FDA Warns ‘Bone Treats’ Can Kill Your Dog

  • 30/11/2017
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dog-bone.jpgIf you were planning on stuffing your beloved pooch's stocking with bone treats this holiday season, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says you might want to think twice. They've received 68 reports of pet illnesses, including 15 deaths, related to these seemingly harmless treats. In total, around 90 dogs were involved in the reports (some reports included more than one dog).

While most pet owners know that it's not a good idea to pass dogs turkey and chicken bones under the table, the FDA says that processed and packaged bone treats sold at pet stores and online can also lead to symptoms such as gastrointestinal obstruction, choking, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or bleeding from the rectum. Although the FDA didn't mention specific brands, the illnesses have been linked to ham bones, pork femur bones, rib bones, and smokey knuckle bones.

Dogs that chow down on processed “bone treats” risk serious injury — and even death, the Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday.

At least 90 pooches have been hurt by the treats, which are generally sold wrapped in plastic and are different than butcher bones, according to a report by the FDA.

At least 15 canines died after consuming the dangerous snack and many became sick, according to the report.

“Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet,” warned Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian with the FDA.

The symptoms reported to the administration include choking, mouth wounds, vomiting and bleeding from the rectum, according to the report.

The FDA reviewed a total of 68 reports of pet illnesses related to bone treats. Some of the reports cited injuries to more than one dog.

“We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before,” Stamper said. “And if she ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!”

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