Tennis balls are not safe to allow your puppy or dog to play with. Sadly several dogs have died because the ball gets lodged in the back of the throat where it cannot be removed by the owner. Also tennis balls can easily be broken and within minutes a dog could have it in pieces that could easily be swallowed. The fuzz from tennis balls doesn’t break down in the stomach so whether your dog has ingested pieces of the ball or the fuzz both can easily cause an obstruction requiring surgical intervention. Now if this isn’t enough to make you decide to toss the tennis balls, the glue used to fasten the fuzz to tennis balls can break down the enamel on your dog’s teeth. When dogs chew on tennis balls the glue becomes wet and abrasive. The combination of chewing and abrasion damages your dog’s teeth and continues to damage his teeth when he’s not chewing because the glue remaining on his teeth breaks down the enamel. With all these reasons why tennis balls may be hazardous to your dog’s health, and so many other balls on the market that are safe to use in play and training, why take the chance on using them?
Rawhides are not considered a food item. Thus, it is not covered by any labeling, processing, or content laws, and it may contain chemical preservatives. According to Associated Content, imported rawhide chews often contain toxins including arsenic, lead, titanium oxide, formaldehyde, chromium salts, mercury, cadmium and bromine. Even with the use of these highly questionable preservatives, the FDA reports that Salmonella has been detected in some of the imported chews. In the US and Canada, refrigerated trucks provide safer transport and the hides are generally only treated with hydrogen peroxide and a water rinse. If you must give your dog rawhide, make sure it was made in America. For safety, monitor the chewing. Throw away the small, chewed down pieces. In addition to the chemical risk, rawhide can swell up to four times its original size in your dog’s stomach and cause life-threatening blockages. Dogs can chew off and swallow large pieces of rawhide which can get stuck in their esophagus, stomach, or intestines. This almost always requires surgical removal.
Avoid food products from China
I only buy food products that are made in the USA or other countries with high safety standards for pet products. I avoid food and treats from China but most toys should be okay.
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Other items to avoid
It's important to remember that pets do not have the same digestive systems as humans and that we need to keep certain foods away from them. Dogs should never eat chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, macadamia nuts, walnuts, tomatoes, avocados, nutmeg, coffee, tea, alcohol, or breath mints. All of these are toxic and can cause severe health problems or even death. All pets should avoid foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar, bones that are likely to splinter (such as chicken bones) and alcohol.
If you are baking, keep pets away from yeast dough or bread dough, baking soda or baking powder - ingesting these ingredients can cause serious problems.
The seeds, leaves and stems of many kinds of fruits and some vegetable can be toxic to pets. Don’t let your dog eat the pit of a pear, plum, peach, apricot, or apple.
Keep all tobacco products away from your pet and don’t leave the filters where the dog has access to them.