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Grieving family wants deadly dog treats taken off the market; Purina’s Waggin’ Train Jerky Tenders to blame

Within two weeks both the Thaxton’s family dogs suffered complete liver failure, one died and the other is struggling to survive after eating Purina’s Waggin’ Train Jerky Tenders chicken treats for dogs imported from China.

It all started when their beloved 10-year-old Pug Chaunsey who was a beloved member of the Thaxton family was rushed to the veterinarian one Saturday for uncontrolled vomiting and diarrhea. By Monday blood tests revealed that Chaunsey was in kidney failure.  Then Chaunsey’s Mom, Candace Thaxton, was forced to make the agonizing decision that every pet parent dreads and that was to put Chaunsey to sleep after veterinarians told her that there was no hope. Then, less than two weeks later, their 5-month-old puppy Penny came down with the same symptoms and was also diagnosed with kidney failure.

It didn’t take long before Candace Thaxton and her veterinarian soon realized there was one thing they shared in common: chicken jerky treats. Worse, she felt responsible for it was she who unwittingly gave her dogs the toxic treats, poisoning them. “I feel like I poisoned both of my dogs. I know that it’s not my fault. But I basically handed them poison. Because that’s what I did,” cried Candace.

And the Thaxton family is not alone. Reports of illnesses in dogs have increased dramatically after the FDA warned pet owners about chicken jerky products made in China. “Although everyone tells me it’s not my fault, it’s sad seeing my pug go through it and then watching my puppy go through it. And I don’t want anyone else to go through it,” said Candace.
Meantime, the FDA is still trying to pinpoint the exact source. As for the Thaxton’s, it’s become an expensive wait. Their vet bills thus far are around $4,000 dollars and they’re not finished with Penny’s treatment yet.

“I don’t know how many dogs it’s going to take before they do something to stop bringing this crap in,”
added Candace.

I ask you to consider, would the FDA spend four years testing to ascertain why a product was toxic, while allowing that product to remain on the market despite that the product was known by the FDA to the cause serious illness and death of children? Hundreds of children? Of course not. Think about the recent baby food formula that was suspected in the death of one infant, the product was yanked off the market before they even knew if there was anything wrong with it and as it turns out, there wasn’t anything wrong with the baby formula.  In the case of products for humans the FDA errs on the side of caution, and wisely so.

But, in the case of the death of a dog, nay, hundreds of dogs, perhaps even thousands of dogs, the FDA has entirely different set of standards. For the last four years, the FDA has said while they continue to test the chicken dog treats without success, they will allow the deadly product to remain on the market despite a growing body of evidence: the mounting reports of deaths that continue to pile up day after day.

Source: Family Shares Warning About Pet Treats After Dog’s Death

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Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, the author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and consumer advisor. Help support her work by making a donation today.