Four Paws, Inc. makes a “Pimple Ball” for dogs. Due to a “manufacturing flaw,” when a dog chews on the ball a vacuum is created inside, the vacuum sucks the dog’s tongue into the ball through a hole (there were supposed to be two holes, thus negating the possibility of a vacuum) and, given the nature of a vacuum, the ball cannot be removed from the dog’s tongue, except surgically. The result is either euthanasia or removal of the dog’s tongue. This blog post describes the horrible consequences–with pictures and video–of this “manufacturing flaw.” And, I bet I don’t even have to research it…the ball is most likely made in, yeah where else, China!
Here’s what Four Paws says about their company:
Since 1970, Four Paws has been committed to manufacturing the highest quality pet products available on the market. We are equally committed to providing the finest customer service in the industry. Every product is tested for safety and usability for both owner and pet. Our goal is both customer and pet satisfaction and enjoyment. Our employees provide outstanding customer service and will ensure that you and your pet remain happy and satisfied customers. Four Paws is a proud member of the following Pet Industry Trade Associations: APPMA, WWPSA, PIJAC, PIDA
Uh-huh… “…Every product is tested for safety and usability…” Sure.
Only good news is the pimple ball has apparently been recalled by the manufacturer. Link here…