Most of us think a dog and a bone go together like… well like a dog and a bone, but an important warning came out recently from the Food and Drug Administration about these common “bone” treat. It reports that at least ninety dogs have become ill and as many as fifteen deaths are being tied to these common treats.
While the FDA did not name any one brand specifically some of the bones noted are typically labeled as “Ham Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” “Rib Bones,” and “Smokey Knuckle Bones.” These treats are different from a bone you might pick up from your local butcher shop. They can be seasoned, flavored, or baked. This makes them processed and could be the cause of the problem.
Health issues were observed as choking, digestive tract obstruction, cuts to the mouth, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding from the rectum. The bone treats were cited as potentially moldy and often splintered easily.
These bones are typically sold in most pet stores including the big nation-wide retailers. If you replace this treat with a real bone please remember that many smaller or brittle bones, such as those belonging to chicken or turkey, can also become lodged in a dog’s throat. Sticking to larger beef bones is a better option. When in doubt, or if you are concerned for your dog’s health, consult your veterinarian for advice.
Read more from the FDA by way of syracuse.com.
– Ruffin’ Wranglers