Toxic Jerky Treats Continue To Take Lives

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As many of you loyal fans may know, we recently covered a story about toxic chicken jerky strips manufactured in China

A Life With Dogs reader sent us an email relating her sad story of these toxic treats:

Dear LWD,

Five days after eating just two pieces of the Waggin’ Train chicken jerky dog treats I bought at my local Walgreens, my German Shepherd Heidi died.

That day, I sat at my computer crying and did a Google search for “What killed my dog?”  That’s when I learnedtoo late — about the ongoing investigation by the FDA, and the hundreds of stories about dogs becoming ill and dying after eating these treats.

It could be months or years before the FDA recalls the treats, which are made in China — and in the meantime, Heidi and other dogs are dying because Walgreens and other retailers are still selling these dangerous treats. 

I started a petition on Change.org asking Walgreens to stop stocking these deadly dog treats. Please click here to sign my petition and protect other dogs from suffering Heidi’s fate.

I knew nothing of the dangers of chicken jerky dog treats when I bought them for Heidi:  there was no warning on the package or on the shelf at Walgreens.

I can’t believe these dangerous treats are still being sold in stores across the country.  People trust their favorite stores and companies to sell them safe products.  I trusted my corner drug store.  Heidi trusted me.  And Heidi paid for it with her life.

Five days after eating just two pieces of the Waggin’ Train chicken jerky, Heidi was dead.

Earlier this year, Terry Safranek started a petition on Change.org after her dog Sampson died, asking Nestle Purina to recall the treats.  Nestle is dragging its feet — but if Walgreens takes these treats off their shelves, fewer people will unknowingly feed their best friends dangerous treats, and other stores will have to start paying attention too.

Please help me by telling Walgreens that we need them to restore our trust in them by taking the treats off their shelves.  Click here to sign my petition.  When you sign, a letter will be sent to Walgreens and other top retailers that sell the treats.

Thank you for your help.

–         Rita Desollar

This is an issue that has affected many dog lovers who have lost their companions.  It is important to consider the purity of our pets’ food, and to be as cautious about what they ingest as we would of what we and our children take in.

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Consumer alert: DO NOT BUY Waggin’ Train dog treats.

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“This is heartbreaking, I really admire the owners bravery in wanting to share his sad loss, by warning others to the dangers of ‘Waggin Train’ dog treats;  R.I.P little one”

The following is taken from the Face Book page:- https://www.facebook.com/DogsAreFamily as a warning to consumers of dog treats.

This is my friend singing to his dog before he passed away. His dog died from eating tainted Waggin’ Train dog treats. He wanted everyone to see this picture and know the story behind it so no one will lose a pet the way he did.” 

His dog died from eating tainted Waggin’ Train dog treats.

Face book Link:– https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=411001538964476&set=a.218628804868418.56722.218621588202473&type=1&theater

Details:

Update May 22, 2012:

Nearly 1,000 dogs have reportedly been made ill by chicken jerky treats made in China. The US Food and Drug Administration updated the tally of complaints, saying Federal health officials have received 900 complaints from worried owners and veterinarians since last November.

Waggin Train treats – killed the Little Yorkshire Terrier in the above picture.

Despite continued research, the agency’s inspectors have no findings yet available. Although no suspected products have been recalled, at least one product manufacturer has settled a claim with a dog owner. 

Representatives from Milo’s Kitchen confirmed that the firm has paid at least one owner who complained about a sick dog $100 in exchange for a release of all liability. Firm officials said arrangements are conducted on a case-by-case basis. They declined to confirm how many similar agreements are in place.

A spokesman for Waggin’ Train also said that the firm negotiates agreements with complaining pet owners individually.

Dog owners whose dog may have been affected can continue to submit complaints to the FDA’s safety reporting portal.

Concerned pet owners cited the following products:

  • Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky and Yam Good chicken produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.
  • Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp
  • Beefeaters Sweet Potato Treats (16 types of yam-related treats)
  • Kingdom Pets at Costco
  • Drs. Foster and Smith (exact item not specified)
  • Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 types of Veggie Life brands)
  • Smokehouse
  • Bestro

Top Symptoms reported by pet owners whose dogs have gotten sick from the treats are:

  1. Vomiting
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Change in Appetite
  4. Change in Activity Level

Pet owners should be aware that chicken jerky products from China may be associated with reports of Fanconi-like syndrome in dogs.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned of chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be fed occasionally in small quantities.

Chicken JerkyFDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products: decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination.

If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product.

Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine).

Fanconi syndrome can be diagnosed by a veterinarian, through urine analysis, which would show glucose in the urine. Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died. FDA’s Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (VLRN) is now available to support these animal health diagnostic laboratories.

To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. FDA continues extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified a contaminant. Fanconi syndrome is often breed related, but toxins are also known to induce this condition. Known toxins could include lead, copper, mercury, maleic acid, Lysol and some drugs, such as outdated antibiotics.

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