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News and Information about Dogs, Cats, and Pet Products

You may hear us at Two Bostons talk about the dangers of Tennis Balls, but you have never really understood why.  Let me explain why you will never see a tennis ball at any of our stores.

dog-tennis-ball-by-certified-su-thumb-480x360-15516 (1)Tennis balls can turn a typical game like fetch, for example, into a scary situation.  There are times your dog might catch the ball in his mouth, but farther back than it should go. The ball could get stuck in your pup’s throat, and once this happens it usually blocks off breathing.  This requires immediate action — and if the blockage is not removed right away, your dog many not survive.

There have also been studies showing that the outer layer of a tennis ball is abrasive and can wear down the tooth enamel.  The glue that is used on a tennis ball can also cause the tooth enamel to erode. This is because the natural stickiness allows the glue to stay on teeth long after your pup is finished with the ball itself.  If your pooch likes to chew or eat tennis balls, pieces can also get stuck in the throat, esophagus, or anywhere along the digestive tract.  Fragments can often get lodged in the bowel, and this can require emergency

These problems are seen most often in breeds like Labs, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers.  Why? Mainly, sheer size. These larger breeds are more likely to enjoy catching tennis balls and playing a bit more roughly with their toys.  They also have mouths that are large enough to wrap around the entire ball.  But tennis ball fragments can still pose health and choking risks for any size dog.

Fortunately, there are many great alternatives that are safe to use while still having fun! Most toys we carry are made of safe, non-toxic, and/or recycled plastic or rubber.  Many are reinforced with extra-durable seams and stitching.

When it comes to tough, fetch toys, check out the Planet Dog line.  These non-toxic, clean-rinsing toys are made in the USA for energetic players and assertive chewers!  First of all, they all smell like peppermint, so they offer a great little breath-freshening boost with every chew.  But they’re also made of pliable, super durable Orbee-Tuff material.  The special rubberized consistency allows the toy to bounce and float; and it stands up to even the most aggressive chewer because it encourages a dog’s teeth to rebound off the toy instead of puncturing the surface.  Plus, Planet Dog toys are 100% guaranteed against defects…and many are also recyclable.

This is just one of the many safe and durable toy lines that we carry.  Stop by and ask us for more firsthand suggestions!



Do you have a dog that loves to play with just about any ball-shaped object? Will he run and fetch till he’s totally exhausted? My son’s dog Buck, a 110 lb chocolate Lab, will chase a ball until he can’t even stand up – and then he lies down with the ball next to him. The problem with having such a lively dog is that any ball used during his fetching sessions tends to end up destroyed before long. Well, we have found a super-durable solution to the problem: the Unbreakoball by Ardwin Products.

Unlike tennis balls, which have numerous dangers as discussed in a previous blog, the Unbreakoball is made right here in the United States of high-density polyethylene plastic … also known as a really, really tough material. As a matter of fact, it’s so tough the manufacturer actually warranties the Unbreakoball against breakage. Another great thing about the Unbreakoball is that it is available in two different sizes. There’s the original 6″ diameter Unbreakoball, which is 3 times larger than a baseball and recommended for dogs under seventy pounds. Then there’s the 10″ diameter “Big Daddy” size. This is the same size as a basketball, and great for your bigger pups. Both sizes are too large to get lodged between your pup’s teeth — or even worse, caught in his throat.

The Ubreakoball is designed with holes drilled through the ball and spaced at intervals — perforated, kind of like a wiffle ball. This makes it just about impossible for any dog to bite through. At first, most pups will have fun pushing the ball around with their noses and swatting it with their paws. But after a bit of practice, they’ll learn to pick up the Unbreakoball – and once they’ve picked it up, they won’t be able to exert the jaw pressure required to go through it. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean your Unbreakoball will remain in pristine condition. Take, for example, Buck with his Unbreakoball. He’s definitely given it his best shot over the past six months, but the worst he’s been able to do is scratch it up (and collect a little bit of backyard mud and grass along the way).




One last thing: If your arm should tire out from throwing the Unbreakoball before your pup grows tires of playing with it – a likely scenario — the holes are just the right size to let you insert a few tasty treats. This will keep your dog busy and happily entertained while you grab yourself a well-earned, ice cold drink.

If you have questions or would like to check out the Unbreakoball for yourself, just stop by one of our stores with your favorite canine companion. I can usually be found at our Springbrook location, but anyone on our Team would be more than happy to help!