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Pet jerky treat death toll: 360 dogs, 1 cat, FDA says
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Posted on 09/15/2012 10:12:13 AM PDT by chessplayer

At least 360 dogs and one cat reportedly have died in the U.S. after eating chicken jerky pet treats made in China, even as claims of illnesses tied to the products have topped 2,200, federal veterinary health officials said.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012issues; chickenjerkytreats; china; deathtoll; doggieping; kittyping; madeinchina; sinofascism; toxicchina
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To: chessplayer

How sad. When this first broke, I went and checked my cat food, then went to the website.

merrickpetcare.com

It is proudly made here in the USA, In Texas! In their 5 Star promises, they proudly proclaim “No ingredients from China.”

http://www.merrickpetcare.com/our-mission/five-key-promises/


51 posted on 09/15/2012 1:18:30 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: chessplayer

http://www.merrickpetcare.com/our-mission/five-key-promises/

Try them out.


52 posted on 09/15/2012 1:19:23 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: chessplayer

http://www.merrickpetcare.com/consumer/products/treats.jsp

Good wholesome treats for doggies to love....and lots of variety!


53 posted on 09/15/2012 1:25:13 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Salamander
Marrow bones...once they are *cleaned* out ...fill with peanut butter. :)

Set this up before I went to work one day. When I got home, 8 hours later, she hadn't moved an inch.


54 posted on 09/15/2012 1:34:26 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: chrisinoc

Sam’s Club sells it. The last time I was there 2 wks ago, they had a large center isle display of it. They sell a variety package of strips, sausages and some other shape in one big pack.

I am so glad that I saw the news report of this stuff months ago. My dogs loved these chicken strips.


55 posted on 09/15/2012 1:38:12 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: PatriotGirl827

bookmark for later read


56 posted on 09/15/2012 3:36:17 PM PDT by PatriotGirl827 (O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee)
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To: cripplecreek

I have a great recipe for bacon cookies for my Otis.

It contains whole wheat flour,wheat germ an egg loose boullion,garlic salt and bacon grease.

Its fast and easy. I’ll re-comment the particulars if anyone wants them. I’m at work now. Hard at work.

My grocer has soup bones in the freezer for about a dollar.
Boil them-good to go. He takes them warm and meaty,buries them then digs them up later and eats them with dirt all over it. LOL!


57 posted on 09/15/2012 4:01:47 PM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: Happy Rain

LOL!!


58 posted on 09/15/2012 5:15:12 PM PDT by redhead (Guns don't kill people...Planned Parenthood kills people.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Cats have a huge influence on Earth. That video is adorable.


59 posted on 09/15/2012 5:25:35 PM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: Lady Jag

That they do.


60 posted on 09/15/2012 5:43:48 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: bimboeruption

I can’t believe that so many Americans buy goods from people who want to kill us...especially food products.


I doubt it’s a huge, dark conspiracy to kill us all. They give their own citizens poisoned crap. They just don’t give a damn. It’s the dark side of unbridled capitalism. Yes, China has laws against poisons in food, using diseased animals for food, etc. But the laws aren’t enforced. It’s profits first, health of citizens a very distant second. Thats why I get dismayed when some in here rage against regulations and all of them done away with.

BUY AMERICAN. It may take longer to find and you may pay more, but it’s worth it.


Not easy considering we don’t make anything anymore. We can’t even make pet food for our pets.


61 posted on 09/15/2012 6:40:30 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

This is a great site. Good idea to check it regularly.

“HEALTH ALERT - Pet Product Recalls by FDA”

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/health-alerts-pet-product-and-food-recalls-by-fda/page1.aspx?utm_source=catcrazynews001et&utm_medium=email&utm_content=petplace_article&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter


62 posted on 09/15/2012 6:59:39 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: WHATNEXT?

I don’t know.

I suspect they are.

It doesn’t contain the supect chicken ingredient though.

I’ve been feeding them to my 13 year old dog every day for 6 years. Like 6 a day. He loves ‘em and I like giving them.

I really don’t know what I’ll do if they are Deadly Strips.

That is a flavor neither of us wants.


