Dog Chew Bone Safety
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about giving dogs a certain type of bone chew. Unfortunately, this bone treat caused 15 dogs to die and numerous dogs to have emergency surgery. Unfortunately, these dog chew bones have been around for decades and I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time they’ve killed dogs. Learn which bone treats you should never give dogs as well as safe alternatives.
Stay Away From These Dog Bone Treats
Most pet retailers sell flavored and smoked bones for dogs in various sizes. These nasty bone chews have caused dogs to die. They’re real bones that have been cooked, dehydrated or smoked in various ways. Smoked bones are available in different sizes: from large femurs to knuckle bones to ribs to even kneecaps. Regardless of the bone chew’s origin (bovine or swine), never give these bone chews to dogs. If you already have these in your home, throw them out immediately.
Cooked Bones are Dangerous
When animal bones are cooked, moisture is removed from the bones. These bones are rock hard and can easily crack floor tile if dropped. So, imagine what they will do to your dog’s teeth. Cooked bones also splinter, which can give your dog dangerous gastrointestinal issues that can result in emergency surgery or even death.
Additionally, splintered bones can become lodged in a dog’s throat, cause gum laceration, crack teeth and cause punctures. If large chunks of smoked bones are swallowed, it can cause painful and deadly impactions.
Try These Dog Chew Ideas Instead
Dogs need to chew; it’s fun and a great exercise. Give your dog a yummy food stuffed Kong that has been frozen overnight, so it lasts longer. Bully sticks are a great dog chew alternative too, but make sure to monitor your dog while he chews on one of them. Raw (uncooked) bones, such as chicken wings or necks, are a great alternative, but not for the faint of heart.
Please look through your dog’s chew toys and remove any smoked or cooked bone treats.