Jeffrey & Blackie playing fetch Photo By Karen Thomason
Do you have a Gordon Setter that is a tennis ball FREAK? One of those Gordons that will bug you all day, every day, to throw the tennis ball for him. He carries it around. Drops it at your feet. You try to hide it, and he won't let you out of his site? Well if you do, your Gordon is in danger of ruining his teeth. If he's the type that carries the ball in his mouth all day and chews on it constantly, he could develop Tennis Ball Mouth. According to Daniel Lauridia, DMV at Dogged Health.Com, tennis balls are made of a material that can actually harm your dogs teeth. A dogs tooth has several layers, sort of like our human teeth, and constant chewing on tennis balls can wear down the enamel and continue damaging the tooth through the dentin layer until it reaches the pulp cavity. If the dentin layer is showing, there will be tiny brown holes visible on his teeth. The tiny brown holes can become infected and cause your Gordon pain and be a risk for other health problems. If your dog already has these little brown holes, stop the tennis ball play and seek advice from your veterinarian. Dr. Lauridia recommends non-abrasive rubber toys such as Kongs. Limit the dogs access to tennis balls but they're okay once in a while as a special treat. Your dogs good health depends a lot on healthy teeth and gums.