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TAINTED DOG TREATS FROM CHINA – JUST THE FACTS
Because tests by the FDA are inconclusive, pet treat manufacturers are not required by law to recall their products, and none of them have volunteered to do so. But given that the tests have not pinpointed the contaminant does not mean it is not contaminated. The FDA issued a warning to pet owners in November, 2011 in regards to this issue. The question many are asking is how many dogs will have to die before the products are recalled? It is already estimated that the dead and dying are numbered at more than 600. This number does not count all of the cases that have not made the connection yet between a pet’s illness and the treats. The treats are causing kidney failure and Fanconi syndrome, with some cases resulting in death; others, in chronic kidney disease. Four months has passed since the FDA warning yet the treats are still being sold, and pets are still dying. When Purina began to receive calls from customers whose pets had become ill after eating their Waggin Train jerky treats, they initially discussed financial settlements, but when the FDA’s tests came back with inconclusive results, Purina took all offers off the table. Some consumers who have posted about pet’s illnesses on Purina’s and Dogswell’s websites have been banned from posting there any longer. At a news conference today in Cleveland, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich both petitioned the FDA to step up their investigation. They both called for the Food and Drug Administration to take immediate action to put a stop to their policy that allows dangerous pet treats and pet foods to remain on the market and to put an immediate stop to its continued sale.
Dogs are getting severe kidney problems, kidney failure and even dying!
So far, the list of brands with treats made in China or that are being linked to pet illness and deaths are:
- Waggin Train
- Canyon Creek Ranch
- Booda Bones – Aspen Pet
- Milo’s Kitchen
- American Kennel Club
- Ever Pet (Dollar General)
- Home Pet 360
- Walgreen’s new brand – Simple
If your pet has eaten tainted treats, symptoms may include:
- Decreased appetite
- Decreased activity
- Increased water consumption
- Increased urination
If your pet is sick and you have been feeding it these treats please report it to the FDA. For now, pet owners who find the current state of this situation unacceptable are urged by animal advocacy groups to take the following actions. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm
- Download the FDA warning here, and print some copies.
- If you find the products in your store, remove them from the shelf, give them to store managers with a copy of the FDA warning, and ask that the store return the treats to the manufacturer.