FDA: Risky dog bones killing, causing sickness in pets

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Food and Drug Administration says bone treats have caused 90 dogs to get sick. Fifteen have died.

The treats are sold in stores all over the country. They're different than the uncooked bones you might get from your local butcher.

The risky bone treats are labeled "ham bones," "pork femur bones," "rib bones," and "smokey knuckle bones."

Pet owners have reported obstructions in their dog's digestive tract, choking, vomiting and even death.

Meantime, here's some other advice as we head into the holidays:

  • The FDA says don't give your dog chicken, turkey or steak bones.
  • Keep your dog away from the trash can where you throw those bones away.
  • Be sure to supervise your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially a new one because they like to tear them up.

There are lots of products that are made with different materials for dogs to chew on.

Check with your vet about what's the best and the safest for the kind of dog that you have.

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