Three big dog treat companies and their chicken jerky treats have been connected with 600+ dogs becoming mysteriously ill, this is the highest number of animals since the FDA first warned consumers in 2007. Nestle Purina, their treats called Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats and Del Monte Corp. Milo’s Kitchen Home-style dog treats have both been linked.
|Bella, a 2-year-old pug, died last fall after her owner,
Robin Pierre, said she ate Waggin’ Train chicken jerky treats.
Both companies’ officials claim their treats are safe and FDA regulators say repeated tests show no absolute tie to any producer or brand. Dogs that are affected may develop kidney failure, liver disease Fanconi syndrome, which can lead to serious illness and death.
Pet owners whose dogs have sickened or died have banded together and put forth a petition banning dog treats manufactured in China, including one petition begun in December which already has 3,400 signatures from people in the US and worldwide.
According to an article on MSNBC.com, More than 375 people have signed a petition launched last week by Susan Rhodes, 51, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. She believes her 14-year-old dog, Ginger, may have developed life-threatening kidney failure after eating chicken jerky treats. She was stunned to hear that consumer complaints alone can’t force the FDA — or a company — to recall potentially tainted products.
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