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Dog Bone Treat Deaths Cited in FDA Warning

Dog Bone Treat Deaths Cited in FDA Warning
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By    |   Tuesday, 28 November 2017 01:44 PM

Dog bone treats have been connected to 15 deaths and illnesses involving 90 other dogs recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a warning to consumers issued last week.

Dog bone treats are processed and packaged treats for dogs shaped like bones, the FDA noted. Typical treats are described commercially in a variety of ways, including "Ham Bones," "Pork Femur Bones," "Rib Bones," and "Smokey Knuckle Bones," the agency said.

The FDA said the treats are often dried through a smoking process or by baking, and may contain other ingredients such as preservatives, seasonings, and smoke flavorings.

Dog owners and veterinarians have reported various illnesses pets have suffered after digesting the treats, including gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract), choking, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, along with death, the FDA reported.

"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 in the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the FDA, said in a statement.

"We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn't had before. And if she 'just isn't acting right,' call your veterinarian right away," Stamper continued.

The FDA warned that chicken bones and other bones from the kitchen table can cause injury when chewed by pets and that dogs often help themselves to the turkey carcass or steak bones disposed of in the garbage.

The American Kennel Club states on its website that while processed foods like kibble may not always be appealing, they contain all of the nutrients dogs need to stay healthy. The club said dogs, unlike cats, are not strict carnivores.

The club said that while meat will make up most of a dog's diet, domestic dogs also derive nutrients from grains, fruits, vegetables, and are a valuable source of essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

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Dog bone treats have been connected to 15 deaths and illnesses involving 90 other dogs recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a warning to consumers issued last week.
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