The FDA Warns Dog Owners of Harmful Bone Treats

The FDA urges dog owners to avoid giving their dogs bone treats.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a statement in which they urge dog owners to avoid giving their pets bone treats. There were 68 reports of pet illness related to bone treats including 15 deaths.

No brands were specified, however, the FDA did focus on a variety of commercially-available treats described as „Ham Bones,””Pork Femur Bones,””Rib Bones,” and „Smokey Knuckle Bones”.”Bone treats” are not the same as actual butcher-type bones. They are regularly sold across the US and are processed by drying or baking. Bone treats may contain other ingredients like preservatives, seasonings and smoke flavorings.

„Giving your do a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet,” said Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian with the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA.

The reports detailed how several bone treats have affected dogs, ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to blocked airways and internal bleeding.

The FDA recommends that dog owners remain vigilant during the holiday season for chicken and turkey bones. These products are said to break easily and can be lethal for your pet.

According to the statement, dog owners should also consult with their veterinarian for advice regarding what products might be appropriate for the dog’s size and temperament. Even so, taking extra steps such as monitoring your dog as it interacts with the product, can go a long way in preventing health hazards.

The FDA also received reports of moldy bone treats that splinter easily when they come in contact with the dog’s teeth.

They also issued several tips on how to prevent pets from getting their paws and nozzles on the products. The FDA warns people to keep chicken bones and other bones from the kitchen table as they can also cause injury when chewed by pets. According to the agency, trash cans are also hot spots for scavenging, so be wary of what you put in your bins.

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