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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  • Jackie A.

    They would most likely go for the regular size carrots, the longer narrower ones. Longer is better, baby carrots would be too short, they can’t hold the short ones between their paws to chew on, in an upright position. I hope it works out for you.

  • anon101

    Sorry, I don’t trust Dr Google.
    I only trust veterinarians that have actually examined my dogs and know their history.
    I stay away from all homeopathic sites.

  • Jon Alvarez

    Your reply only goes to show your ignorance of the bigger picture. This reaction is normal dont worry. Its called cognitive dissonance. I’ve planted my seed. That’s all that matters anyway. Peace,love and light to you.

  • Natalie Garrison

    The chemical is propylene glycol. It is not antifreeze. It is a chemical in antifreeze along with most shampoos, lotions, medication, processed foods and on and on.

  • Hector Maya

    It’s not propaganda, it’s facts I actually checked those chemicals and most are on this website that are bad for them. You don’t have to do raw I do cooked. I get my food from Just for dogs look it up on Google. They even give you their recipes . It started by three license vets. Check it out

  • haleycookie

    Let’s just stick our dogs into padded cages and enjoy them for the week or so they can live without food or water becuase just about everything can hurt/kill them at this point.

  • Cheryl Blaha

    Are dream bones non rawhide made with sweet potatoes ok

  • David James

    I didn’t miss the point, you’re trying to imply that I’m a just discompassionate person and I’m somehow not a very good person. I can read the subtext- i’m fairly certain anything I say you will find issue with. I already made it clear that any loss is unfortunate but statistically speaking that’s a very low number. Given the fact there’s no timeframe for the 15 guess it’s hard to have a clear picture of the severity of the issue. My point is the warning doesn’t give enough details to give a complete picture of the severity, 15 deaths in a year 15 deaths in a day 15 deaths a minute? It’s an irresponsible morning that people are obviously freaking out about, most people have hardly even read this in detail and think this morning is speaking about a specific situation a specific pet owner when they’ve made it very clear this is a broader issue they’re covering spanning many types of meat types several brands several cuts of bone… But I get it you think I’m a bad person…

  • HardBoiledBlonde

    You need to get your shots, also. Time for your Risperdal booster.

  • David James

    Awesome response.

  • Marisa

    I work for a natural pet food store and have studied pet nutrition and after reviewing the website you posted i strongly advise against you trusting any of the brands that are on their “suggested use” list most of them are full of chemicals and can cause more harm than good. Also it is a Veterinarian website which if you notice most of the brands are only bought in a vets office..unfortunately most vets only receive 30 minutes of nutrition training and it is taught by the Hills Science Diet brand therefore you get only that brand or Royal Canine as the vets number 1 choice..Ultimately the best choice for your pets is a raw diet comprised or organs, muscles and ground bones as for chewing purposes a raw marrow bone does the trick every time plus they get the calcium from the bone it self. If you have Netflix i would highly recommend you watch Petfooled Dr. Baker is a highly knowledgeable vet she talks about the benefits of feeding your pet a prey diet. Thank you and i hope this helps!

  • Diane Hughes

    Nice! I started making my own natural pet treats.

  • anon101

    I cancelled my Netflix subscription over this propaganda from the raw feeding, homeopathic community.

  • REE42

    Thank you

  • Mark Snow

    I love chili cheese Fritos. Pretty sure they’re not good for me.

  • anon101

    Any supermarket, I would make sure you have the funds, credit card or cash, in case you have to rush to the nearest emergency vet due to the side effects of this practice of feeding bones (raw, cooked, ground, whatever}
    Been there, done that.

  • Dexter815

    Where can I buy marrow bones?

  • Crazy4cats
  • Dawn Sedlak Stolte

    Natural balance has the best dental chews. The grooves are thruout the entire treat so gets in between the teeth better to clean plague and tarter. Two flavors—fresh and clean which are vegetarian and duck and potato good for dogs with allergies and food sensitivities…no added sugar, grain free and few ingredients!

  • Kel57

    The marrow bones I just basically just warm up to melt the marrow a little bit. He’s 5 yrs. and I have done this since he was a pup. No problems.

  • Kel57

    I get from my local Five Star Grocery Store, these round 3-4 in. tall bones with marrow through the middle. He loves them. I put a little garlic, oregano. and turmeric on it and put it in the oven at 350 for just 15 min. the cool it. I give it to him in the evening while we are watching TV. He just loves it and it keeps him occupied for a couple hours. If he hasn’t got all the marrow out of it, I just put it in a baggie in the fridge. He naws on it for a week or more. I throw it in his toy box. Better then any greenie for his teeth.

    PS He is a Chorkie.

  • anon101

    They are that hard.
    Veterinary Orthodontists make a lucrative living because of folks like you that encourage this high risk practice of feeding bones (raw, smoked, cooked, whatever)

  • Kel57

    Me too.

  • Kel57

    So sad. Sorry for your loss 🙁

  • Carolyn Loverro Hanko

    Aww! I’m sooo sorry about your puppy! A very sad lesson to learn! 🙁

  • Kel57

    No. full of sugar.

  • Kel57

    I’ve learned a lot from reading articles from this site so I read all labels thoroughly. I do for human foods too. My hubby gets so tired of waiting on me but he knows better then to complain anymore. It doesn’t work. Lol. My dog Sam is just like a kid to me. I will pay a little more for good quality ingredients.
    Takes notes and then read labels.

  • mushypea

    my dogs only get the same organic ones that I eat. Raw carrots are also really good for their digestion.

  • frogtwanger

    As a long time dog trainer I can tell you absolutely NOT to give ANY Kind of cooked or smoked bones to your pet. They splinter. If your dog is not a bone cracking type (as opposed to gnawing) you can give raw marrow bones or antlers as well as dental bones to help keep teeth clean.

  • Barb

    I have given our past dogs and our present dog roasted Pig Ears and more recently some Braided Piggy Sticks (Pig Pizzle). They love them and I have always thought these treats were so very good for helping to maintain clean teeth. Do these pose a threat to my dog? He is only given these when we are present to observe any possible choking.

  • mushypea

    Raw bones are not that hard.

  • mushypea

    The bones are fine as long as they are raw as they are softer. I have been feeding them to my pups for years without any problems. In England my butcher actually used to sell special bags of bones for dogs.

  • mom2ozzy

    so very sorry for your loss honey <3

  • anon101

    The Veterinary Orthodontists thank you.
    “There are many causes for pets to have malaligned teeth. Some of these include: retained primary teeth, tug-of-war play, genetic predisposition, nutrition, and tooth or jaw trauma
    PS: I was trying to respond to a post that said big raw bones were safe. NOT!

