FDA: Do not give dogs processed bone treats, they could be deadly

FDA: 'Bone treats' causing illness, death in dogs

FDA warns of dog bone treats after 90 illnesses, 15 deaths reported

That's the warning from the US Food and Drug Administration after it received about 68 reports of dog illnesses tied to such treats.

Dog owners might want to reconsider commercial "bone treats" sold in stores after the FDA warned of sickened dogs.

The FDA has received 15 reports of dogs dying after eating one of these bone treats, so it would simply be best for dog owners to listen to the warning and avoid buying them for their pets.

There have been reports of 15 dogs deaths related to the bone treats, according to the agency.

The FDA likewise reminds pet owners that other bones from the kitchen table, particularly from chicken and other fowls, can cause injuries when given to pets as they are brittle and splinter easily.

Be careful what you put in the trash can.

Some artificial preservatives, such as ethoxyquin, which is also used as a pesticide, is under investigation by the FDA as a possible cause for certain pet problems.

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Usually dog owners know not to give their dogs a turkey or chicken bone.

There have also been seven reports describing problems with the bone treats, such as molds or splintering when the product was chewed by a pet.

Talk with your veterinarian about other toys or treats that are most appropriate for your dog.

"We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn't had before", Stamper says.

'There are many available products made with different materials for dogs to chew on'.

So far, illnesses reported include: blocked digestive tract, vomiting, diarrhea, choking, mouth cuts and rectum bleeding. "And if she 'just isn't acting right, ' call your veterinarian right away!"' But if you're doing so with bone treats, you're actually risking its life.

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