A recent CBC Marketplace episode shed light on an increasing health hazard for dogs. The source: all-natural, low fat, tested-in-Canada chicken jerky treats.
The Marketplace team was looking into the rising incidence of kidney failure in young, healthy dogs. The common denominator pointed to chicken jerky obtained from China and marketed as, among other brands, Waggin Train. Tests of the chicken treats fed to diseased (and in some cases, deceased) canines revealed a substance not listed on the package, one which has been associated with glycerin (one of the product’s three ingredients) manufactured in China.
While both US and Canadian regulatory bodies claim they’re not concerned by mounting canine kidney failure – the company itself insists the treats are healthy – the packaging on the treats would seem to indicate otherwise. Why would a so-called healthy pet food product come with a do-not-exceed serving warning on the package?
Dog people, pass it on! Do your four-leggeds a huge favour and find other ways to tell them ‘good dog.' And while you’re at it, check out the Marketplace report 'Fighting for Fido.'