Chinese Sweet Potato Treats for Dogs May be Toxic Too

Sweet potato treats for dogs

Most of us are familiar with the concern about Chinese chicken jerky dog treats.  There have been many cases reported of illness, serious illness, and deaths related to these treats.  Now sweet potato treats for dogs are apparently causing the same type of illnesses. 

The FDA has found no direct link between these cases and any toxicity in the Chinese chicken jerky dog treats.  So there has been no official recall of these chicken jerky treats or the sweet potato treats.

This is pretty alarming!  If there had been a similar number of cases of humans dying or being subjected to serious illness, the FDA would probably be all over the situation.

I read an article in the outstanding blog, Dogster.com, that discusses the Chinese chicken jerky dog treats and the Chinese sweet potato treats for dogs.  The name of the article is “Sweet Potato Dog Treats, Made in China, Are Allegedly Making Dogs Sick.”  The author is Michael Leaverton.

Here is a quote from the article:

You already know — we hope — better than to feed your dog treats made in China. For years, chicken jerky treats imported from China, under the labels of popular dog food companies, have been sickening and killing dogs, and the numbers are shocking.

“The FDA has logged 900 reports of illnesses and deaths from vets and concerned pet owners since November,” reported Time in a May 2012 article.

“Recorded problems stemming from the treats range from vomiting and diarrhea to kidney failure and death,” reported Time. And it’s not just chicken jerky treats, but “products known variously as chicken jerky strips, treats and nuggets.

“There hasn’t been a recall, because the FDA, despite years of testing, has yet to identify the toxin causing the illness, and without a toxin, it can’t determine what is making the dogs sicken and die. Without evidence, there are only complaints. But MSNBC got a hold of the FDA records and discovered that three top brands of chicken jerky treats were most often cited by owners and vets in complaints. These are: Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats.

But, again, you knew all that (we hope). Here’s something you might not know, but it’ll make you just as angry: Sweet potato snacks for dogs are now reportedly doing the same things. They’re also from China. And the FDA is not doing anything.

The entire article can be found here.  I suggest that you read the complete article.

My advice is to avoid any Chinese chicken jerky dog treats and Chinese sweet potato treats for dogs.  As the article suggests, you should carefully read the label before buying any treats for your dogs.

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