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Old 12-06-2012, 05:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The vet dentist we talked to recommended NOT giving our poodles tennis balls to play with. It seems the covering acts like sandpaper to wear their teeth away and dirty tennis balls are even worse.
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I don't believe I've ever heard that one before. I would say, though, for creatures with teeth that are designed to crush and chew bone, I don't see how the covering of the tennis ball could cause that much damage. It isn't that rough.

That said, I don't allow mine to just have tennis balls lying around, or to chew on them. Generally play fetch with the rubbery chuck-it or planet dog balls because they are easier to clean, and mine de-fuzz tennis balls if left lying around.
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Yup, the vet at my work can spot a tennis ball hound a mile away. It wears away their teeth like there's no tomorrow. If/when the wear exposes the nerve in the tooth its down to extraction or capping so that there isn't bacteria constantly exposed to the blood stream.

Though I don't see the harm in tossing the ball a few times, especially if they aren't squishing and chewing the ball.

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I actually had heard that years ago when we had our border collie. I wasn't sure how true it was though...
We do play with tennis balls, but Lily doesn't chew on them, just pick up and carry back to me. I'd think it would be a problem if the dog chewed on the ball, but maybe just playing catch is bad too. Thanks for the info - I'll ask about it at the vet next time.
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Tennis balls are responsible for my miniature schnauzer's bad teeth! All four of her canine teeth are are completely worn off. Be careful!
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Tennis balls are responsible for my miniature schnauzer's bad teeth! All four of her canine teeth are are completely worn off. Be careful!
Is this something that occurred since you have owned her, or before? I'm asking because I'm very interested in how it happened. Were her teeth worn from simply "playing fetch" and bring the ball back, or from chewing on/playing with the ball outside of games of fetch?
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She is now 11 and I have had her since she was a puppy. I would say she wore her canines down within the first 2 years; chewing on tennis balls and ripping the fuzz off.
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Wow! I would've never connected the two! Thank You so much for that info. Tennis balls are too big for Molly's mouth so the only time she does take one out of her toybox is to chew on the fuzzy cover...but no more! They are outta here!
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I heard of that long time ago. Three vets (conventional and holistic) told me the same thing.
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Tennis balls are Vegas's high value toy, but they're only brought out on special occasion to play ball for a bit, then they get put away. I've heard the fibers inside are dangerous? So if they get worn I toss them, any slick ball I'm not able to grip well because he drools so bad when he plays though.
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