Dog Bones – FDA Reviews “Real Ham Bone”

by Mary Haight on March 13, 2010

Real Ham Bone dog bones by Dynamic Pet Products is under FDA review for consumer complaintsreal-ham-bone that it has caused serious illness and even a death. Made by Frick’s Quality Meats of Washington, Missouri, the dog bone is a smoked pig femur that is distributed throughout the US.

Consumer Affairs website has a list of complaints from people whose dogs have been affected by this product.  The company can’t be in the dark about this, as there are reports of problems dating back to 2008 there.  Statistically speaking, there are always a given number of incidents to be expected, which is why you should always supervise your dog when you give them bones (or chew toys), but I think triggering an FDA review warrants notification.

There are claims on the consumer affairs’ site that the company’s insurance refuses to pay for surgical procedures ranging roughly from $3500 to $14,000.  The insurance company informed at least one of the dog owners that it was their own fault for buying the dog bones in the first place. Caveat emptor as far as they are concerned. Good to know! And yes, we all know the insurance company’s client is who they serve, but really– someone’s dog dies, they have a $14K surgical bill, and this is the flippant response?

According to Jill Rosen at the Baltimore Sun, the Better Business Bureau of St Louis has been taking complaints since Thursday:

“concerns arose after the bones splintered, then ulcerated or obstructed the dogs’ intestines. Consumers reported their dogs had become lethargic or were vomiting. One man came home to find his dog dead, bleeding from the mouth.”

No official notification has yet been made by the FDA.

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17 comments
Tracy
Tracy

On December 6, 2011 my dog Sadie died after eating this bone!! I called my the FDA of Texas where they sent a gentlemen to take our receipt from HEB along with the bone to his lab. The sad thing is this SLIME ball company is selling this product as a "treat/chew" which means it is not a food!! So the FDA in Texas cannot do anything about it!! HOW MANY DOGS HAVE TO DIE??? Sadie was like a child we had her for 10 years..one minute she is playing excited to have a "special treat" the next hour she is vomiting, unable to move and dying in my arms..the vet did all they can do!! The company did not even respond to my e-mail!! This is soooo sad!!

gingerv
gingerv

Luckily my poor little pitbull was able to pass the terrible "toy" through her digestive tract without incident... I found huge pieces of bone in her poop, and I was worried to tears I'd have to take her in for surgery, which I've heard doesn't always work in these cases. Warning to pet owners: there are plenty of dangerous products on shelves at grocery stores (got mine at the H-E-B) and pet stores... not enough warnings and labels on the products. Such a shame.

Elaine
Elaine

We mistakenly gave our dog a ham bone. After he was throwing up and foaming at the mouth, he had emergency surgery to remove an intestinal impaction. Please don't make the same mistake. Our dogs love the bone shaped cookie treats, and the puppies don't chew shoes when they are given rawhide.

Donna Rohrich
Donna Rohrich

continued pg 3,I'm also sure, that if the vets returned whatever the letters say and are regarding, that dynamic pet will have their attorneys use them to go against us and our quest to either have company change the formula, list ingredents on the labels, or quit making the dog killer bones altogether. Sadly, the latter probably won't happen. That almighty dollar means more to them than our beloved dogs do. And they say they're really sadden about what happened to our dogs, really then do what's right. Pay for all of our vet bills, not just for a chosen few. Admit thery's a problem with the bones and fix it. God bless all of you and thanks for your support.

Donna Rohrich
Donna Rohrich

continued on: I feel that dynamic pet products is trying to get statements from vets telling them that they're not really sure if bone was cause of illness or not. Hello people, those bones are. All the dogs got same symptoms, did same things, all extremely sick for days, costing us upwards to $14,000.00. If they want to make amends, then have your insurance company send us, the owners their letters, not our vets. I already phoned my vet, telling them not to give out any information unless they speak with me first. I think it's really sad that a company will resort to lying, and doing dishonest things to get what they want.

Donna Rohrich
Donna Rohrich

Hi everyone, here's an update to the real ham bone issue. Got a call from one of the owners who's dog was injured from the bone 5 months ago. He said his beloved grayhound is in really bad shape. That she didn't fully recover from her ordeal with the bone. That she might not even live through this week. Sadly we will count up another death to these horrible people, and those damn bones.I'm trying to get out this information that Kris told me. He said he got a call from a E. Frick, at Fricks meat company. She told him that the insurance company was going to pay his bill. She went on to say that his vet would be getting a letter from insurance company. Alert, Red Flagg. He was already denied payment, now they're going to pay? Why contact the vet, why not contact dogs owner? I asked him to tell his vet not to sign, or do anything with that letter, but to get the letter from vet, and copy it and email it to as many of us as he has address for.

