FDA Warning: Store-Bought ‘Bone Treats’ Could Kill Your Dog

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November 28, 2017 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning regarding the purchase and use of store-bought “bone treats”. The FDA claims the danger goes beyond the risk of regular bones.

What’s a ‘Bone Treat’?

The FDA reports it has received about 68 reports of pet illnesses related to “bone treats”.

Bone treats differ from regular uncooked butcher-type bones because they’re processed and packaged for sale as “dog treats”.

Which Products?

A variety of commercially-available bone treats for dogs were listed in the reports including items described as:

  • “Ham Bones”
  • “Pork Femur Bones”
  • “Rib Bones”
  • “Smokey Knuckle Bones”

No specific brands are mentioned in the FDA bulletin.

The processed products may be dried through a smoking process or by baking. They may also contain other ingredients such as:

  • Preservatives
  • Seasonings
  • Smoke flavorings

According to Dr. Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA…

“Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet.”

So, if you’re planning to give your dog a stocking full of bone treats this holiday season, you may want to reconsider.

Illnesses Reported

Illnesses reported to FDA by owners and veterinarians in dogs that have eaten bone treats have included:

  • Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract)
  • Choking
  • Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Death

According to FDA, approximately 15 dogs have reportedly died after eating a bone treat.

How Widespread Is the Problem?

To date, reports submitted by pet owners and veterinarians have included about 90 dogs. Some reports included more than one dog.

In addition, FDA has received 7 reports of product problems such as…

  • Moldy-appearing bones
  • Treats splintering when chewed by the pet

How to Keep Your Dog Safe

FDA has included the following tips to help keep your dog safe:

  1. Chicken bones and other bones from the kitchen table can cause injury when chewed by pets, too. So be careful to keep platters out of reach when you’re cooking or the family is eating.
  2. Be careful what you put in the trash can. Dogs are notorious for helping themselves to the turkey carcass or steak bones disposed of there.
  3. Talk with your veterinarian about other toys or treats that are most appropriate for your dog. There are many available products made with different materials for dogs to chew on.

What to Do?

Dr. Stamper adds the following advice…

“We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before. And if she ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!”

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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  • SanSan

    wish I had seen this report last month…..gave my 8 yr old Lab a store bought rib bone as a treat. She is a mess now…..I pray that it passes and she is her ole self real soon. I’ve never given her a rib bone before, just large bones to naw on…..never again!

  • Jenny M. Grimes

    Holy Cow!! Lol

  • anon101

    Get dog safe toy to chew
    The Vet Dr. John De Jong Sunday, December 10, 2017

    Q What are your thoughts on giving bones to dogs? The FDA has issued a warning that giving dogs bones can be dangerous and was linked to several deaths. This was related to bone treats that were processed and packaged and sold by pet retail outlets. I have always given my dogs bones. There have been no issues, but I have been careful to only give large beef bones. Have I been doing the wrong thing? I was taught that this was healthy for their teeth and promoted healthy digestion. Obviously I don’t want to harm my dogs.

    A Like you I saw the reports, and, in an official capacity as an officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association, I was interviewed for comments. I also did additional homework to answer your question. Apparently there were reports of 68 illnesses and 15 deaths related to consumption of bone treats. The reports seem to be primarily tied to smoked and flavored treats and usually associated with pork products.
    However, many veterinarians, myself included, find bones to be risky and problematic. I have seen issues with dogs consuming bones in my practice. Any dog, regardless of size or breed, can have problems.

    Poultry bones seem to be the worst as they splinter more easily, but all bones can splinter. Chewing on bones can cause oral trauma with bleeding of the gums or the tongue. Bone fragments can get stuck in the roof of the mouth or between teeth. As pieces of bone move down the digestive tract, they can also cause trauma, leading to bleeding or perforation in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Larger pieces of bones can be stuck, causing choking, blockage in the digestive tract and vomiting as well. This can lead to the need for emergency surgery for removal of the obstruction. Some dogs develop diarrhea as a result of chewing bones. Some bones have fat on them and this can lead to pancreatitis.
    If you have never experienced any problems with giving your dogs bones, consider yourself lucky.
    Dogs don’t need bones to chew on. Best suggestion: Watch your dog with any treats given and opt for the safer alternatives and chew toys on the market.
    http://www.bostonherald.com/lifestyle/2017/12/get_dog_safe_toy_to_chew

  • Cannoli

    Yup totally agree. No bones, bully sticks, or raw hides for my boy. Gotta try the large frozen carrots

  • anon101

    http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2009/06/raw-diets-for-dogs-and-cats/
    (excerpt below, click on link for full article)
    Myth 1:
    Dogs and cats are carnivores and evolved to eat uncooked whole prey.

    Dogs have been domesticated for tens of thousands of years, and they have been eating human leftovers for the vast majority of that time. There are significant physical and genetic differences between dogs and their closest wild relative, the wolf, and the genetic evidence suggests they diverged into separate species close to 100,000 years ago. The teeth and gastrointestinal tract of dogs has adapted to the human food they have eaten for so long. We have also made many changes in our canine companions through breeding. There is little resemblance between the average Chihuahua and a wolf, and little logic to the idea that they should have the same diet.

  • anon101

    http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2009/06/raw-diets-for-dogs-and-cats/ excerpt below, click on link for full article

    Myth 1: Dogs and cats are carnivores and evolved to eat uncooked whole prey.

    Dogs have been domesticated for tens of thousands of years, and they have been eating human leftovers for the vast majority of that time. There are significant physical and genetic differences between dogs and their closest wild relative, the wolf, and the genetic evidence suggests they diverged into separate species close to 100,000 years ago. The teeth and gastrointestinal tract of dogs has adapted to the human food they have eaten for so long. We have also made many changes in our canine companions through breeding. There is little resemblance between the average Chihuahua and a wolf, and little logic to the idea that they should have the same diet.

  • Robbie Lister

    Yes I totally agree. I didn’t say that I feed marrow bones, I don’t and I’m well aware that wolves don’t eat them. I have fed whole prey to my pack and I mean whole prey and I know what they eat and what they don’t. They eventually pull those bones apart and chew on the ends where the joints were and then that’s it. They leave the femurs even on deer goats sheep Etc. But they eat the skulls minus the teeth, most of the neck bones the rib bones in general although they’ll leave the ends that are attached to the spine. I agree with everything you say about raw diets and healthy dentition. I have rarely had to have dentals done on my dogs. The only exceptions have been some of the toy breeds. I am no longer breeding and have been doing rescue for The Last 5 Years so I know what you’re talking about. Funds are hard to come by.

  • anon101
  • anon101

    https://www.mspca.org/angell_services/frozen-carrots-as-a-doggie-chew-treat/ (excerpt below, click on link for full article)
    Did you know that large frozen carrots make excellent, edible dog chew treats? As do semi-frozen sweet potatoes or many other large, frozen vegetables. The trick is to make them large enough to prevent choking (don’t use baby carrots), and be sure to wash them before freezing. These healthy, edible goodies are a safe choice compared to poultry bones which can splinter and cause serious damage if ingested.
    Also at risk are your dog’s teeth. Angell Dentistry’s Dr. Jessica Riehl warns against bones, “Steer clear of any marrow bones, antlers or hooves. A good alternative for something that takes your pup some time to ‘work’ on is what I consider a marrow bone alternative – fill a rubber kong toy with some canned pumpkin or a very thin layer of peanut butter and place the kong in the freezer. When the filling hardens, your pet will take the time to lick at it and chew on the kong. Meanwhile, the kong will maintain is rubbery quality.” Make sure your veterinarian gives your dog a good oral exam during annual check-ups to check for fractured teeth or abscesses

  • Briggs

    We have a 12 year old that came to us at 10 weeks old with one of those damn plastic nylabones that she thinks it is her child, LOL, she carries it around like it’s the 8th Wonder of the World. So cute! =D

  • Briggs

    Carrots? Those are saved for the bunnies!

