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I was adding Stetson’s profile to Dogster the other day and for those of you who know Dogster also know that when you first add a dog you usually receive several puppy pal requests. I took my time and read through each puppy pal request writing a little note and accepting each one at a time. While going through this process I cam across the profile for “In Loving Memory of Rosie”. Rosie is the little Chihuahua sitting in between the legs of the cocker spaniel in the image above.
Straight from Rosie’s Dogster page:
In our hearts we know that our pet Rosie, a 3 year old Chihuahua was poisoned from Chinese made Bestro’s Jerky Chicken Strips #77849 00006 1 We have this contaminated bag. We have three Chihuahuas and one of them died July 21. Rosie started with vomiting and dehydration (she was drinking lots of water)and then we were told she may either have an obstruction or have been poisioned. Since our dogs are inside dogs and we are with them at all times outside we thought it was an obstruction. Finally the doctor at Elwood Animal Clinic in Glendora, California. said he was almost positive it was some kind of poisoning . They were going to scope her but before that could happen she died July 21, 2007 at VCA in Fountain Valley, California.
I don’t feed my dogs Bestro’s Jerky Chicken Strips, but I do feed them another kind of chicken jerky treat.
Poisonous Doggy Treats
I know, I’m a little late on the poisoned dog food and treats from China, but this little story got me thinking: Am I giving my dogs poisonous food or treats? I feed my dogs Canidae Maintenance Formula for All Life Stages (40-lb bag) and this brand of food never showed up on any poisoned dog food lists. However, I never really considered the treats I was feeding my dogs.
Check out my article about the food I feed give my dogs and also about puppy feeding schedules.
Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders
I give my dogs different treats depending on what I think they might like, but I’ve been feeding my dogs Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders Dog Treats (Dog Food) – 40 oz (That’s 2.5 Pounds of Natural Chicken Fillet) regularly for the past 3 years and they love them. I haven’t had any problems with these treats and thought…”hey, they’re chicken fillets…how can I go wrong with real chicken.”
Today I started doing some research on the Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders and found several scary stories and threads about the treats. First of all click the Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders image which will bring you to the Amazon product page and take a look at the product reviews. Some of the review are very good, but there appears to be an equal number of reviews that claim this product poisoned their dog. This really scared me, so I decided to do a little more research.
Take a look at this Epinions forum: Found a great dog treat and it’s cheap! Don’t let the title of this article fool you. As you continue down the thread you will notice there are many unsatisfied people claiming that this product poisoned their dog. The forum thread is 21 pages long and there are many complaints stuffed in between those pages.
Are There Safe Dog Treats?
I still have about a third of my Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders left and I’m wondering if I should try giving my dogs different treats. I know they love these treats and I haven’t had any problems with them for three years. My concern is what regulations does this company and others have to keep these products safe? Was this an isolated incident with a bad batch of Waggin Train Chicken Treats or is this a regular occurrence?
Even humans will run the risk of eating poisoned foods. Food poisoning in humans is not uncommon and I know that human food can also be recalled.
My question to you is do you know of a safe dog treat?