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Bone Treats a Dangerous Stocking Stuffer for Dogs

01 December 2017

Buying a treat for your dog is a great way to reward them for good behaviour.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a grim warning for dog lovers thinking of getting a special treat for their pups. Moss advises owners to avoid feeding their dogs or cats turkey or chicken bones, as they can be sharp and cause damage to the throat and stomach. They may be dried through smoking or baking, and they may contain ingredients such as preservatives, seasonings and smoke flavorings.

The report displays 70 cases where dogs got ill after chewing bone treats, and 15 cases which turned out lethal. The reports included moldy-looking treats and bone treats that splintered when chewed by the dog. But the FDA warning comes after receiving almost 70 reports of pet illnesses, and 15 deaths related to dog treats, mainly blockages in the digestive tract, but also choking, vomiting and internal bleeding.

Potential risks include blockage in the digestive tract, choking, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding from the rectum.

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While the FDA have not mentioned specific brands of treats, they have seen illnesses linked to ham bones, pork femur bones, rib bones and smokey knuckle bones.

Be careful what holiday gifts you give to your dog, as some of them might prove incredibly bad for the health of your furry friend.

This is not the first time when health officials discover that bone treats have a harmful effect on dogs.

Veterinarian Dr. Carmela Stamper, who works at the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA, recommends "supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn't had before", and calling your vet if you notice any signs of discomfort.

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Bone Treats a Dangerous Stocking Stuffer for Dogs