After 90 Illnesses And 15 Deaths, FDA Is Now Warning Pet Parents About Dog Bone Treats

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is sending out a warning to families with dogs this holiday season. The warning comes after the FDA received 90 reports of illnesses and 15 deaths associated with “bone treats” sold in stores.

The products involved were “Smokey Knuckle Bones,” “Rib Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” and “Ham Bones.” All of the products are available nationwide and are processed, unlike butcher-type bones. They are baked or dried and have seasonings, smoke flavorings, or preservatives. Dogs that consume the products may choke, have cuts to their mouths, and have digestive tract obstruction.

They may also experience diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding from the rectum. Some dogs may die. The pet parents who reported problems noticed moldy bones or that the bones splintered when chewed. The FDA did not name one brand of concern in their warning, and no recalls have been issued on any products at this time.

The FDA issued the following warnings during the holidays:

  • Chicken bones or other bones given to your dog from the table can cause injury. Be sure to keep all platters out of your dog’s reach.
  • Watch what you put in the trash can. Dogs can get into the trash and find (and eat) things that they shouldn’t.
  • Have a conversation with your veterinarian about what treats and bones are safe for your dog to enjoy. There are safe and fun options available.

Be sure always to supervise your dog when they are enjoying a chew toy or treat. Please share this news with everyone you know.

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