Update to PawTracks TireBiter Review: Dangerous to Dogs

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PawTracks Tirebiter can make dogs sick

PawTracks Tirebiter can make dogs sick

Since writing about the PawTracks TireBiter by Mammoth Pet Products, in which we gave it 5 stars for durability, but not much else, we’ve been getting a steady stream of comments about how the toy has made their dogs sick. We never experienced any issues like that, but our dogs just didn’t play with the toy much, and we found it to have an oily foul smell, like an actual car tire.  After hearing some of our readers comments, we threw out the toy.  It seems that some dogs are actually tearing the tire to bits, or shredding it, and swallowing pieces of it, which is making them vomit.

One reader, Rose, submitted this comment:
“My daughter chose the Tire Biter for my Doberman as one of her first Birthday presents. It seemed like a fun toy at first but the next day she started to chew it apart and an hour later started to vomit and vomit and vomit. The poor dog was scared and shaking. This is a terrible toy, if your dog is a big time chewer! Don’t purchase it! I now know to research toys before I purchase. The Tire Biter reads safe and non-toxic, someone should make them remove it from the shelves.”

Tony commented:
We just bought the tire biter for a 1 1/2 year old Dachshund that wieghts about 9 pounds. After chewing on the toy for less than 10 min he had eaten part of the rubber and has been throwing up for several hours. My wife is calling the vet! I would not recommend this toy!

Niquita wrote:
I bought this toy for my mastiff, rottweiler, pit bull mix. and within 20 minutes it was torn up and he vomited about seven times. It has been two days now and he hasnt had a appetite and is laying around (which it the complete opposite of him) I am going to have to take him to the vet. I researched this toy and it has made a lot of dogs sick. IT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN OFF THE SHELVES!!!

And just today, Mike wrote:
I bought one for our 11 month old female yellow lab, who is a big-time chewer-we watched her play with it, she liked to play tug-of-war with it, and ran around the house with it in her mouth, thrilled with it from all appearances…we went to bed around midnight, she also took her spot on her bed tired out from playing, then-we were awakened at 2 AM by the sound of her vomiting at the door. The ‘tirebiter’ toy was in shreds, with small pieces all over the floor. If I had any idea this thing could be destroyed like this, I never would have bought it and i strongly recommend no one buy this, it is dangerous and poorly made.

I took a look around the web and found some other reviews with similar reports on Buzzilions, PetSmart, and Amazon.  Yikes, that’s pretty scary stuff!  I hope Mammoth Pet Products removes this product from the shelves, but in the meantime, please spread the word that this toy is not at all safe for your pet!

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35 replies
    • Name
      Name says:

      I can’t imagine that they haven’t heard these complaints before… I only mentioned three websites with reviews… unless they aren’t paying attention AT ALL, they are aware that this is happening.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer says:

      My year old terrier has chewed apart many other rubber bones and toys and never had the problems associated with this chew toy before. The toy was torn apart in minutes, and most of the pieces were spit out but I assume a few very tiny pieces were accidentally swallowed. Like all the other comments here, she threw up 12-14 times during an entire night! The chemicals in this product are not safe. No dog should be chewing on any product that could induce these side effects. I just emailed the company to complain. I thought I was going to have to drive my poor girl to the emergency vet hospital at midnight!

  1. Lori @ According to Gus
    Lori @ According to Gus says:

    Great idea to write a follow-up on this particular toy. Gus is not a chewer, but we’re always pretty cautious around toys that give off such a strong odor.

    I like the new sidebar changes you’ve made. Your blog always looks very sleek!

    • Name
      Name says:

      Why thank you for the compliments! I had fun playing around with new themes a few weeks ago. Glad you noticed! 🙂

  2. Jenn
    Jenn says:

    All dog toys can tear into pieces and be a hazard for obstruction and/or cause vomiting when ingested…any and all dog doys should only be used under supervision….just common sense.

  3. Jo Lusted
    Jo Lusted says:

    I wish I had read this earlier!!! I bought one for my 1 year old doberman. She has NEVER vomited. Ever. My poor baby has vomited 9 times in less than 30 minutes, about an hour after chewing this awful toy!!!

    I was sitting beside her while she was playing with it and spitting pieces onto the floor. She doesn’t ‘eat’ her chew toys, but obviously can’t help but swallow a few bits of rubber. This teeny bit has made her sooooo sick.

    I am going to write to the company. Anyone else having the same issue should do the same.

    • Doni from AL
      Doni from AL says:

      I wish I’d read the various reviews & this blog. I have a 3 year old German Shepherd that’s been vomiting with diarrhea for 3 days now & we had bought this new tire toy for him a couple weeks ago. WOW!