  • Briggs

    And good genetics.

  • Briggs

    Hi Robbie,

    When the wolves were re-intro’ed to Yellowstone, Doug Smith made a point to show that the wolves had killed and elk and consumed it, but left the dense, brittle bones (legs, etc.) behind, picked clean of meat.
    Even though we no longer use them, femur bones were never consumed by our pack, as they seemed to know better, even the dogs that are retired from working or performance, or don’t train or do much for months at a time seemed to know these bones weren’t to be ingested. Smart pups =)
    There are posters here who have fed ground marrow bones (extremely hard and brittle, not to mention murder on grinders, and whomever agreed to grind these bones for sale needs to have their heads examined IMO) and experienced problems. I don’t doubt it. These bones are DENSE and no raw feeder with any experience would touch them in a ground only-meal state, but I can only assume people who have a bad experience will avoid it in the future, which I don’t blame them for shying away.
    On a personal note, regular dentals would put us in a financial pinch with our numbers alone, and our shelter dogs would STILL be shelter dogs or be euthanasia material had we not adopted them. Financially there had to be another way, and raw diets have kept (regularly scheduled) dental cleanings to a minimum. I’d rather see them eating a healthy diet and avoiding a dental every other year due to poor oral hygiene than see them on the euthanasia statistics!

  • Briggs

    We give bully sticks as a very rare treat. Holy cow (ignore the pun, LOL), they love them! Our non aggressive chewers get the thinner ones and our monster jawed beasts get the thickest ones we can find.

  • Briggs

    Unfortunately “natural” should be a term that’s easy to grasp, but it seems like way too many companies (human stuff included) has latched onto it as a selling point. “Natural” could mean literally anything anymore.
    Whatever brand you buy, Kay, it might be worth giving the company a ring and seeing if they can define that term for you. If they avoid the question or feed you baloney, thank the rep for their time (they’re only doing their job), hang up, and find something else to treat your doggies with =)

  • anon101

    Some science based information here, regarding, “dogs are not wolves”
    If anyone is interested
    http://skeptvet.com/Blog/?s=Wolves

  • anon101

    Probably homeopathic views.
    Which of course differ greatly from traditional medicine.

  • Robbie Lister

    OMG! You SERIOUSLY need to go back to university and study zoology….or get some study references…and READ them. You my dear are one of these humans so full of hubris that you think you know better than anyone, most especially mother nature. You are also highly alarmist. I said you are FREE TO DO WITH YOUR OWN ANIMALS AS YOU PLEASE previously. I do not appreciate you arguing with me when I have the research in my library. You twist every thung I’ve said and turn it into a “suffering” issue. Well I have news for you everyone that is living suffers on this planet it is part of life. But they all don’t get bowel impaction! Just to be clear, I will not respond to you again.

  • anon101

    How do you know what goes on in the woods?
    Wild animals suffer terribly and die young.
    Dogs are not wolves!
    Dogs have been domesticated for hundreds of years and are not the same beast.
    You are misinformed.
    Good luck with your opinions and I hope others will have the sense to talk to a veterinarian who has examined their dog before playing Russian roulette with their dogs health.
    Peace out

  • Robbie Lister

    There are plenty of informative books that talk about this and if you get on some of the prey model forums you’ll find that information as well. Juliet Levy’s book discusses it so does pitcairn’s book Etc. I agree the problem happens with overconsumption. Wolves don’t have this problem because they are mentally stimulated all the time. Our dogs are bored out of their trees and under stimulated. That is absolutely a factor. Many dogs will over-consume recreational bones. I also think part of the problem may be that some dogs and I mean individual dogs suffer from poor peristalsis of the GI tract. Stress can cause this as I saw this happen in a dog whose owner abandoned him here and I was not paying enough attention to the fact that he was over consuming. Anyway so far as feeding raw most dogs fed a raw diet will not have problems not even if they have a recreational bone to chew on and especially if they are well mentalky stimulated & exercised dogs, they won’t overdo it.

  • Robbie Lister

    I’ve seen x-rays too!. you apparently did not read what I actually wrote. That one dog of mine actually had to have a piece of his intestines removed because of a blockage! He was one dog out of 100 . you are being alarmist to other people. And you did not read that I said it should be 10% bone and the rest meat and organs not a bone with some meat on it! Anyway you are free to do whatever you wish but dental disease kills more dogs than bone impactions. And that is a fact! And if what you are saying was true than wolves and others of their ilk would be extinct from bone impactions! Our dogs share 98% of wolf DNA and the 2% difference is the outside of the animal meaning size coat type skeletal structure and such. That’s all I’m going to say.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Robbie-

    I personally don’t see how excluding meat from the diet yet still giving bone could change the composition of the bone to the point where with meat they could not potentially cause an obstruction, but without meat can. The bone doesn’t change.

    I’d say in your dogs case it was most likely due to overconsumption of bone, which can still happen in a raw diet when the owner is haphazardly formulating it with no guidance.

    If you do though, have any credible literature to support any of your statements, I would love a link to take a look at it. Thanks!

  • anon101

    Sorry, I have seen the x-rays.
    So, I don’t believe you.
    I believe the veterinary health care professionals (excluding homeopathic ones) that I have spoken to, plus my own experience with feeding bones, meat on them and all!
    And only for a few minutes at a time.
    Just because you haven’t had a bad experience, doesn’t mean that you won’t and others that listen to you won’t.
    Some of us choose to acknowledge the risk, and act accordingly.

  • Robbie Lister

    Ok…the problem with bone causing constipation or obstruction is feeding it without meat! In over 30 years of raw feeding, I’ve had only one dog have an impaction. Turned out he was obsessively eating recreational bones away from meals. Only give recreational bones to chew on after a meal and remove them after 30 min and monitor that chewing constantly. But this dog was 1 out of probably a hundred over those years. Bones don’t cause impactions when they are eaten with plenty of meat. The ratio should be 10% bone, 5% organ meat and the rest muscle meat. IF a dog is going to eat a whole big rec bone constantly/obsessively then that dog needs monitoring and the bone taken away after a few minutes of good chewing.

  • Briggs

    We had a vet comment on our older dogs teeth, coat condition, lack of muscle wasting as well as lack of ear infections, lack of cataracts, etc.
    We had a vet commend us on the fact that our older aged cat had clean teeth, clean ears, a clean, shiny coat and is not fat….and upon hearing that we fed raw, started in the “raw kills “crap that sounded like it was memorized from an index card.
    Medically, our cat was treated well for an injury but the “raw kills” two seconds after telling us they were amazed that a cat her age wasn’t fat or full of dental disease, nor had a coat full of dandruff or grease, was a little annoying. Don’t give us compliments on our cats health then insist we switch diets, sheesh!

  • HoundMusic

    Because it is NOT a matter of brands. ALL bones of that type have the potential to be a health hazard.

