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Audrey Cook, BVM&S
April 27, 2010 -- Pet owners commonly give their dogs bones as a reward, but
the FDA says in a new consumer warning that it’s not good for dogs to chew on
bones because they can cause serious injury or even death.
“Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham
or a roast,” Carmela Stamper, DVM, a veterinarian in the FDA’s Center for
Veterinary Medicine, says in an FDA Consumer Update. “Bones are unsafe no
matter what their size. Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate
for a trip to your veterinarian’s office later, possible emergency surgery, or
Stamper says pet owners should throw away bones from meals and make sure
dogs can’t sniff out and find discarded bones. She suggests putting bones in
the trash immediately, or out of the dog’s reach until you have a chance to
dispose of them safely.
And when you’re walking Fido around the neighborhood, pay attention to what
the dog sniffs and “steer him away from any objects lying in the grass.”
The new warning lists 10 reasons why it’s a bad idea to give bones to your
Stamper says dog owners should talk to their veterinarians about
alternatives to dog bones. Many bone-like products are made with materials that
are safe for dogs to chew, she says.
“Always supervise your dog with any chew product, especially one your dog
hasn’t had before,” Stamper says. “And always, if your dog ‘just isn’t acting
right,’ call your veterinarian right away.”
SOURCE:FDA Consumer Update: "No Bones About It: Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog."
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