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Dangers of Nylabone

Below are stories that customers have shared about the dangers of Nylabone.  

Our puppy (Charlotte) is still at the vet.  An x-ray showed a bulge in her ilium and they are now giving her barium to see how much of a blockage it is, and possibly the barium, if we are lucky, will  help to move it on.   If not I have to take her to an emergency vet because it is the weekend and our vet clinic is not open on Sundays.

Right now I am terrified and feel I should have known better.  When this is over, I am going to see if anything can be done with local vets and pet stores.  C. Thompson

WE HAVE A BLACK LABRADOR PUPPY NAMED FARLEY AND ON DECEMBER 16TH 2008 HE WAS RUSHED TO THE VETS FOR VOMITTING AND DIARRHEA.  THE VET DID AN X-RAY AND DETERMINED HE HAD A BLOCKAGE BETWEEN HIS STOMACH AND HIS INTESTINE, SO HE HAD TO UNDERGO EMERGENCY SURGERY.  WHEN THEY OPENED HIM UP THEY FOUND UNDIGESTED LARGE CHUNKS OF NYLABONE.  WHEN I E-MAILED THE COMPANY THEY SAID THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE IT WAS THEIR NYLABONE THAT WAS LODGED IN HIS GUTS AND WANTED THE BONE SENT TO THEM.  I EXPLAINED THE VET DISCARDED IT AND THEY NEVER REPLIED BACK OTHER THAN BASICALLY SAYING WE WERE LIARS IN A ROUND ABOUT WAY.  NOONE SHOULD GIVE THEIR PETS THESE HORRIBLE PRODUCTS ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY WON'T LOOK INTO THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE ISSUE OF UNDISSOLVED PIECES OF THEIR BONES FOUND IN SEVERAL DOGS AND EVEN THE BONES CAUSING DEATH.  THANK GOODNESS WE WERE QUICK ACTING AND SAVED FARLEY'S LIFE.

Contact: SUZANNE

State: ONTARIO

Country: CANADA

It was last year and me and my boyfriend gave my 9 month old yorkie what we thought was a safe Nylabone, but he chewed a piece off and it went into his intestine and we had to get 50 percent of it removed after a week in the hospital and 4 thousand dollars later we got to bring our dog home.  He does ok now but we have to watch what he eats because a lot of stuff makes him sick.

Contact: Manda

City: East Alton

State: IL

Our 7-month-old black lab just had major surgery done on its stomach and intestine to remove a blockage of Nylabone, theses products should be banned.  One more day and Farley would have been a goner.

Sue

I had a similar incident to the Nylabone Healthy Edibles when my dog was a pup. Although Nylabone claims that these bones are digestible-they aren't. My dog got a small piece lodged in his intestine and had to have emergency surgery to save his life. After contacting Nylabone at our vet’s request, Nylabone paid for the entire episode. We sent them the vet records and the remainder of the piece of bone and they sent us a check, no questions asked. If that doesn't show fault, I don't know what does!

Contact: N. Davis

Hello,

I had a little Pomeranian named Brutus that had to be euthanized in April 2008.  Brutus and his brothers and sisters all had Nylabone plaque attackers.  It got stuck in his intestines and he had major surgery.  Brutus could not survive this surgery as he had several pieces perforating his intestines.  Four days after surgery he had to be euthanized.  I contacted Nylabone and sent them everything they asked for that I had:

1) A statement from the vet with initial findings and follow up procedures

2) An itemized vet bill

3) 1 piece of the Nylabone they took out (I sent them a photo of all 4 pieces the vet gave me, but only sent them 1 piece)

4)  A statement from myself.

They sent me a letter this week that said since I didn’t have the original packaging or the original receipt and since they could not positively identify the product as theirs, they would not help with the vet bill, which was $1863.00.  My vet informed me that it could sometimes take awhile for this to come out when the dogs eat these and only time will tell if the other 4 dogs will be o.k. He has also lost 3 other patients due to this.

Contact: J. Ayala

State: Ohio

 I have a dog that is in the hospital after having a chocolate flavored Nylabone. This little dog has undergone major surgery in which they had to make 3 incisions in his intestine to get out the pieces of Nylabone that was lodged in there. These pieces did puncture the intestine but not all the way through. This dog may not make it through this, as well as I have other dogs that also had this same Nylabone. The vet did give me the pieces of the Nylabone that he took out of his intestines. I am aware that other dogs have also died from these products. Do you have any suggestions what I can do concerning this company?

This is very helpful; as I have a 7 pound 2 year dog underwent major surgery and is in critical condition in the hospital, He may not make it.  When the vet made incisions into his intestines he found material he believes to be the liver flavored Nylabone lodged in the intestines. My dog did eat the liver flavored Nylabone, as did my other dogs.

Thank you for the information on the dangers of Nylabone products.  Unfortunately we found out too late.  Our four-year-old Rottweiler Maya was put down 2 weeks ago after some complications occurred after her surgery removing a portion of a Nylabone from her intestinal tract.  We are very distraught to have lost such a beloved family member.  We are also interested in finding others who have suffered a similar loss.  Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Contact: F. Martinez

State: WA

I have used Nylabone products for years. That is until today. My dog broke off a piece & cracked one of her back teeth in two. Now the tooth must be removed...My poor baby!! and my poor wallet.  NEVER BUY A NYLABONE AGAIN!!

