The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to dog owners following a number of reported incidents related to commercial dog bone treats.
The FDA received 68 reports of as many as 90 incidents and 15 deaths related to treats often labeled as ham bones, pork femur bones, rib bones, and smokey knuckle bones, though the warning listed no specific brands.
Bone treats are real bones that have been processed, sometimes flavored, and packaged for dogs.
The products may be dried through a smoking process or by baking, and may contain other ingredients such as preservatives, seasonings, and smoke flavorings.
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.
Stamper added, "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!”