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I'm not really sure where this post should go but I wanted to share this so no one has to go through what we did. Its been long enough where we should be out of the woods and I am not jinxing anything.

My dogs LOVE their outside balls. Sasha ALWAYS has the ball in her mouth. Always. Back in March while I was at work, my DH was outside playing with the them... As usual, Sasha had her Cuz (the stupid balls with feet) and wasnt dropping it. Even taking it into the doghouse with her.

When I finally came home from work, my husband realized the ball was stuck on her tongue. The cuz has a plug in the back for the squeaker. With the dogs chewing on the balls the plugs dont stay in long and the whole is maybe the size of a nickel.

Somehow I just grabbed her tongue in one hand and the ball in the other and pulled it off. And oh man was it swollen. So we immediately called the vet. At that point it was late so she called in a prescription for Rimadyl at the local emergency vet. I then googled the scenario and decided not to read past the first paragraph of the first thing that came up. Basically it was a story of person who's dog found itself in a similar situation and ended up with a tongue amputation. That really wanst what I wanted to see so I just threw myself into getting her better.

Next day, we went to the vet - it was still VERY swollen. She could drink water but basically the tip of her tongue was useless and couldnt eat dry dog food. We kept up the Rimadyl and started her on strong antibiotics. When we got home we tried wet dog food - hand feeding her little meatballs. Thankfully that worked.

The next several nights were sleepless - we were worried about the tongue swelling even more and she'd stop breathing. Of course every time I checked on her and woke her up, she'd give me a look like "whats wrong with you".

Gradually the swelling went down but she had a pretty decent triangular indentation (for lack of a better description) on one side. The vet snapped a picture (that was fun) and sent to a specialist. Specialist came back and said there really wasnt anything she can do and continue what we were doing.

After about 10 days, we began to feed her dry food again and she was able to eat. She still had limited strength in her tongue and wasnt able to or wouldnt give us kisses. She took the Rimadyl and the antibiotic for about 3 weeks total.

Its now almost 3 months (and $500 - just kidding) later and she's eating, drinking and playing like normal. She's even giving us kisses - you know the kind - like there is food on your face shes trying to lick off. The only indication anything happened is a scar across her tongue and that triangular indention on the one side. We can joke about it now - we call her La Lingua - but its really no joke. No matter how small or insignifcant an opening in a toy can be, there can be serious reprocussions if you arent careful.
 

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I have that ball and yes the plug detached from it. (I also cut the feet off)

Are they left alone with the ball all day, so it was on for a long time?

I'm sorry that happened to you and your dog. This is a big reason my dog is crated and has no toys in her crate while I'm at work or unable to watch her. I hired a dog walker to give her a little boredom relief.

It's amazing, such a stupid little thing can cause so much trouble, eh? :(
 

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They were outside for a couple of hours with my husband. She took the ball into the doghouse house with her so he didnt realize. I was only a few hours. Like you, when then are alone they are in the house with no access to toys.
 

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Holy cow, that's scary. Dangers lurking everywhere. Mine love the Cuz...off come th efeet, then out pops the squeaker, but the ball goes on forever. I'll be aware of this from here on out though, for sure.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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We've had cuzzes for a long time. These were newer, bought last summer. The plastic seems a bit sturdier - good for the feet but not so good for this.

I bought them outside kongs (no hole) but they've already ripped them to shreds. Guess I need another thread about a suitable outdoor ball!
 

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So scary!!! Lucky you and your husband were do diligent and proactive. I am glad she is doing well.

Working for a vet, I have seem all sorts of crazy ways digs have gotten stuck to their toys, bones around the muzzle, hard plastic stuck on canines( happened to my dog) and toys stuck in the GI Tract.

No toy is 100% safe. It's up to us to monitor. You are very fortunate that you did!!!


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I think we are fortunate we caught it in time. I think if we were really in tune to her and the action of her running into the doghouse (not the normal - but not out of the question) we may have gotten it right away without putting her through all the trauma she went through.

I think I'll always feel a little bit guilty about it.
 

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You can't beat yourself up.

Have you brought this to the manufacturer's attention?

It seems to be a common problem, perhaps they need to find a better way of attaching the plug, or perhaps lose it entirely? Also the feet, while cute, my dog had one half chewed off in about 30 seconds, so I cut them both off. Those could cause big trouble if swallowed too.
 

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Delgado's first cuz was just a normal lime green one, he popped the squeaker out the second day. I bought him a red "bad" cuz after that and it's held up much better, no pieces missing and still squeaking strong ;)
 

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Now that Cuz's are manufactured in China, I won't be supporting JW company. WestPaws has some nice toys, durable and made in the USA....they'll get my $ from now on.
I use to buy Cuz's because of the feet, the dogs can't choke on them like a smoother type ball. My dogs don't chew off the feet ever, and I have Cuz's that are several yrs old. Squeakers never last, and usually there is an opening where it was.
 

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I will check out WestPaws
 

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sorry that happened to you. I always make sure my balls have at least two holes in them just for that reason..so the suction can't form. ,y trainer told me that awhile ago or I would not have thought of it.
 

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Yikes, how scary! So glad she is ok now. I bought Rafi a Westpaws ball but it was too heavy--he kept dropping it on my foot. :rolleyes:

He has a collection of Orbee balls. They hold up pretty well if you get the tuff ones.
 

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sorry that happened to you. I always make sure my balls have at least two holes in them just for that reason..so the suction can't form. ,y trainer told me that awhile ago or I would not have thought of it.

Great advice!


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Thanks for the warning. I have dozens of Cuz balls outside in all types of conditions since the Hooligans don't seem to care. I'll have to go out and pick them all up. THANKS FOR THE WARNING!!!
 
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