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I have read on here somewhere that tennis balls are bad for our dogs' teeth. Anyone know if this is correct? Does it only apply to actual balls for tennis? What about tennis balls marketed for dog toys (in pet stores)? I would like to get one of those tennis balls on a rope to fetch with Saber but want to be sure it would be ok for her teeth.
 

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My vet told me that the fuzz on the tennis balls is very abrasive, kind of like steel wool so they don't make good chew toys
 

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A rubber ball would be better, and even better would be something a size up from a tennis ball to help prevent a choking hazard. Add on something even BETTER would be a large rubber ball on a rope.
 

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That's the theory anyway, that they aren't good for your dog's teeth. Whether it's the glue or the felt, I don't know. Just to be on the safe side, I don't give tennis balls; I use the rubber ones or the chuckit ones.
 

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I think it is the nylon coating that is on them, the fuzzy stuff.
 

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I've never given my dogs tennis balls either. Cuz balls are not a choking hazard and the dogs love them. Though any dog will wear down their teeth if they are constantly kneeding a dirty toy. Jollyballs are a hazard for teeth here.
 

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Perhaps this is where you read it?
TENNIS BALLS ARE BAD FOR TEETH!

I took Pimg to a canine tooth specialist (long story- thought she had a cracked canine) and that vet confirmed tennis balls are very, very bad for dog teeth. Also note that a lot of the dog toys say on the pack "Safe for dog's teeth." Whether that is truth or not could be debated- that I don't know.
 

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I've heard a lot that say its the glue, when I tried researching it once things said its not the glue but the debris that gets trapped in the felt. Sand and dirt in the felt then becomes very abrasive on the teeth, not the felt itself... I still use tennis balls, but I buy the dog ones to make sure there isn't a glue issue. And I rinse them (and my kong tennis ball toys, like the big bone, a jack, dumbbell etc) regularly to clean out the dirt.

I like the extra large squeaky tennis balls by kong. The size is safe and isn't a choking hazard, I find the squeaky ones hold up longer because they don't split as easily from being chewed, and my dogs really like the squeak! I use them only for sessions of fetch, afterwards they're put up so they aren't chewed into pieces. But they're good with the large shaped tennis ball material toys.
 

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I like the extra large squeaky tennis balls by kong. The size is safe and isn't a choking hazard, I find the squeaky ones hold up longer because they don't split as easily from being chewed, and my dogs really like the squeak! I use them only for sessions of fetch, afterwards they're put up so they aren't chewed into pieces. But they're good with the large shaped tennis ball material toys.

Totally agree, Ares loves that loud obnoxious toy :rolleyes:
 

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Okay thanks. I wouldn't give a tennis ball sized ball anyway because of the choking hazard, but I want a ball on a rope to throw. Does anyone know of a brand that the ball is rubber? All I can find is tennis balls on ropes.
 

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I had the orbee glow, and it broke right away. I had to restring it with a nice thick spongy line. I use that for training because it is much easier on my hands than the smaller diameter string the gappays come with.
 

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A medium would be fine for a Mal, or large if the ball drive is over the top.
 

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We had to restring our Orbee because Halo stole it off the table and chewed through the rope, lol!
 
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