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PET OWNERS: FDA warns about dog 'bone treats'

Posted at 5:48 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 17:48:13-05

The FDA is warning you to not to give your dog bone treats this holiday season.

Officials describe the bones as “Ham Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” “Rib Bones,” and “Smokey Knuckle Bones.”

FDA has received about 68 reports of pet illnesses related to bone treats.

The FDA says illnesses reported include:

- Blockage in the digestive tract

- Choking

- Vomiting

- Diarrhea

- Bleeding from the rectum

- Death

15 dogs have died after eating a bone treat.

Jennine Ropkey, City Creatures Veterinarian in Buffalo, recommends pet owners ditch giving their dogs bones. 

"Most people are using bones as an activity," she said. 

Ropkey says to give your dog other toys that might not be as easy for the dog to swallow or ingest.

One local all natural bakery is bringing awareness to what's actually in your dog food. Co-Owner of Fetch! Gourmet Dog Treats, John Griveas, says the bakery does not use fillers nor any ingredient just because.

Griveas says it all started back in 2012 when he took his adopted puppy, Sargent Pepperoni, to the veterinarian. 

"Our vet recommended rather than buy a store treat we make our own treats," he said.

Griveas says what really matter is for pet owners read the label of what they're feeding their dogs. 

Fetch! is in 70 retailers in Buffalo and is also in five different states.