01 Apr 2011

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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24 Responses to “Update to PawTracks TireBiter Review: Dangerous to Dogs”

  1. Reply Carrie Boyko says:

    Has anyone notified the company? If they are not aware of a problem, they can’t fix it. Better luck with future product reviews.

    • Reply 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.

    • Reply 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!

  2. Reply 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!

    • Reply Name says:

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

  3. Reply 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.

  4. Reply 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.

  5. Reply 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.

  6. Reply 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!

  7. Reply 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!!!

  8. Reply 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.

  9. Reply 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.

  10. Reply 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.

  11. Reply 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!

  12. Reply 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.

  13. Reply 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?

  14. Reply 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.

  15. Reply 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.

  16. Reply Eileen says:

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

  17. Reply PawTracks TireBiter by Mammoth Pet Products | Ruff Toy Reviews - says:

    […] Important note: We have gotten a lot of comments of dogs becoming sick after playing with this toy!  For more information, see our followup post and comments from other readers. […]

    • Reply 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.

    • Reply 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?

  18. Reply 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.

  19. Reply 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!

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