63 posted on 09/15/2012 7:31:26 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: rockinqsranch

I had received some chicken jerky for my poochie a couple years ago at Christmas and he got violently ill. I put two and two together and threw them out. This was before I had heard about it in the news. He survived that scare, but he has now passed away from cancer, but not related to the jerky. Our new pooch will never get these jerky treats.


64 posted on 09/15/2012 7:43:51 PM PDT by republicangel
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To: LibWhacker

Where are vitamins made?


65 posted on 09/15/2012 7:57:28 PM PDT by GBA
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To: GBA
China corners the vitamin market. And that was five years ago. It's worse today.
66 posted on 09/15/2012 8:15:07 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Mears

Its not crap.

Its the damn truth.

Too many dogs are shot by cowardly idiots with badges.


67 posted on 09/15/2012 8:59:03 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: chessplayer

I bought some Made in the USA chicken jerky at Target on Wednesday.


68 posted on 09/16/2012 3:02:52 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: LibWhacker
Thanks. Another thing to change and verify that it's Made in the USA only. I never wanted Made in China vitamins to begin with.

I've been taking too much for granted, but that illusion isn't working any more.

69 posted on 09/16/2012 8:18:04 AM PDT by GBA
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To: chessplayer

I just got a “rescue” dog and am learning about feeding.

My mind rejects the thought that I can give him a raw chicken leg. I am just conditioned to think that way.

I bought 4 drumsticks but I want to cook them first

Just to double check, is it all right to give her a raw drumstick?


70 posted on 09/16/2012 9:32:35 AM PDT by winodog
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To: winodog
Just to double check, is it all right to give her a raw drumstick?

No! Dogs are much better at handling salmonella poisoning than humans are, but it can still kill them. There was a big recall of Diamond Pet Food several years ago because dozens of dogs were killed by salmonella poisoning linked to Diamond's dog food. And, of course, salmonella is the big danger when it comes to eating uncooked or undercooked chicken or pork.

Also, personally, I remove the chicken bones from any chicken I give to my dogs. A lot of dog owners and veterinarians, even, would disagree with me about that and say it was unneccesary. But cooked chicken bones are brittle and the shards can perforate the dog's stomach and intestines. Plus it's no fun watching your doggie choke on a chicken bone!

71 posted on 09/16/2012 10:51:36 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Thanks! I would rather cook them as I always have. This dog chews real well and is not a pig so I will probaly take my chances.

I was just at the feed store and they were pushing diamond brand


72 posted on 09/16/2012 11:09:21 AM PDT by winodog
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To: chessplayer; All

We bought these (at Costco) one time, years ago. I confess to being over protective (no hooves or Greenies, either), but we didn’t make it through the bag because they are so sharp. Bully sticks are safer & last longer. (They’re on sale at Only Naturals right now, btw, even cheaper than KV Vet).


73 posted on 09/16/2012 3:39:16 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: chrisinoc; All

Don’t get me started. I am so mad at Novartis right now because they are still holding back Interceptor heart worm prevention to try & strong-arm people into buying Trifexis (google that if you want an eyeful). Australia has no “shortage”, but cannot import it to the US. Why is that? 2 of my dogs can’t take anything else. One is sensitive to almost everything (Heartgard literally nearly killed her) & the other has seizures.

US PhRMA & the FDA are just as bad. They are utterly corrupt. For goodness sakes, do your homework before you accept *any* new medication for your pet.


74 posted on 09/16/2012 3:52:39 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks for the ping. :>)


75 posted on 09/16/2012 8:51:58 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: mardi59

Why bake them? The dogs love raw bones.


76 posted on 09/17/2012 5:51:36 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: winodog

No, don’t give your dog uncooked chicken. And DEFINITELY don’t give your dog chicken bones, cook or uncooked. Bones of birds are brittle and could do a lot of damage to your dogs stomach or intestines.


77 posted on 09/17/2012 5:52:41 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
OMG. Read the whole article. It is REALLY short on brand name info but mentions "Waggin' Train" brand snacks. The wife had a coupon for these two weeks ago. She put them in the cart at Wegmans but before we checked out I happened to check the label and noticed that they were made in China. I immediately put them back on the shelf. Thank God.

