Pet treat under investigation
USA Today is reporting the FDA is investigating Real Ham Bone for Dogs.
From USAToday.com: “The Food and Drug Administration is looking into concerns that a Missouri-produced pet treat has caused serious illness or death in dogs, according to the Associated Press.
An FDA spokesman said the government is reviewing complaints about Real Ham Bone For Dogs.
The pet treat is sold throughout the U.S. and distributed under the Dynamic Pet Products label of Frick’s Quality Meats in Washington, Mo.
The FDA encouraged consumers to report their concerns.
The Better Business Bureau in St. Louis said Thursday concerns arose after the bones splintered, sometimes blocking dogs’ intestines.”
Fox news provides the following video on the risk of these treats…
From Fox News website:
Maplewood, MO (KTVI-FOX2Now.com) – The FDA is now investigating a product made by a Missouri company. A dozen pet owners have complained to the Better Business Bureau that The Real Ham Bone caused serious injuries and even death in some cases. The product is sold by Dynamic Pet Products, a division of Fricks Meats in Washington, Mo. One of the complaints came from Melodie Riggs. She bought two of the ham bones and gave one to each of her two dogs.
“Within one hour they both started violently throwing up and they threw up chunks like slivers of bone,” said Riggs. She complained to the company and says they offered her coupons. “I was hoping the company would say were really sorry were going to check into our product.”
She then took her complaint to the Better Business Bureau.
“We have heard from people across the United States who have had similar experiences with this product,” said Christopher Thetford, Better Business Bureau.
Thetford obtained the copy of an autopsy from one of the upset pet owners. A vet found trauma to the dog from the ingested bone.
“They’re really dangerous you may have a lot of medical bills if they start splitting their stomach because those are shivers coming out of their stomachs,” said Riggs.
“The company refused to tell us how many times that they had been notified that peoples pets have gotten sick or died from using this product,” said Thetford. “That company also told us though that in their experience people were more satisfied with this product than dissatisfied.”
The company released a statement indicating news of illness and even death has saddened them. They also point out there is a label on the package indicating their product is not for every dog.
Here is their complete statement
“At Dynamic Pet Products, our goal is to offer the best pet products to owners and their dogs. We are saddened to learn of the illnesses and deaths of any of our customers pets.”
“Dynamic Pet Products has been producing bones for pets since 2001, including Real Ham Bone for Dogs. The quality of our products and the safety of the pets that enjoy our products are our top priorities. That is why every package contains a label that provides detailed instructions to owners on how they can help their pets best enjoy our products. We strongly encourage owners to supervise their pets with any treats or snacks.”
“For more than 100 years, the Fricks have provided quality products to families and more recently to their pets. We will continue to provide quality, safe products to our customers.” – Rick Jackson, vice president of Operations, Fricks Quality Meats, the parent company of Dynamic Pet Products.
No information is available on the FDA website regarding this investigation.
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