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Humane Society warns about dog treats made in China

Family blames Waggin' Train Jerky Treats for dog's death

  • An Ohio family blames Waggin' Train Jerky Treats for their dog's death and puppy's kidney failure. The FDA first issued a warning about the product in 2007.
    Waggin' TrainAn Ohio family blames Waggin' Train Jerky Treats for their dog's death and puppy's kidney failure. The FDA first issued a warning about the product in 2007.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is reminding dog owners to be cautious with the treats they feed their canine companions after a dog died in Ohio after eating treats made in China.

The dog suffered kidney failure after the family said it was given Waggin' Train Jerky Tenders. The family's puppy also has kidney failure, said Lyndsay Bruno, spokeswoman for the HSSA.

Dr. Karter Neal, HSSA's medical director said most contaminated pet products come from China.

“Be skeptical, just as you would with your own food. You should know where your pet’s food is produced," Neal said. "If you have concerns call the company. Treats should not be substituted for a balanced diet, and only given in small amounts.”  

In 2007, the FDA issued a caution about the treats after receiving complaints about ill dogs from conusmers and veterinarians.

The FDA continues to receive complaints from pet owners and veterinarians about dogs becoming ill after eating the chicken jerky products. They warn consumers about a potential link of illness and chicken jerky coming from China, Bruno said.

Scientists have not been able to determine a precise cause for the illnesses, Bruno said.

Waggin' Train, the manufacturer, posted this statement on its website:

Consumers are encouraged to read and follow the feeding guidelines found on Waggin' Train packages.

... We have a dedicated team of quality control experts in China — particularly, in the plants — when Waggin' Train products are being produced. They monitor various steps of the manufacturing process for safety and quality of the product.

The safety and efficacy of our products is our top priority, and consumers can and should continue to feed Waggin' Train treats with total confidence.

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