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Three Tails of Terrier: Is Your Dog Safe?

Written by PETA | May 24, 2012

PETA always encourages guardians to take the best care possible of their animal companions. These three recent news stories about dogs at risk remind us why it’s so important to stay mindful of canine care:

Toxic Treats

In a frightening echo of the illnesses and deaths tied to melamine-tainted foods from China five years ago, Chinese-made Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats for dogs and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats have been implicated in kidney failure, liver disease, and other illnesses in almost 1,000 dogs, with one death reported so far. Milo’s Kitchen has even paid off at least one sick dog’s guardian in exchange for a release of liability. Please check your cupboards and be sure you’re giving your dogs only healthy, wholesome treats—you can even make your own!

Shear Negligence

PETA is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can help reunite a Texas man with his beloved dog, Dolly, who has been missing ever since PETCO groomers carelessly let her escape from the store. Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated incident—another dog was lost (though, fortunately, found) after bolting from groomers at an Illinois PetSmart. Choose your groomer carefully, and stay away from PETCO, PetSmart, and other big-box stores.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Not all hazards are physical. Anyone who’s suffered a broken heart knows that a divorce or other romantic bust-up takes an emotional toll on the former sweethearts and on their children, but companion animals can be hurt, too. An excellent feature in the Chicago Tribune points out what can go wrong—or right—when guardians go their separate ways.

For more tips on repaying our four-legged pals’ love and devotion, check out PETA’s guide to caring for dogs.


Sophie lives with a PETA staff member and receives lots of TLC  

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  • tami says:

    While at Petsmart last night (without my dog), I was having a tag engraved for him at a kiosk by the automatic doors in front of the store…while waiting I was watching people enter and leave with their dogs through those doors. A lady came through the automatic doors with aher tiny long haired dachsund and stopped suddenly once inside to adjust her shoe? the little dog was standing right on the tracks of the automatic doors and I noticed right away that these doors were not stopping!! I rushed over and physically pushed the doors (and they were heavy) open in the nick of time…that dog would have been crushed had I not stopped them…and that lady just looked up and continued on her way…smh So, I am warning people that these doors are extremely dangerous for very small dogs, so please make sure your pet is through the doors before you!!!

  • Jackie says:

    My boss’s dog also escaped from a Petsmart store while being groomed. Those automatic doors are a real danger for dogs!!

  • MsMoneypenny says:

    My dog was given a Milo’s Kitchen chicken jerk treat at someone else’s house. However he only had one and so I hopefully have nothing to worry about. Now that I know about this, I’m making sure he doesn’t get fed anything like that again.

  • Ursula says:

    Thank you for the information about the treats. I feed milo’s kitchen chicken jerk treats to my dog and will stop immediately.