If you are a dog owner or plan on gifting some treats to your friend’s pup, then it’s imminent that you read a new warning released by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Recently 15 dogs have been killed from processed, packaged bone treats that the FDA is saying were labeled as “Ham Bones,” “Smokey Knuckle Bones,” “Rib Bones,” and “Pork Femur Bones.” In addition to the 15 dogs that were killed as a result of the bones, 75 other dogs became ill after eating them.
The FDA is urging families to make sure that they don’t fill their pup’s stocking with anything with “bone treats” in the title. They have received tons of complaints regarding the packaged treats.
The difference between these treats and the uncooked butcher-type bones is that they may be dried through a smoking process or by baking and during the process other ingredients are added such as smoke flavorings, seasonings, and preservatives.
Considering our pups can’t speak for themselves, it’s extremely important that we advocate for them and research the products that we choose to give them.
“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,” Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in the warning.
Overall the FDA received 68 reports of dogs who became ill after eating the treats. Some of these involved more than one dog from the same household.
Some of the symptoms that the dogs experienced after eating the treats were vomiting, choking, diarrhea, gastrointestinal obstruction, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, bleeding from the rectum, and in the most severe cases…death.
Consumers also noted that the treats splintered open when the dog chewed them and some of them looked as if they were moldy.
The FDA is urging consumers to take caution when it comes to what you feed your pups and always read the ingredients when before allowing them to eat something.
Here are some tips from the FDA that are sure to keep your furry friends safe:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Anytime your dog is chewing on a treat or playing with a toy, Stamper recommends that they are supervised, especially if it is a treat or toy that the dog has not had before and you are not familiar with.
And of course, if your dog isn’t acting like him/herself, be sure to call the veterinarian immediately. As dog owners, we tend to know when something is up with Fido. Maybe it’s a loss of appetite or a lessened desire to play.
Problems with pet foods or treats can be reported to the FDA at “How to Report a Pet Food Complaint.”