  • Hector Maya

    Watch pet fooled on Netflix it will open your eyes. Our dog is now super healthy and sticking to these diets. Some dog food even has antifreeze in it but disguise it at something else… My wife was crying to find out some of the best dog foods practice this as our dog got cancer…

  • anon101

    Just avoid the baby carrots, not only are they a choking risk but they are chemically treated.
    You can freeze raw carrots if you want a more crunchy treat.

  • mushypea

    Thats what I do too – buy raw bones from Wholefoods and give them to my dogs. Its their favorite treat.

  • mushypea

    The only bones I have ever given my dogs are raw ones. I freeze them for 24 hours first to kill any bacteria just as an extra precaution. My Westie used to love them.

  • mushypea

    My dog nearly choked to death on rawhide and since then I have never given it to my dogs. There have been numerous reports about how bad it is for dogs and there are much safer alternatives.

  • mushypea

    My dogs LOVE raw carrots!

  • Alicia Borth

    Orijen and Acana are Canadian brands and they are certified to human standards according to their information.

  • Alicia Borth

    They pass the rawhide, it does not stay in their stomach. Now, if they eat too large a piece it can cause an obstruction.

  • Sandra Pezza

    My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Corgi loves bully sticks. That is what I give him. I hope they are much better.

  • Mary Gallo

    I am a new pet Mommy and I give my 10 month old Toy Poodle bully sticks. He LOVES them. It was a recommendation by his trainer. Are these safe. Any other safe suggestions? He LOVES to chew!

  • dixiepenny

    Bully sticks are digestible and dogs LOVE them!!!

  • Keith Marsden

    Stop buying ;the death food from China and other foreign countries. Read the label as they American Companies with their name on the product should be held accountable as they get their products from other poorly regulated countries. Protect your animals use USA food only.

  • anon101

    No. It’s chemical crap.
    Consider offering a raw carrot (or 1/2 of one) once a day for a snack.

  • Robert I

    Thanks for the info! There are some terrible products on the market that even the best pet parents aren’t aware

    Here is a great, healthy Xmas stocking stuffer to consider. The highest quality ingredients and made with Chia Seed.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d9a691621f5751f4d4d4b5f1ed8ae6b8f5d9bda85d5fc13c77db3daf3b3160f0.jpg of.

  • Kay B

    Wow, now wondering if my 160 vet bill last month was due to one of these. Bleeding from the rectum and diagnosed with a bacterial infection my girl was not eating and scaring the daylights out of me. She was diagnosed and put on meds is doing well now, Will heed this warning, not sure if it was that but well worth avoiding in the future. She is my family.

  • Jean Rura

    Are Greenies safe to give your dog for treats? Our dog just loves them.

  • Robert I

    Thanks for the info! There are some terrible products in the market that even the best pet parents aren’t aawre of.

    Here is a great, healthy Xmas stocking stuffer to consider. The highest quality ingredient and made with Chia Seed.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d9a691621f5751f4d4d4b5f1ed8ae6b8f5d9bda85d5fc13c77db3daf3b3160f0.jpg

  • Bev Zeiler Dueck

    JCinVA thanks for the info. It’s really hard to keep up with all the different points of view and really know who is right. My Fergus is such a chewer that I hate not giving him his bone to chew on. I’ve been making him some squeaker mats to play with and he’s been chewing on those.

  • Bev Zeiler Dueck

    JCinVA thanks for the info. It’s really hard to keep up with all the different points of view and really know who is right. My Fergus is such a chewer that I hate not giving him his bone to chew on. I’ve been making him some squeaker mats to play with and he’s been chewing on those.

  • Nicole Alt

    I feed raw Primal to my husky, but lawn by apt isn’t fenced-in, and he seems to prefer medium sized, rubber ball toys over anything hard like the toy bones at the dollar store.

  • Marcy Blankenship

    Yes, I agree with you that I also trust Canadian and European Union-they have very strict laws.

  • Carrol Horne

    Ham bones are soft bones and they can grind them with thier tyeeth and end up with blockages besides splinters…NO ham bones

  • Marcy Blankenship

    I am near tears reading this, this is so very sad. I am so sorry for you and your little puppy.

  • Gary Lipking

    The TV news last night about dog bones was totally misleading. They showed a bunch of different dog biscuits. Those are not the bones in question. Look at the picture of the bones in the original posting.

  • NickiB

    Please, please, please heed the advice about being careful with what you put in the trash can. We had a beautiful, highly intelligent standard Poodle puppy who at only 4 months old, got into the trash that I had meant to take out because it had chicken drumsticks in it. I became busy with the kids and forgot to take it out right away. Our puppy ate a drumstick, maybe more than one, without my knowledge. By the time she showed ANY signs of being ill, several days after we had eaten the drumsticks, it was too late for the vet to do anything. She had a punctured bowel, and we couldn’t save her. So please, learn from my mistake and make sure you put the bones in a separate, small trash bag, and take it out immediately. A slight distraction on your part could mean your dog’s life.

  • JCinVA

    We give them fresh only, the older they are the harder they get, which damages their teeth. You have no idea how old they are in the stores so I don’t buy there. Make friends with a hunter and see if he will give/sell you some fresh antlers.

  • JCinVA

    My 1 1/2 year old & 4 year old Aussie’s just got sick off a knuckle bone recently. The 1 1/2 yr old had to go to the emergency vet because she wouldn’t stop vomiting, wouldn’t eat or drink (getting dehydrated). Had x-rays to ensure there wasn’t a blockage from the bone (does come off in smaller pieces they can swallow), but that wasn’t it. Was given a shot to stop the vomiting (worked), was given fluid, 2 meds (didn’t end up needing) and a $602 vet bill. I suspect the bone was compromised some how and made them sick. My 4 yr old started vomiting during the same night we went to the vet and the only new thing was this knuckle bone from a couple of days before. I’ll never give another bone. First time was a ham bone from Petco for our 4 yr old (1-2yrs at the time), which caused diarrhea, then he swallowed a piece of bone and vomited, etc. He was a miserable dog until he managed to vomit the bone back up and everything went back to normal. So not worth it.

  • JCinVA

    My dogs love chewing on antlers. It took no coercion on our part at all. By what you say they should not have been interested in chewing them, but they love them. You do have to be careful not to give old bones that are harder so they don’t break their teeth. We give fresh, not store bought.

