Wow, that was extreme, wasn’t it? Sorry about the long lag, folks, and then to come back with a dog food advisory. Or, a dog treats advisory.
On a good note, it’s been awhile since we did one of these.
This one is a doozy, though.
As reported by our good friends at Dog Food Advisor, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of dogs becoming ill as a result of chewing store bought bone treats and swallowing the pieces. Sadly, the report also says that at least 15 dogs have died from injuries sustained by swallowed bone treat pieces.
What is a Bone Treat?
So, the report lists no particular brands or carriers. This is probably because a lot of brands make and ship these.
You’re looking for any product listed as Ham Bones, Pork Femur Bones, Rib Bones, or Smokey Knuckle Bones.
You can identify them right away. They’re different from bones you might get from the butcher because they have either been baked or smoked and contain various preservatives, seasonings, or smoke flavourings.
Here’s a link to a bone knuckle you might find at PetSmart or another pet store: https://www.petsmart.ca/dog/treats/bones-and-rawhide/dentleys-natures-chew-knuckle-bone-dog-bone-21099.html
While the primary danger is the bone splitting, splintering, or breaking, another issue that we have personally encountered is that some of these bones may actually be moldy by the time you get them.
- Gastrointestinal obstruction (a blockage of the digestive tract)
- Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils
- Bleeding from the rectum
So what do I do about Bone Treats?
A vet might suggest you stay away from these products altogether because of the danger (upwards of 68 cases at the time of this writing) but these bones are not the only treats that can cause problems. We should never leave our dogs chewing on any toy unsupervised. If you see pieces break off a toy or bone, discard them immediately. Inspect the toy or bone again to make sure there isn’t anything else ready to break off.
Chicken bones and many other bones like pork splinter very easily so you should avoid giving them to your dog altogether. Also, be careful when you put them in your compost or trash. We know how persistent our dogs are. Also, why would you throw out a perfectly good chicken carcass or pig bone. Boil it for broth! Hello!
In the end, you know your dog. You know how he or she chews. Use your best discretion.
Our doggos are chewers, we know that. We always advocate safe chewing!
Be safe out there folks! Let’s talk soon!
Link to Dog Advisory Article: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/fda-warning-store-bought-bone-treats-could-kill-your-dog/