Dog Treat Epidemic: Why FDA Can Not Intervene

The evidence is growing: an unknown ingredient in a number of popular dog treat products is poisoning pet dogs:

‘Stumped by mysterious illnesses in at least 600 dogs in the U.S., federal health officials have turned to consumers for help investigating problems possibly tied to chicken jerky pet treats made in China.

A log of complaints collected from pet owners and veterinarians contains references to at least three popular brands of jerky treats that may be associated with kidney failure and other serious ailments, according to internal Food and Drug Administration documents…’

The products are: Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats

The fact is, as long as no actual toxic ingredient has been identified, the FDA is powerless to act.

Dog treats made in China undergo far less scrutiny then human food products. To date I am not aware of any factories actually having been audited, which means that if only a small batch of products has been contaminated, it would be almost impossible to  identify.

The message is – stay away from manufactured dog treats, at least for now. Use pieces of apple or cheese instead. By the way it is cheaper, too.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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