|Barked: Wed May 19, '10 11:54pm PST |
|Mikey is obsessed with tennis balls. He can find one buried deeeeep in a bush at 10 paces. Amazes me.
He loves to fetch it, maybe 2-3 times, then he wants to lay down and chew it up. Luckily he doesn't eat it. Never has and actually spits the pieces out. It's kind of funny.
Anyway--he will find a tennis ball about twice a week on our walks (sometimes we'll go weeks without finding one)and either destroy it right there on someone's lawn or bring it home and destroy it.
It takes about 15 minutes and then he's done. A lot of the time he just chews it until it's split and then he's not interested in it anymore.
Doing that about 2-3 times a week for about 10-15 minutes, is that going to do damage to his teeth?
I don't buy them and like I said earlier, sometimes he doesn't chew on one for a week or two, but I'm hearing a lot lately of how they act like a file on a dogs teeth and I'm hoping the small amount that Mikey chews on one won't ruin his teeth.
Buying a smooth ball that's big enough (so it doesn't get lodged in the back of his throat), is expensive. And since he destroys the smooth balls within a matter of minutes after he's done playing fetch, I just can't see spending that kind of money ($6-$7 a pop) on a smooth ball every time.
I know dogs shouldn't chew on tennis balls, but is a small amount of time doing so, ok?
OP, I wouldn't let your dog swallow the fuzz. Especially if it's made in China. The crap that they make things with have been out of our manufacturing for years. Either way, don't let him eat the fuzz.
I don't know if your dog totally destroys balls, but if not, buy him smooth, squeaky balls. Make sure they're over sized.
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