Dog Loses Life After Playing Common Toy

On Saturday, Jamie Stumpf, posted Facebook photos of her dog Maximus with a terribly swollen tongue. She wrote that Maximus had been playing with a rubber ball that had a single hole in it. Stumpf wrote “My Humble Loyal wonderfully loving family pet Maximus is in the fight of his life. His Kong ball got suctioned to his tongue. Causing major damage as you can tell.” She also wrote “I am pleading for your love support and prayers to be sent his way. If you have one on these balls TAKE IT AWAY!!!!”

She then added “The Vet hopes the tissue does not die in the amount that would require removal of the tissue. I will not choose to allow a major portion to be taken. It's not in his best interest. Bill is already $3700 Please PRAY for my Lovely." Sadly, Stumpf posted later that Maximus had died as a result of the injuries. Some commenters on Facebook asked if it was the recalled pimple ball, manufactured by Four Paws. Stumpf shared additional photos, confirming that the toy is made by the Kong company, known as the "Beast."

In 2008, a dog named Chai had to have his tongue amputated as a result of injuries that came from playing with the Four Paws pimple ball. Similar toys are still out on the market. The website dogthusiast.com writes “It is incredibly important that you check any toys that have a design where there is a hole in only one side without a secondary hole to prevent suction, and this includes tugs that may come apart."

Photo: Epoch Inspired, Reshareworthy

Many pet owners by kongs for their dogs.

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