Debra Lynn Dadd

Balls for Dogs - Tennis Balls?

QUESTION:

Hi there, I am wondering what is a good throw toy for my dogs. I normally tennis balls, but lately I am suspect of their smell. I bought hard baseballs, but they chew them up, and the hard toys at the dog store aren't very fun. So my question really is - are tennis balls toxic?

POSTED BY DOGLOVER2 :: TEXAS USA :: 01/20/2009 10:00 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

Tennis balls are made of a hollow rubber ball, covered with a thin layer of adhesive covers which holds a layer of felt-like material made up of wool and artificial fibers.

The part that smells is probably the adhesive or the ink used to stamp the name on the ball. Depending on what these are made of, they may be toxic.

You might try looking on natural pet websites for dog toys made of all natural materials.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

How about a good ol' fashioned stick? :)

POSTED BY LINDA :: GREEN IRENE :: WWW.GREENIRENE.COM/LINDAMAUMELLE :: ARKANSAS USA :: 01/21/2009 10:07 AM


Tennis balls are abrasive to dogs' teeth so the issue isn't so much whether they are toxic as whether they are damaging to their teeth (they are, from what I have read).

POSTED BY MARGARET AULD-LOUIE :: OPTIMUM CHOICES :: WWW.OPTIMUMCHOICES.COM :: COLORADO USA :: 02/10/2009 5:37 AM


The problem with tennis balls is that the material is abrasive so it is bad for dogs' teeth. And while I don't know for sure, I suspect they are probably toxic as well. I looked into some safer alternatives and found 2 companies that sell a number of toys all of which are made in the USA (not in China like most of the toys at PETCO). Canine Hardware has a number of tennis-like balls but I opted for the "Chuck-it ultra" which is similar to a tennis ball but the surface is natural rubber. It bounces well. My dog loves it. It's also easier to clean. The other company is Planet Dog-they specialize in natural dog products. I purchased a few things from them but the one my dog likes the most is the Planet dog Orbee-Tuff Orbee. It's slightly bigger than a tennis ball. Hope this helps!

Oh, I think the Kong company also makes some pretty safe products. Just don't get the stuffing they try to sell you to put in their stuff it toys.

Denise

POSTED BY DENISE CUEBA :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 02/10/2009 5:41 AM


Renewaballs (www.renewaballs.com) sells recycled tennis balls for dogs, and the logo is branded off so there shouldn't be any toxins. I don't know if they're made for chewing, but they should be healthy for fetch.

POSTED BY BRENDA :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 04/06/2009 4:27 PM


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