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"Bone Treats" warning for dogs

The FDA says a total of 90 dogs have been affected.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017 6:53 PM
Updated: Dec. 1, 2017 7:03 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - We have a warning for all dog owners.
The FDA wants you to give it a second thought when giving your pet a "bone treat."
They say they've received 68 reports of pets getting sick and even dying from "bone treats", which are also referred to as ham bones, pork femur bones and rib bones.
They've been reported to cause choking, vomiting or blockage in pet's digestive tracts.
Dr. Matthew Smith at Brookview Animal Hospital says he's not surprised by warnings.
“They can have toxins in them but mostly the problem is the shape. The dog tries to turn it into a mushy mess and tries to swallow it and then it expands when it gets inside them or doesn't get swallowed that way,” Smith said.
Smith has had to work on dogs who have choked on those type of bones before. The FDA says a total of 90 dogs have been affected.

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