Rescue issues warning after dogs appear to react to tennis balls

A non-profit rescue agency has issued a warning to pet owners after several dogs suffered apparent reactions to tennis balls. On June 13, Humane Animal Rescue Project wrote:

“WARNING!!! WARNING!!!WARNING!!!
These tennis balls may be causing serious injury to your dogs !!!
3 of our dogs and one boarder appear to have had reactions in their mouths, throats, tongues , esophagus and gums after playing with this brand of Penn balls.”

Reported symptoms from tennis balls

According to the organization, dogs who played with Penn tennis balls had the following symptoms:

Swollen tongue, white ulcerations, heavy drooling, difficulty in drinking , eating or breathing. Several of the dogs required IV’s because of the pain caused while drinking and eating.

Veterinarians who examined the dogs stated that it appeared that they had suffered “chemical burns.”

Where were the balls purchased?

The agency has stated that the Penn Tennis Balls were purchased from Costco.

Anyone with a similar experience?

Humane Animal Rescue Project has asked for others to share their experience with Penn Tennis Balls to see if this is a widespread issue. Find the group on Facebook here.

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6 replies
  1. susispot says:

    Years ago I heard real tennis balls were toxic to dogs because of the florescent dye used. Only tennis balls made for dog use should be obtained for our furry best friends.

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  2. Bev Woodburn says:

    THOSE TWO PSYCHOPATHIC DEPRAVED ANIMAL TORTURING MONSTERS, STANLEY AND SADLER SHOULD HAVE BEEN JAILED FOR YEARS OR EVEN PUT TO DEATH, INSTEAD OF THE LOW FINE THESE MONSTERS WERE CHARGED. THE PRECIOUS AND INNOCENT DOG WHO TRUSTED THESE ANIMAL TORTURING MONSTERS, WAS HEINOUSLY TORTURED TO DEATH JUST FOR THEIR VILE AND EVIL LUST FOR BLOOD AND CRUELTY.
    THE HEARTLESS AND CALLOUS JUDGE MUST BE SACKED FROM THIS BASTAR5DS POSITION. LETTING THESE TWO MONSTERS GET AWAY WITH SUCH A VILE AND EVIL SADISTIC AND CALLOUS CRIME COMMITTED AGAINST AN INNOCENT AND DEFENCELESS DOG IS AN ABOMINATION OF THE VILEST.
    THIS IS SASDISM AND EVILNESS AT ITS WORST, ABSOLUTELY SICKENIN G AND UN FORGIVABLE.

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  3. Bev Woodburn says:

    LIZ. I WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAMETHING AS YOU. KEEP YOUR PRECIOUS DOGS AND LET YOUR OTHER HALF GO. ANIMALS ARE MORE FAITHFUL AND LOVING THAN A HUMAN BEING. I LOVE ANIMALS AND WOULD DO ANYTHING TO SAVE THEM. KEEP UP YOUR GREAT WORK LIZ BY SAVING THE PRECIOUS DOGS.
    I HAVE PRECIOUS DOGS AND CATS THAT I HAVE RESCUED AND THEY WILL BE WITH ME UNTIL THEIR TIME HAS COME TO GO TO ANIMAL HEAVEN.

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  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    PLEASE warn friends and family who have dogs to NOT use PENN TENNIS BALLS for your pets to play with – there have been severe reactions from whatever chemicals are in these balls – Keep your pets safe – avoid these tennis balls and if you shop at Costco inform the manager about the danger of them.

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