Jacques Von Lunen For OregonLive.com
The Food and Drug Administration has launched an investigation of a manufacturer of dog treats after consumers reported that splinters from the treats injured or even killed their dogs.
The treat in question is Real Ham Bones, a hickory-smoked pork femur distributed by Missouri company Dynamic Pet Products.
A story on consumeraffairs.com quotes several dog owners whose pooches became violently ill after chewing the bony treat. Two of the customers quoted in the story said their dogs died; others said their dogs needed surgery or became very ill.
The company’s Web site states: “Not recommended for aggressive chewers — we recommend they eat a Beef Bone. As with all natural bones, we recommend supervision during eating.”
The FDA is reportedly investigating the product’s safety. To report problems with this product — or any other FDA-regulated product — in Oregon, call 800-353-3965.