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Dog Lover Safety Tip: The Danger of “Tennis Balls”

Every year thousands of dogs around the world die from playing with tennis balls.  If you have a large dog with a sizable jaw, then a tennis ball is not a safe for them to play with.  There are at two very common ways that a tennis ball can kill your dog.  The first and most common way is when a tennis ball becomes logged in a dog’s throat and blocks his or her airway causing suffocation.  The second way is when a dog swallows a tennis ball and a blockage and/or obstruction is created in the dog’s intestines.  Tennis balls are probably one of the top five most dangerous toys for large dogs to play with.  Google “tennis ball and dog” and you will see thousands of articles pop up about this very common and serious problem.  Keep in mind that these individual deaths are just the ones that have actually been reported and written about.  I personally know two families who lost their beloved Labrador Retrievers due to a simple game of fetch with a tennis ball.  In fact, Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Retriever died the very same way.  Oprah televised the incident and warned other dog owners not to use tennis balls or plastic balls of a similar size to play fetch with their dog.  Unfortunately, I still see far too many people give their large breed dogs tennis balls.

A good alternative to a tennis ball is a toy known as a “Kong” or other similar toys that are made from galvanized rubber.  These types of toys are too large to be swallowed and cannot get stuck in your dog’s throat.  The original “Kong” comes in several sizes and has a large hole in the center so your dog can still breath while carrying the toy in it’s mouth.   The company also makes a number of other “Kong” products that are safe and fairly difficult to destroy.   When you are buying your dog a toy, always think about their safety first.

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Dog Lover Winter Tips!

One of the most overlooked parts of winter dog care is your dog’s paws. The padding on a dog’s paws can get very damaged and this is especially so during the winter months. Proper paw care can help avoid bacterial and fungal infections. Short haired dogs usually need doggie booties and even some long haired breeds could benefit from them. Purchasing a set of properly fitting booties that offer protection against the cold pavement and that are water resistant are crucial to protecting your dog’s paws during the winter months. I highly recommend brands such as Muttluks or Ruffwear for doggy booties. If your dog has long and/or thick fur, then they may not need booties to protect them from freezing temperatures. However, road salt takes a toll on our dogs’ paws. A great product that offers some protection is Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protector Wax. Musher’s wax allows your dog’s paws to breath while helping to protect them from moisture and road salt. Even if your dog wears booties or you use a wax for protection, you should always properly clean and dry your dog’s paws when they come in from a walk. Now if you really want to pamper your pet, you may want to use a paw conditioner to help soothe and heal your pet’s pads. A conditioner that works really well and that may be used all year round is Tender Paw for Dogs.

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