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Deadly Dog Treats: How to Protect Your Dog

Written by Alisa Mullins | October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to receive reports from across the country of dogs who have died after eating jerky-style dog treats.

Since 2007, at least 4,800 dogs and cats have fallen ill, and more than 1,000 dogs have died of kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and Fanconi syndrome, a rare kidney disorder. Several products, including jerky treats sold under the Milo’s Kitchen, Waggin’ Train, and Canyon Creek brands, were recalled last year after evidence was found of up to six drugs in treats made in China. But other potentially risky products remain on the shelves, and dogs have reportedly gotten sick after eating treats made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes, and dried fruit.

Symptoms include decreased appetite, reduced activity, vomiting, and diarrhea within hours of eating the treats. Smaller dogs are thought to be at greater risk, although dogs of all sizes have become ill. Even after running hundreds of tests and visiting manufacturing plants in China, the FDA still hasn’t been able to pinpoint an exact cause of the illnesses, which is why it is asking animal guardians and veterinarians to send information on animals they suspect may have fallen ill after eating tainted treats.

Until a cause is determined, the best advice would probably be to steer clear of treats made in China (although not all treats list a country of origin). Of course, the only way to know exactly what’s going into your dog’s treats is to make them yourself from scratch.

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  • Penny says:

    I was actually not aware about it. This is so absurd, why are agencies like FDA are not taking strict action against those who are liable of providing tainted dog treats, such companies should be banned. Moreover, I believe that we should ourselves take the ownership of our dog’s health because nowadays the dog treats in the market are artificial made and it can create a bad effect on the health of dog.

    Thanks PETA for publishing this post. We all need to make sure that we take care of them and give our dogs a healthy long life.

  • Why isn’t the FDA DOING A TOTAL RECALL. Petco and Petsupermarket have done it voluntarily. I called Walmart but they are still on the shelves there.

  • aakriti bhardwaj says:

    its shameful :'( ..selfish people’s ..going to temple’s or any religious place is not at all woth it if you can’t understand others pain :'( :'(

  • Regina Bandeira de Mello says:

    I never bought any animal food from China! Thanks for the advise!

  • Judy okada says:

    I don’t buy any dog treats from china anymore. Only made in USA even their toys. Thanks for caring

  • Remarkable says:

    Stop this now!
    Thank you PETA for all your campaign work