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Can Goldens play with Racquet Balls?

Does anyone think that a racquet ball is too small for a Golden Retriever to play with? Has anyone actually had a bad experience? Do you think the dog could swallow it whole?
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My goldens have had racquet balls for years.. they love them. Never been a problem.


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Just be very sure they don't swallow them!

A relative of my old border collie did that, they didn't know it though till he finally died a few years later. They knew one day he got 'hurt' because he yelped while on a walk, and from that day on had digestive issues, couldn't eat big meals or big treats, vomited on and off and so on. Would get wierd infections that would clear with medications. Testing showed nothing (the ball was round and smooth and didn't show on anything) and finally they opened him up to look and there it was. By then he was too sick to survive long, the toxins from the ball had did a lot of damage.

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mine like to "pop" it out and make it bounce all over. They get gross pretty fast and covered with fur. I watch them the entire time they have it.
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My dogs also have them, they really bounce!! THEY ARE THOSE BLUE BALLS, YOU GET AT WALMART, TWO IN A CAN? CORRECT?


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My Subiaco played with them often. Never had a problem. And I mean the blue ones that are a little smaller than a tennis ball and smooth rubber
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It might depend on the size of your dog's muzzle or how vigorously he plays with them. No way would I let my Goldens play with a ball that small. One of my goldens has a very large wide mouth and it would be too easy for it to be swallowed or stuck in his esophagus.

My other dogs don't play with balls but if they did I would go with a larger size ball than that for safety...but then I am a big time worrier when it comes to my dogs.

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I do not allow my dogs anything smaller than a tennis ball. There have been a couple instances of tennis balls choking a golden.

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Thank you to everyone who responded for the input. Yes, they are the blue smooth balls that are smaller than a tennis ball. Perhaps it is less risky if the dog is being directly supervised, so you know if he swallows it. Then again, could be an expensive trip to the vet. Sometimes it's so hard to weigh risk against pleasure.
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I am not 100% sure but I think it was a racquet ball that Oprah Winfrey's golden choked on and died. I wouldn't take a chance with a ball that small.
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