  • Briggs

    We don’t mess with oldies who have health issues, and our goal is to make them as comfortable as possible. Not too long ago we put an old dog of ours on medicine for random diarrhea and didn’t think twice…but we have wondered for years if the trend of rushing the dog to the vet for antibiotic sprays, antibiotic creams and oral antibiotics every time they get a li’l ding or boo-boo has something to do with the lack of longevity. If we ran our dogs to the vet every time they got banged up playing, we’d be in the poor house and wouldn’t get anything done.
    And as I type this, the two youngest are slamming one another into the table, LOL

  • HoundMusic

    I honestly believe that it is a common misconception, or outright myth, that raw bones don’t splinter. THEY ABSOLUTELY DO. Don’t take my word for it. Crush a raw and cooked chicken bone with a hammer. They will both splinter. The only difference is that raw bones are coated in rubbery meat, which probably acts as a cushion until the bones are digested. But raw bones are still dangerous. They can break teeth and cause peritonitis just as easily as any cooked bone. They’re also a choking hazard. I can personally attest to the latter. Several times over. And after I initially switched the dogs off raw and onto home cooked crockpot food, I began to see alarmingly large shards of bone being passed over 2-3 weeks *after* their last bone meal.

  • Cyndie Raposa

    A dental exam is an important part of every dogs annual. Your dogs may not have needed a cleaning but I doubt your vet was disappointed.

  • Beverley

    The label WAS NOT for RAW FOOD!!! It was for the chicken dried breast treats, etc., from China!!!! T’is not nice to assume that I am dense. I know to wash hands after handling raw food!

  • Shandor1280

    Gosh I wonder: are the same exact breeds living longer, or the newfangled breeds? It would be great to analyze the data if it’s dependable.

  • mslneenyo

    “healthy spot” is a small chain of “health food” stores for dogs/cats. “Just For Dogs” is a small chain of dog food(some cat) made daily in house. The kitchens and freezers are very clean and sanitary. The shops are open for the customers to view the food making procedure. All ingredients are fresh cooked veggies, chicken, turkey, meat, venison. JFD.com(i think). These companies are both anchored in Southern California and are expanding to other states. @anon101

  • mslneenyo

    i agree with you about “the old days” however, dogs (and cats) are living much longer (12-18+yrs) these days than “the old days”(8-12yrs).

  • anon101
  • anon101

    Yes, labels can be deceiving. “Natural” means nothing.
    And, maybe no preservatives were added…….
    That has nothing to do with how the product was processed.
    Ask a scientist or a chemist, they will be able to explain.
    It’s common sense, the product would spoil within 24 hours without some type of chemical preservative.
    Just my opinion.

  • Kathy

    They do say all natural and no preservatives for the brands I get.

  • anon101

    PS: The current FDA warning is an update to :
    “No Bones (or Bone Treats) About It: Reasons Not to Give Your Dog Bones”
    https://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm208365.htm

  • anon101

    https://www.embracepetinsurance.com/waterbowl/article/harmful-side-animal-sourced-dog-chews
    excerpt below, click on link for full article, written by a veterinarian.

    Bully sticks, pig’s ears, cow hooves, marrow bones, rawhides and antlers. Sounds like a yummy smorgasbord for your dog, doesn’t it? I bet many of you use these treats to satisfy your dog’s chewing and keeping them occupied; but should you? Have you ever given deep thought to these animal “pieces parts” that we give to our pets??
    First where do these things come from and why are they used as chew toys? I think it is obvious that these are all parts of animals that we eat. Not that we want to think about it but these are waste byproducts from the meat industry. Some entrepreneur decided this would be an easy way to make money so…. a new industry was born.
    Cow hooves and pigs ears are what the name implies.
    Marrow bones are from the long bones of cows and pigs.
    Rawhides are the skin of cows.
    Antlers come from either deer or elk.
    So what do you think bully sticks are? Think about this one. Give up? They are bull penises! Hmm.
    There are some dangers with all of these items. All of these have the potential and can cause intestinal obstructions, but equally important are the dangers that come from the way these are processed. They are first soaked for hours in a caustic lye solution to digest the undesirables off the skin and then to remove the lye the skin is then soaked in bleach solution. Sounds yummy. Many of the rawhides come from China where they have been known to use arsenic compounds to preserve them.
    There is no regulation of rawhides or pigs ears. You really have no idea where these come from.
    Marrow bones and antlers cause many broken teeth. A good rule of thumb is if you don’t want me to hit you in the kneecap with it, your dog should not be chewing on it. I can not tell you how many expensive extractions are the result of dogs chewing bones.

  • haleycookie

    This warning does not apply to bully sticks. However know they are high calorie and should be given sparingly and dogs should still be watched as with anything. Buy ones that come packaged not ones that are open and sold individually.

  • Kathy

    What about bully sticks?

  • Wow

    You’re better off giving your dogs the smoked bones. Do you even know what’s in milk bones?

  • Wow

    In other words…”Let me give you bad advice so that you pay me, and other vets, thousands of dollars for teeth cleanings each year.”

  • Wow

    Did you ever stop to think that the warning is there as a safety precaution to yourself, and something there to cover the company in case of a lawsuit? Raw food ALWAYS has some label somewhere that recommends washing your hands afterwards. Why? BECAUSE IT’S RAW FOOD!
    Do you not wash your hands after handling raw hamburger or chicken for yourself?
    I’ve read quite a few unbelievably dense comments, but I think yours takes the cake.

  • haleycookie

    Deer and elk antlers are much different. As are split antlers. That’s what a lot of people don’t realize. Deer are much more hard and compact. Elk dissolve faster and have a softer texture. Split antlers are the softest.

  • Deborah Watson

    My bulldog broke a tooth off at the gumline the first hour he chewed his deer antler. Never again.

  • Eli Heyn

    It doesn’t matter which brand. If the bone is cooked or smoked, it will splinter.
    You can give your dog raw beef bones, they come frozen in upscale pet stores. Limit their chewing time at first, as the marrow inside can cause loose stool until your dog becomes accustomed to it. And remove the bone when it becomes small enough to swallow.
    Bonus: I’ve had 4 dogs in the last 25 years – none have ever had their teeth cleaned! My vet is always surprised… and probably disappointed that dentals will never be on my bill!

  • Europe Stratton

    I give my dog elk antlers ,you don’t have to worry about splinters and they are full of calcium.

  • Beverley

    Baahahahaha! Just laughing cause you laughed, I’m sure it was good. My ex use to love munching on good doggie biscuits. Then again, he had the brain of a carrot because he tried to toke/smoke catnip hoping he could get the same effect as marijuana! LOL!

  • Crazy4cats

    I have bought them on occasion. And they are gone in less than 5 minutes. Kind of a cross between a biscuit and a greenie. These are not plastic chew toys. They are edible. Not saying they are great for them, just that they are not hard plastic and my dogs enjoy them. Although, they do make hard plastic chew toys as well. My dogs could care less about them. Thanks for your concern.

  • greg

    I now have another little buddy, he is a rescue from Texas, he’s been here now for around 3 months, i feel soooo guilty in having him live in Luke’s house and yard now, i try convincing myself Cooper also needed someone to love him since he has been living on the streets for a while with heart worms, lumps he had to have removed and and other ailments he had to get done to save him, that they told us.
    With Luke, I could not stop crying for weeks and months from me giving the bone to him, i got depressed and just wanted Luke back. So my wife thought, I needed another little buddy, so we now have Cooper, he loves me so much, but then i think, Luke should be here. I sometimes compare him, but i now they both have there individuality. To this day I still can’t even look at Luke’s pictures. I am giving this little guy all my love now, but it is not the same. I do hope Luke and i will be together again someday. I have lost both my parents and a brother 2 yrs ago, I don’t think i felt this bad over losing family like i have in losing Luke, especially since it’s the bone i gave him. Thank you all for the replies, it was something i didn’t expect, but it was appreciated from you all. Cooper is running up my chest to my face while i’m typing this and kissing my face. Thx again Greg

  • haleycookie

    All smoked/cooked bones, all brands. Its not a recall but a warning that these cooked and smoked bones splinter more than raw bones.

