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May 24, 2012 at 3:28 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

RECALL: Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

Welcome to The Kibble - the dog news blog for dogs and their pets. ;)

This week: watch out! Jerky treats are making dogs sick to the bone!

Concerned pet owners want answers with over 900 owners and veterinarians reporting sickness after a dog ingested on of 2 brands of chicken jerky treats. While of course, both are saying  their treats had no relation to the dogs’ illnesses, worried owners and vets aren’t buying that.

The two pet treat brands revealed to be possible culprits:

  • Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch (made by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.) and
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats ( made by Del Monte Corp).

And those that reported sickness after ingesting them described the following symptoms:

  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • kidney failure and sadly enough –
  • even death

...after consuming these treats. Both parties have since submitted their complaints to the FDA. In fact, probably the most disturbing aspect of this all is that complaints were being submitted to the FDA as far back as November! At this time, the FDA sent out a message to the public, warning them to avoid chicken jerky treats or nuggets, but now, with over 900 reports from pet owners and veterinarians, the FDA was feeling pressure to take further action (and rightly so!)

They have analyzed samples of these dog treats straight from the manufacturer. while encouraging owners to send in treats from the same package that caused their dog to become ill. Unfortunately, the FDA has been unable to confirm the suspicions from owners and veterinarians so far. Their data concluded that there were no problem ingredients or toxins in the chicken jerky treats and so the treats have not been recalled (though the companies are allowed to recall them at anytime if they wish.)


If they weren't making any dogs sick the following action is an awfully confusing one. It was recently revealed that representatives from Milo’s Kitchen actually paid an owner to keep quiet! The owner had fed his dog the suspected Waggin’ Train and Canyon Treats when 14 days later his dog had kidney failure. $100 was given to this mystery owner on the condition that they release the Milo's Kitchen company from any liability however, when asked about thsi arrangement spokeswoman, Joanna DiNizio, claimed the veterinary records showed no problem:

“Following the evaluation, the veterinarian consultant concluded the symptoms experienced by the pet were not related to consuming Milo’s Kitchen chicken jerky treats.”

Agreements like these are formed depending on the case and negotiated with owners individually, according to Spokesman Bill Salzman. When asked how many arrangements like these were in place, Milo’s Kitchen had no comment.

One Owner Fights Back

Pet owner, Robin Pierre is taking a different route. He isn’t signing any liability-freeing agreement. Instead, he’s gathering signatures to ban the selling of Milo’s Kitchen Treats. Pierre wholeheartedly believes that these treats were to blame for the death of his dog last fall. His canine, Bella, was only two years of age and suddenly developed kidney failure.

"Right now the laws are protecting the rights of these manufacturers and we as victims/consumers have none,"

He has acquired over 10,000 signatures so far. Do you agree with Pierre?

Should these treats be banned?


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