In my quest to find people’s opinion on best toys for a golden retriever, the most popular answer is “tennis balls” Just plain ‘ol tennis balls..
I wanted to share with you some concerns:
1. Tennis balls contain chemicals – Some do. HealthyStuff.org lists some brands and the level of chemicals in each (low/med/high)
2. Tennis balls cause choking – the ball can break and lodge in to the dogs airway. In my research, I read many comments about people who lost their golden this way. Even when supervised, this is a possibility.
Here’s a great article from Dr. Marty Becker of Vetstreet.com about tennis balls and choking.
3. Tennis balls are bad for teeth – That furry stuff that coats a tennis ball wears away at teeth. This article from Sharon Peters from PetTalk on USA Today explains in detail:
So there you have it. The pros and the cons. The pros? They love ’em. They really love ’em. I highly recommend supervising your dogs’ tennis ball play. Dogs choke on all kinds of things. It’s one of those horrible tragedies that just happen.
There are some alternatives that pose a little less risk. My favorite is the Chuckit Max Glo Ball.
Is your golden allowed to play with tennis balls? Do they love them? I welcome your comments.