  4. Mike
    Mike says:

    I bought this for my 10 month old beagle yesterday, after about 10 minutes she was tearing it to pieces and trying to eat it so I took it away from her. About 2 hours later she started to vomit, and vomit some more after puking about 8 times she went to sleep, and seems ok this morning. Terrible toy, returning it today.

  5. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    I just bought the Tire biter toy for my dogs I have an 11 year old and two 6 month old puppies. My 11 year old wouldn’t touch it. The two puppies played and played with it now they are both vomiting profusely. We have researched all possible causes. This is a terrible terrible toy!!! One is shaking and vomiting repeatedly every 7 mins or so. DO NOT BUY THIS TOY!!! I’m going to contact the company right away! I suggest that everyone do the same!

  6. Worried
    Worried says:

    If your dog is vomiting every few minutes as several people mentioned above, please don’t take time to post online about it – call your vet!!!

  7. Jay
    Jay says:

    Can’t believe so many others have had this same problem! My poor pup has been throwing up for the last 2 hours after only getting a small amount of this toy in her belly. The foul rubber odor is a giveaway this was made cheaply and questionably. Made in China stamp only further brings into question the raw materials possibly used in it’s manufacturing. I manufacture plastics for a living and there is nothing non-toxic about plasticizers. This toy is a horrible and dangerous product.

  8. Dina
    Dina says:

    We’ve just experienced the same thing with our dogs. They played with this ‘Tire Biter’ toy for 5 minutes, and now we’ve been dealing with 2 dogs vomiting steadily for the past 3 hours.
    And thanks so much, JENN, for your comments about supervising your pets. WOW, you’ve taught ME a lesson about watching my dog. EFF YOU! My dog should be able to play with a toy, and yes, SUPERVISED, without puking his guts out for hours on end.

  9. Lois
    Lois says:

    Our experience has been entirely the opposite. I am surprised at the negative experiences people have had with this product. We have labs, an 11-year-old and a now one year old. The Tire Biter has been the best toy we have ever had. The first one lasted for a couple of years with our older dog before it started losing little bits, then we got another which was also very durable for an extended length of time. And we are talking about dogs who shred so-called durable toys in about a day. Neither dog has ever been sick or shown any ill effects from this toy. It has been their most preferred toy for playing. We wanted to buy another and have not been able to find one … I guess if there has been a spate of complaints like this, perhaps it has been taken off the market. For us, it’s too bad as we have not been able to find ANY toy that compares to it for durability.

  10. Ken
    Ken says:

    Toy was fine until my 7 month old lab started to tear off pieces of it. Few hours later she threw up continuously for hours. Don’t buy this shitty product!

  11. Patricia
    Patricia says:

    My American Bulldog Pointer Mix Jasper had this toy on two separate occasions, he tore it to bits both times, especially the last one he had. Poor thing has been throwing up this whole entire time. We gave him a yogurt which usually makes his upset stomach fine but that didn’t work. Fortunately, after the second time he was feeling a little bit better, however, if he keeps going like he is then I’ taking him to the vet.

  12. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    I contacted the company by phone and talked to several people, finally ending at someone pretty high up. I was told that the toy was non-toxic…unless it was ingested. She laughed at me when I said our dog had been vomiting for hours and said “it wasn’t that big a deal.” I informed her that if our dog had to have surgery, we would be suing for the cost. She said, “do what you have to do.” How is this toy still on the market?

  13. Angry
    Angry says:

    I wish I had known this before I figured it out the hard way last night. I bought this as a reward for my Baby boy and to help with separation anxiety while I was doing laundry. Came back home and he had vomited everywhere in his kennel. This will definitely be going back to walmart.

  14. Miriam
    Miriam says:

    Exactly the same – our Dachsund loves eating toys – we do supervise but you can’t always watch every minute. He’s been sick for three hours and shaking too. Better get the vets number. Can’t believe they STILL sell this toy.

  15. Eileen
    Eileen says:

    My Havanese turned one yesterday. My husband bought her this toy. She spent most of her birthday yesterday vomiting.

  16. ANNA
    ANNA says:

    I wish I’d read the reviews before buying this at WalMart. The dog only had it for 15 minutes, supervised, and it was coming apart. She didn’t eat the pieces and I took it away. Then she started vomiting. She didn’t puke up any of the rubber so that wasn’t the issue. She was sick off and on for the next couple hours and then spent the rest of the day resting and not at her best. She isn’t a dog who vomits all the time…she is never sick. Thankfully she is better today. This toy is NOT durable and I question what materials are being used to make it because it is obviously making dogs sick. I think it is WRONG that the company is still selling these. For every one good review I see there are 10 bad ones. Spread the word. I contacted the company and have had no response, but I’m not really expecting one after reading these reviews.