  • Bud Lori Crites
  • Andi McMasters

    Unfortunately, not everyone has the ability to feed raw. So feeding a better and higher quality kibble is the next best thing.

  • Linda Siqueido

    Thank you for the information!

  • Doris Vulin

    How about ham bones ? I was told after cooking them freeze them for a few days and then I. Can give it to my pets is this okay

  • Brian K Baltzell

    Rawhide never gets digested in a dog’s stomach so it’s there forever. This dog food advisor has been great for me because it has saved me several times from giving my dog something that has been poisoned.

  • Majiklady

    Jaclyn I feed my dogs raw as well but these dogs have been completely domesticated for centuries. What breed is your dog? I have bulldogs and a Rottweiler. Both breeds are man made since the early 1800. Even most wolves are domesticated today. So feeding them like they would eat in the wild is ridiculous. In the wild they would not eat every day. They don’t get medical care. The survival rate is very low in the wild. And in the wild they will eat what they can find. So plants, berries, meat.

  • afmeincke

    Purchased at a pet store.

  • Bill

    Almost every year I get a buck, I cut the antlers off and give t hem to my dogs. They are pit/boxer/ hound Mic and lab/ boxer mix. VERY AGRESSIVE cheers. No problems here.

  • Teddi Rutschman

    I am going to see if my yorkies likes them.

  • Teddi Rutschman

    I trust Canadian dog food too!

  • Teddi Rutschman

    Orijens and Acana even has a line of good treats.

  • Jaclyn

    Mine had a raw turkey neck for Thanksgiving

  • Jaclyn

    First half of ur post is right on. Dogs do not need carbs. Veggies r full of them. My dogs get meat only with bone. I add a raw egg yolk, ACV, garlic ( u have to know the correct dose) sardines in olive oil or wild salmon by cocolious (only because it is wild caught and never been a recall ). Occasionally organic raw coconut oil.

  • Pam Lewellen

    How in the world do you get them to eat/drink ACV?

  • Pam Lewellen

    Read up on it. Raw bones frozen overnight will kill all bacteria according to every article I have read.

  • Jaclyn

    Mine too

  • Jaclyn

    Depends on the dogs

  • Jaclyn

    Yep

  • Jaclyn

    No way

  • Teddi Rutschman

    You missed the point! It is over your numbers and making it sound like that is such a small number so no big deal attitude. It really is a big deal that we can’t trust the ones providing the food we feed our beloved pets.

  • Jaclyn

    Yes i have the complete antlers, not when they r cut in half, my siberian and border collie love them. Not the small ones

  • Jaclyn

    Good idea to contact people and educate!

  • Jaclyn

    I only feed fresh raw. I do have my cats on Vital Essential raw for cats! Chicken, no recalls to date. This meat is what the big cats at sanctuaries get.

  • Jaclyn

    IAMs was a good product when it first came out back in the early 80’s, then they started changing what they put in there food. Was only 2 kinds then puppy O’s and Eukenuba. I didnt know any better about feeding kibbles back then. I never feed a kibble food. Dogs digestive system r not designed to digest a dry food. And they wouldnt get cooked meals in the wild. Plus the heating process releases carcinogens in the kibbles.

  • Robert Rikk

    As per my vet’s recommendation, I get two large raw bones from Whole Foods (no junk in them) and have them wrapped individually. I put my husky out on the lawn with one and let him go at it for a couple of hours. Toss what’s left. Also, from my understanding, a dog’s digestive system/saliva can handle eating raw flesh and the bacteria associated with it. In the wild, that’s what they do.

  • Jaclyn

    I would never feed kibble of any kind. Species appropriate diets r the way to go. Much research is needed to do this properly. Dr Karen Becker is very good. She doesnt recommend kibble. To many recalls on dog foods even the highly ranked one occasionally. Not worth the risk for me! Beef and turkey r the highest recall meats in a dog food, not in fresh raw human grade meat.

  • Jaclyn

    Big raw bones r healthy, that is what they would eat in the wild. I have never gotten parasites from a raw bone. I feed raw chicken with skin and bone everyday, plus organs. ACV is also great for immune system and kills parasites. I dont feed dog food, I balance my own!

  • Sandra Gibson

    Antlers splinter. I watch my dogs with them, but still threw them out.

  • Jaclyn

    Antlers ( big ones) r ok, I woukdnt give processed rawhide

  • toodle-loo

    I can vouch for this post. I adopted what I was told was a fox terrier a year and a half ago and the pup was a ‘chewer’ with a capital C…I didn’t know what else to do after buying a zillion toys and trying to save the house from turning into a beaver den so I gave her bully sticks (made in the USA) …thankfully that stage is over. Yes. The teeth do grind down somewhat especially on the side they use the most. I feel bad but walking her constantly wasn’t an option as she turned out to be 50 pounds and strong as an ox. I’m no spring chicken and thought I was getting a Jack Russell size dog. I guess the SPCA forgot to tell me she was mixed with billy goat. I wish this article would have come along a year ago. These posts would have been a great help.

  • Beth

    My sister gives her dog antlers with no problem. My concern would be it is wild and could be diseased. Personally I wouldn’t give them antlers.

  • Bill Batleman

    I never use these product of any sort from experience…bones, antlers, foreign based anything. I do use the rawhides under direct supervision occasionally, but not too often. Once they get 3/4 down I throw them out but they are always sourced from U.S.A. only. You have to manage the process as the Gov’t does not, only intervention once the issue is at hand. You have to be very careful. Dogs generally don’t pursue these items that are either processed or natural based in the wild. They may sniff antlers on the ground but they never pursue these items as a source for chewing….its all marketing to the people, not the dogs. For instance, the Chinese eat dogs, why would you even purchase items from them, as pet trade, same for any other source. Walk past do not buy.

  • Robert Rikk

    My vet recommended: “Go to Whole Foods, get a raw bone from the butcher as big as your dog’s head (usually hip or femur) and let him go at it. Toss it after a few hours.” He’s a giant Malamute so it was one giant bone! — I had the butcher saw it in half. Raw won’t splinter and has meat, marrow, cartilage — he loves it. Cooked broke one of his teeth before (expensive extraction) and most store treats, especially hide bones/treats, cause him all kinds of problems, including hot spots. I grate carrots into his food; buy extra baked chickens and cut that up into his canned food, as well as apples, or cabbage, or celery. Oh the dogs life!

  • toodle-loo

    I don’t trust anything not made in the USA anymore. I bought the Weurva can chicken dog food made in Thailand and both dogs developed bloody runny stools. Thankfully, I walk them daily (stools are a tell all) and stopped that food immediately. It was very expensive too. Had to toss away cases. I also contacted every pet store I purchased it from to let them know.

