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Dog gets tongue stuck in toy, must be amputated

In Health and Safety on August 21, 2008 at 5:34 pm

There’s nothing worse than an animal in pain, especially when that pain is inflicted by something that’s supposed to bring your pet joy—his toy.

The pimple ball Chai got his tongue stuck in

The pimple ball Chai got his tongue stuck in

Chai, a 10-year-old Lab mix, was playing with a Four Paws pimple ball with bell, when his tongue got stuck in the hole in the ball. He had to be taken to the vet to have the ball removed because his tongue was so swollen. Eventually his tongue had to be amputated, making it very difficult for him to eat and drink.

Chai with his swollen tongue, before it was amputated

Chai with his swollen tongue, before it was amputated

Chai’s parent documented the poor dog’s story on a blog. (Warning, there are some graphic photos). You can watch videos of Chai adjusting to eating and drinking without a tongue as well as find out more information about boycotting the company.

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  2. I contacted Four Paws about the problem and was told there is a recall. They also told me that this was a manufacturing defect because the toy was designed with two holes but the smaller hole was clogged on the inside. I love their products and think they are stepping up to the plate and being a responsible manufacturer. However, if you have this ball, please check that the holes are not clogged.

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    On November 22, 2010, Bella, my almost 8 months puppy broke the squeaker of her new toy large Good Cuz and thus a hole was created. This hole turned out to be a powerful vacum and sucked up Bella’s tongue into the small hole. What the Cuz did to my Bella was exactly the same as the Pimple Ball did to Chai. Fortunately, Bella’s tongue is saved but poor Chai’s has been amputated. This whole incident was so distressful which I would not like to repeat it. I have already report the incident to the JW Pet company to request a recall of this dangerous toy from the market. IF THERE IS ALREADY A HOLE IN YOUR CUZ, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE THROW IT ALWAY IMMEDIATELY.

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