Reasons why not to give your dog a bone

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received around 68 reports of pet illnesses related to "bone treats." These bones are different from uncooked butcher-type bones because they are processed and sold as dog treats.

Usually dog owners know not to give their dogs a turkey or chicken bone. But the FDA is saying their are potential risks to giving your animals "bone treats" that you see at the store. 

Illnesses Reported 

  • Choking
  • Cuts and wounds in the mouth or the tonsils
  • Vomitting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Death

These reports from the FDA involved 90 dogs. 

FDA Tips for keeping your dog safe

  • Keep platters out of your dogs reach when you're cooking or eating. 
  • Properly dispose of bones in your trashcan, so your dogs can't get into it.
  • Check with your veterinarian about what toys are safe for your dog. Certain materials are not safe for your dog to chew on. 
  • Supervise your dog when it's chewing on a treat.