  • Janice Mercer

    Shandor1280 I agree 100%. They do need to tell us what brands they are IF it is true. We watch what we feed our dogs and sometimes they get table scraps. They’re fine and not fat. When we have a T-bone for supper our dogs always get the bone. We keep an eye on it and when they get to the point where the piece that they can possibly choke on is left we take it away. We don’t need to be told because we use our own brain. 🙂

  • Mary Davidson

    But no one has listed the BRANDS to stay away from… did anyone have their dog choke on a given BRAND or is this discussion all hypothetical??

  • My small 6lb 17 year old male
    chihuahua has eaten almost every bone there is, tons of human food and probably more dog treats than dog food and he’s still kickin!

  • haleycookie

    True for YOUR DOG I have many friends who have had their dogs on prey model raw for years and no issues what so ever. Please stop pushing your problems with your dogs onto everyone else. No everything is bad just because you don’t like it.

  • haleycookie

    EXACTLY YOUR OPINION so please stop putting fear into people and saying everything you can possibly give your dog that they will get enjoyment out of with hurt them or kill them. It is your opinion and yet you go around and tell people no bones no nylabones no potatoes (even though peas are no better) etc. stop trying to terrify people into not giving their dogs anything but zignature and warm water and carrots. Raw bones and nylabones are perfectly safe for dogs who can handle them and the owners who keep an eye on them. Just because it happened to you doesn’t mean it’s going to happen to every single person that wants to try it. I know many many dogs who have enjoyed a lifetime of these “dangerous things” without a single problem.

  • anon101

    Regarding Nylabones, if you get one as part as a puppy package, they may be of help for a pup that is teething

    After a month of two, they are useless and should be discarded.
    Just my opinion based on my experience with dogs.

  • haleycookie

    What dogs have you met that don’t like them? Lol I know lots of dogs that will chew on them until nothing is left. And btw they have softer options as well as the harder options so something suitable for every kind of chewer.

  • S Ross

    Greg, my reasoning is God created Luke, which made you his step-father. I don’t believe God makes something that comes into our lives that can return affections that resemble the very ones we give to them be disposable. I am rock solid in my belief that you and Luke will pick up right where you guys were. If Jesus returns on a White horse like the Bible says, then he does indeed love the very things he sent to share our lives with. Jesus is Lord.

  • S Ross

    I don’t want anything edible for my furbaby that comes from a society (such as China) that allows and promotes eating dog’s. My dog is a gift from God, my dog IS my fulfilment in life’s pursuit of happiness. Jesus is Lord!

  • aimee

    You’re welcome!

  • anon101

    Why would you serve your dog a plastic mix of chemical crap?
    Good luck.
    I told you, the dogs want nothing to do with them after a few days anyway.
    Go spend the money and find out.

  • Crazy4cats

    All Nylabones are not made of plastic. Some are edible. https://www.chewy.com/nylabone-healthy-edibles-twin-pack/dp/44175

  • anon101

    That’s not the point.
    Raw bones, even finely ground can cause GI distress, bowel obstruction.
    I have the vet bills to prove that what I am saying is true.

  • Crazy4cats

    Thank you for the clarification!

  • Robbie Lister

    The problem is that smoked (aka COOKED) Bones splinter. …raw bones don’t. Use only fresh or fresh frozen RAW joint bones for dogs to chew.

  • aimee

    The VOHC list is the products that have proven efficacy based on actual use of the product. Any company can submit their data.

  • anon101

    Nylabones are hard as a rock (potential for tooth damage), most dogs lose all interest in them after about a week anyway.
    A waste of money. Try a raw carrot instead 🙂
    PS: Nylabones are hard plastic, yuk!

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Sorry I missed what you were getting at. Sigh indeed =)

  • Crazy4cats

    Letting your dog out of a padded cage into a fenced back yard is totally different than letting them out to run on the freeway. Anyone who would continue to feed their dogs these types of bone treats would be compared to letting them run on the freeway in my opinion. They are proven to be dangerous!

  • anon101

    You may think that you know everything.
    But, you don’t.
    The information/opinions that I share are because I have learned these lessons the hard way and I hope to prevent others from going through the financial and emotional distress that I experienced.
    This is the last time I will respond to you. Please put me on ignore.
    Your comments are rude.

  • Crazy4cats

    I believe that vets get at least one semester of nutrition, which is 5 hours a week for three or four months. Much more than the 30 minutes that you mentioned. But, you are right, they are not all certified veterinary nutritionists. I, however, believe that this list was probably created by veterinary nutritionists with Phd’s.

    My dogs are gulpers and heavy chewers. Marrow bones scared the heck out of me when I tried them out. I imagined broken teeth big time!

    I am not anti-raw. I do mix in some commercial raw in their meals a few days a week. I believe brushing your pets’ teeth is actually the best choice for clean teeth and gums! I think that Petfooled is sensationalized propaganda! I receive Dr. Becker’s emails and she is always trying to sell me something that my dogs and cats just cannot live without. LOL! There is, however, sometimes some valuable information mixed in though.

    I’m curious where you got your pet nutrition education? Thank you for your response. It’s good to hear opinions from all points of view.

  • haleycookie

    Yes but every dog is different and has different chewing habits. It’s important to know your dog before you give them anything hard to chew on. I’ve seen tons of extreme chewers do just find with antlers nylabones etc. You just have to be sure if they are extreme chewers to make them take breaks get them split antlers so they’re softer etc. all this hysterics over what we should and shouldnt give our dogs is ridiculous. If you’re gonna take any and all enjoyment out of your dogs life why even have a dog?

  • haleycookie

    You’re the person that needs to put their dog in a padded cage the most lol

  • Kristine Berger

    I agree! Be more specific and name the BRANDS we should avoid giving our pets. I don’t give my G.S.P. any bones. Had problems in the past with my Labs getting sick after eating bones, so I learned a lesson from that!

  • LGP

    I think the point is to not give specifics…. but, to say ALL are dangerous and you shouldn’t use. Go to your butcher and get a raw bone instead so much better for the dog, less mess for you and good for teeth and breath.

  • Ann-kristin Normann

    We have German and suisse shepherds.. .. they LOVE the jolly balls.. great toys with lots of fun.. so cool to watch them go bananas over this big red blob

  • Cathy Koh

    Me too. I feed a high quality food to my dog, Orijen. Apparently it is truly human grade because I got bored during Thanksgiving break and decided to eat a piece, nothing happened to me LOL.

  • anon101

    Exactly, NO BONES! Not worth the risk.
    Doesn’t matter if they are being supervised, it only takes a second for damage to occur.
    Salmonella, Perforations, intestinal obstructions (even from finely ground bone) broken teeth, GI distress.
    No Thanks

  • David James

    If you reread what I actually wrote I’m saying that the number 15 without any other timeframe doesn’t give a person a clear picture of the severity of the situation. As far as an interest in the pet industry I’m one man with one store with no employees I only carry healthy high-quality food and treats from reputable companies. Your statement is completely innaccurate assessment of my personal character. I don’t carry any of the brands that recalled back in 2007… And that has nothing to do with this. The recall on 2007 dealt with specific brands specific lot numbers this “warning“ doesn’t refer to anything specific just total generalities. I am certain tho however, whatever I write you will take issue with. That is because you are an Internet troll…
    Why do you need to swear? Is teddi your wife?

  • Edanna

    Well if it’s raw food or freeze dried made from raw meat it kinda has to say that or you could get sick.

    There’s some bones that do it also because their raw and simply being dried doesn’t change that fact, they can’t cook the bones because of splintering.

