Watch out, Nestle Purina! A very angry mob of pet owners is headed to your door — and don’t be surprised if they come with torches and pitchforks. The word on the street is that you are selling tainted dog treats that nearly a thousand pet owners claim have either made their dog seriously ill or killed them outright. I am one of those pet owners.
Just before I went to Europe on a business trip, I bought a bag of Waggin’ Train doggie treats for my family to give to our dog while I was away. Little did I suspect that this thoughtful gesture would nearly kill my sweet dog.
A week into my trip, I get a text from my husband: “Kona is very sick. She has copious amounts of blood coming out both ends! Do you have the number for our vet?” My first thought was that she ate something sharp that punctured her intestines or stomach. Otherwise, why would there be so much blood? The vet, however, said no, this looks more likely to be a parasite or an intestinal infection, maybe acquired from her not-so-charming habit of eating cat poop. She spent two sad days at the vet with an IV drip being rehydrated and given a wallop of antibiotics. When she finally came home, she was better, but not herself for nearly another week. Furthermore, I have been noticing that a month later, she is often panting moderately when she is just inside the house lounging.
As it turns out, Kona was going into kidney failure. This kidney failure, I am now sure, was due to her consumption of the Waggin’ Train chicken jerky. If it hadn’t been for internet news coverage I stumbled upon last night, I would have entirely missed the connection, and the cause of her illness would have remained a mystery. But owner after owner described their dogs’ illness just as my husband did: copious amounts of blood coming out both ends after eating Waggin’ Train chicken jerky.
A Facebook page has even popped up called Animal Parents Against Pet Treats and Food Made in China where hundreds of pet owners are sharing their stories and calling for a recall of Waggin’ Train. Other brands that have received similar complaints are Canyon Creek Ranch (also produced by Nestle Purina) and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, made by Del Monte Corp.