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Are drug allergies the real cause of illness in the jerky treat poisoning of dogs?

In the Dish with Rodney Habib

Since the media explosion surrounding the FDA progress report on pet jerky treats, I thought you all would be interested to listen to what Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food and I think about the problem with radio host and pet nutrition blogger Rodney Habib of In the Dish on the radio.

The show, which was originally slated for only one segment ended being much longer as we had so much to say!

But seriously, it is a fascinating topic and I think everyone will like to finally hear Susan and I talk about the jerky treats from China in person. It was a lot of fun and we plan on having our talk show as regular part of our ongoing efforts for the Association for Truth in Pet Food.

Listen to the show!


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Part Two Download [9:53] 9.5 MB

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  1. There is a class of animal food protein source that falls below the USDA standards. For an animal to be inspected at a USDA facility, it must be able to walk. Cows, for example, that are too ill to walk are called Triple D cows, which stands for diseased, down, or dead. A renderer can buy these cows and then sell them to be used in pet foods. This is perfectly legal, so the company you choose is very important. Reputable companies get their ingredients from reputable sources, not form renderers.


  2. Lucille, That is a blanket statement that is just not true. A food allergy is a reaction of the body’s immune system to otherwise harmless substances in, for example, foods. The liver is the primary organ responsible for processing everything we come in contact with, it tries to filter out any toxic components. But if it can’t…renal failure can occur.

    For humans it may be peanuts, cow’s milk, wheat, shellfish, etc.
    Certain people and pets are allergic to certain herbal medicines, and drugs.
    Many pets accidentally eat toxic garden plants, such as lillies, cylamen, amaryllus, (those lovely holiday plants people have indoors around Christmas), and many more. Often it is a puppy who is only curious, as adult dogs usually avoid these plants. But what if it was mixed in with their food?
    It takes an Agatha Christie to solve this mystery.


  3. My Sheltie also got liver damage from eating those Chicken jerky made in China. I was lucky that his vet caught the liver damage before it was too late. He has been on dog milk thistle drops that he has to have twice a day for the rest of his life. He also has to get his blood tested every 6 months to check his enzyme levels to make sure the milk thisle is still working. April 4, 2011 is when he started his meds.
    I get mad everytime i walk into our local petstore and still see those products on the shelves. But to their credit they have started a whole row of snacks made in the USA.



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