Chewing Golf Balls, Vaccine Frequency

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Hi, I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell and today I am answering some questions on Pets Best Facebook page. This one is from Candy. “Is it okay to let dogs chew on golf balls? My Scottie scars the outside covering and I’m afraid she’s eating some of it, or at least ingesting some chemical. She has food allergies and is on the Z/D Kibble, which keeps her ears infection-free.”

It probably isn’t a good idea. A Scottie is a little dog so the chances of her swallowing the whole thing are pretty unlikely, but if she’s still chewing parts of the plastic off and ingesting it, it’s probably not going to be good for her. Try something like a Nylabone or a Kong, or something that’s made for dogs, to be a little bit safer.

The next one comes from Barbara. “Is it still necessary to do yearly vaccinations or is it being looked into to not have them done quite so frequently?”

This is a great question, and the answer is it depends. Some veterinarians will use vaccinations from a manufacturer that will only guarantee them for one year and that’s where the year deadline comes up. There are manufacturers that will guarantee their vaccines will work for three years. Contact your veterinarian and see if a three-year set of vaccines instead of one-year would be available for you to get.

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