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Processed Food is Unhealthy for Dogs Too, Who Let the Dogs Out

Know why processed food is not good for your dog and what US FDA is warning us about?

Processed Food is Unhealthy for Dogs Too, Who Let the Dogs Out

US FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) has released a warning on risks of feeding your pet dog with bone treats after several reports of dog illnesses and subsequent deaths in at least fifteen cases over last few hours.

According to the FDA, the bone treats differ from uncooked butchered bones because they are real bones that have been processed, sometimes flavored, and packaged for sale as dog treats. They’re a fixture in pet stores. Although the treats might seem like they make good stocking stuffers, they pose serious health risks. A variety of bone treats available off-the-shelf for dogs including those described as Ham Bones, Pork Femur Bones, Rib Bones and Smokey Knuckle Bones were listed in the reports. The products may be dried through a smoking process or by baking, and may contain other ingredients such as preservatives, seasonings, and smoke flavorings.

According to Carmela St&er, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the FDA, ‘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’.

According to FDA, sickness reported in dogs by owners and veterinarians that have eaten bone treats have included Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract), Choking, Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, Vomiting, Diarrhea, etc., and/or Death.  Approximately fifteen dogs reportedly died after eating a bone treat. There maybe more unreported death cases so far. The reports, sent in by pet owners and veterinarians, involved about ninety dogs (some reports included more than one dog). In addition, FDA received seven reports of product problems, such as mouldy-appearing bones, stale-looking or bone treats flaking or fragmenting when chewed by the pet.

FDA offers the following recommendations:

1) Chicken bones and other bones from the kitchen table can cause injury when chewed by pets. So be careful to keep platters out of reach when you’re cooking or the family is eating.
2) Be careful what you put in the trash can. Dogs are notorious for helping themselves to the turkey carcass or steak bones disposed off there.
3) Talk with your veterinarian about other toys or treats that are most appropriate for your dog. There are many available products made with different materials for dogs to chew on.

St&er adds, ‘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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