If a food item says "made in China" or doesn't display a country of origin at all I will not buy it. But as soemone upthread demonstrated, country-of-origin labelling isn't trustworthy.

78 posted on 09/17/2012 6:07:11 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: LibWhacker

“Since U.S. laws don’t require food and drug sellers to label products with the country of origin of ingredients, it’s impossible for consumers to know where food or supplements are coming from, not to mention what factory produced them.”


Thats it then. We have no choice but to play Russian Roulette because there is absolutely no way to avoid something made in China, whether it’s food, medicine, or whatever. Even if it says made in the USA, the ingredients it’s made from could have come from China.


79 posted on 09/17/2012 6:10:20 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: GBA
It seems that "Made in USA" does not mean that the entire product is made here, nor does it preclude foriegn sourcing of raw materials.

The quality and value of simple tools and kitchen utensils has declined to the point that I purchase most of them at flea markets and antique malls. There are a lot of very high-quality implements to be had at rock-bottom prices. But food and medicine have to be purchased new, and the labelling can be very deceptive. I bought a first aid kit this weekend. The plastic case proudly proclaims "Made in USA" but the contents are entirely sourced from China. I suppose that the outer box is made here, and the deceptive label is therefore not actionable.

80 posted on 09/17/2012 6:17:35 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: LADY J
Do some research on cooked bones for dogs. Cooked bones can splinter & damage the intenstines.

Thanks for that post LADY J.

After the Chinese killed off so many of our pets a few years ago, we did some research and started feeding our dogs the Raw Meaty Bones diet. We read several books on this subject first since it seems to go against everything we'd been told for so long.

This diet is not inexpensive, but we take comfort in knowing what our dogs eat. They are healthy, have beautiful shiny coats, bright eyes, white teeth, no "doggy breath", and so on. The vet remarks on how good they look every time we take them in, though he is nervous about recommending the diet for fear of the bones (I can't convince him that raw bones are different than cooked bones, even though I loaned him one of the books written by a DVM. Oh well. The proof is in the pudding, er, doggie.)

I wish I could get my cats interested. They like fresh fish and rib eye steak, but otherwise, if they don't catch it themselves, seem to not have a lot of interest. Cats expect to be catered to dontcha know...

81 posted on 09/17/2012 6:24:25 AM PDT by aragorn (We do indeed live in interesting times. FUBO.)
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To: chessplayer

I had to put my 16 1/2 year basenji to sleep this past July. For a short time, I was giving him “Milo’s Kitchen” chicken jerky treats. You guessed it...made in China, even though the company is owned by Del Monte. (The beef treats from Milo’s say they are made in the US.) Basenjis are extremely prone to Fanconi Syndrome genetically, but these chicken treats INDUCE Fanconi Syndrome. My dog was drinking water like crazy while eating these treats. He also developed asthma from them. If you go to http://www.basenjirescue.org you can order the “Cookbook for Brats”, which has a whole chapter of dog-friendly recipes, as well as recipes for human food. There is also information on the website about Fanconi Syndrome.


82 posted on 09/17/2012 6:31:07 AM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: LibWhacker; winodog
I must respectfully suggest that you do further research on the matter. I've been feeding my dogs raw chicken leg quarters (and other raw meat products such as beef and turkey, raw chicken gizzards, livers, raw beef livers, etc, though no pork) for three or four years now, with no adverse affects. Please read about the Raw Meaty Bones diet for more info.

My books are on loan at the moment, so I cannot provide a citation, but one of the books (written by a DVM as I recall) touched on the subject of dogs and salmonella. The doc's claim was that, yes, dogs could still be affected, but because their digestive system was shorter than that of humans, and food spent less time in the animal, and thus they had less chance of exposure. I've fed raw meat and bones to the dogs for some time, and as long as I keep the meat in the same way as I would for feeding my family, I've encountered no issues (other than the fact that I need a bigger refrigerator!).

I buy chicken leg quarters by the 10-lb bag at the grocery store, as well as other protein. Turkey drumsticks are most appreciated when they are available for a good deal by the case load, as is beef (roasts, usually) when it is on sale. Gotta watch the sales and make friends with the butcher or the folks at the meat counter.

