Give the dog a bone? Maybe not

Giving your dog a bone might seem like a natural thing to do and make you feel like you’re giving them a special treat, but there are cases around the country of dogs becoming sick or even dying from bones. The Food and Drug Administration even released a statement urging dog owners to never give their animals bones and the St. Louis Better Business Bureau has received many recent complaints about a particular product.

The FDA and the BBB first issued warnings about Dynamic Pet Products’ Real Ham Bone for Dogs after receiving many consumer complaints. The BBB saw complaints of the Washington, Mo. company decrease after the warning, but has seen a recent surge.

“The increasing number of complaints in recent months, obviously, is very disturbing,” Michelle Corey, BBB president and CEO told CBS news.

Dynamic Pet Products’ Real Ham Bone for Dogs has been thrust into the spotlight after Salem, Oregon resident Rodney Canutt watched his dog Teddy suffer and eventually die from them. Canutt is retired and he told KATU TV that Teddy was his best friend.

“He was my constant companion because my wife works all day. He pulled me through a lot of bad times when I was physically sick,” Canutt said. Canutt is considering legal action although the company did offer to pay Teddy’s cremation and vet bills.

“I just want to see this company that’s been killing dogs and injuring dogs – get them out of the market,” said Canutt.

Dynamic Pet Products released a statement about their bones since the complaints. It read, “At Dynamic Pet Products, we are taking seriously the concerns people have raised. We have millions of customers who want a natural bone for their pets and safely use this product with a high level of satisfaction.”

The FDA and veterinarians urge pet owners to always supervise and monitor your dog when giving it any kind of bone or treat. “Any treat can be harmful to your dog especially if it is a new treat they haven’t had before,” said Amy Carotenuto, Flagler Humane Society executive director.

The FDA quoted a veterinarian in its 2010 statement saying, “giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian’s office, possible emergency surgery or even death.” The main problems the FDA gave about giving your dog’s bones are broken teeth, mouth or tongue injuries, bones getting stuck in the esophagus, windpipe, stomach and intestines, constipation and bleeding from the rectum.

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