|Alert! Dog Treats Killing Our Dogs|
We've been hearing reports in the news of dogs getting sick, and in some cases dying and no real connection has been made - yet.
NBC, ABC and others have done or are doing pieces in TV news and in print on this matter, but I haven't noticed them until just recently; probably because the pieces were infrequent, they weren't headlined and our dog exhibited no problems so, like most I suspect, I just didn't pay much attention to it -- until about a week ago.
I have had dogs, among other animals, all my life. We currently have just one; a Queensland Healer, and he's awesome. We just lost our Chocolate Lab; he had cancer and had to be put down, but he loved a long and pretty good life.
About 2 weeks ago I noticed our little guy wasn't up to snuff. He was somewhat listless, ears weren't perked up, he didn't have that proud bouncy step he usually has and he just wasn't as gregarious as he usually is, going off by himself and just laying around. He even vomited and in the almost three years we've had him this was the first time I recall him getting sick. Odd, but we couldn't put a finger on it.
Then, just this past week, I saw a teaser on NBC about dogs getting sick. I didn't put it together and all I saw and heard was the teaser - and I wasn't glued to the TV when I heard it either. But from what little I heard, my first thought was feed. The incidents were not location specific, area specific or even state specific, but they had a common thread; dogs were getting sick and dying.
Well, our little buddy started to vomit more, sometimes 2 or even 3 times in one day; but not everyday. Sometimes after he got sick, his pep would return just a bit later and all was forgotten -- until I put 2 + 2 together and started to Google info.
The result of that search? No More Treats for our little guy; not even one.
Here's just one of many, many pieces I ran across:
My wife buys the bulk of treats from Costco. We have boxes of the stuff; all kinds.
I just got done reading the containers the treats we have are packaged in. One clearly states distributed by Kirkland (Costco brand) and Made in USA. They're rather large "Milk Bones". The next one I read was a little harder to deal with. Also purchased at Costco, I could not find where it was from anywhere on the box. The distributor, however, is prominently displayed - Nestle's. Nestle's is on the list of bad treats as a distributor of the treats made in China. That box is out of here, In fact, until I can be certain, our little fella isn't going to be as happy as he's been in the past because he gets No Treats of any kind unless and until I am sure of the safety of it.
In the meantime, I will do some research. I would suggest any other dog owners do the same. Poison is poison. It doesn't take much to start shutting down the organs of our friends and companions and it may (as some poisons are, be cumulative).
Be very careful what you give your friend(s).
Anyone else out there have something similar? If so, please share. The more we know, the better decisions we can make going forward.