Contact: C. Cox

State: CA

Add another to the list. We raise boxers and nearly lost a young pup from swallowing pieces of Nylabone. Sophie was just days away from death. She required emergency surgery which resulted in part of her intestines being removed. $2000 later not including specialty food and round the clock care Sophie is slowly getting better. We too will be looking to sue Nylabone for bills incurred.

B. Askea

Your article is very informative--our dog Lilly we have had 6 months--she has gone through 2 Nylabones and last night we realized her choking was from the bone--she carves it into a weapon like a knife--on one end only--she is about 90pds I find white pieces of stuff in her stool and it is the bone--we will no longer use Nylabone products on either dog.

K. Vermillion

My dog recently had surgery to his stomach and intestines to remove a large piece of Nylabone.  The entire end of the bone passed through his stomach was lodged in his intestines.  The vet gave us the piece and it looks like it was barely chewed and almost cut clean from the rest of the bone.  My precious, adorable Beagle/Lab mix dog, Buddy, is now recovering from what could have been a devastating outcome. I have the piece of the broken bone, invoices, and pictures of the incision. I'd like to know what steps I can take to attempt to recover some if not all of my vet bills.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  C. Miller

I just brought my 18 month pug home from the vet yesterday. She is just another victim of puppy chew bones by Nylabone.  I have lost two (2) older dogs within the past 18 months.  When my puppy started vomiting, not eating, drinking or peeing and not pooping for 8 days, I took her to the vet.  Surgery was immediately needed.   My vet had to open her intestines and remove one piece of Nylabone, then opened her stomach and removed five (5) more pieces.  None of these pieces showed up on the x-rays.  Because of my vet's fast action, I still have my dog.  She is still very sick and can only eat bland food. 

Our pets can't speak for themselves, so "WE MUST SPEAK FOR THEM."  PLEASE tell your friends and neighbors about these products.  If you know anyone who has a pet with these symptoms, have them get their pet to the vet IMMEDIATELY.

Thank You for a great place to get valuable information and share it.

I look forward to a reply soon.

Just another pet lover. 

P. Nation

I was just looking up Nylabone to write them a letter stating what happened to my little 4 1/2 month Chihuahua, Diesel this weekend.  He got so sick Saturday morning throwing up and throwing up.  We took him to his vet who took an X-ray and blood work ($450.00) only to show gas in the stomach, so we went home.  As the day went on Diesel was in tremendous pain, we could not even touch his stomach.  Later that day we went to an emergency hospital in Red Bank, NJ.  There they took another x-ray, and some more bloodwork.  The x-ray showed more gas, and blood work showed he was dehydrated. (another $450.00).  They wanted to do exploratory surgery at the price of $4,000-$5,000).  We requested an ultrasound which may tell more and that could not be done until the am.  We had him hydrated, and was sent home with some pain medication, now 1:30 am Sunday morning.  Diesel getting worse, we called another emergency hospital closer to home in Lakewood, NJ.  The doctor said it may be Pancreatitis due to the extreme pain he was in, so we took yet another x-ray and blood work.  The pancreas was ok, so we went for the surgery.  The vet found Nylabone in his stomach, and had to also make 3 holes in his intestines to remove the Nylabone.  He has been up and down since this procedure; we are hoping he will fully recover.  I am so upset; I thought I was doing a good thing.

S. Buglio

Hi I was looking at website about Nylabone.  I just lost my puppy Saint an English Crème Golden Retriever on November 14 2011. He chewed on a N905P ring bone souper.  He was throwing up on Sunday and I took him in Monday.  The vet couldn’t find anything on x-rays so we did exploratory surgery.  Pieces of Nylabone were sticking through his intestines and they were like an accordion.  They had to put him too sleep.  I sent Nylabone an email about it and they wanted to know the costs.  They take this very seriously.  I am not done with this yet.  I can’t believe they would put this on the shelf for dogs to chew on...Leo

Thank you for posting the warning about Nylabone products.

Nylabone cat dental bait bone.....a package of two orange clear plastic fish. (one with a pocket to hide a treat, the other a fish skeleton to chew on. My cat chewed and ingested 3 large parts of the toy.  After a series of vet procedures, he is ok, but I fear other cats would not be so lucky.  They are choking hazards and can get stuck in their digestive system. They do not show up in x-rays due to the clearness of the product.

Thank you for posting the warning. I was hoping maybe you could mention the dental toys are sold to cat owners as well.

Thanks!

N. Hamlin

I just got back from vet to discover my dog has broken a tooth completely in half and now is going in for surgery to remove the tooth.  This is a very young Boxer that I stupidly gave a Nylabone Big Chew Dog toy and Nylabone Dura chew Plus which the vet believes is just too hard!   Very disappointed in Nylabone.    My dog really loved chewing on this and when my dog suddenly stopped chewing it and began drooling and becoming quiet I quickly took her to vet.   Beware of Nylabone.   K. Wasserstrom

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