Bone treats can be deadly for your dog. Thats the dire warning recently issued by the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The government agency says its received 68 reports of dogs that have been harmed by the treats — leaving around 15 of them dead. The dogs suffered blockage in their digestive tracts, choking, cuts and wounds in the mouth and tonsils, vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding from the rectum.
Heres the FDAs definition of the treats in question: “Real bones that have been processed, sometimes flavored, and packaged for dogs.” They carry names like “Ham Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” “Rib Bones” and “Smokey Knuckle Bones.”
The FDA also recommends against feeding your dog chicken bones or other bones from the kitchen table, as these can cause serious injuries, too.
Since we all want to keep our pets healthy, happy and well, we asked Michael San Filippo, spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association, for recommendations on alternatives to bone treats.
Non-edible chew toys made of rubber and nylon are generally safe, San Filippo said in an email. But still take care since “these can break as well. If you think your dog has eaten a large chunk of a nonedible chew toy, you should contact your veterinarian,” he said. “And always remember to observe your dog with a new toy or treat to make sure that its safe and appropriate.”
San Filippo added that the best course of action is to consult with a veterinarian for more individualized recommendations as to what toys and treats will be best given your dogs size, health and temperament.
Now heres another recommendation: Go hug your dog! (Only if they like it. If thats not their thing, then perhaps try a warm pat on the head instead.)
“I put my hand – I mean, my hand was basically in his stomach, and (the treat) was lodged,” McConnell said. “To have my dog die in my arms like it did. I don’t want that to happen to anybody.”
“The health and safety of all dogs who enjoy our DreamBone products is our highest priority. We believe there is no merit to these allegations and we stand behind the quality and safety of our DreamBone products.”
“You know, you’re just trying to make them happy, and the next thing you know, something you did took their life,” Carlyle said.
She is now planning to sue the company along with Jennifer McConnell, who lives in Texas. She had a similar experience in October 2019.
The Food and Drug Administration regulates dog treats and puts out warnings and recalls for pet foods. We are still trying to get the number of complaints filed with the FDA related to the dog treats.
Il y a eu des allégations de préjudice pour les chiens après avoir mangé des friandises DreamBone. Une action en justice en 2016 contre la société a déclaré que le produit contient du sorbitol comme troisième ingrédient, qui est classé par la FDA, comme un alcool de sucre indigeste. La poursuite a été rejetée après que les parties aient réglé à lamiable. Dernière mise à jour: 3 septembre 2022
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Has anyone had any problems with a dog snack called “DreamBones”? I bought them at Martins Grocery Store (a.k.a. Giant). They are supposedly a healthier alternative to rawhide. They are supposed to be 99% digestable, and instead of being made of rawhide, they are made out of plants (mainly kelp), and had a chicken filling.
I gave this to my 3 yr old dog who is strong as an ox, and has never had any medical issues – and within 30 minutes of consuming it, he went into a seizure. It scared the crap out of me, I thought he was dying right in front of me, and there was nothing I could do to stop it.
I know seizures can also be caused by epilepsy, brain tumors, tick bites, and other toxins. I just found it highly coincidental that this happened so quickly after consuming this particular pet snack, which he had never had before. We monitored him closely over the next 24 hrs, and he is totally back to normal, as if nothing ever happened. We threw these snacks away and will never use them again. We will continue to pay careful attention to him, and if it happens again, we will then be faced with taking blood and urine samples to check for other issues. I really hope that the DreamBones was our actual problem, and this never happens again. Related Stories
I checked all the ingredients, and there wasnt anything out of the ordinary that would have been harmful – the ONLY thing I saw that he is not normally accustomed to was kelp and chlorophyl. I looked all over the internet to see if DreamBones had any complaints, recalls or lawsuits, and found nothing.
Then about 10-15 minutes after the seizure, he was back to normal. He went outside and had a normal bowel movement, and dinner later in the evening and had another normal bowel movement, so that told me he didnt have a blockage. I can only assume there was something in the ingredients that he had a severe allergic reaction to.
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