Small and medium sized dogs may be better suited for the mini tennis balls that are used with many ball launchers including the original iFetch, SmartPult, and Doggy Fun.
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Our guide dog puppies aren’t allowed to play with tennis balls and I therefore don’t have them around the house. However, as you mentioned any small toy could get stuck in your dogs throat. I’m glad I read this post just in case I ever encounter this situation.
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Still, you should think of tennis balls and other dog toys just as we do when buying toys for children. If the item would entirely fit within their mouth, then it’s not an appropriate toy. Typically, that means that larger breed dogs should not be playing, unsupervised, with standard size tennis balls. Larger tennis balls made just for dogs are better — like the .
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The idea especially struck a chord with the team at Dan's Dog Walking and Pet Sitting in Port Washington, New York. To honor Everything and to raise awareness of shelter dogs, they decided to treat rescue dogs to tennis balls.Don’t Play Fetch With These Objects
The choking cases that have come through my emergency practice are dogs that have either small, hard plastic balls or dense rubber SuperBall-type balls lodged in their throats. These balls cannot be compressed like a tennis ball, making them more likely to get stuck. For that reason, I absolutely discourage the use of those balls.
I would also not recommend using sticks. Sticks can puncture the esophagus or the mouth. Bits of wood from the stick can also be swallowed and cause a foreign body obstruction. Here are the most important basic safety rules for ball play:
But some controversy exists over which ball is the perfect one for throwing. Apparently, there are tales of tennis ball fuzz wearing down dogs’ teeth and, worse, cases in which dogs have nearly choked on the ball.
The Tennis Ball Is Safe for Most Dogs
I don’t put much stock in either of those tales. Most dogs can use a tennis ball safely. In fact, I find that the outer coating of the tennis ball actually helps reduce plaque on dogs’ teeth. And as far as the choking hazard, there might be a rare dog that’s incompatible with tennis balls, but it’s uncommon. If your dog is a larger breed, such as a German Shepherd, gauge the size of his mouth and whether it looks like he is more suitable for a larger ball or a dog tennis ball with an attached handle.You see numerous pictures on the internet (like the one at the top of this blog) of dogs with multiple tennis balls in their mouth, this is a major choking hazard/risk for your dog. Try to limit your dog’s tennis ball to “one.” It’s just like with children, you don’t let them shove multiple hot dogs in their mouth at once, same with dogs.