I'm sure most pet owners have already heard about the dog poisonings that have occurred with Waggin' Train brand chicken jerky treats that are manufactured in China (except for Raley's, apparently, where they are still being sold in the pet dept. even after I wrote to their corporate office.). Since last May many dogs have died or have been sickened by the treats, which can cause kidney failure.
Perhaps you are not aware, as I was not, of the same problems associated with another brand, Dogswell Happy Hips Lamb & Rice flavor, which we have been giving our dogs for some time now. I mistakenly thought that since they are not chicken strips that they are safe. Not so, apparently. I didn't make the connection between tainted treats and Peaches' strange illness last summer, and neither did her vet, but when she yarked up her entire breakfast in a heap this morning after eating one of those treats, a light bulb finally went on. I noticed she hasn't seemed up to par of late, but I thought it was just the sudden change in the weather or old age catching up with her. She is nearly 10, as far as I know.
I will watch her very carefully to see if she improves now that I've tossed the Happy Hips out.
*Watch for symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and drinking lots of water. When a dog vomits, it's never a good sign.
Perhaps the reason the treats are still being sold is that none of the companies in question will own up to the problem for fear of lawsuits, as I'm sure there would be many. Meanwhile, the dogs continue to suffer, so apparently the first concern of these pet businesses is not the pets.
As for us, no more known Chinese pet products will cross our threshold. A warning: Sometimes you can't even tell where the product was originally manufactured, even though the package may say it's made in the USA. That could just mean it was packaged in this country, but manufactured abroad.