Dog Bone Treats Flagged by FDA After Causing 15 Deaths

Posted by Mateja Lane
Dog lying in the grass and chewing on a bone (12 weeks)

The bone treats are processed and have already killed a lot of dogs. 

The Food and Drug Administration has released a warning against bone treats including "Ham Bones," "Pork Femur Bones," "Rib Bones," and "Smokey Knuckle Bones." These bones are different than the raw butcher bones seen at pet stores. They are often seasoned and processed, packaged as dog treats. 

These dog bones are dried by smoking or baking and have been known to splinter, and there have been reports of moldy bones. The FDA has received seven reports from multiple products, harming as many as 90 dogs so far, killing 15.

Labrador dog chewing bone on grey background

The FDA has released this list of injuries and pet illnesses from these cooked bone treats:

  • 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.

Carmela Stamper is a veterinarian for the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the FDA. She says;

"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."

She also provided these tips:

  • 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.

Though the FDA did not list any specific brands, stay away from these dog bone treats for the time being. Share this warning with other dog owners to avoid more tragedies this holiday season.

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Dog Bone Treats Flagged by FDA After Causing 15 Deaths