    I wash my hands like crazy after most of anything I touch I have a little OCD so that’s not a problem for me.
    You even want to wash your hands after kibble or you should.

  • Beverley

    You missed my point. You didn’t get what I was implying. Sigh….

  • Beverley

    You missed my point! It means something is bad for us human hands so wash them right after you handle the product. That is what I was get

  • Abby Koop

    I had a vet tell me NO hard chew items including all bones and also antlers, etc. He said he’s had so many dogs with broken teeth from them. And yes, my dog had broken her tooth.

  • A Nonnie Mess

    We feed scraps, bones, and our dogs routinely graze in our short-lived summer garden. They also eat livestock poop and stuff they find outside, and eat hoof trimmings when the farrier visits.

    I appreciate the goal of finding quality brands but sometimes I think that goal goes too far sometimes. Our dogs are our lives but they’re not delicate flowers that need every little thing handed to them on a silver spoon.

  • Shandor1280

    I hate to be the spoilsport, but I’ll bet the toxic ones are made in China, just like the deadly dog food years ago that killed untold thousands of poor pets. The tipoff is that the warning is vague. Of course it’s not every smoked bone, or every bone that’s a bone: I had a dog growing up and he loved chicken bones. In the old days before corporate everything and knowitall veterinarians didn’t folks feed their dogs table scraps and…bones of every sort? Of course. Butchers used to sell you “dog bones”. Now we’re just sheep following instructions from the all powerful news persons who pontificate about every detail of life, and government hacks to tell us what to eat, what light bulbs to buy, and where to get mental meds ‘cos we’re too stupid and weak minded to run our own lives. For gosh sakes get a life! i don’t buy anything edible from China ‘cos they don’t have civilized safety regulations and our government is still too stupid to check their imports (duh, tariffs could pay for inspectors) so we must be prudent and wary citizens. And that’s my rant folks!

  • Loren

    Science Diet DID in fact have a recall. Important to read WHY the products were recalled, too.

  • haleycookie

    Why is that? I know hundreds of dogs that eat the healthy edibles and the originals as chew toys. They don’t splinter. They’re digestible (the healthy edibles are anyway) and the way the originals break down into such tiny pieces there’s no real risk of choking or obstruction in a healthy dog. Nylabones in my opinion are one of the safest chew products on the market.

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Why does this link you shared take me to Life’s Abundance company? =/

  • A Nonnie Mess

    It’s a good, common practice no matter what though. I wash my hands obsessively when cooking human food =)
    No matter what your dogs diet is (kibble, canned food, raw food, etc.) washing your hands is a good idea, always, as is cleaning up food prep area. I do this for the dogs, cats, I do this for us (chopped vegetables = sterilizing the cutting board) and we wipe up the counters and table when we’re done. A working kitchen that feeds lots of people is no different. On a busy night, that gets insane! Handling food = keeping the area sanitary, and that goes for hands, too! =)

  • Grandma

    Our vet says absolutely no nylabones.

  • Milk Manson

    You have a financial interest in the pet supply industry, but you consider warning the public (it’s not a recall) to be irresponsible due to the relatively small number of deaths reported so far (15, or as you figure it, less than 0.00001928% of the total population).

    While you were there, maybe you should have asked WolframAlpha for the total number of deaths confirmed as a result of the contaminated pet food disaster of 2007.

    Take that number and subtract it from 15, and now you know why Teddi didn’t need to say or imply a dang thing.

  • haleycookie

    Chewy carries water buffalo horns, and nylabones, goat hooves (which is the same material as water buffalo horns except smaller which you may want since you have a small dog) and they also carry antlers. Petco and petsmart may have most of those things as well. I know Petco stopped carrying water buffalo horns in store however. But they still have the goat hooves and antlers and nylabones.

  • Turtle Facee

    I usually feed my dogs raw turkey necks, they both absolutely LOVE them! I also gave them Merrick “The Sarge” bones a few times when they were younger, which I guess is the type of bone these warnings address, but thankfully they didn’t care for them anyway. Thanks for clearing that up about the issue being splintering. 🙂

  • Mary Davidson

    Well let’s list the brands that have given us issues! mine was USA Bones and Chews from Chewy!

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Bull Terrier is on my list of breeds I wish to own one day, unfortunately I’m not met with agreement =( I think they’re so charming and fun!

  • A Nonnie Mess

    That has to be such a fun job!
    One of our middle aged dogs can train all afternoon, run all evening, and would stay up all night chewing on bones or bully sticks if we allowed it (chewing sessions are supervised, so are limited to about 30-45 minutes, twice or thrice a week depending on our schedule!)
    Just a few nights ago we got a comment from a guest about our dogs and how “dreamy” (their words) our dogs look while chewing. Their eyes kind of go somewhere else and they seem to be embracing their entirety of “doggishness”.
    Our biggest rule when chewing is it’s not nice to go “visit” other chewers to see if they somehow have something better, LOL!

  • lillylu

    where u get buffalo horns…..I am older don’t shop much ….have a chi wa wa…..lol…this is alarming don’t know what to buy anymore…trust ….who….

  • A Nonnie Mess

    I agree!!
    I’m not the commenter you’re referring to PJ but thank you (on Greg’s behalf) for being so kind…

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Hi Greg, I am so sorry for your loss =(
    Others here have lost their dogs (us, too!) due to simple mistakes that were probably a one in a million chance of causing harm. I’m happy you shared your story as it may save many lives as others said!
    Little Luke wouldn’t want you to be so sad, and he wouldn’t want you to feel like you somehow “caused” this. It seems like certain dogs are genetically predisposed to these pancreatitis episodes, and acute pancreatitis can be SO fast and SO aggressive that even the best vet can’t help. If it wasn’t the ham bone, it probably would have been something else at some point in time to cause it. It seems like sometimes we just can’t win and when genetics takes over there’s little we can do. Dealing with that with one of ours right now =/
    I mentioned yesterday that I work with a horse trainer who had a filly suffer a complete freak accident; she was outside in the turn out lot/pasture area and tripped, fell “just right” (or wrong) and broke her neck that caused her death. My friend didn’t “cause” this anymore than you “caused” your friends passing by simply offering a special treat. My heart goes out to you.

  • A Nonnie Mess

    I’m in full agreement. SpikeAGSD’s reply is extremely sweet!!! =)

  • A Nonnie Mess

    So happy your little girl was OK!
    Our vet shared the same concern with us, most responsible vets do! It sounds like you’ve got a good vet =)

  • Teddi Rutschman

    I off to check it out! Thank you

  • Bud Lori Crites

    No Pawtree has not had any recalls. Its truly an amazing Company. I’d love to share more with you. Myhealthypetpaws.Com

  • Bud Lori Crites

    Let me know if I can help in anyway!

  • BlissBoo

    They might be advising that because the fat/oil can stain your clothes.

  • haleycookie

    No. It’s the splintering in the cooked or smoked bones that’s going on that the fda is trying to warn people about. But just as with anything. Just make sure u are supervising your dog with anything. Including these bones. Buy what is appropriately sized etc and you should be fine. Raw bones, split antlers, nylabones, and water buffalo horns are great alternatives.

  • Turtle Facee

    So does that mean these types of bones were deadly all along? I thought maybe a batch had been bad with bacteria or E. Coli.

  • haleycookie

    It’s not a particular brand. It’s all dog bones that are smoked like you see that the pet stores carry

  • madeline st john

    This would be more helpful and less alarming, if we had more specifics. Such as; Which types, what brands. This is too vague. Good advice would be that frozen, uncooked bones are better because the molecular structure is not compromised.
    The best advice also is to never allow your dog to chew a bone without supervision.