  • chacha711

    If bleeding persists more than a couple days , u bettervtake it to the VET ASAP!

  • chacha711

    SOfter, fresher, unprocessed chemicals/additives, one can boil sligtly 2-3 mins to kill off any bacteria ie chicken or turkey necks ok raw. Too many too often HARD BINES are BAD for dogs teeth as over time will grind them down to nothing…bad, uncan brush their teeth a few times week is good too!

  • chacha711

    CHeese/dairy , wheat
    , flour are bad for dogs , see Dr Karen Beckers DVM Books, website on Healthy Foods For Dogs, Cats, Pets, etc

  • chacha711

    See Dr Karen Beckers DVM book on Healthy Foods (recipes) For Dogs, Cats Pets. I use fresh cooked or can pumkin too!

  • chacha711

    ACANA or ORJIEN Brand dry kibble or treats from Kentucky n Canadan is a good healthy top-rated food/mfg , privately held over 20+ years n never a recall! I also use hi-rated COSTCO Kirklands NAture Domain Turkey-Vege Stew (red can) only 86 cents can, using 1 large spoonfull daily as a wet topper mix over his dry kibble.

  • chacha711

    SEe Dog Food Advisor Ratings List, Too many Hard-Bones are BAD for dogs teeth as they will grind them down to nothing over time! Chicken n Turkey necks raw or boiled for few 2-3 mins to kill any bacteria are good

  • chacha711

    TOoo many hard-bones are BAD FOR DOGS TEETH as they grind them down to nothing over time….BAD!

  • chacha711

    VITA Brand is one, try Google others.

  • chacha711

    NOT GOOD as too many hard-bones will grind your dogs geeth down to nothing over time, n u can brush your dogs teeth a few times a week too!

  • chacha711

    TOo many hard- bones are bad for pets teeth, they grind them down over time, BAD!

  • chacha711

    VITA was one, maybe GOOGLE others.

  • chacha711

    VITA is one, maybe GOOGLE others

  • chacha711

    Heard raw chicken n orbturkey necks ok, n maybe boil a few mins tomkill any bacteria.

  • chacha711

    SAw on TV News, VITA BONES/TREATS was one brand, guess u we can google a list!?

  • chacha711

    How old was your PitMix Dog went it passed? 12-15 yrs is est lifespan forbthis n many med-large breeds. ONe can not only extend/max your pets lifespan/age bjt also minimize costly vet bills expenses by giving it a healthy diet/foods of either fresh n or less/bestprocessed foods made by you or highly rated/reputable USA premium pet-food mfgs , see Dog Food Advisor Ratings List, DVM Karen Becker Book on Real Foods For Your Pet Dogs, Cats or other Vet Pet Food/Diet Books available online or at a good large-local library. For our healthy German Shorthair Pointer, I combine some home-cooked fresh veges, n meats and Acana n or Orjien Brand Dry Kibble by Champion Pet Foods (Kentucky n Canada) are a medium size privately held top-rated food-Mfg frm PetExpress STores or JET.com 20-25% cheaper w/free S/H delivery

  • Bev Zeiler Dueck

    I have found deer antlers to be too hard for my dog’s teeth

  • Bev Zeiler Dueck

    I was told by my vet to give my dog the rounded knuckle bones for him to chew on because these are not as hard as other bones and they do not splinter, nor will they harm their teeth because the pieces shave off in tiny bites. I have noticed that to be true. I watch my dog like a hawk when he gets his bone and he really loves gnawing on it. So now you are saying this is no good for him? My dog is a Westie by the way

  • chacha711

    MAde is USA PIG no SHEEP EARS are good n reasonable treats from Pet Club or some other

  • Kauffmds

    My guys have the whitest and cleanest teeth that I’ve ever seen. I only feed super premium food. I feed them raw carrots too.

  • chacha711

    Too many hard-butcher bones are BAD for dogs teeth as over time they will grind their teeth done to near nothing, tho many vets wont tell u this n they look at their teeth to help determine animals age. Raw or long-boiled Chicken n Turkey neck bones are ok/good treat.

  • Kauffmds

    Nothing is 100% safe. Caution and supervision is the name of the game.

    Cooking bones for any amount of time changes their structure. I have 2 DDR Shepherds and they’re larger than the average GSD. My male is almost 100 pounds now (and he’s thin!). He’s a powerful voracious chewer. Even a dense uncooked long bone doesn’t last very long. He’ll crack them open.

    We’ve tried all types of natural chews. Antlers (all species), bones, bully sticks, you name it and he’s eaten them within a few hours since he was 3 months old.

    I bought 2 of the XL buffalo horns from Chewy. My guys have had them for months now, and the horns are holding up fine.

    There are as many opinions as there are pet owners. We all have to be cautious and aware at all times.

  • chacha711

    SHOULDA THREW IT IN THEIR GARBAGE CAN OR TURN IT IN TO THE WALMART STORE MGR!!!

  • chacha711

    FYI, HARD BONES NOT GOOD AS TOO HARD ON THEIR TEETH N WILL GRIND THEM DOWN AFTER SHORT TIME, LIKEWISE TENNIS BALLS TOY ACTS LIKE HEAVY SANDPAPER N THE UNDIGESTIBLE BALL SKIN GETS IN THEIR SYSTEM CAUSES PROBLEMS…BAD STUFF!!!

  • Karen Poole

    My vet told us NO RAW BONES EITHER! The raw bones can carry different diseases and parasites that cooking would remove but the cooked bones can splinter! We used to give our labs beef rib bones after we ate the beef from them, luckily we never had issues. But now we have two small dogs with very sensitive digestive systems, almost all the dog treats cause them problems, since we stopped giving the the treats we don’t have issues with vomiting and diarrhea anymore.our big issue now is when we go to the dog park and others want to give them treats! We have to watch and make sure they don’t get any!

  • Kathy Pryor

    I give my dogs deer antlers and they love them. Just be sure they are not really dry looking and have cracks.

  • Amanda Kittycat Burton

    My mom bought one of these tight sealed bones for my pitbull mix and after chewing on it she stopped eating and drinking we had to rush her to the vet and they had to give her fluids and told us that we have to make her eat and drink for a few days and hopefully she will be fine. That was 12 years ago. I had to put her down last year for pancreatitis disease and liver disease. It came fast and hard on her. Me and my German Shephard miss her very much. Oh and same thing happened to my aunts Rottweiler with same bone.

