Various “bone” treats have received an important warning from the Food and Drug Administration. The affected bone treats have caused illness and death. This warning is more severe than any warmings with regard to regular dog bones.
There are no specific manufacturers listed on this warning. The descriptions include:
- “Ham Bones”
- “Pork Femur Bones”
- “Rib Bones”
- “Smokey Knuckle Bones”
The processed bone products may be dried through a smoking process or by baking. They may also contain other ingredients such as:
- Smoke flavorings
The following illnesses have been reported to the FDA:
- Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract)
- Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils
- Bleeding from the rectum
According to FDA, approximately 15 dogs have reportedly died after eating a bone treat.
Tips from the FDA to keep your dog safe are as follows:
- Chicken bones and other bones from the kitchen table can cause injury when chewed by pets, too. So be careful to keep platters out of reach when you’re cooking or the family is eating.
- Be careful what you put in the trash can. Dogs are notorious for helping themselves to the turkey carcass or steak bones disposed of there.
- Talk with your veterinarian about other toys or treats that are most appropriate for your dog. There are many available products made with different materials for dogs to chew on.
What to do if you have an affected bone treat:
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.