FDA Gives Warning About Dogs Bone Treats

January 5, 2018 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

A dog chewing on a bone is a very typical image presented in media, but, is it ok for dogs to be chewing on bones or bone treats? A bone treat is a processed and packaged bone that is available for purchase as a dog treat. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory, warning pet owners of the dangers that bone treats present for dogs.

Their recommendation comes after receiving 68 reports from owners and veterinarians. They reported dogs having health issues after consuming a bone treat. The issues presented in the reports were as follows:

• Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract)

• Choking

• Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils.

• Vomiting

• Diarrhea

• Bleeding from the rectum, and/or

• Death: Approximately fifteen dogs reportedly died after eating a bone treat.

The 68 reports covered incidents in 90 dogs (some reports covered more than one affected animal). Outside of these reports, there were 7 others received by the FDA involving product issues such as moldy bones or fragile treats splintering as the pet chewed it.

Regular bones can pose problems as well since they can be brittle and lead to similar issues.

We recommend supervising your dog with any toy or treat you give them, especially if it’s the first time they’ve had it.

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