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Old 10-24-2013, 03:47 PM   #11
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A few weeks back one of our dogs was off his feed and just looked miserable. Didn't see any problems with stool or any other symptoms, but now that I think back on it, it was the time I was giving them some of the jerky treats I found hidden in the cupboard. Now that they are gone he's back to his usually perk, playful self. Bugging our other dog Jasmine to play and just being a pest.

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Old 10-24-2013, 03:55 PM   #12
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Corkeybstewart, I am sorry for your loss, I know what it's like to lose a four legged member of the family.
Brewtah, I too saw it on the news just recently, but not all of the 100's of deaths happened this year.This sh*t has been happening for quite a while, and it wasn't until the Veterinarian's put two and two together, and went public.

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Old 10-24-2013, 04:48 PM   #13
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I just looked up the brand of treats I bought and the website says they are all natural and made in the US. Probably just a coincidence after all.

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Old 10-24-2013, 05:08 PM   #14
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Apparently the FDA has heard anecdotal reports for 6 years with the chicken jerky treats. I heard about in 2012, if I remember right. I don't think they have an anwser yet as to cause?

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Apparently the FDA has heard anecdotal reports for 6 years with the chicken jerky treats. I heard about in 2012, if I remember right. I don't think they have an anwser yet as to cause?
This is exactly it. The FDA cannot find anything in the treats that is possibly causing death. The treats appear normal to them.

It's simple enough though, if you think they might kill your dog, dont buy them.
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http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

I may have gotten that link from a different discussion here. It works for us.
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http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

I may have gotten that link from a different discussion here. It works for us.
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http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

I may have gotten that link from a different discussion here. It works for us.
FWIW - Dog Food Advisor is one of those websites, much like PetMD, that I wish would just fall into the ocean and drown. The "information" is based on a lot of pseudoscience "nutrition" about what it's currently trendy to think is "good" and "bad" for dogs. A lot of their "5 Star Foods" have absolutely no science or research backing them, have no veterinary nutritionists in the payroll and, near as I can tell, are just making it up as they go along and doing what they think they can sell at high prices to well-meaning pet owners. Some of those foods that are highly recommended are, even worse, frozen or dehydrated raw diets. Excellent idea if you like hemorrhagic diarrhea. I generally don't. Anyway... that is another angry rant for another angry day.

Since no one has mentioned it here yet - the treats in question are causing primarily kidney disease - in particular fanconi-like syndromes for you medically or research inclined - and liver disease. Signs often include lethargy, GI distress, increased water intake, decreased appetite, and increased urination. GI distress seems to be one of the most commonly seen signs, but that may be because it's what owners notice most often.

Here's a link if you're interested (let me know if it doesn't work - I think I posted the right one): http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?art...99&callshare=1

If you do have reason to suspect your pet is affected or has been affected, you can (and should) make a report to the FDA, or have your veterinarian make one for you.
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I've no stake in the site. They're up front about basing their ratings heavily on the ingredient list on the packages. They don't claim to do any lab testing. It's a collection of dog foods and other people's research, some of which is further interpreted by a dentist.

They do a good job interpreting the information consumers are presented at the store.

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I like them for the email alerts for food or treat recalls.

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