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Dog Treats may be Deadly: Which Ones to Avoid

May 03, 2012|Jean Jadhon | WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter

You may have heard about the recall of Diamond brand dry dog foods because of Salmonella.  One Roanoke veterinarian is more concerned with something else- chicken jerky treats made in China.

They're making some dogs sick and in some cases dogs have died from kidney failure after eating the treats, according to Dr. Mark Finkler with Roanoke Animal hospital.

"We're seeing two to three cases every month. One died of kidney failure a few months ago," said Dr. Finkler.

Three brands in particular are named as dangerous, according to Dr. Finkler.  They are: Waggin Train, Canyon Creek and Milos Kitchen Homestyle Dog Treats. But Dr. Finkler warned that any chicken jerky treats that are made in China could be dangerous. 

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating.  "The FDA sent an inspector to China about two weeks ago to try and figure out what's going on," Dr. Finkler said. "We still don't know what the ingredient is that's poisoning them."

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Dr. Finkler's advice to pet owners: "If it says made in China don't feed it to your dog, period."

The FDA has issued warnings about chicken jerky products since 2007 but there has not officially been a recall because it has not been able to determine an exact cause.

Meanwhile a federal class action lawsuit was filed last month. It claims Nestle Purina's Waggin' Train dog treats are responsible for the death of a 9 year old Pomeranian named Cleopatra.  The dog reportedly ingested one chicken jerky treat a day for three days before becoming ill and eventually dying of kidney failure, according to Reuters. 

The lawsuit filed by Cleopatra's owner claims Nestle Purina Petcare Co. and Walmart knew that the treats posed a substantial risk of illness to pets, yet still manufactured and sold them.

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