Sorry, Dogs: Store-Bought Bones Are Bad For You 

You shouldn't give your dog your leftover chicken bones because they can break into splinters. You shouldn't give them large raw bones because they can be full of germs (and if they weren't at first, they will be once your dog has dragged them all over the yard). Now, more bad news: The FDA says store-bought dog bone treats are dangerous, too.

Photo by Eduardo il Magnifico.

They have received reports of bone treats killing 15 dogs and harming a few dozen others. That may not sound like a lot, but probably plenty of pups have been harmed without their owners thinking to file a complaint with the FDA or relevant governing authority.

The treats we're talking about are the ones made from actual bones that have been baked or smoked, and they may be covered with flavourings and preservatives. The injuries include cuts to the mouth, blockage of the digestive tract, and choking. We don't have odds on whether a particular bone treat will hurt your dog, so better to play it safe.

[FDA]


Comments

    The chances of the US FDA responding to Australian bone treat injuries are pretty small.

    Sounds like the cooked bones become brittle too.

    Ridiculous article, dogs have iron guts and ofttimes prefer their bones dragged all over the yard. Sure the store bought, as in, ludicrously expensive crap you buy at Woolies may be an issue, so don't buy dog bones from the pet section. Give them bones from the butcher and let them drag them all over the yard. Your dog will love you and have something to kill boredom, which I might add, is the real problem for dogs.

      Dragged over the yard? how many times does your average pet dog dig up a bone after a month for a snack haha

      Used to have a butcher that would do cow thigh bones, but we had to get them cut in half. They're pretty big.

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