83 posted on 09/17/2012 6:53:09 AM PDT by aragorn (We do indeed live in interesting times. FUBO.)
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To: aragorn

ITA on raw chicken. We feed our three yorkies raw chicken (and other raw meat and bones) They do wonderfully with it and have clean teeth etc like you said. My goodness, a canine is a canine. They bury their food and eat it days later. Just like a wolf. They eat road kill too. (not mine but they do) A dog does not need anything but meat and bones. THey get all their vitamins etc from that. We’ve humanized them and think they need veggies/fruits like we do. Not so. They may love the veggies/fruits but it is certainly not needed - just like we like sweets. :)


84 posted on 09/17/2012 8:08:11 AM PDT by gopheraj
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To: gopheraj

I thought dogs were omnivores and ate both animal products and plants/vegetables so they could survive on a vegetarian diet.

Cats of course are strictly carnivores, although the vegetables in high quality food contain a small amount of fiber which can prevent them from getting constipated. Same reason some outdoor kitties chew on grass. :)


85 posted on 09/17/2012 9:02:02 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: chessplayer
Wow... Our vet told us that raw chicken is exactly what we need to be feeding our dog. He mentioned that cooked bones are bad for the reason you stated. However, raw chicken bones are more maleable and are what the dogs (at least large ones) are programmed to eat.

Think about it, dogs have eaten bones for 1000's of years and have survived.

86 posted on 09/17/2012 9:21:31 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: gopheraj
Thanks for the reply gopheraj.

As you probably know, the idea of this diet is to simulate a "prey animal" for dogs that do not otherwise hunt and kill their own prey.

If an animal hunts and eats prey animals in the "wild", they consume (most or all of) the animal, including muscle, bones, entrails and their contents, etc. Nutrients contained in the prey animal, and in the vegetable matter in the prey animal's gut are therefor made available to the predator. Anyone with cats that hunt is already well aware of this, though cats seem quite willing to share if they are not especially hungry.

Since most dogs do not get the opportunity to hunt for their meals very often, this diet builds a prey animal for their meals. It includes raw meat on the bone, raw veggies and other nutrients (and supplements as needed). Variations on the diet keep it interesting and healthy. My dogs like green beans and peas, and will eat okra on occasion, but don't much care for carrots. They also get wheat or whole-grain bread now and then, mainly for the roughage. They really like fresh blackberries and blueberries (and will help themselves to the fruit on the plants if left unattended), but aren't all that interested in bananas. The fruits generally need to be fed as snacks and not with the rest of the meal. Turkey drumsticks are prized, as is any form of beef, though mostly they get chicken leg quarters. I buy raw beef bones for them whenever I can get them from the butcher, but that is relatively rare. Small bones they'll just crunch up and eat, bigger ones will get gnawed on for hours and hours.

All in all, experience shows this to be a healthy diet. It is certainly not as convenient, nor as inexpensive, as feeding store-bough dry food, but the advantage of knowing what the dog is eating, and in seeing how healthy they are is worth it. I encourage anyone who is curious to read up on this. You'll find that it goes against many things you may have been taught, so it may be a bit difficult to trust in, but once you do, armed with the knowledge you gain from research, your animals will show the positive results!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a vet, nor an animal nutritionist, so please take the time to do your own research! There are many well-regarded books and articles available, so spend the time (and in some cases, the dime), and educate yourself. You'll be glad you did.

87 posted on 09/17/2012 9:22:22 AM PDT by aragorn (We do indeed live in interesting times. FUBO.)
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To: LADY J

The problem is that for years we were told the exact opposite


88 posted on 09/17/2012 9:25:21 AM PDT by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: gopheraj

The disclaimer was aimed at anyone who might me reading this thread, not necessarily at you gopheraj.


89 posted on 09/17/2012 9:55:05 AM PDT by aragorn (We do indeed live in interesting times. FUBO.)
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To: LibWhacker
Not every label says where an item comes from, and none talk about the origin of ingredients.

I just checked the packages of cat treats I have. The label says made in Canada, but who knows where the Canadians bought the ingredients? I may have to start preparing my own stuff for them.

90 posted on 09/17/2012 1:26:52 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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