What’s a dog without a bone? Apparently, a healthier one. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising dog owners against giving their pets “bone treats”, following reports of pet illnesses and even fatalities associated with these treats.
The FDA received approximately 68 reports of pet illnesses linked to commercially sold “bone treats”.
The FDA clarifies that while many pet owners are aware not to give their dogs turkey or chicken bones due to their brittleness, they might not realize that the bone treats they purchase from stores could also pose significant health hazards.
“Offering your dog a bone treat could result in an unexpected visit to the vet, potential emergency surgery, or even your pet’s death,” warned Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian at the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM).