Bone Treats – Could Kill Your Dog

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November 28, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warning regarding the purchase and use of store-bought “bone treats”. The FDA claims the danger goes beyond the risk of regular bones.    

What’s a ‘Bone Treat’?

The FDA reports it has received about 68 reports of pet illnesses related to “bone treats”.

Bone treats differ from regular uncooked butcher-type bones because they’re processed and packaged for sale as “dog treats”

described as:

“Ham Bones”

“Pork Femur Bones”

“Rib Bones”

“Smokey Knuckle Bones”

The processed products may be dried through a smoking process or by baking. They may also contain other ingredients such as:

Preservatives, Seasonings

Smoke flavorings

So, if you’re planning to give your dog a stocking full of bone treats this holiday season, Don’t do it.

Illnesses reported to FDA by owners and veterinarians in dogs that have eaten bone treats have included: Gastrointestinal obstruction a blockage in the digestive tract.

Choking, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Bleeding from the rectum, Death To Date, reports submitted by pet owners and veterinarians to FDA have included about 90 dogs. Some reports included more than one dog per family.

In addition, FDA has received 7 reports of product problems such as Moldy-appearing bones and

treats splintering when chewed by the pet.

If you want to give your dog a bone go to a butcher and ask for a raw butcher bone. After a day of them chewing on the raw bone you want to throw it away. Raw butcher bones cost a couple dollars so very affordable as a treat. My dogs get one a month to clean the tarter off their teeth.