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Dog Toy - Pimple Ball - Beware

If you don't have a dog, send it to your friends who do....because even tho the product is off the pet store shelves, you may have an old one at home.  

On Sunday, June 22, 2008 a 1 0-year old lab mix, Chai, sustained a severe injury from a product that the company Four Paws Inc, produces. The toy I'm referencing is the pimple ball with bell. (Item #20227-001, UPC Code 0 4566320227 9) 
pimple ball with bell.

While chewing on the toy, a vacuum was created and it effectively sucked 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 with the ball in his mouth. She tried unsuccessfully to remove the ball but the tongue had swollen and could not be released.

Chai at vet

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 the ball was so small, all circulation to his tongue was cut off. The doctors had to sedate him in order 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 instructions and to be observed overnight for any changes. 
By the following morning Chai¢s tongue had swollen even more. 

Dog ball recall

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 Chai went 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 they stopped at Petland Discount where he 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 gave them the customer service number to their corporate headquarters to request that they refuse to continue purchasing all Four Paws products, but we have not called them as of yet.

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Comment balloon 7 commentsDanny Frank • December 15 2008 09:06PM


OMG...that's horrible! Our poor pets can get injured so easily from objects we think are harmless. I will forward you post on to others. Thanks for the warning. My dog almost died from kidney failure a few months ago. I believe it was from rawhide chew bones that had toxins in them.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Danny, That is so sad.  We have a dog but he doesn't have a ball like this.  I will let others know. 

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 10 years ago

omg i will pass it around i could not stand to keep reading my heart could not take it......did ur dog make it?

Posted by Ray & Elaine Fischer ((828) & (828) ) about 10 years ago

Awe poor puppy.  I am soo sorry that happened to you.  It brought back sad memories of my doggie and a stick.  I hope all is well and thank you for taking such great care of such a beautiful dog.  Thank you so much for your story.

Posted by Trisha almost 10 years ago

Yes i am really horrifed by these pictures i think one must be of the same passion that others ,i think better the pet owners avoid such thingd from there dogs recnetly my french mastiff is also been injured while playing such toy and the i decided not to give ghim toys to play with.

Posted by Romolous about 9 years ago

oh my .. did the poor dogs tounge ever return to normal?

I work with dogs and will warn people about these toys

Posted by Anonymous almost 9 years ago
Sorry, my dog died 3 years ago. She had, It's were they are very crase. We had to put her down.
Posted by Emma over 8 years ago