth open enough that they aren't inclined to chew. Also, they have no give. B/c with spit on them, they're really hard to hold, it keeps them entertained trying to grab it after they loosened their grip a tad and slipped it

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I like to use racketballs for the pups, they last a LOT longer and they aren't inclined to chew on it....
Racquetballs are way too small for a GSD and could easily be swallowed if not careful.
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Yeah i learned that early, so we switched to "pet friendly" but it still doesn't solve the issue of holding sand )
Or going down their windpipe.


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All of the above also applies to cage biters

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Oh see, Killian doesn't play ball. He has no intrest in the ball. EVER, he'd rather chase Jazzi while SHE chases the ball. We've never had a problem with her and the racketballs, except how slippery they get. I figure once he gets bigger I could see the issue.....
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At the beach, my male also has a tendency to drag logs around... fortunately he can't really chew them though.

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