Published at Friday, May 11th, 2018 - 11:21:07 AM. . By Sara Holder.
Tennis balls are great toys but only for dogs who are small. Bigger dogs have bigger mouths than most folks realize and the tennis ball really can be swallowed or can end up actually choking the dog at the back of the throat. Bigger dogs often get the ball so coated with slime that it becomes really slippery and this will make it even easier to swallow! If you want to use a ball it is better to purchase a larger ball or make a tennis ball that can not be swallowed by putting it into the bottom of a long sock and tying it in place. Having the sock around the ball prevents the slime from building up and also allows for less chance of having it swallowed because of the "tail" of the sock. Avoiding high vet bills and having fun with your dog with safe fetch toys can both be accomplished. A little imagination and keeping safety in mind can go a long way towards providing a safe play time and/or training time for both you and your dog.
Families across the world have a dog in their household and treat them like any other human being. With that being said, dog owners should be cautious when purchasing items for their beloved family members. When it comes to dog toys or even treats, make sure to read the ingredients to see what your dog could be potentially eating. You know the saying less is more? Well that is perfectly suitable when it comes to dog toys. If there is a toy that is loaded with add on features such as buttons, feathers, strings, or zippers - stay clear! All those items could be potential choking hazards for your dog. The importance of this last tip is a bit lower but still important - check to see if certain dog toys have been recalled. Follow these tips and the next time you are out buying a dog toy, you will be able to safely pick a toy that is suitable for your dog!
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