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FDA Warns Against Store-Bought Bone Treats.

Spoiling your beloved pooch with a delectable bone treat could end up becoming a serious health risk, according to an updated U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( study released Nov. 21. 

Treats described as "ham bones", rib bones", "pork femur bones" and "smokey knuckle bones" are treats included in the study which could possibly lead to symptoms such as choking, vomiting or even death, the FDA said.

Other symptoms include blockage of the digestive tract, cuts or wounds in mouth, diarrhea and bleeding of the rectum. Though no specific brands were listed, the ( FDA report warned about treats that "may be dried through a smoking process or by baking, and may contain other ingredients such as preservatives, seasonings, and smoke flavorings." 

The study also reported seven instances of bone product defects which included "moldy-appearing bones" and "dog bone splintering." 

"Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet," said Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine, in the FDA report. 

The FDA recorded 68 reports of illnesses, in which 90 dogs were affected, that were related to the consumption of such bone treats. Instead of using these types of commercial-treats as stocking stuffers for pups during the holiday season, the FDA says the alternative of "uncooked butcher-type bones" may be a healthier alternative. 

Along with store-bought bone treats, the FDA also warns of the dangers of table scraps. Chicken and turkey bones are also "treats" that should be kept away from dogs. 

As a tip to keep your beloved ( pet safe, Stamper added, "We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn't had before ... and if she 'just isn't acting right,' call your veterinarian right away!"

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Publication:International Business Times - US ed.
Date:Nov 29, 2017
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