Nylabone Warning...

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Postby ellie@ny » September 13th, 2006, 3:54 pm

I just tought this could be helpful for someone,who still gives this to their dogs.
Personally I would not...

Nylabone Warning
From a Seattle news station investigation

Is your dog biting off more than he can chew?

The KING 5 Investigators have learned of a troubling pattern among one
of the most popular dog chews on Seattle area store shelves.

One of the most trusted names in dog chews is Nylabone. For 40 years
they've made some of the most popular dog chews.

But there is growing evidence that some of their product lines - like
one made from a gummy material - could be harmful, even fatal, to your
dog.

At the Renton veterinary hospital she manages, Gail Scott has declared
some chew toys off-limits. "I gave this one - one similar to this - to
my own dog," she said, holding up a Nylabone. Now added to her list is
the Nylabone "plaque attacker," the kind that she gave to her Doberman
Sting.

"He had broken the whole end off and it was going down this throat. But
I retrieved it quickly and of course took it away from him," Scott said.
"Had it been swallowed, probably within days, this could have been
lodged somewhere in the intestinal tract and probably had to be
retrieved surgically."

But even surgery couldn't save Timber. It was only after the champion
Alaskan malamute died in Virginia that a vet discovered a chunk of
plaque attacker lodged in his stomach.

In Texas, the same fate was in store for Rambo, a little poodle.

The vet retrieved two pieces of what appeared to be Nylabone products,
after Rambo's agonizing death. "What really got me is when the vet told
me he screamed, and then died," said Harvey Hannah, Rambo's owner.
Virginia attorney Debra Corcoran said she's uncovered more than a
hundred cases where dogs may have been injured or killed after
swallowing Nylabone products.

She blames the company's line of flexible chew toys. They're marketed
under names like Gumma-Bone and Plaque Attacker.

Some vets say they're made of an indigestible material, and plaque
attacker has a knobby surface that can lodge in the digestive tract.

"This is a gas pocket in the stomach outlined here," Rambo's vet said,
pointing to an X-ray.

Rambo's x-ray highlights another problem. Nylabones don't show up on
X-rays, so vets, like Rambo's can't tell what's making the dog sick.

"When it hung up - the intestine keeps moving - so it kind of knotted up
like an accordion," the vet said.

The KING 5 Investigators have obtained a half dozen letters Nylabone
sent to customers whose dogs were injured. The company calls the cases
"...most unusual..." or an "...isolated incident..."

In a letter to KING 5, Nylabone said "...the Plaque Attacker (registered
trademark) is safe ... however, all polymer dog chews, regardless of
manufacturer, can present problems when they are inappropriate in size
or have become old and worn."

In Timber's case, Nylabone settled for an undisclosed dollar amount the
day of trial.

Attorney Debra Corcoran is now preparing a class-action lawsuit, but
some people who've lost their pets want quicker action from Nylabone,
whose products can be found in pet shops just about anywhere.

"Take it off the market - or at least change your packaging and put on
warning labels," asked Harvey Hannah, Rambo's owner.

Late this week - that's exactly what's happened. Nylabone sent KING 5
this letter saying that after ten years on store shelves it's pulling
the Plaque Attacker.

The company says it will replace Plaque Attacker with "...a new,
improved product shortly."

But it won't say how soon - or exactly what changes will be made. We'll
be watching for it - and we'll let you know how it compares.

The following is the text of the letter sent by Nylabone to the KING5
Investigators:

Nylabone products, a division of T.F.H. Publications, announced that it
is replacing its Plaque Attacker line of dental dog bones.

"When used properly, the ASPCA approved Plaque Attacker Bones are a safe
and effective aide in reducing problems associated with periodontal
disease in dogs," said Glen Axelrod, President and C.E.O. of T.F.H.
Publications. "However, all polyurethane dental dog bones, regardless of
manufacturer, can present problems when they are inappropriate in size
and have become old and worn."

The Plaque Attacker line of dental dog bones included the four sizes of
Dental Bones made from polyurethane plastic which were introduced in the
early 1990's. The produce is designed to massage a dog's teeth and gums
through specially designed dental tips on a traditional dog bone shape
to prevent canine periodontal disease. When improperly monitored during
use, the bones can become frayed and worn, with
the possibility of large pieces being bitten off and becoming lodged in
a dog's intestinal tract.

"We are highly committed to pet safety and, while a typical small piece
of the product will normally pass through a dog harmlessly, we take any
amount of customer concern seriously. As such, we are discontinuing and
removing all four sizes of our Bones in the Plaque Attacker line from
stores and will introduce a new, improved product shortly. We will
continue to work very closely with our veterinarian experts and the
ASPCA to define, circulate and publish guidelines for the proper use of
polyurethane dental pet products industry wide," said Axelrod.