  • Beverley

    Exactly.

  • Tayeric2

    So sorry for your loss. I am still grieving the loss of my Pug, Mugsie. It’s been over 2 years.

  • Jeanne Avanti

    JOCELYNN IS RIGHT!
    Trust your animals instincts. I learned that if my dogs turn away from any store bought treat or bone, I toss it or return it to the store. (Most supermarkets have generous return policies).
    I lost a cat to the Iams wet food recall years ago; she oddly rejected her favorite meal, but got hungry later and ate it. (Chinese processed with melamine), 2 years old and died of kidney failure…
    Jeanjie

  • Marlayna

    Just monitor-always–Vet stated he has sen too many broken teeth of pets

  • Jennifer Jeffery

    I had a water buffalo horn that split and trapped my beagle’s canine tooth. She started screaming like crazy but was unhurt and just scared in the end. No more water buffalo horns at my house… realize that they MAY split. I buy raw bones locally. When they eat all the marrow from the long bones, I wash, then boil them. Once cool I fill them with a pureed mixture of quality canned dog food and canned pumpkin or green beans or carrots and freeze. Hint: A sandwich baggie with one corner snipped off makes a great piping bag.

  • Beverley

    Oh My! I’m so sorry to hear that. The raw beef soup bones always come in different sizes so I can see how that happened. I also feed mine fresh carrots and apple pieces.

  • Jackie A.

    Does anyone have any information, on a fairly new cat and dog food company called Walkabout, from Australia? I haven’t found any reviews that are not connected to the manufacturer web site. It is being sold in the USA.

  • Lisa Hamilton

    My dog eats these raw never cooked.

  • Lisa Hamilton

    My dog has been chewing antlers for years with no issues.

  • Jackie A.

    You might want to try giving carrots to your German Shepherd pups, to chew on. When my GSD pups were about 4 to 5 months old, I’d buy carrots, preferably locally grown and organic, that were long and large in diameter. This size, while still having a good flavor and still firm, are tougher, extending their chewing pleasure.They loved their carrots and would get excited at the mention of the word. Definitely helped when they were cutting their adult teeth. Best to start them when they are younger, as some older dogs may not care for carrots.

    As time went on, they still loved them when they were adults and we gave them one every evening, with supervision. A big bonus, not only did the beta carotene keep their eyes healthy into very old age, they had less graying around their muzzles, and we never had to brush their teeth. The Vet attributed their lack of tartar from chewing on the carrots.

  • Jamye Bezdek Matlon

    Anyone tried an antler? I would love to know. Thanks.

  • TA Simoni

    I think the heading, “Store-bought ‘bone treats’ could kill your dogs” is all we need to know!! RAW bones is the ONLY to go! Let them chew on them supervised, then pick them up. I get them right from the butcher, and they are MUCH cheaper than paying the price at the for the others that can kill our pups!! Most, if not all of those are not made in the U.S., usually made in China, that right there should tell you something! I don’t trust anything made out of Country anymore, especially when it comes to food for our loving pets!!! I even buy some dog treats from our organic dog food store, and they are made locally with all ingredients grown from our state. Our vet told us years ago, if you want your pets to live a long life, #1, NO table scraps…ever! We do share chips and cheese, and maybe a bite of chicken or turkey, and potato, and yams and carrots and they love that!! They even love fresh string beans!

  • Peter Brown

    Good, thank you for relieving my concerns. I hope you maintain the humor in the house and are joined. Humor adds years to many lives.

  • Jeanne Eddy

    Turkey and chicken necks and other bones…wings, etc. are perfect for dogs…as long as they are raw and not been cooked at all, that’s when they splinter. Dogs have a different digestive tract than ours and can handle most bacterias.

  • Milk Manson

    I can relate and I’m sorry.

  • Margaret Conlon

    Chicken & Turkey bones are supposedly a No No. Maybe I am wrong, but I believe that is true. Anyone out there know???

  • Milk Manson

    It would be counter productive to list any names, they change too fast and too often.

  • Sparks13

    I wouldn’t buy anything from Walmart. More than 90% of their products come from China.

  • Joy Larson Stewart

    I just saw a really moldy ham bone at Walmart a few days ago. I was shocked and took it out of the bin and put it on the floor. It was disgusting! I’ve always wondered about these types of bones as I have purchased them before from reputable, local natural dog food stores. But I guess I will my be doing so again. Thanks for the warning FDA!

  • Maryann Suniga

    I give mine chicken necks or turkey necks just boil water and put for 3 min to kill bacteria

  • Jay

    Was it a raw ham bone from your dinner? or a ham bone you purchased at a pet shop?… please elaborate.

  • Jay

    Beef tendons are supposedly digestible, don’t cause possible obstructions as such and therefore don’t carry the same risks though you should always observe your dog chewing these. ALSO pay attention to whether or not there’s any negative effects the next day such as vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Some dogs are more naturally sensitive than others.

  • Robin Rosner

    Probably because they are from overseas places with no responsibility being taken.

  • Robin Rosner

    These things are beyond disgusting. I will never feed my little one anything laying out and unwrapped let alone moldy or with no company name or from unknown, or foreign places. Our vet also advised against many of the horn type things because their teeth can be broken…

  • Kauffmds

    Try a water buffalo horn. They don’t splinter, or mold, and they last forever. My shepherd’s love them.

  • Kauffmds

    What took the FDA so long? I have 2 young German Shepherds. I’ve given them these types of bones. After seeing how the bones splinter, I became uncomfortable and decided not to buy them anymore. I give them water buffalo horns now. My Max is 100 pounds and a chewer. The horns last a long time and they don’t splinter.

  • Noosh Mbn

    Interesting! Just the other day I was at Bulk Nation and I saw one of these bone treats and picked it for my Pomeranian, before checking out I realized there was mold on it so I went back to see if I could get anything better and I’ve noticed that they all had mold on them, I told the staff but I doubt if they’re going to stop selling them! although I ended up getting her beef tendon from bulk nation and now I wonder if that is a good treat for my dog, Has anyone given their dog dried beef tendon?

  • wootz

    wrong link that takes you to an insurance co

  • MobeKoshay

    FYI: Surprisingly, if the food product lists Made in Thailand it’s okay and safe to consume. Here’s why…
    Some Other Interesting Facts about Pet Foods Made in Thailand
    The USFDA recognizes the Thai FDA
    While 100 brands of U.S. pet foods were recalled in 2010, NONE from Thailand were recalled.
    Thailand provides a large portion of the fish consumed in the U.S.
    Pet foods produced in Thailand are subject to greater scrutiny than in the U.S. Here’s the rest of the article at: https://www.thebalance.com entitled “Are Pet Foods Made in Thailand Safe?

