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While browsing my RSS feed I came across this incredibly sad story of a dog who had part of his tongue amputed because of a poorly designed toy. It’s the kind of toy I could picture myself brining home from the store. After reading the sad post I wanted to add a short post here so everyone could see this toy. If you own the pimple ball with bell toy please take it away from your dog and if you see it at the store please ask the manager to remove it from their shelves.
Pimple Ball With Bell
The toy is the pimple ball with bell produced by Four Paws Inc. Here are a couple of images of the toy:
The image of the red ball is the ball after it was cut off the dogs tongue. The image of the blue ball is the ball in it’s original packaging.
Check out the full Chai Story on blogger.
A Deadly Toy
If you continue reading through the Chai Story website Chai’s owner has posted information from another owner who’s dog died from this toy. Here’s the link to the story: Toy Kills Dog. I’m not sure if it’s true, but I have heard that if a dog loses a certain percentage of their tongue then they have to be euthanized. I’ve read similar articles of tongues being lost in shredder accidents. Here’s a short clip of information on how important a dogs tongue is:
The dog’s tongue is one of the most important parts of its body. Besides lapping up food and water, or kissing its owner, the tongue serves as an essential heat regulator. When dogs exercise, their tongues becomes larger and due to increased blood flow usually hang out of the mouth. Thus, when a dog pants, it’s actually cooling the dog’s entire body. The dog’s quick shallow breaths cause moisture on the tongue to evaporate thus cooling the tongue that in turn cools the blood flow through the tongue and the respiratory system. Providing your dog with cool air on hot or humid days is very important for temperature regulation. This is why it is so dangerous to leave a dog in an unventilated heated car. The warm air keeps the tongue from doing its job.
Sorry for the sad stories at the beginning of labor day weekend. I just wanted to get this information out to try and prevent any other accidents with this ball. Oh and by the way, keep in mind that your paper shredder can be a danger to your dog as well.
Have a great labor day!