cindy
cindy

thanks i just gave her the first 1 but i took it back

Donna Rohrich
Donna Rohrich

I'm Donna in Long Beach,CA. My dog Baily is one of those dogs injured by this bone. That was in 2008. I just found out yeaterday that another dog was hurt from it back in 2004. Once again person got nowhere with Dynamic Pet Products. We all got the same denial letters from her insurance company. Sad to say but a select few got bills paid with a condition form they had to sign. They even paid to replace one persons dog. When I called to complain about bone, spoke with Sara Mades of the Frick family. She immediately asked me if I had an attorney. Guess I should have had one. I find it degrading that they post a comment saying that the safety and concern of our pets is their first concern really how so? Don't let them fool you 1 bit, they have lied so much regarding the reliability of their product it's unbelieveable. In a newspaper article they published in a local paper stating that their bones are done in such a way that people can eat them if wanted to. The warning on the wrapper tells a different story. I'm making it my mission to tell the FDA to check into all kinds of stuff I've found out. Not to mention listing all ingredients used, and how about an expiration date on it. They say they have a shelf life of 240 days. They claim that the demand is so intense that now they have to ship bones by the truck loads. So where have those bones been prior to arriving at their plant? Just last month another poor dog died from eating the bone. If their bones are so safe then Mr. David S. Frick lets see you eat 1. If the FDA has recalled other treats then they must do the same for Dynamic Pet Products. Six years of harm and death to our dogs is way too long. The time is now to put them out of business. Some people have posted maybe their importing bones from China. Maybe so. Who knows where those little piggys have been before becoming a Real Ham Bone.

veryvizsla
veryvizsla

I gave a smoked bone to Jersey *once*. It quickly splintered all over the place and I had to take it away from her before she hurt herself. For some reason smoked bones are especially brittle, I think it's because the smoke drys out the bones so much.

Rod@GoPetFriendly
Rod@GoPetFriendly

I don't recall seeing this product in pet stores I shop in. But thanks for the heads up - we'll stay away from it.

Jim (Doggybytes.ca)
Jim (Doggybytes.ca)

A smoked bone is a cooked bone. Cooked bones splinter and can wreak havoc inside a dog when they do. I made the "bone headed" move by giving a smoked deer hoof to my Pit Bull Zeus a couple of weeks ago. I really should have known better. In the middle of the night, he started heaving, throwing up shards of deer hoof and 3/4 digested green tripe. That was nice! Thankfully Zeus didn't have any problems beyond the vomiting. Like I said, smoked bones are cooked bones and cooked bones should NEVER be given to a dog because they do splinter. Completely raw, edible bones are fiine, and in fact healthy for a dog, or cat.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks Elaine for sharing you and your dog's frightening experience. While I know many many people like the rawhide chews, please be aware that dogs do choke on pieces dogs tear off. Don't leave your dogs alone with the chews you give them - make sure you are around to supervise their safety. I'm glad your dog had a good outcome and is happily enjoying his bone shaped cookies!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Donna, and thanks again for sharing this information. I'd love to see the company change course entirely and pay people for their vet bills. They could never pay for the loss of the dog - there's not a price on that - but when corporate integrity (not always an oxymoron) is on the line, it's time to step up. At least that's what honest and forthright customer relations demands. Thanks again, Donna.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi, Donna. Thank you so much for relating your first hand experience with this product, and I am so sorry you and your dog Baily had to go through that. I don't see that a determination has been made by the FDA, but noted that on March 16th they released a general "don't feed your dog a bone" article listing all the reasons why you shouldn't give your dog a bone, copy and paste this (" target="_blank">http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforY... or just use the FDA widget on the front page of this blog. I do find the idea of risk assessment statistics of "acceptable thresholds" of deaths or bad reactions to products, as with the AAFCO regulations on pet food, rather nutty and antithetical to the business of providing people with safe food and toys for their dogs (and cats). I think it's stupid that known carcinogens that do not leave the body are allowed in or on foods both for animals and humans. Like the way they prepare most rawhide bones (made of the skin of cows, etc.) with a toxic soup of bleach and the types of tanning chemicals you wouldn't get near, and the EPA wouldn't want anyone near, if they were in a barrel, all made in China so no pesky EPA to get in the way...then if they are flavor infused, they are soaked for hours in a soup of animals of what origin? Were they sick? Were they road kill? Who knows? I use Nylabone...they seem consistent in the presentation of their product and you can do a search for an article wrote about them and their process if you're interested.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks for sharing your experience with smoked bones, Karen. And that's a pretty cool badge you got there under your Vizsla pic, oh Queen of DIY collars and leashes;-D

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Ok, Jim, I know you promote and feed raw food to your dogs, an the picture of mostly digested green tripe on the floor, in the middle of the night no less, is one of the more ripe and odiferous I can imagine. The worry that followed must have been worse. But yes, the smoking process is just asking for trouble. I am glad Zeus suffered no complications!

Karen Friesecke
Karen Friesecke

don't know how the badge appeared, I guess that being a queen has it's privledges :P

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