  17. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Our rottie pup is throwing up after chewing up the edge of this toy (we had to take it away from him or was going to be shredded entirely) . I’m hoping the vet visit tomorrow isn’t too bad 🙁 Very worried!

  18. mary
    mary says:

    My 1 year old lab chewed her tire a few hours ago and I was woken up tonight by her vommiting! Im amazed at how much shes thrown up just from ingesting a few small pieces! Poor thing has been vommited 5 times! Never buying this thing again!

  19. Dolly
    Dolly says:

    DO NOT BUY THIS TOY IT IS HIGHLY TOXIC AND WILL MAKE YOUR DOG VOMIT SEVERAL TIMES!!! My name is Dolly, I am a very sweet 2 year old female Lab and just got adopted 1 month ago. This toy ruined my first Thanksgiving in the most loving family. My parents are both veterinarians and yes they always supervise me when I play with a new toy. I played with this toy no more than 5 minutes and chewed very few tiny pieces off the surface. 3 hours later I vomited all over the house, 7 times. My parents had to delay the Thanksgiving meal – they spent 2 hours cleaning the carpets. I have been lethargic all day and as of tonight I have not regained my appetite. THE MANUFACTURER OF THIS TOY DESERVES TO HAVE PIECES OF IT HIDDEN IN THEIR TURKEY STUFFING NEXT YEAR so they know how it feels to puke their guts out and they finally take it off the market. Happy Thanksgiving.

  20. Barb
    Barb says:

    Someone gave this toy to me after their dogs refused to play with it. The smell was so strong it filled the room. I tossed it, glad I didn’t give it to my pup.

  21. Chris Dokos
    Chris Dokos says:

    I am picking up my puppy today from the Vet. Hospital. He chewed on this toy after my older dog had bitten a piece out of it. The inside has threads running throughout the tire. My puppy swallowed some threads and some plastic and it created an obstruction in his stomach and intestine. Our mistake, we should have noticed and thrown the thing out. Very expensive mistake, almost cost us his life.

  22. Diana
    Diana says:

    Toxic for my pup, she began throwing up after chewing on this tire toy. I should’ve been tipped off by the strong chemical odor emitting from it when I bought it. Poor pup vomited off and on for a couple hours. Never again will I purchase without looking up reviews! This you needs to be recalled and I will be contacting the company!!!

  23. Catina
    Catina says:

    I have a 12-week old Chiweenie Min Pin puppy who we just bout this toy last Friday. I came home from work to see my puppy threw up once. Then it was continuous and she shaking so bad. I didn’t know what to do and my baby looked miserable. If this continues, I’m taking her to a vet. Definitely returning this toy back to Walmart.

  24. Aliza
    Aliza says:

    My sister has bought this toy for my dog and she was having fun with it and then the next day she trew up more than 20 times. She would not eat but only drink water. The next day we took her to the ER and found out she swallowed a large chunk of this toy and the solution was to have surgery or put her down. We planned to have a surgery done the next morning. After the surgery she was is bad shape and was in pain . Seince she was in so much pain she passed on her own. Please take this terrible bran off the shelves all your doing is harming dogs and affecting family’s.

  25. Keri
    Keri says:

    Well, I am now one of the many. And just to keep this post relevant and current.. I bought this stupid tire around 7pm. It’s now nearly 2 in the morning and my 7mo. Old pitbull has been vomiting since. We’re up to 10 times now and there’s nothing left in his stomach .. just keeps barfing. Work in 3 hours and contemplating spending them in the emergency clinic.

    Wish I researched before I gave it to him..

  26. Madison
    Madison says:

    I have just bought a tire biter bone toy which I wish I looked into before buying. An hour after my dog had the toy she kept licking everything and coughing. She got sick twice. Poor dog, very unhappy with this toy and company. I DO NOT recommend buying this toy

  27. Roxana
    Roxana says:

    I tend to give my pitbull empty plastic bottles to play with, she loves tearing them apart, which is the reason I rarely buy her chew toys at all, she will tear that thing to pieces in no time. Although, this x-mas I decided to get her something special, so I bought her a Mammoth Tire Biter. She loves playing tug and pull and fetching it as well, I let her have it as a chew toy, only under my supervision, of course. She did tear most of it into pieces, it’s on its last thread, but other than it not meeting my durability expectations, there were no other issues. In my opinion it’s safe enough for dogs and will definitely keep buying this product.

  28. Lori Martinez
    Lori Martinez says:

    I purchased this toy for my 7 month old puppy boxer. After 1 hour there was tire pieces all over the floor. Just one hour later he has been vomiting all over my rugs..What can I do?

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