VERY DANGEROUS DOG TOY!!!! Snopes verification

If you don't have a dog, send it to your friends who do.

On June 22, 2008, my 10-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, U PC Cod e #0 4566320227 9).

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 e tongue had
swollen and could not be released.

Chai was taken to the Animal Medical Center (an emergency care facility in New York City)
and was treated by D r. 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 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.

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 Pet land 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 gave me the customer service number to
20 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 dog 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 because 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 manage r that was not a good enough excuse. It was inferred that my dog's
value wasn't much and that his pain and suffering don't count as he is just a piece of property.