  • Turtle Facee

    Wow, how can they NOT list specific brands!? Is it every bone that looks like the above ones? I used to buy Merrick “The Sarge” bones back in the day and they looked just like those. Ugggh, seems like every year there’s a new treat that kills dogs. Home cooking and raw meaty bones never looked better.

  • Kay B

    Mary: It happened so suddenly and I was so shocked that I truly don’t remember what she ate. I won’t giving her any of that type again.

  • P.j

    We need more people like you in this world. What a touching reply. I agree with you wholeheartedly. His pup had the best 4 and half years with him I know. It’s a shame we have to endure such loss with our little loved ones. I have found the best remedy and that’s to show another what a great life you can give them. It will take a little while and it will feel somewhat alien to show love to another but trust me you will find that special feeling again. Our pups can sense more than we can imagine. Bless you both

  • P.j

    It breaks my heart to hear your story. I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know you are helping save others by sharing. Thank you. Please give another little guy or gal a chance at a wonderful life. I know it is so hard after we lose our best friend. I am sure your little guy had a great life with you. These things happen and you can’t blame yourself. We as pet owners are constantly learning what can and can’t hurt our babies. Please don’t be so hard on yourself. Please go out and show a new pet what a great owner you are. They need you and your love.

  • Tari Anne

    I’m calling shenanigans on this. You need to go back to school if you believe a dog doesn’t need to chew. The sad thing about the internet is that anyone can pretend to be anything and spread disinformation like this. I doubt very much you are more than a backyard breeder, as this is the kind of nonsense I hear from that type of person.

  • Tari Anne

    I give them to my dogs. Choose the proper size and don’t buy any from foreign countries outside of North America/Australia. They wear down over time so throw them out once they are small enough to fit in the dog’s muzzle.

  • Tari Anne

    We live in a society of fear. Everything can harm us or kill us, likewise our pets. Use your common sense. Toys that are too small for a dog’s muzzle, treats that can break pieces, toys with squeakers, food and treats that are manufactured in countries outside North America or Australia…all of these are a no brainer.

    I read some of the comments and was shocked to see a self proclaimed “vet” say that a dog doesn’t need to chew. I’m going to call shenanigans on that. No vet would say that. A backyard breeder would, however. Its utter nonsense. A dog definitely needs to chew. Again, use your brains and don’t give unsafe chewing toys or treats and supervise your pets!

  • Beverley

    I have to add this also, it freaks me out when the label says, “Make sure to wash your hands after handling this food/snack.”
    WTF? I sure the hell am NOT giving my baby anything that I have to wash my hands after!! If I can’t touch or eat it then no way!!!

  • Marty Collins

    Has anyone heard if antlers or cow horns are bad. My baby girl loves antlers…and they last forever.

  • Joann Harrison Nawaz

    I get beef marrow bones for our dogs. I feed raw chicken with vionate, chewing helps the dogs teeth, I also give them rawhide to chew, not the compressed tiny pieces kind. My 8.4 year old just had his physical at new vet and she asked if he has had teeth cleaning, he never has. My dogs are not bored, they play in the garden and have a doggy door. The cats play with them also. They chew because they truly enjoy it

  • Jay

    I am so sorry. I have seen those type bones in the pet store and would ask the managers why they sell them cause I thought that this would be the result. So sad.

  • Diane Stirling

    It is best to use SAFE products. I only use products ordered at: http://www.stirlingpetpantry.com. No recalls ever in 20 years! All safe and healthy because they were formulated by a Holistic Nutritional Vet, Dr. Jane Bicks!

  • Rosemary Cunningham

    We learned that you should never give dogs pork of any kind when our little 4 1/2 lb Chihuahua got pancreatitis from chewing on a pork rib bone. Our vet told us that she sees this problem around Thanksgiving and Christmas when most people share their holiday hams with their dogs. Thankfully, our little girl survived our mistake. My heart goes out to all those people who are only trying to give their pets an added treat and end up in a bad situation.

  • Kris

    I agree 100%. Some dogs are their happiest when they have their chew toy, even if they’ve had plenty of fun & exercise that day! Dogs do chew when they’re bored, that is very true. But it’s certainly not the ONLY reason they chew. Many dogs just love it!!

  • greg

    Our little Luke died from a ham bone from the spiral ham we had for Easter, we used what we wanted from the ham then my wife made pea soup, which we put seasoning in the boiling ham bone, then I gave it to my best friend after my wife was done with boiling it, he was so happy, but I still cry everyday when driving or home alone, I can’t believe I cause my best friends death, Luke was only 4 1/2 yrs old min pin/chihuahua mix. He died from pancreatitis from the cured ham bone. He was dead with-in 10 hrs from eating this bone. Please don’t give your dog ham or ham bone, I still can’t get over it yet, i know it will take more time, it’s been around 7 months now, he loved going to Florida with me every winter as he had his buddies there also.

  • ZeekandT

    It was a small recall, I remember when our store got the notice because we may have gotten one of the affected lots. There’s a lot I don’t like about science diet but their quality control is decent compared to other large companies. That being said, we no longer carry them.

  • Mary Davidson

    I bought the rib bone from Chewy and my dog almost died. They smoke their bones. Anyone else experience this?

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Milk thistle is powerful stuff! Our vet recommended this to be given after a surgery to help our dogs already wounded liver do some house cleaning. His enzymes were normal within 30 days. I was impressed!! =)

  • A Nonnie Mess

    We eat clean…90% of the time. A lot of this stuff is next to impossible to avoid and we enjoy fast food whenever we get busy and we also realize that the food we grow here might not be as pure as we think due to soil contaminates (run off, air and water quality, etc.)
    We do the best we can but don’t let it take over our lives and we do the same for our pets and livestock. We get them the best food we can but if it’s not all 100% organic, 100% nonGMO and 100% pure we don’t sweat it much. We do the the best we can.

  • Mary Davidson

    What brand did yours consume? Mine consumed Chewy’s brand and this happened

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Lysol smells like crap, too…

  • Contents Under Pressure

    My Bull Terrier is not herder or a fetch type for anything, but she loves those Jolly Balls and wants to play “keep away” with them.

  • haleycookie

    Hmm. Interesting. My hills rep comes in all the time and touts how Hill is one of the few companies that has never had a recall. I’ll have to ask her about that one.

  • Leave it to Beavers

    My baby did same I was hand feeding She has arthritis which alters their digesting the nutrients of food so she ended up with copper build up which means she has hepatitis. There is clean up I know it well now going to get grams needed Mild thistle Vital Planet In Bethlehem, Pa Wright Veterinary Saylorsburg, Pa Creature Comfort Alternative Therapy These are College and University Studied Certified Veterinarians The have them all over. In other Countries most Vets do give choice of chemical or natural… Herbs and healing medicine has been around longer than any Pharmaceutical Company

  • Leave it to Beavers

    Amen

  • Leave it to Beavers

    You can make call to eat stupid food, but when you take on responsibility of another life be it fur, feather or scale isn’t it smarter to think about quality of its life. You can buy stuffed animals, robots they don’t need full time support.

  • Leave it to Beavers

    Its because morons do net read labels. Why do we use alcohol in skin cream? Aluminum which is linked to Alzheimer…look at your deodorant. I do not allow my animals to eat from aluminum either People know everything about nothing Mother Earth NewsMagazine has great Recipes for people and animals;Rodale Press been around longer than most on here…Recipes, ideas.
    Does anyone know Lysol is bad on lungs of animals? Plain vinegar is good cleaner, elimimantes odors…plenty of good old fashioned recipes out there than never killed anyone…..

