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5/4/12 11:38 A

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Attached is a great place to get up to date information regarding pet food safety and recalls. This woman really is dedicated to this cause.

Here it is in case you are interested:

truthaboutpetfood.com/

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5/4/12 11:00 A

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I remember this thread from a while back. I found a free sampole of chicken jerky treats in a bag of dog treats I had bought, and sure enough, the chicken jerky was made in China. If I hadn't read the thread about this I would never have known about how toxic it was. I threw it out, and really appreciated having the information. Thanks LMB for the home made recipe.

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4/26/12 11:12 P

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We had heard this before. It is good information especially due to the China connection. We purchase our foods etc from Tractor Supply as the have their own blend of dog food/treat that have no byproducts etc in them. Only healthy grains, meats and vegetables. Thanks for posting!


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Thanks for all the information. I think I may try making my own also; I have a friend who makes dog treats and sells them at our local farmer's market each summer and has made quite a profit (she has given me samples and my dog loves them).


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4/26/12 11:57 A

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Definitely going to try to make my own treats for the dogs.

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Good point! It is pretty easy to make, just time consuming. I might try making some myself. I've made homemade cookies for my dogs on and off for years because I've gotten hold of too many boxes of rancid dry foods and treats over the years.

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4/26/12 9:15 A

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"does anyone know of a few acceptable brands of chicken jerky??"

I'd say your safest bet is to make your own. I'm debating doing this myself. It's a bit of a pain, but worth it if it means keeping your pets safe. There's a recipe in the homemade treats thread, but here's how I do it.

Take a boneless chicken breast or a flat cut of steak, like flank steak
Slice it into 1/4" thin or less strips (it's easier to slice if you partially freeze it first)
Lay the strips directly on the oven rack (if you prefer you can lay down foil first)
Turn the oven on low, 200 degrees or less, prop the door open an inch, and leave it until the meat is dried out. It takes several hours.
The jerky can be stored in the fridge in a ziploc bag.

This is also good for people. In fact, people who eat a lot of this can buy a dehydrator to make it easier and faster than the oven. You can season it if you're making it for yourself, but if it's for your dog, I would leave it unseasoned.

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Thanks, hon.

I use Cadet...chicken strips for Lucy. I've discussed this controversy at length with the pet food store owner (very good reputation....). He took many brands off his shelves....but insists the one I use is safe. Lucy has been eating it for 3 years.
I tend to agree with Laurie, somewhat. Who's to know what is really true?

But I'd never want to harm Lucy.....so = does anyone know of a few acceptable brands of chicken jerky?? She loves it so much....it's a protein staple in her diet. She'd be very unhappy and drive me crazy if I took it away from her.

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Thank you MaryAnn, I hadn't read this article.

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4/26/12 8:09 A

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So what the article is saying essentially is that since the manufacturers are allowed to lie on their labels, then there is no way for a pet owner to know if anything they are feeding to their animals is safe?

Is this for real? Or is it just another scare tactic? These kinds of articles are why I refuse to read the news anymore. For every article like this one, there will be two others that refute it. Who knows what to believe anymore?

Scary is an understatement

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Thank you MaryAnn. I also just read the same report. I just can't believe that the stores themselves won't do a voluntary recall. Its all about the money. That is why years ago, I have changed to a small local pet shop which only sells premium foods and in addition to that, I still research my personal choices of food and treats which I buy. (I also cook a lot for my dog.)

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Thank you, MaryAnn.It's scary out there these days.
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By now you have probably heard about the uproar over possibly tainted chicken jerky treats made for pets. The FDA has issued several warnings to consumers about these treats, which are sourced from China, but there has been no official recall yet, and the products are still available on store shelves.

Here are 7 things you should know:

1. Around 600 dogs have fallen ill or died so far. Symptoms can include your dog throwing up, being lethargic, lack of appetite, having diarrhea (sometimes bloody), drinking a lot of water, and peeing more than usual. Most dogs recover.

2. These three major brands have been implicated by pet owners and veterinarians (but not publicly named by the FDA): Waggin' Train, Canyon Creek Ranch, and Milo's Kitchen Home-style. Other brands may be involved. These dried chicken jerkys are sold in stores as tenders, strips, or treats.

3. The FDA has come under increasing pressure to take stronger action. Several lawmakers have pressed the agency to act, and a grassroots group has been formed, called Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China. Recently, an Illinois man whose Pomeranian died filed a lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages.

4. The FDA has analyzed the jerky treats for years trying to pinpoint a toxin, with no success. A toxic additive called melamine the apparent culprit in a massive pet food recall in 2007 -- has been ruled out in this case. Also ruled out so far: rat poison, Salmonella, pesticides, heavy metals, and a chemical called diethylene glycol. The results of a brand-new battery of tests from the FDA are pending.

5. Why hasn't the FDA issued a recall yet? Because no "definitive cause" has been found in the agency's many tests.

6. Why haven't the companies taken their products off the market? There is nothing stopping them from issuing a voluntary recall, but the pet food companies claim their treats are safe "as directed." If you must feed these treats, follow the feeding guidelines exactly and closely monitor your pet.

7. Pet owners must remain vigilant, not only about these treats but all pet foods. Approximately 70 percent of ALL dog and cat food products sold in the United States are imported from China, according to the group Food & Water Watch. Yet only 2 percent or less of these products are inspected at our border. Pet foods do not have to be labeled "Made in China" -- some may even say "Made in the USA" even if certain raw ingredients, such as vitamins, were sourced from China


I just read the above article in Pet Health from Everyday Health. I thought I would pass it on.

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