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Beware of those dog bone treats, FDA warns

Beware of those dog bone treats, FDA warns”

Bone treats are sold at supermarkets and pet stores next to the rest of the dog treats, but they're different from the uncooked butcher-type bones. The treats in the FDA report names bone treats described as "Ham Bones", "Pork Femur Bones", "Rib Bones" and "Smokey Knuckle Bones".

The products listed are said to possibly contain ingredients such as preservatives, seasonings, and smoke flavors and may be dried through a smoking process or by baking.

The FDA is warning against giving dogs "bone treats" after dozens of reports of illnesses and at least 15 deaths.

While there have been reports of 90 dogs falling ill, 15 dogs have died after eating a bone treat.

Some of the symptoms of bad bone treats include blockage in the digestive tract, choking, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum and death. "We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn't had before".

The FDA did not specify any particular brands of bone treats. No recalls have been issued.

The FDA says dog owners should avoid giving their pets chicken bones or other bones from the kitchen table, and be careful of what they put in the trash can, as dogs are notorious for helping themselves to the turkey or steak bones put in there.

If throwing bones away in the kitchen trash can be careful dogs can't get into the trash can.

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