  • Claudia Keenan

    very true

  • Leave it to Beavers

    It is about the ingredients, it is about where the food comes from and it is about how the plants are cleaned between processing
    You all must be in grade school. This site was put together to teach if you disagree why be here?

  • Leave it to Beavers

    Two years ago Science Diet did ….they too went import my dog refuses to eat it…nose knows

  • Leave it to Beavers

    There are Healthy Vets, you can say NO, your animal expects you to Plus you can make your own food and treats..

  • Leave it to Beavers

    You do realize their are actually Homeopathic Vets? If you do some research about Rodale Farms you might learn something about Organic and what it means. I healed my animals with homeopathic medicine just like Indians and Chinese do. I with bone deterioration healed my break in 20 days, and regrew cartiledge in food fusion…I talked to my Orthopedic Surgeion he was impressed I know what Tissue Salts were. Buy the way I have one kidney, went thru treatment with radiation … I use milk thistle to clean my orgnas What was good for my ancestors is good enough for me. I have ability to grow my own food including the chickens I eat…they eat organic too. Amazing I did not invent it, was around for thousands of years…healing has been.

  • Leave it to Beavers

    Both of them are bad for you and carcinogen One is just too stupid to do outright but the other kills slowly and their is facts from lot of Vets, Doctors, University Studies. So perhaps you should research cause they are not all wrong, proof was in animals dying in alarming rates look at all the recalls that lies too. People do eat lot of toxins duh. Do you know that they spray food on boats with it daily to keep fruits for market so imagine what they feed animals…imported byproducts or meat from Asia, Middle East are not inspected high rate of Disease, Bacteria. If I do not know where my food comes from I do not eat it

  • Kel57

    I’m on that same page. I eat as clean as I can. I stay away from a lot of processed foods. I home cook. I grow my own garden and I have egg laying chickens. I watch what they eat to! Lol

  • Leave it to Beavers

    People do not know what is in their food, pet food is billion dollar business so the slobs have no regs on what they have to put in animal food…look at our pets now besides overb reeding we have inferior food for everyone

  • Leave it to Beavers

    Shameful what some cost. I found good bunch that does not have cover charge, now they bought a building adjacent to their hospital…it is a wellness building, animals do not dread being in it. they do not smell death, they smell hope. Alternative Vet Medicine is like ours…a better chance without toxin build up in organs. I gave up on bones years ago too much disagreement on them. I also stopped giving rawhide treats 30 years ago when one of my Rotties got Stomach Virus. Vet said only give dog what they will eat immediately..saliva on that big rawhide bone lays around and get bacteriral build up I thought duh you work in hospitals with staph…so out the door with rawhide, pigs ears…I look for good homemade bisquits or make my own. I make my own suet so why not animal treats my chickens, goats all loved my extra crumbs, so just a couple take aways like sugar, fat…you have bland but good dog treats. I want to find recipe that my cats will accept it has been long time no winners yet. ery expensive for cats…That is how these American companies that allow food processing in Asia get the fish etc. Much is raised on farm..high in mercury…we can say no but you buy this stuff for pet do not know half the toxins in it. Now in America we have Monsanto grown…proven carcinogens.
    Good luck to all, these kids are our hearts… they need us to make good decisions

  • Clarence Gelwicks

    I’m fortunate to have a good vet that respects my choices in feeding and doesn’t push an agenda. That goes for blood titers and vaccinations too. I partial raw feed and she was very much against it at first but has come around after investigating it more and I believe even attending a seminar.

  • Leave it to Beavers

    I have just went thru 3 weeks of having to bring my dog back from stoppage of eating. After much tests we learned she has hepatitis, perhaps cysts, and a build up of copper … She has arthritis 3 weeks of hand feeding her.
    Vet asked what I fed her I feed her organic because of recalls, because of importing food from places that do not inspect their food. You all can eat what you want but animal does not read, cannot say this does not taste good until something builds up in their organs.
    If you do not care, then why have an animal I have had animals for fifty years never have I had so many warnings about food as the last ten. I never had flea collars, shots as I used garlic and brewers yeast but now it is no. Funny how my dogs in same area lived to be 19 years old never had lyme disease Now we imported new deer? I do make a lot of my food, treats when I can. I do know there are some good companies but they make small batch, they do not import. As far as treat there are plenty of recipes for good treats for dogs, less sugar, fats but plenty good just like Your Chocolate Chip cookies…you just have to want to take time to say…I do not need these food companies…they need me. I am looking for natural cures for hepatitis cause I am cured my doctor said find the milk thistle in dog grams, and zinc too. Copper will adhere to zinc and leave body…but no Vet told me that….I read up.
    Animals will die of disease just like us but quality of their life now really does depend on our judgement … If I did not care I would just buy stuffed animals

  • Sindi Daniels

    I watched an episode on Animal Planet a few years ago. I cannot remember the vets name on there and he said these were bad as well. It was an emergency vet show. The only bones my dogs get are milk bones. I used to give my big dogs the knuckle bones that are mentioned in this FDA Alert until one of my dogs got sick. It was a $1200 vet bill. These are evil bones. Never bought them again. Thank god he was able to pass all of the fragments as he was facing surgery. Lots of blood and massive diarrhea. Good luck to all of you fur baby owners out there

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Ingredients do matter, and it’s kind of weird to think people think otherwise when they spend a lot of time giving advice on a website that’s all about scrutinizing ingredients. =D

  • A Nonnie Mess

    I’m getting the feeling that any views non-conventional aren’t really welcome on this site.. =/

  • A Nonnie Mess

    We kick horse toys (jolly balls) around. These are WAY too big to catch, but the herding dogs love chasing, “herding”, and screaming at them and grabbing them by the handle. The non-herding dogs love rolling their eyes and wondering what the big damn deal about a big rubber ball is =D

  • David James

    Perfectly said. I was trying to express the same sentiment and was not as articulate I ended up getting trolled as being uncaring – thank you for quantifying my thoughts

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Dogs chew like babies put things in their mouth. Some dogs don’t care about chewing, some dogs do. Some dogs love it. Watch a dog chew and watch them exercise jaws, shoulders, and neck muscles. Saying they don’t need to do so if the owners pay enough attention to them is like saying they don’t need to run or exercise if the owner gives them lots of love. All dogs are different. I care about what makes them happy, as you say is important, and for some of our dogs, chewing is one of those things that makes them happy. Finding them safe, enjoyable, and appropriate things to provide that outlet is important. (I’m sure you’ve seen this at your clinic, but most Labradors from 8 weeks to 8 years or more chew. They love to retrieve but they love to chew. Saying that playing retrieve will keep that from happening is ignorant. I love playing with my dogs but I do have things to do during the day that do not revolve around playing with my dogs, and I’m sure most others do as well.)

  • pinkie lynn

    I always break off any sharp or pointy parts of a stick and make sure it is too big to get stuck in a throat, but not so big that it sticks out beyond both side of the mouth a little bit.

  • Kathy Case

    I’m surprised you condone stick throwing! The horror stories I’ve heard from dogs breaking sticks in their mouths, spearing tonsils, poking other dogs eyes as well as owners legs!

  • David James

    You didn’t have to say it, you implied it. Let’s end this back and fourth-I’m done. Thank you.

  • Barbara

    Thanks. I will check them out!

  • A Nonnie Mess

    That’s so sad, and such a horrible accident. I’m so so sorry for your loss =(
    It’s my hopes that owners today, tomorrow, and well into the future will read this and remember your words and lives will be saved; your terrible loss may save many others the same kind of loss.
    Sending loves of hugs. I can’t even imagine! =(

  • chacha711

    PS….For Xmas our 4yr old GSPup BOBO will have A nice Chicken n Duck Necks Ala’King Dinner with BullySticks Appetizer/Dessert!

