Thursday, April 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Paws for Thought: Tennis balls can be dangerous dog toys

Dennis Nevins introduces Sunny, left, and Shade, right, to Jerrylee Vanderhurst’s dog, Wolfie J. Nevins adopted Sunny and Shade from the City of Sacramento’s animal shelter when Vanderhurst told him of their plight.

What’s not to like about cheap, easily available tennis balls that dogs love to chase, catch and chew? Answer: chewing, choking and ingesting.
Chewing tennis balls damages teeth. According to Dogged Health, http://www.doggedhealth.com, tennis ball fibers are surprisingly abrasive as they are meant to withstand hard-court surfaces. Then there’s the tough glue that adheres the felt to the ball. Over time, enamel and dentin are worn down exposing the internal root canal system. This painful condition can lead to serious dental decay and other infections. At that point, you are facing big vet bills for dental work and your dog is facing loss of teeth.
Choking can occur when a tennis ball is either compressed and pops open at the back of the dog’s throat or the dog has two or more tennis balls in its mouth. In this situation, air supply is cut off and your beloved pet will die unless the ball is removed immediately.
Ingesting pieces of a tennis ball usually requires a trip to the vet and expensive surgery to remove the blockage. Large dogs can destroy a tennis ball in seconds and even swallow it whole. Smaller dogs may rip off the covering and eat it along with bits of the ball. Surgery to remove the debris is painful and potentially deadly for your dog as well as costly for you.
So what to do? First and foremost, monitor all ball activity. Play fetch not drop-and-chew. If possible, use rubber balls sold at pet supply stores that are too large to be swallowed and too tough to be chewed by your largest and strongest dog. If your dog must have a tennis ball, use one designed for dogs and limit its use. Additional information can be found online at Animal Care Clinic.

Happy Tails
It’s heartbreaking when you can’t keep beloved pets and even more so when they are a bonded pair. Back in March, Sunrise and Shade were tearfully relinquished to the city of Sacramento’s Front Street animal shelter because their owner could no longer care for them. Animal Care Services Manager, Gina Knepp, and her staff were determined to find a good home for these two senior dogs who were littermates.

And so the media outreach began. Featured on Front Street’s Facebook page and Fox 40, they attracted a huge following, but the March 16 offsite adoption event at the Pet Department Store proved to be their lucky day. Jerrylee Vanderhurst, an ardent follower of their situation on Facebook, arrived and announced, “I’ve got to adopt these two now!” Vanderhurst’s long-time partner, Dennis Nevins, had already agreed to take them into his home and care for them for their remaining years. And so these two senior dogs were adopted that very day.

“Sunny” aka Sunrise and Shade now live with Dennis enjoying the good life in Napa’s wine country. Sunny and Shade get along with Dennis’ three rescue cats as well as Angus, a senior Lab, who visits from time to time. They also spend quality time with Jerrylee, her dog Wolfie J and rescue cat Mixie in Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.

Apparently Sunny is deaf. So when Dennis or Jerrylee wants Sunny to come they simply call, “Sunny and Shade” and both come bounding over knowing they are home again!

Ways to Help
Join the effort to reduce cat overpopulation. Help experienced volunteers with Woodland’s trap-neuter-release program. Contact Angela Kinn at angelak@yolospca.org for details.

— Evelyn Dale of Davis is a volunteer and advocate for shelter animal welfare. Contact her at pawsforthought@sbcglobal.net. This column appears monthly.

Special to The Enterprise

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

 
4-H members get ready for Spring Show

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Will city move forward on public power review?

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

 
Obama to Russia: More sanctions are ‘teed up’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

 
2 pursuits, 2 arrests keep Woodland officers busy

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
 
Youth sports in focus on radio program

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Rummage sale will benefit preschool

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Concert benefits South Korea exchange

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Conference puts focus on Arab studies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Davis honors ‘green’ citizens

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Water rate assistance bill advances

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Program explores STEM careers for girls

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

 
Embroiderers plan a hands-on project

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Central Park Gardens to host Volunteer Orientation Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Volkssporting Club plans North Davis walks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Hotel/conference center info meeting set

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
MOMS Club plans open house

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Cycle de Mayo benefits Center for Families

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

Author to read ‘The Cat Who Chose to Dream’

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A12

 
.

Forum

Things are turning sour

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
The high cost of employment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

High-five to Union Bank

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Broken sprinklers waste water

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Three more administrators?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Neustadt has experience for the job

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Here’s a plan to save big on employee costs

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6, 3 Comments

 
Davis is fair, thoughtful

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Ortiz is the right choice for Yolo

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

.

Sports

DHS tracksters sweep another DVC meet

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Another DVC blowout for DHS girls soccer

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1, 2 Comments | Gallery

Young reinvents his game to help Aggies improve on the diamond

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS boys shuffle the deck to beat Cards

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

DHS/Franklin II is a close loss for Devil softballers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Baseball roundup: Giants slam Rockies in the 11th

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
UCD roundup: Aggies lose a softball game at Pacific

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

 
Jahn jumps to Sacramento Republic FC

By Evan Ream | From Page: B8

.

Features

.

Arts

Congressional art competition open to high school students

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Emerson, Da Vinci to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Winters Plein Air Festival begins Friday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Bach Soloists wrap up season on April 28

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A11

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6