Do Tennis Balls Harm Your Dog's Teeth? | North Edge K9
I don't have any pics of Abby's teeth ... but the link below is someone else's story (and picture) of tennis balls and her dog's teeth.
Aster always had tennis balls to play with. When we had to put her to sleep at 15, her teeth were still in excellent shape. However, she never had any real bones. I would go ahead with the tennis balls. I find ones meant for playing tennis hold up better than the ones meant to be dog toys.
The above photo is of Meridian’s teeth. Meridian was my first dog, and she is 10 years old now. We’ve been a team since she was just 6 weeks old. As a dog owner I have learned a LOT in the last decade. One of the things I wish had learned earlier is that tennis balls are not actually suitable toys and over time they can cause damage to a dog’s teeth!
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Do Tennis Balls Wear Down Dogs' Teeth
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.Pictured below, is Sadie, a 9yr old female spayed Labrador Retriever who has an addiction to tennis balls. Tennis balls can lead to excessive wearing of dogâs teeth. The fibers that cover tennis balls are surprisingly abrasive and are made to withstand hard surfaces like a tennis court. This abrasive covering can wear through the dogs enamel and dentine which can shorten the crowns and in severe cases even expose the root canal of the tooth. This is more than just a cosmetic problem because the open root canals are great path ways for bacteria to enter and cause abscesses of the teeth. This is not to mention very painful for your dog. Playing with tennis balls for short periods of time like fetching are ok but dogs should not be allowed to chew or carry balls for any extended period of time. A ball with a smoother surface should be given if your dog is a ball addict like Sadie.Keeping your dog from tennis balls can prevent wear and tear on teeth. The surface on tennis balls act as a grinding agent that wear teeth down. To keep them strong, provide healthy vegetables like carrots, bok choy, broccoli, and celery stalks, alternatively with hard, rubber balls. Your dog may need some level of excitement on your part to accept the fresh produce as a chew object. You may also find that putting a little peanut butter on them initially and then weaning off the bribing “schmears” with time may help your dog to accept plain fruits and veggies before too long.If you want to nip this problem in the bud, change to rubber balls. Rubber does not have the abrasive properties like the green tennis balls you see at all the dog parks. Why do most people not change to rubber? Not all dogs have problems with tennis balls, so just keep an eye on your dog’s teeth to determine if you need to make any adjustments. Also, they are costly, especially if your dog likes to leave them behind in the bushes.