  • haleycookie

    I don’t like either of those brands but science diet has never had a recall actually. Royal Canin not so sure about.

  • A Nonnie Mess

    I couldn’t agree more, Haley, my comment about the filly was to show that sometimes horrible, horrible things happen for no good reason but it’s no reason to become afraid of living or letting our pets live and have fun, and every reason to exercise common sense and to NOT do something we’re uncomfortable doing.
    I think years ago there was a recall on peanut butter, and years before that a huge beef recall. Peanut butter lovers still eat peanut butter despite the history of a recall and people still eat beef even though people were sickened or died from it. Nothing is 100% safe; walking down the street might get me shot but staying inside isn’t going to help if an earthquake or avalanche hits and knocks something onto my head and kills me!

  • Denise Ortiz-Goodman

    The “antifreeze” you are referring to us it propylene glycol? If it is then you are misinformed. There are 2 types of propylene glycol. The stuff that is industrial which is antifreeze and the food grade that is a preservative that we eat daily like salad dressing, squirt flavoring for water etc. Yes I am concerned about my fur babies and what they eat but misinforming people is not right. Research before you accuse. Unless you make it fresh you also eat what you call antifreeze.

  • chacha711

    GREAT! DId u include the trimmings n dessert, ie i did with fresh fruits n veges n organic tofu pumpkin pie/cookies!

  • chacha711

    LIke many VETS load uptheir patients with hi profit serbices n products n lobbies full of crack pet foods n treats , ie SCience Diet , Royal Canine etc who both have had numerous recalls, BEWARE!!!!

  • Patricia Tithof

    I am a veterinarian and a dog owner for 50 years. Just be smart about what you give your dogs. If they get enough exercise and decent food, they do not need something to chew on during the day. They chew because they are bored. I would suggest keeping them away from any kind of bone. Throw a ball or a stick for them to retrieve on a daily basis, or find out what their currency is for happiness if it is not retrieving. It works. They survive best if they have someone in their lives that knows them personally, and cares about what makes them happy. They deserve our commitment to what it is that they
    need. They certainly give that to us.

  • Clarence Gelwicks

    Yes the same vets that promote Science Diet garbage with the known carcinogens.

  • haleycookie

    Well there’s your answer then. The point I’m trying to get across is at this point no treats are safe no matter how trustful the company is somethings just bound to happen. It has before and it will again.
    Dry food isn’t good becuase it’s over processed, full of synthetic vitamins becuase the high temps it’s cooked at (which I mind you release carcinogens in the process) its full of peas, Rices, corns, etc that are too carby for dogs. Can’t feed canned cus it rots teeth right? Or it’s “too rich” for your poor dogs tummy. Or it might be cooked in a Can with bpa and has inflammatory agents such as carrageenan. Raw? Nooooppeee. Too much bacteria, raw bones are dangerous, organic this organic that, no GMOs, dogs aren’t wolves anymore blah blah blah.

  • Sarah Reister

    It’s not about the ingredients?! That’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. That’s like saying oh let’s eat food contaminated with lead and mercury. It doesn’t matter. It’s not about the ingredients. Lmao. If you want to talk about propoganda you should be discussing the pet food kibble company propoganda where they pay ‘scientists’ to say that sugar doesn’t feed cancer and kibble is fine when independent, real-world studies done by actual scientists who aren’t being paid by some conglomerate prove the opposite.

  • Sarah Reister

    Yeah and it’s not good for us either. People shouldn’t be eating or using stuff with those chemicals in there either. Same with ‘fragrance’, sodium laryl sulfate, BPA, BHT, and so on. It’s terrible the crap these companies get away with, contaminating products with so many chemicals that are banned in other countries.

  • anon101

    I am talking about a real annual exam, dental check, lab work, x-rays.
    I have never tried (and never will) or heard of this food that you mention.

  • Hector Maya

    They have they are there in the store. I know in the past dog food company’s pay people to post negative mentality as they are being caught on since dog food isn’t regulated by the dog food company just saying…

  • anon101

    It’s a scam. Unless they have actually examined your dog, they don’t have a clue.
    It’s not about the ingredients.
    Good luck

  • A Nonnie Mess

    A horse trainer we’ve worked with many times turned a young filly out one day to run in the pasture. The filly was running, and she tripped and broke her neck, killing her in the process. Keeping the horses tied up in a box stall for life has never crossed our minds even after this tragedy.

  • Jackie A.

    The problem is that not all foods are labeled as to the country of origin anymore, for humans as well as pets. I no longer buy some of the brands of food that were started in the US, old brands like Stouffer’s, Birds Eye vegetables, Star-kist Tuna, and many of the frozen dinners or vegetables, like Banquet and Tyson, etc. Not that we make a habit of eating those types of food, just as a quick fix with a busy schedule, on a rare occasion.

    Some of the old brands have sold out to Con Agra and other big conglomerates, and are now being made in China, with produce and meat raised/grown in China. China’s soil and water are polluted with heavy metals. Last I read, our USDA inspectors are not allowed in China’s food plants, for inspection. Organically grown from China cannot be trusted, to be organic.

    I stay away from Heinz products, like ketchup, etc., as that brand was bought out by Warren Buffet and he has food plants in China. And, that’s the problem, finding out what products are still made in the US, Canada – other countries that have safe soil and water, and not China.

  • A Nonnie Mess

    I’m so sorry!!!! =(

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Our dogs hated antlers except for one, who promptly chipped a tooth. =( I think this dog must be related to the bulldog who would eat a car because any chew he gets must be comically large for his size. Then, he does great!

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Big Cat Rescue in Florida feeds (or, at least did awhile back) whole prey at least once a week. Natural Balance had a carnivore blend that zoo’s and sanctuaries used but it seems to be discontinued now. Really cool to watch them sort out foods, supplements, medications, etc. BCR uploaded some feeding time videos on you tube if anyone feels like watching a really, really mad Tiger defend her meal from a stationary camera =D

  • Hector Maya

    They also add food coloring that is cánceres from what I got on this website… But then you never know if anything here is all real I guess.

  • Hector Maya

    No I mean Google “just food for dogs” it’s owned by three vets and they cook the food. They ship too. They use human grade proteins . Not rejected carcasses like the dog food company. The vets are in the store literally talking to you about everything even if you want to make it. There’s also a store called healthy spot and they have kibble there that you can trace every ingredients. All USA made and even organic.

  • A Nonnie Mess

    LOL!! =D

  • Teddi Rutschman

    I do not even know you and never said you were a bad person.

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Sadly, the need for having funds for emergency vets in hand could be said for the poor individuals who fed their dogs melamine contaminated dog food back in ’07…
    No food, for humans or pets, is 100% guaranteed safe and without risks.

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Boil a chicken bone for 10-15 minutes, and then break it and get a band aid ready. Cooked bones splinter and are sharp. Raw poultry bones are not.

    Necks and drumsticks are a huge choking hazard to large breeds that aren’t used to raw.
    Killing bacteria is fine but most dogs eat poop, long dead things they find outside, and routinely spend 20 minutes at a time licking their own butts or junk and don’t die.

  • Teddi Rutschman

    Thank you so much! I can’t wait to try them. Sending Cyber hugs.

  • Jackie A.

    Does Vital Essential add grasses to their food, like they do at zoos for their big cats? My cats are so darn picky, I’d make their food if they weren’t. I do worry about pathogens that have mutated. Thanks, I’ll look into that product.

  • A Nonnie Mess

    <–*agreeing with a mouthful of Arby's fries, LOL*