A new report from the FDA warns dog owners to refrain from buying bone treats for their furry friends. The health authority released a statement on the matter after receiving dozens of reports of illnesses from owners who feed their pets such treats.
The Dangers for Dogs Hidden in Bone Treats
Bone treats are different from the raw, uncooked bones. These are goods that are processed and prepared for sale.
Some of the bone treats that were on the FDA’s list include “Pork Femur Bones”, “Ham Bones”, “Smokey Knuckle Bones”, and “Rib Bones”. These are usually dried either through a smoking process or a baking one.
This is why they might contain ingredients like seasonings, smoke flavorings, and preservatives. Veterinarians are warning people to forego such treats if they want to avoid illnesses in their pets.
“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,” said Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian at the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.
The report from the FDA included more than 90 dog illnesses. These were reported by veterinarians and by pet owners alike. Most of the problems reported included gastrointestinal obstruction, wounds and cuts in the mouth or tonsils, diarrhea, vomiting, and choking. Deaths were reported as well. Almost 15 dogs died after consuming bone treats.
The FDA also received seven reports which detailed problems with these products such as splintering when chewed and moldy-looking bones. Veterinarians also mentioned that pet owners need to be alert and to supervise their dogs when they are enjoying a new treat. If their pet is not acting as usual, they should immediately take them to a specialist.
In the report, the FDA also reminded pet owners that other bones, which are used for different foods, for example, chicken or pork, should not be given to their dogs. These could also cause injuries because they are so brittle. Veterinarians recommend sticking to dry or wet foods for their dogs.
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