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Waggin' Train Chicken Jerky Treats - killing your dog?

Updated on October 29, 2012
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Spread the word - save lives

I just watched a documentary on CBC's Marketplace (which I believe is to be shown in the US Saturday 29th. See their video here) and it made me extremely angry. Healthy young dogs becoming sick, dying suddenly, after eating these highly popular treats that are sold in Costco and other major pet stores.

I used to give my dog a Waggin' Train chicken jerky treat every day, and he too died very suddenly of kidney disease. Just like that! No Warning. Healthy one day, fatal renal failure the next. Now I know why.

Thankfully, I haven't been to Costco in months, which is where I used to buy them, so my current dog hasn't had any for a long time, but, coincidentally, or is it, as a young dog, he no longer gets sick for no apparent reason like he used to - like thousands of dogs do all over North America every day, and who even knows if these things are sold in Europe.

I don't care what this company's videos say in response to all the controversy; they're in the defence, spinning it; different labs around the world were asked to test many dog treats - the brands of which were anonymous - and all the tests that came back with suspicious elements in them that would be detrimental to a dog's health belonged to Waggin' Train... all made in China... of course... aren't most contagions in food? They just do not have the same health standards we enjoy in the West. It's something in the glycerin and it's been an issue before in China. That's all I need to know; I will never even look at these things again, no matter how much the dog loves them and neither should you; the videos and stories of YOUNG dogs dying after eating these treats were shocking.

I will also be checking, very carefully, for ANY treats made in China... which is another thing; most packaging fools you immediately, sounding wonderful, stating everything you want to hear, mentioning 'APPROVED in the USA or Canada', making you THINK that's where they're manufactured, but if you look closely, in the small print, you'll see that they were 'made in China.' And Canada, much to my great consternation, doesn't even have regulation for dog food.

Please help spread the word on your Facebook, blog whatever, to make this company stop killing our dogs; this isn't happening over a period of years, it only takes weeks to destroy a kidney. Also go to their Facebook page here to see other people's outcry about this... and do your part, tell all your friends... everyone... and their dog.

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    • Ercolano profile image
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      Sam Walker 4 years ago

      Oh my! And yes, these particular treats are VERY popular with dog owners, hence why I'm so on spreading the word. I'm glad you happened to be looking after him. I was at dinner last night, and two guests there said that they had heard this about these particular treats years ago as well - that prompted them to make their own not just treats but food for the dog. On Marketplace they said that not all bags had proven tainted, but the ones that had come from the various dying/sick dog's household all had. So... how do you know? You don't... don't buy any foodstuff made in China, that's all you can do. Thanks Snakeslane.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Just to let you know my neighbour has been giving her dog these Waggin Train chicken strips and I've warned her and left her a link to the Marketplace documentary. There were two full bags of these treats sitting on the kitchen table when I arrived to babysit the dog yesterday afternoon. Luckily Rupert shows no signs of being ill. Thanks again.

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      Sam Walker 4 years ago

      Yes I had already decided that no food product from China will ever be purchased my be again; because I'm obsessive compulsive, lol, every package I ever buy will be checked. Thanks Larry.

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      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      Like snakeslane, I remember reading about the Chinese adulterating their pet foods with melamine. (People food too?) Melamine makes el cheapo pet food test higher for protein content, even though melamine is not a protein. It's the quantitative equivalent of a false positive on a drug screening test.

      Ercolano, you've mentioned an important problem here, but it's worse than you say. The safest bet would be to assume that ANY food product from China is not safe for animal consumption. And especially not safe for human consumption.

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      Sam Walker 4 years ago

      Excellent idea, I've just copied this there. Thank you.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      You could start a forum about it here, lots of people will see it.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Just looked it up, it was 2007, not that long ago, is that when your dog died of kidney failure? That is so sad.

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      Sam Walker 4 years ago

      Yes, it was five years ago, they mentioned that on Marketplace too, and I've tried my best to make sure since what I put in my puppy's stomach is only the best as a result. These treats made me really angry though, I've fed them to MacGregor as well, and recommended them to friends, because dogs do love them, as well as the tricks the marketers get up to in general on pet food packaging. so I'm doing what I can to spread the word, but, so far, anyway, on FB people don't seem to find something as important as this worthy of passing on. Again, should've put it on one of those stupid memes or something, God forbid anyone use FB to pass on something important.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Ya, I remember a few years back, quite a few years back pets were dying all over North America (and probably elsewhere from an additive traced back to China. It was in every brand of pet food both cats and dogs, I think it was melamine which is used to make paint added cause it was cheaper than whatever else they use in the formulations, and the pet food companies would buy it in bulk and add it to their own brands unknowingly, did you hear about that?

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      Sam Walker 4 years ago

      Good, but not just this brand, anything from China. You're a good auntie!

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Ercolano, shocking. I will pay more attention now. I am actually dogsitting this weekend for my neighbour's dog and I am going to check every bag of treats (he gets lots of different treats, too many) and if I see anything suspicious I will take them off the menu (although never seen this brand at ther house).