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Dogs and Tennis Balls

9th May 2015

Dogs and Tennis Balls

Tennis Balls are a common toy that dogs just love! However many people do not realise the dangers tennis balls can bring to your dog, not just physically but mentally too. It is very important that when choosing a Tennis Ball toy for your dog you choose one that is purposely made as a dog toy.

Crushing Tennis Balls

Some dogs just love to chew and chomp on new toys, dogs mouths and jaws are designed to cause damage if pressure is applied, which is why no toy is indestructible. Dogs can easily crush tennis balls breaking little bits off, sometimes these small pieces that break off can be swallowed and your dog may require surgery as pieces of tennis ball become lodged in their stomach and intestines. If your dog pops the tennis ball in their mouth the ball can pop open releasing the compressed air from inside the ball and then become lodged in your dogs throat causing them to choke to death as the ball is so tightly wedged in the mouth it can not be removed.

Toxic Glue

Sometimes cheaper versions of Tennis balls can be glued together with glue that can be toxic. If your dog eats part of the tennis ball that has some of the glue on it they can become very poorly due to a reaction from the glue. If you think your dog has eaten part of a tennis ball then contact your dogs Vet for advice.

Mental Dangers

This sub title may sound very odd, however there are mental dangers tennis balls can cause dogs. Dogs can become ball obsessed and although it is very rewarding for both dog and owner it can be damaging to your dogs mental health. Dogs that are ball obsessed can start stealing tennis balls from other dogs, become aggressive over their own tennis balls and become so obsessed that when they are out on walks they will either seek more tennis balls or wait for owners to start throwing balls. Out on walks dogs do not venture off or play with other dogs they will be constantly watching their owners or a tennis ball.

To overcome this problem you will need to go back to basics with training changing the direction of your dogs focus. When out on walks instead of playing with tennis balls or round balls, find new shapes of toys to vary playtime. If you are struggling then you can also seek advice from a pet behaviourist.


Tennis balls are not made to be dog toys however they are commonly used across the world as toys for peoples pets, many of these dog owners do not understand the dangers they can bring. There are plenty of dog safe toys specifically designed for dog playtime, these come in a range of shapes and sizes so you will find the right one for your dog. But do not start to throw sticks as these can cause serious injuries to your dog, take a look at our blog post on the dangers of sticks to dogs for more information.


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