  • MobeKoshay

    My canine kids go crazy for dried Banana Chips, and my canine daughter loves fresh baby carrots, but my canine son doesn’t like the baby carrots..

  • Dottie
  • MobeKoshay

    What about products born/cloned from other planets? ;o) (Wink-Smile)

  • k9rotehexe .

    My 3 poms and 3 chihuahuas are raw fed. They get raw bone treats for example baby back ribs on sundays. One per dog. Keeps their teeth clean and its good for them. Each stays on their own towel. 🙂

  • jocelynn

    OMG! Thank God my little buddy has good instincts! I gave him one not long ago and thankfully, he turned his nose up at it. The cats nibble on it some, so I took it away. I better make sure I threw it out!

  • David James

    Wow. I couldn’t comprehend why they would post such an odd “recall” I think you nailed it… Total click bait

  • Gary Lipking

    All Earthborn Holistic treats are great. Grain free, made in the USA.

  • JudyHirtle

    Any brand is dangerous. Cooked bones should not be given to pets. This also goes for one from your table. Only raw bones should be used.

  • MobeKoshay

    Geez… So sorry to hear the bad news. Was the Ham Bone one of these irradiated brownish ones sold for dogs? It’s difficult finding any information on where the heck food products were made and came from… and when you do… it’s a small print/ font size and darn difficult to read – when it lists China… stay away.
    Afmeinck, FYI: Surprisingly, if the food product lists Made in Thailand it’s okay and safe to consume. Here’s why…
    Some Other Interesting Facts about Pet Foods Made in Thailand
    The USFDA recognizes the Thai FDA
    While 100 brands of U.S. pet foods were recalled in 2010, NONE from Thailand were recalled.
    Thailand provides a large portion of the fish consumed in the U.S.
    Pet foods produced in Thailand are subject to greater scrutiny than in the U.S. Here’s the rest of the article at: https://www.thebalance.com entitled “Are Pet Foods Made in Thailand Safe?

  • Jean

    I never know WHAT to give my Shih Tzu and Pomchi~! Everything they eat scars the dog…… out of me.

  • JudyHirtle

    The brand doesn’t matter. Cooked bone should not be given to your pet, including ones from your table.

  • Jon Alvarez

    The dog i owned back home where the citizenry are barely considered sentient beings have lives 14years – FOURTEEN- which have never seen a vet for disease and sickness. Have been fed leftovers, bones, fish, rice. Get vaccinated for rabbies and parvo. My dog now eats dogfood since its just me and my wife so not much left over for him. I give him raw bones. Shanks and soup bones. DOGS EAT BONES. You dont need SCIENCE to figure that out. Its just COMMON sense. Common sense is not something thats nice to have. It is an important. I would advice in having one. Make sure its the highest quality, human grade (not the ones that are programmable and can be influenced) common sense. Your world class vets cant provide you with that. Go get one so you can make America great again. People from 3rd world countries dont fight and almost kill their fellow sentients during black friday for a fcking tv. Sentient beings but with a Hyena insticts. I dont blindly FOLLOW science. Its weak. If they cant explain or quantify something they disregard it. I think thats lame. And dumb. Cant even explain the nature of reality. Belief and thoughts create reality. Collective belief creates collective reality. Your reality doesnt have to be my reality. In my reality, bones are excellent for dogs. Anything you hear is opinion. Anything you see is perception. Remember, people dont always have the best intentions. So its always good to be paranoid, question and challenge everything and dont be a sheep. Or a blonde sheep.
    PS: i like your pic. Beautiful baby you have there. You must be a proud dad. Does it also get the highest quality vet carein the world?
    Most of what i said are sarcasm. Just letting you know in case you failed to use common sense again. Please for give me for ranting. Egotistic people just really frustrate me sometimes. Im sorry. Peace be with you, your family and your furry friend. Have a good night.

  • Jim Dundee

    Very sad, sorry

  • Gary Lipking

    Ask FDA for a list of brand names. They must have a list!!!!

  • swaneyb

    It’s not a recall but a warning. I have also been told that the white bones by Red Barn are prepared in a way that they will not splinter. Always look for the ones that are thick on both ends. I feed them to my big, strong chewers every day (restuffed with rolled food) and have NEVER had one splinter,. Sometimes minute pieces will come off but not sharp or big enough to cause harm. Only time one has broken is when I hit it with the lawn mower – oops!

  • 3VWdriver

    No specific brands are mentioned in the FDA bulletin.

  • MobeKoshay

    Agree. If China is listed stay clear. Sometimes there is little or no info on where the treats were manufactured or processed from – some packages just list where it was DISTRIBUTED FROM… People confuse/assume that’s where the food product was made/manufactured/or processed from… words that list “manufactured” or “made” have entirely different definitions from the word/phrase “distributed from”. I’ve analyzed and perused through many dog products sold at various Wal-mart, 99 cent stores and Dollar Tree Stores (a CA Chain) with no info on were the dog product was made, and SURPRISINGLY the same is true with NO INFO on various food products sold for human consumption! Trader Joe’s is known at times only listing “Distributed by/from” with no info on where the food product for humans was “made/prepared/baked/processed at or from”.
    I’ve looked at these irradiated livestock bones enclosed in those plastic bags in the dog food sections and they all look freeze dried with fractured slivers and even give off a bad odor through the retail packages… YUK!

  • Gary Lipking

    Give us a list of brand names!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • afmeincke

    The ham bone I purchased killed my older German Shepard. She die d quickly and I never took her to the vet. I have no proof and she’s dead and gone. I miss her very much

  • Cathryn Nix

    thank you very very much for this very important info , I lyke many other animal lovers are very picky as to what i allow my little babies to have concerning bones and food, and these big bones ive seen in the stores and i my selfe never felt comfortable giving any of these bones to my little ones but i do thank you again for letting us know about these bones. thanks.

  • Teddi Rutschman

    I think with the holidays coming up it is to also let pet owners know of the danger too.

  • Teddi Rutschman

    would you be saying all of the above if this happened to a person? I bet not and I bet the pet owner that lost their pet is broken hearted today.

  • Net Davis

    I broght two of those bones back in the summer for my dogs thank God nothing bad happened.

  • Teddi Rutschman

    I think it is all brands.

  • ProudAmerican9

    We’ve been feeding our cats and dogs a RAW meaty bones diet for at least 15 yrs and have never had a problem. Cooked and processed bones should never be given to them.

