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FDA Issues Unsettling Warning To Dog Owners About Dog Bone Treats And Their Fatal Effects

By Dennis Matthew Livesey

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. 

Owners and vets reported the following illnesses to the FDA:

  • 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.