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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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25 Jan 2011

PawTracks TireBiter by Mammoth Pet Products

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Durability Rating: (1/5)

PawTracks TireBiter

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.

The PawTracks TireBiter, from Mammoth Pet Products, has been in the dog toy basket since Cassie was a puppy. It’s basically an 8″ mini rubber reinforced tire with lots of nubbys like an actual car tire. It’s very durable, and is one of the oldest toys in the bin.  So from a durability standpoint only, it’s a great choice.  I’m sure there are dogs that absolutely love this toy.  As you can see from the photo, it’s got quite a few teeth marks in it, but it’s in great shape even after 3 years.

Our dogs, however, rarely choose this toy to play with or chew.  They are willing to play with it if I select it and roll it around for them, but they don’t pick it out on their own.  Plus, they’ll switch to another toy if they have the opportunity.

I think the problem with this toy is the rubber smell. It is, after all, a real tire, and has that strong oily petroleum odor that doesn’t go away.  The toy smells like a gas station.  If I think this toy has a strong odor, I can only imagine how a dog’s sensitive nose reacts to it. They just don’t like it!

The TireBiter is also a heavy toy, making it a less than ideal interactive toy to play with in the house… it tends to land hard and bounce when thrown or rolled, so we need to be careful where we toss this toy for the dogs.  It’s a much better outside toy, but because of the nubby texture, it gets filthy from being in the yard, and then I don’t even want to pick it up!

Finally, in researching this toy, I looked at other people’s reviews on this product and saw quite a few people complain that their dogs were sick after chewing this toy, so please do your research before buying.

I’d love to hear if other people have tried this toy and have had a more positive experience with it.  It’s a great idea for a toy, but just not that appealing in our home.

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.

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