Nylabone Products, a division of T.F.H. Publications, is a leading
manufacturer of premium dog chews and dental devices. Since their
introduction in 1955, Nylabone dog chews have grown to be the most
recognized dog chew among veterinarians, clinics and kennels. Nylabone
Products carry the ASPCA seal of approval.
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Postby cheekymunkee » September 13th, 2006, 4:13 pm

Ugh, how sad.
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Postby mnp13 » September 13th, 2006, 4:19 pm

Again... passing the buck.

If you WATCH your dog when it chews something you will NOTICE that a huge chunk is suddenly missing. That's when you make your dog puke.

The packages are clearly marked "for strong chewers", "for light chewers"

Personal responsibility.

I don't leave the dogs with any chew items that I have not watched them with first.

I feel sad for the owners, but it is ultimately their fault.
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Postby cheekymunkee » September 13th, 2006, 4:26 pm

That is true. I learned with these guys NOT to give them anything they can break because they are going to swallow it. They get bones to chew.........hard ones that IF they break, only break into small pieces.
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Postby Marinepits » September 13th, 2006, 5:10 pm

Again... passing the buck.

Personal responsibility.

I feel sad for the owners, but it is ultimately their fault.


Yup. :thumbsup:
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Postby ParisStreetPitCrew » September 13th, 2006, 6:25 pm

This is one of the only toys my dogs are allowed to have. They get the really tough ones, and we supervise them.
Piper had a Hartz plaque attacker type toy when he was young and had to have some of it removed from his stomach & intestine. The e-vet suggested I contact the company and demand some help in paying for the surgery... but I never did as I knew it was my own fault he ate it. We took it away as soon as we noticed he had torn it apart, and we did make him throw up some pieces, but apparently he still had some inside him. :( We're lucky we could get him in somewhere to save him in time.
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Postby Purple » September 13th, 2006, 8:36 pm

From the website:

Nylabone Plaque Attacker Dental Devices

Therapeutic chew devices specifically designed to aid in the fight against periodontal disease in dogs. Its raised dental tips actually attack plaque and control tartar build-up. Clinically proven, uniquely designed products ensure massaging of inside teeth and gums. Ideal for puppies and most non-aggressive chewing adult dogs.


Definately not bully material!
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Postby Miakoda » September 14th, 2006, 2:41 pm

On Wed Sep 13, 2006 3:19 pm, mnp13 wrote:Again... passing the buck.

If you WATCH your dog when it chews something you will NOTICE that a huge chunk is suddenly missing. That's when you make your dog puke.

The packages are clearly marked "for strong chewers", "for light chewers"

Personal responsibility.

I don't leave the dogs with any chew items that I have not watched them with first.

I feel sad for the owners, but it is ultimately their fault.


So true.
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Postby Malli » September 15th, 2006, 3:11 am

I totally agree with everyone, definately Michelle.

As I read the article I thought "so?"

The next article should read

"there is now growing evidence that some rocks can be harmful, even fatal to dogs." OF COURSE. We had a dog in that had had 3, yes surgeries for obstructions of rocks. We all thought, "I don't get it? Just muzzle your dog" Its the same situation. If you know the dog's chewing habits, then either don't let him have what he can break chunks off of, or be mindful and watch him with it. That easy. :|

my own dog had one of those edible digestible bones, I never even noticed that he chewed off big chunks, I just took it away when it got small enough. I thought I was watching him pretty well with it. At least 3 days later, he vomited, up came 3 large chunks of this bone, and I'm talking big, like Plum sized. Digestible huh.
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Postby karma » September 21st, 2006, 1:16 am

Again... passing the buck.

If you WATCH your dog when it chews something you will NOTICE that a huge chunk is suddenly missing. That's when you make your dog puke.


I agree. While reading i thought to myself :eek1: i can get paid or even stop production of a product for me half doing my job and not paying attention to what my dog eats or doesnt eat or destroys and swallows. I still have a piece of a Nylabone that came in the puppy starter kit but i know that it wont get eatten because i watched karma be delicate with it and she also has had the same one many have come and gone but this one particular one she will not break for some reason i still wont let her have it alone with mine or my girlfriend's eyes nearby, and i learned this the hard way kind of Karma like to saw through any toy you give her i did the biggest mistake and accidentally left a red kong ball out when i stepped out to the store and this cute little pup greeted me at the door tail wagging and all i walked in the door and i wanted to play fetch but could not find the ball i looked everywhere and then i heard her gagging i ran to her and id say half the ball was given to me in the form of vomit so i start panicing because she was only a few months old at this time i was working for a vet i called him up and he was talking to me and as i was on teh phone she started to vomit again and there were pieces of red rubber in the vomit the next morning she pooped out a couple pieces and that was teh end of that so now when i step out i make sure the only chew anything she can get her teeth on is a bone or two or three in different rooms to keep her occupied everything else is locked away,YOU HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE. Just a side note while working at teh vet i have seen all kinds of things taken out of peoples dogs and cats stomach from underwear to a slipper to marbles and even a necktie, people just dont pay attention.
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