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D2006-09

Dear Daisy Dog

Is it safe for my dogs to chew tennis balls?

Daisy Responds

No, and that’s why Mom gives us racquetball balls and solid rubber balls instead.

The nylon fuzz on tennis balls is abrasive and wears down our teeth. Worse, as the balls roll along the ground, the fuzz picks up grit, which increases the abrasion.

Picture your dog chewing a wad of sandpaper, and you’ll understand how tennis balls wear down the enamel on our teeth.

For serious chewers like my golden retriever brother Sam, gnawing on tennis balls can grind teeth so badly that the pulp is exposed. This leads to infection of the pulp and death of the tooth.

On the other hand, racquetball balls and solid rubber balls are relatively easy on our teeth.

Racquetball balls are especially fun to chew because they “give” a little.

However, they’re less durable than solid rubber balls, and because they’re hollow, serious chewers like Sam can tear them apart.

Mom prevents him from ripping up balls and swallowing the pieces by supervising us when we chew racquetball balls.

So, to protect your dogs’ teeth, trade in your tennis balls for the less abrasive racquetball balls and solid rubber balls.

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