  • Teddi Rutschman

    Has there been any recalls on them? I personally think Canada has the safest for our pets.

  • Teddi Rutschman

    This is so sad that once again companies are not doing everything they can to sell our pets the best! I hope there will be a stand in protecting our best friends with stiff fines and changes made that will protect our pets. For the families that have suffered a loss you are in my prayers.

  • caroljanegibbs

    I feed my dog raw (uncooked), properly stored, and untreated bones. When u start messing with nature you increase the chance of contamination. I do agree they should not have cooked bones from the table.

  • Diane Johnson

    Raw bones don’t splinter. Cooked do.

  • A Nonnie Mess

    One of our dogs would take their daily plain medications, nothing wrapped around it, from our hands as though it was a treat because it came from our hands! Made med time easy!

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Our like blueberries, watermelon, and a few like corn kernels =)
    They also like cheese and any kind of leftover cooked meat we have, and a really simple recipe with chicken broth, wheat flour and eggs that bakes a good dog cookie! =D

  • Andee Pandee

    All real bones. The problem seems to be mainly splintering, obstructions, perforations and tearing in the intestines

  • Andee Pandee

    Show them the recall . Talk to manager

  • New Mexico Glo

    You can buy smoked knuckle and other bones at any grocery store that sells pet treats and food, pretty much. I even saw smoked lamb femur bones offered by one online pet meds vendor! I wrote them to let them know that this is not a great way to serve their customers, by selling dangerous ‘treats.’ Walmart carries them as well. I used to buy them for my dogs before I knew better. Now, they get all raw bones and eat them right down to the last bite. 🙂

    They sell them because people buy them. Simple as that. Once people stop buying them, they won’t be an issue…

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Our really crazy chewers get really huge bones from the butcher shop, big enough they can’t get the actual bone part in their mouth.
    We feed these outside, supervised, despite the snow!

  • Andee Pandee

    Why is raw better?

  • Andee Pandee

    Feed stores, however, I have seen them at petsmart and petco. They are real cow bones. Usually large messy bones.

  • Jon Alvarez

    Thankyou!! Finally someone who knows how to think for himself and not easily programmed by external influences. Thinking outside the box.

  • Ghost

    This isn’t a recall, but rather just a warning to avoid store-bought cooked/smoked bones in general.

  • Michele F. Rogel

    as long as it comes out of our hands, they think it’s a treat – Good for you!

  • Cathy Koh

    Lol @ A Nonnie Mess

  • Pamela

    We ONLY trust Whimzees brand chews from The Netherlands. Never disappointed and our power chewer basset is happy for awhile.

  • Cathy Koh

    Phew, I only feed my dog raw lamb bones, and I always supervise. This idea of feeding dogs COOKED BONES is plain stupid.

  • mayberry

    These round raw soup bones caused me an Emergency trip to the Vet. The young Shepard dog got the bone caught over her lower jaw/mandible. The Vet had to cut/break the soup bone with bolt cutters!!!! It was caught back across the middle of some teeth and could not be pulled out, and her tongue was also caught.

  • Joan Darnell

    Rawhide bones of any kind are BAD for your dogs. Anything made in CHINA or have ingredients from China are a NO NO.

  • Sharelle Sunshine

    Correct. My dog and another dog that I know of totally love it

  • mayberry

    I have been buying the “Red Barn” bones from Tractor Supply. Maybe Tractor Supply SHOULD” pull these Hazardous bones from their shelves!!!

  • Kim Chappell

    I use LARGE raw beef bones, you can scrape the marrow out if you like, or freeze entire bone with marrow, and it takes a longer time for pups to get through them. Also split large ELK antlers are very popular here.

  • dwk

    what company or companies put these treats out? This info alone is just not very helpful.

  • Connie Thomas Scoggin

    I make ALL of ours too! Plus ours like carrots, the baby ones. Also zucchini.

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Figure of speech of course, but I was asked a few times “what is so funny” and I said “farting bulldogs eating cars” and I was promptly ignored LOL

  • Michele F. Rogel

    At our house we make our own treats, most of the stuff is made in china, people need to read the ingredients, the kind of treat it is – most of these are not good for our pets, people should read labels & then research on the internet if no information,DON’T FEED AT ALL!!!

  • Peter Brown

    Seriously or a figure of speech, does someone tell you to shut up? As they say, the more I know people, the more like my Dog.

  • Linda Semple Hendrix

    RAW HIDE BONES ARE DANGEROUS. MANY DOGS DIE AS THEY GET CAUGHT IN THEIR THROAT WHEN ITS WET.

  • HardBoiledBlonde

    Happy to know your boy is doing well.

  • Nina Marrocco

    But the way the FDA has it is it could be ALL brand’s although the beef bone’s were not mentioned. I am at a loss, I have a power chewer and he goe’s through at least 2 of these a day and he is a pup Southern dingo/Carolina dog and they really Chew! I am at a loss.

  • jayvee

    So from this half assed recall notice, do all pet stores toss all their bones not knowing brands??

  • A Nonnie Mess

    I’m watching this page, it doesn’t really seem to be a specific recall but a warning? It seems like DFA posted it under “recalls” so those looking for recalls would consider this warning from the FDA that maybe some of these bone “styles” (smoked, etc.) aren’t all that great for all dogs.
    Or maybe I’m just reading it all wrong. Either way, I’ve passed it onto our training group!

  • jayvee

    David James As a store owner, what do you follow to keep your products safe and fresh?

  • antigua1

    BE MORE SPECIFIC BRAND NAMES REQUIRED

  • Ian Goodman

    Thank you for the concern, this was months ago, we took him and he is doing wonderful now, sorry i should have mentioned he is now back to being a pain in my butt instead of his own lol

  • riverdivine

    And, these days- you have to be vigilant to read the PB ingredients to make sure that there is no XYLITOL sweetener added to the PB. This is a very common cause of dog illness/death these days. Xylitol is toxic to dogs, and is being added as a sweetener to PB, baked goods, supplements, candy, gum, etc. READ LABELS.

  • Dottie

    NEVER EVER FEED ANY DOG A COOKED BONE OF ANY KIND. RAW ONLY, AND ALWAYS SUPERVISE!!

  • zigomyheart

    It’s true! The only thing is a bulldog has a delicate stomach as in causing awful gas…..So guess you could add they can eat a car and fill it with gas….

  • Rene’ Warren

    What process is it that they use?

  • HardBoiledBlonde

    Get your bulldog to the vet, pronto.

