Dog treats recalled after five year investigation

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Updated: 1/11/2013 10:18 am Published: 1/10/2013 10:37 pm

Some dog treats have been recalled after a five year FDA investigation over thousands of dogs getting sick and hundreds of dogs dying from an antibiotic in the product.

Nestle Purina PetCare Waggin’ Train Chicken jerky and Canyon Creek Ranch brands and Milo Kitchen chicken jerky and chicken grillers home-style dog treats were made with an antibiotic that is only approved in China, that is where the products were made.  That same antibiotic is not up to the USA’s FDA standards. 

“If they are on those treats and taking those unapproved antibiotics that are in those treats, we see vomiting, a lot of vomiting, and kidney failure which can lead to death, it’s pretty serious,” said veterinarian Dr. Robert Robards, with Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital in south Tulsa.

The Waggin Train President Nina Leigh Krueger said the recall is because of the antibiotics, which are allowed to be eaten in China but the FDA has not approved for the United States.

Thousands of dogs have been reported sick and 360 have died after eating the chicken jerky products over the last 18 months. 

Some pet owners who heard about the recalls were frustrated after buying the chicken jerky for years and not having a problem.

“I was just disappointed,” said Ida Hamilton.  “Now I got to keep an eye on them for a few weeks, make sure they don't have any stomach issues.  ”You look at the bag and it's just a little strip of chicken.”

That’s the problem, even if it looks like chicken and smells like chicken, it might not be just chicken.

“You got to look at the bag and determine what’s in there, because who knows?” said Dr. Robards.  “Even though it may look like chicken or jerky, you really need to look at what’s in there.”

He wants you to look at the ingredients and where the product is made.  He encourages you to buy products that are made locally and are either organic or list what is and is not inside the food.

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aleman - 1/12/2013 9:16 AM
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Wonder how many elderly folks we don't know about have gotten sick also?
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