Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Despite FDA warnings, local veterinarians continue to report problems with dog treats made in China. One vet hospital in South Hutchinson reports a half dozen serious cases of serious illness in dogs who have all been given the same dog treats.
The treats are even now easily found on many store shelves and consumers should look at the packaging before they buy.
"His kidneys were shutting down and going on from there," explained Christi Smith of her three year-old Chihuahua named Roscoe.
Smith was heartbroken when the completely healthy pet died within a few days of her feeding Waggin' Train dog treats to him.
"He was the healthiest dog we had," said Smith. "We had two at the time. Sweetpea and Ross. Sweetpea didn't like them, so Ross was always chewing on things and we thought this would give him something to do."
At Prairie Vista Veterinary Hospital in South Hutchinson, doctors Dayul Dick and Michael Bridge have seen a direct correlation between patients they've seen who have been given pet treats from China.
"Normal, healthy... We knew they were healthy going in and then we had some issues afterwards," Dr. Dick said. "And so as we did some diagnostic workups and we found that some of these patients were even having kidney and liver issues."
All of the pet owners had given their dogs Waggin' Train dog treats.
At the Walmart in Hutchinson the Waggin' Train dog treat products are all over the treat aisle. Looking on the back of the packaging, it says Waggin' Train of St Louis Missouri, but right below that, it says "Product of China."
"We've just come to the conclusion that if it's made in China, we don't buy it for our dogs anymore," Smith said. "We don't know if it's safe or not. And those were made in China."
The Smiths have even filed claims with the company, but they have all been denied.
"I just wish those people that made those treats gave them to their dogs and see what happens," Smith said. "Because I guarantee you, they don't."
For a complete list of dog treats that the FDA warns about, click here.