  • HardBoiledBlonde

    Just a polite reminder –
    I know people in 3rd world countries don’t have a lot of money, that’s why American Veterinarians have been providing charitable services, including training, in 3rd world countries for years. Dogs in 3rd world countries do not live long lives nor do most adults and child mortality is abysmal.
    Once again, follow Science, instead of unfounded justifications, ignorance and paranoia!

  • Donna Archer

    Red Barn,that’s the only kind I use Nina…they’re a bit pricey but my babies are worth it

  • A Nonnie Mess

    HPP is a personal thing and a personal preference but we’ve never really done it for our dogs. I figure if they lick their own butts and eat poop bacteria is probably not a huge concern, provided we use common sense =D

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Even our picky dogs go crazy for soup bones. The biggest thing with them is making sure they’re large enough that the dog can’t get their mouth around the bone once the meat is gone and bite down. Bad for teeth.)
    We no longer use ribs or femurs (too easy for them to bite hard on and break or chip a tooth), but are happy to find the meatiest knuckle bones we can!

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Yikes, so sorry about your Bulldog but I’m laughing at “he would eat a car if he could fit it in his mouth”, LOL!

  • fancyqtr

    It is vague because it is not one specific brand. It is all of the cooked, smoked, processed bones that different companies put out as dog treats.

  • David James

    “No Hide” from
    Earth animal makes that product I believe

  • Matthew Heikkila

    Rawhide are different

  • David James

    So true most of the time. Only referring to US made quality companies – Pig skin is highly digestible alternative.

  • Ian Goodman

    My bulldog had the bleeding from the rectum happen from these, but honestly i had no idea it was from the bone, he is a bulldog he would eat a car if he could fit it in his mouth, My wife said at that time i wonder if it was the bone and i told her nah can’t be!

  • Matthew Heikkila

    There are no specific brands because all of them could be dangerous. Just don’t give your pet moldy bones and monitor them when they are eating it. Bones splinter sometimes and it’s the duty of the pet owner to know how their pet chews bones.

  • David James

    I wouldn’t trust about 98% of rawhide out on the market. I won’t plug any particular brands, however-there is at least one reputable company that makes rawhide for dog.

  • Nina Marrocco

    Rawhide is Never good.

  • David James

    Just a polite reminder, people in Third World countries don’t necessarily have tons of money to “afford the best”, I think the point the poster is making is that other than rabbie shots etc his dogs have not had any synthetic mass produced anything and they are healthy and safe. Although I think this is a pretty weak nebulous recall, it’s always good to bring up safe treat giving habits. Glad your fur baby is so long lived

  • Nina Marrocco

    There should be more DETAIL’S on this Recall I have been giving my pup red barn and good lovin brand knee caps and I would like to know if the recall is on either of these two! To be safe I threw them all away but not happy there is not much info. with Detail’s on this!

  • breynolds

    Sorry, this is no recall and i hope is not just a way to get traffic to your site. the report on fda site is from Nov. 21…this stuff should be common sense and it makes me so mad that people buy this processed crap in the first place. Good God, give them a real bone with meat on it.

  • Laura McGowan

    Some good friends of mine lost a dog to the rawhide bones made in China. I wouldn’t give mine anything from a foreign country.

  • Beverley

    I gave my larger dog just plain raw soup bones from the grocery store butcher. Uncooked, they don’t chip and last forever. Then as a treat once in awhile, I’d put peanut butter on it.

  • David James

    I own a reputable pet supply store in Seattle Washington. Pet safety and health is always Paramont, however this is the most irresponsible “recall“ I’ve ever seen in my 15 years in the pet industry.Most dog owners understand how to responsibly offer a bone as a chew since ANY unsupervised chew/toy can become a health hazard. This mentions no specific brands, lot numbers or what a person should do with “recalled“ product. It does not mention the timeframe in which 68 dogs were affected. Considering the population of 77.8 million domestic dogs estimated in United States -I don’t see how this would initiate a bona fide recall. At Most this should be considered a friendly reminder from the FDA not a recall for unspecified product that’s so nebulous it would make any newbie pet owner nervous . Always supervise your pet when they chewing bones or toys -https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/82a7840e0c3e1aa29d07cc3c108a180dd2c449af6827aafbfbd5039a3c3f879b.jpg

  • Nina Marrocco

    Why no brand’s mentioned is’nt that important?!!! I can see if they are china made and everyone know’s that raw hide is dangerous. I don’t know why they still sell Rawhide!!!

  • HardBoiledBlonde

    One of my dogs is currently 16 years – SIXTEEN – years old owning to home cooked people grade food, supplements and the highest quality, professional veterinary health care in the world.
    Many Americans consider animals to be sentient beings and treat them as such. Most 3rd world countries barely consider their citizenry to be sentient beings.
    Follow science – SCIENCE – and treat your dog(s) to the very best you can afford!!!!!!!!

  • Robin Chick

    That was informative…I only treat with good quality bully sticks.. but why issue such a broad recall without additional details?

  • Sharelle Sunshine

    I totally agree with you. I think that anything that is FDA disapproved for any type of animal should automatically be taken off the shelf and destroyed. And never put back on the shelves again.

  • Ranger Horse

    I think I should be okay with Primal Frozen Raw Beef Marrow Bones.

    The Primal rep said they have a process to ensure no bacteria which is better than going to a butcher.

  • Wayne Kieduk

    Got that right !! Diana

  • Sharelle Sunshine

    I what not recommend authentic rawhide bones to anybody. There are phones that they have that are made from animal me and hardened to make it seem as though it looks like Rawhide but it’s not. Those are the ones that I would recommend.

  • Ed Nieves

    Thank you Kaylee!

  • Kaylee Kumle

    Yes rawhides are poison!!!

  • Jon Alvarez

    Yah synthetic mass produced chew toys manufactured by big companies. Dogs in a 3rd world country where i came from have never seen any chew toy recommended by vets. They even have never ever seen a vet their whole life except for rabbies shots which the local govt makes house to house rounds to facilitate the shots. Follow your intuition. Nothing on the internet is true and real anymore. Just my 2cents

  • Ed Nieves

    Does anyone know if this includes rawhide bones?

  • Audree

    Could you possible be more vague??? Please clarify.

  • Dionne Smith

    Good Read will not give my Princess and Bo no bones

  • Douglas Jedlicka

    Even though I have never given my best friend one of these treats, I am totally shock an disturbed that this product is out on the store shelves. Please DO NOT FEED YOUR PET THIS PRODUCT!!