Don't throw dogs a bone, FDA says

Don't throw dogs a bone, FDA says

It's no secret that dogs like to chew on bones. But do your clients know they can be deadly?
Apr 27, 2010
By staff
It’s the oldest cliché in the book: Dogs love to chew on bones. But the FDA is warning that this time-honored tradition could be dangerous—and even deadly—for dogs.

“Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast,” says Dr. Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “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 even death.”

Here are the biggest risks of giving dogs bones, according to the FDA:

> Broken teeth
> Mouth or tongue injuries
> Bone looped around dog’s lower jaw
> Bone stuck in dog’s esophagus, windpipe, stomach, or intestines
> Constipation due to bone fragments
> Severe bleeding from the rectum
> Peritonitis

The FDA has also released a client handout about the risks of bones. Click here to download the handout.