FDA Issues Updated Warning About Dog Bone Treats

The US Food and Drug Administration has recently issued a revised warning about giving your dog packaged “bone treats.”  While there are also dangers in giving your dog real bones you get from the butcher, the FDA is emphasizing the health risks of processed and packaged bone treats.

These bone treats are sold at many brick and mortar and online retail outlets.  They may be labelled as pork femur bones, ham bones, rib bones, or smoked knuckle bones.  The bones are dried by smoking or baking, and contain preservatives and flavorings.

What are the health risks of bone treats?  The FDA has received reports from veterinarians and pet owners on the following issues:

  • Gastrointestinal obstruction
  • Choking
  • Cuts and other wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Risk of death (15 cases of dogs dying after eating bone treats have been reported)

Other problems with the treats themselves, such as mold and splinters, have also been reported.

The FDA recommends these common-sense tips to keep your dog safe around bones and bone treats:

  • Keep dishes of your food scraps that contain bones (especially small bones like chicken) out of reach of pets.
  • Monitor your dog around the trash if you throw away bones or poultry carcasses.
  • Talk to your vet about safe chew toy options (like Kongs) as a replacement for bones and bone treats.
  • Remember to supervise your dog around all chew toys and treats to prevent accidental ingestion.

 

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Oreo the Cat Saves Human Sibling from Rattlesnake

We love stories about heroic pets, and this news story about a brave black and white kitty from Florida proves that cats can give dogs a run for their money in the hero department.

The Love Meow website reports that Oreo is close to his whole human family, but especially bonded with his 10-year-old sister Jaiden.

Oreo was nearby when an eastern diamondback rattlesnake got close to Jaiden and other kids playing in the backyard.  Oreo began to act strangely, alerting the children to the snake.

Brave Oreo put himself between the snake and the kids as they retreated into the house.  Unfortunately, he was bitten in the leg and had to be taken to the vet for wound care, fluids, and antibiotics.

Oreo’s treatment is going well, and the family has him home again, relieved that he will not lose his leg.  Jaiden’s Christmas wish this year?  That her heroic best friend Oreo is happy and healthy!

 

Images:  Cyndi Anderson/Love Meow

 

Photos: FACE’s 6th Annual Dog-Friendly Golf Tournament!

On November 13th, we held one of our biggest annual fundraising events…our 6th Invitational Golf Tournament.

Each year, dogs and their people gather at San Diego’s Lomas Santa Fe Country Club to golf for a great cause…

…raising funds to help save the lives of San Diego area pets in need of urgent veterinary care.

Thank you to all our friends and supporters.  Enjoy some photos of happy pups at the event!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all our friends a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday.  We are grateful to be able to help save the lives of beloved family pets … thanks to our wonderful veterinary partners…

…and generous friends and supporters.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends, near and far!

 

“Mission Adoptable” Videos Spread the Word About Senior Pet Adoption

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, a great time for animal welfare organizations to raise awareness about adopting homeless dogs and cats that are 7 years of age and older.

As part of this awareness campaign, Animal Planet has created a series of heartwarming videos about special pet adoption stories called “Mission Adoptable.”  Be sure to check out their website for all the adorable videos.  Here are just a couple of our favorites!

Diamond’s Story:

 

Matti Jo Jo and Beau Beau Jones’s Story: