Dangerous Toy

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[FONT=&quot]I was sent this email, never thought this could happen.



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On June 22, 2008 , my 10-year old lab
mix, Chai, sustained a severe injury from a
product that the company Four Paws, Inc.,
[/FONT][FONT=&quot]produces. The toy I'm referencing is the pimple
ball with bell (Item #20227-001, UPC Code #0
4566320227 9).

While chewing on the toy,
a vacuum was created and it effectively sucked
[/FONT][FONT=&quot]his tongue into the hole in the ball. From
speaking with my vet, this likely occurred
because there is not a second hole in the ball
preventing the vacuum effect from happening. I
became aware of this when Chai approached a
friend at my home whimpering w ith the ball in
his mouth. She tried unsuccessfully to remove
the ball but the tongue had swollen and could
not be released.
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Chai
was taken to the Animal Medical Center (an
emergency care facility in New York City ) and
was treated by Dr. Nicole Spurlock to have the
ball removed. Because the size of the opening on
t he ball was so small, all circulation to his
tongue was cut off. The doctors had to sedate
him in ord er to remove it. Once the ball was
removed, his tongue swelled to the point that he
could no longer put it in his mouth. Chai was
sent home with care i nstructions and to be
observed overnight for any changes.
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[FONT=&quot] By
the following morning, Chai's tongue had swollen [/FONT][FONT=&quot]even more.[/FONT]
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[/FONT][FONT=&quot]This is the
dogs tongue not the Toy![/FONT][FONT=&quot]He was
taken to his regular vet, Dr. Timnah Lee, for
treatment. He was admitted and kept sedated for
a period of three days during which time they
were treating his wounds and waiting to
determine how much of his tongue could be saved.
On June 26, 2008 , Chai had his tongue
amputated.

He was kept in after-care for
an additional three days. On Sunday, June 29th,
I brought Chai home from the vet with a barrage
of home care instructions, to last for an
additional 7 days . His next visit was to have
his mouth re-examined and have the feeding tube
in his neck removed.

On the way home
from the vet we stopped at Petland Discount
where I purchased their product to speak to the
manager on duty. Upon meeting Chai and seeing
his condition, he removed all of the balls in
question from the shelves. He also ga ve me the
customer service number to their corporate
headquarters to request that they refuse to
continue purchasing all Four Paws products, but
I have not called them as of yet.
Additionally,
I shared my story with friends who have a French
Bulldog named Petunia. Upon hearing my story,
their eyes widened. They explained that the same
thing happened twice in one night with a smaller
version of the same ball to their dog.
Fortunately, they were able to pull it off
before the tongue swelled, but not without
tremendous effort and pain to the dog. They
recalled how horrific it was to hear their d og
screaming while they had to pry the ball from
her tongue.

To date, my veterinary bills
total over $5,000 and I will have regular follow
up appointments for some time. Additionally,
Chai now requires a much more expensive form of
food beca use of this injury, averaging
approximately $200 per
month.

Additionally, I now have to
re-teach my dog to eat, drink and adjust to life
without his tongue. Feeding him takes me about
90 minutes twice a day and for at least this
first week he is not to be unattended for more
than 20 minutes at a time.

I sent this
information along with the reference to the
French Bulldog to Four Paws, Inc., and it is
their position that there just aren't enough
instances to do anything about this. I told
their insurance company's case manager that was
not a good enough excuse. It was inferred that
my dogs value wasn't much and that his pain and
suffering don't count as he is just a piece of
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Shocking, that poor animal.

I don't believe in giving toys to dogs, unless it's in the form of chewable hide.
 

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This is an eye opener and shame man poor woof.
 
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Shocking, that poor animal.

I don't believe in giving toys to dogs, unless it's in the form of chewable hide.
I agree - and now the stupid owner is blaming the company making the toys. I would blame the owner first - God gave us brains to use - why did he/she buy such a stupid thing for the dog in the first place... It was obviously meant to be used as a "toy" for a very small dog - anyone with half a brain should have realized that a large dog would either chew through it, or likely even swallow it !!!

Hennie
 

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I agree - and now the stupid owner is blaming the company making the toys. I would blame the owner first - God gave us brains to use - why did he/she buy such a stupid thing for the dog in the first place... It was obviously meant to be used as a "toy" for a very small dog - anyone with half a brain should have realized that a large dog would either chew through it, or likely even swallow it !!!

Hennie
There are lots of things we give our dogs that can be dangerous, and only when things like this happens do we realize how stupid it was. Even the guys with the French Bulldog did not know better.

How many people give their dogs tennis balls to play with?

Did you know that tennis balls wear their teeth down quicker.
 
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Many years ago, as a kid, I had a little Foxterrier who was a vital one-third part of our local cricket team... We had a bowler, a batsman, and the dog did all the field work - he was killed by a car at around age 15, after having fathered perhaps two million small Fido's... Tennis ball (which we played with in those days...) never did him any harm, but then he didn't really chew on them, just caught them directly out of the air - and of course stole new tennis balls for us from the school office whenever he thought that we needed to replace the old ones :thumbup:

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One more thing we don't think of an Innocent dog collar. My dogs don't wear them at home anymore. We had 1 dog get her collar caught in the fence, she managed to twist it so much it cut off the blood circulation. She survived but ended up coughing for the rest of her life. The vet said she was very lucky as the blood must have been trapped in her head as if it was the other way around she would have been brain damaged.

A friends dog managed to swallow a leather collar, it go twisted in the intestines the dog nearly died.
 

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