No Bones About It!

posted April 23rd, 2010 by
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Story by Kristi Eaton

There are no bones about it: the common misconception that dogs can enjoy a tasty bone as a treat can be detrimental to their health.

Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making sure dog owners are well aware of the dangers Fido faces by chewing on bones. The federal organization recently released a new warning against the practice.
“Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast,” said Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration. “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.”

Stamper said it’s important to dispose of bones from meals properly so dogs are not able to get to them.

“And pay attention to where your dog’s nose is when you walk him around the neighborhood—steer him away from any objects lying in the grass,” she added.

Stamper said there are many bone-like alternatives to give dogs to chew on. She recommended asking your vet.

The FDA listed 10 reasons why allowing your pet to chew on bones is a bad idea.

  1. Bones can break teeth.
  2. Bones can cause mouth or tongue injuries.
  3. Bones can get looped around your dog’s lower jaw.
  4. Bones can get stuck in the esophagus.
  5. Bones can get stuck in the windpipe.
  6. Bones can get stuck in the stomach.
  7. Bones can get stuck in the intestines and cause a blockage.
  8. Constipation can occur due to bone fragments.
  9. Severe bleeding can occur from the rectum.
  10. Bones can cause the bacterial infection peritonitis because bone fragments poke holes in your dog’s stomach or intestines.

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