One of the most common and fun games that dogs love to play is fetch. Since tennis balls are common, light weight and cheap they are the perfect fetch toy. There are a couple of good reasons for this. First since they are cheap, if your dog does destroy it, you can get another one for a couple of dollars. Second, since they are light weight you can throw them pretty far which is good since your dog will get plenty of exercise and have fun while doing it. It is a win win situation.
However, there is a certain level of danger involved that most dog owners don’t think about. the reason most dog owners don’t associate danger with playing fetch with a tennis ball is because incidents are rare. Here are a few possible dangers to keep an eye on.
1. It is possible for your dog to accidentally swallow the ball. This does not happen very often, but when it does the dogs natural tendency is to swallow if the ball gets lodged in their throat which can bring about a quick death if not tended to immediately.
2. Swallowing the rubber fragments from the ball are not good for their health as sometimes they remain in the stomach and can cause health problems. Sometimes surgery is the only remedy when this happens.
3. The felt on the ball can be abrasive to your dogs teeth and wear away at the enamel over time. You also don’t want your dog to swallow any of it either.
So while it is recommended to get a more dog friendly ball, if you do use a tennis ball, be very careful and pay attention to your dog. If the ball starts to get warn out get a new one. A top quality tennis ball is better than the ones commonly found in a pet store as they will last longer. If your dog is a puppy they are more prone to chew than an older dog so it is a good idea to keep them out of your dogs reach until you are there to supervise.