Toxic Treats Continue to Take Lives

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As many of you loyal fans may know, we recently covered a story about toxic chicken jerky strips manufactured in China.  A Life With Dogs reader sent us an email relating her sad story of these toxic treats:


Dear LWD,

Five days after eating just two pieces of the Waggin’ Train chicken jerky dog treats I bought at my local Walgreens, my German Shepherd Heidi died.

That day, I sat at my computer crying and did a Google search for “What killed my dog?”  That’s when I learned — too late — about the ongoing investigation by the FDA, and the hundreds of stories about dogs becoming ill and dying after eating these treats.

It could be months or years before the FDA recalls the treats, which are made in China — and in the meantime, Heidi and other dogs are dying because Walgreens and other retailers are still selling these dangerous treats.  I started a petition on asking Walgreens to stop stocking these deadly dog treats. Please click here to sign my petition and protect other dogs from suffering Heidi’s fate.

I knew nothing of the dangers of chicken jerky dog treats when I bought them for Heidi:  there was no warning on the package or on the shelf at Walgreens.

I can’t believe these dangerous treats are still being sold in stores across the country.  People trust their favorite stores and companies to sell them safe products.  I trusted my corner drug store.  Heidi trusted me.  And Heidi paid for it with her life.

Earlier this year, Terry Safranek started a petition on after her dog Sampson died, asking Nestle Purina to recall the treats.  Nestle is dragging its feet — but if Walgreens takes these treats off their shelves, fewer people will unknowingly feed their best friends dangerous treats, and other stores will have to start paying attention too.

Please help me by telling Walgreens that we need them to restore our trust in them by taking the treats off their shelves.  Click here to sign my petition.  When you sign, a letter will be sent to Walgreens and other top retailers that sell the treats.

Thank you for your help.

–         Rita Desollar


This is an issue that has affected many dog lovers who have lost their companions.  It is important to consider the purity of our pets’ food, and to be as cautious about what they ingest as we would of what we and our children take in.


24 thoughts on “Toxic Treats Continue to Take Lives”

    • For one thing there are too many packages to show Kat, it’s MANY products, including many have ‘made in china’ in teeny tiny letters too small to be easily seen or read. Some also have marked made in with a state as in united states but hunts show made in china as well. They don’t know what exactly causes the problem why they haven’t been or can’t be recalled. 🙁

  1. Yes, we saw quite a number of these cases at the LSU medicine service, mostly all of the “treats” coming from China, so at least in this case buy US made products. The few dollars one saves by buying these off brand treats will more than be made up for by hospital bills for acute and subsequent chronic disease care, assuming that they even survive in the first place.

  2. So far, North Americans have been subjected to poison in dog food (the Menu Foods scandal, where the company put ingredients from China, melamine into their pet foods, causing agonizing deaths for dogs and cats), poison ingredients in infant formual (again, melamine, which was added on purpose to show a false high protein level in the “formula”, which then leads to the question of why more women don’t breastfeed, and yes, most can), and now this current issue of the poisoned “treats”. Add to that the numbers of toys that have been recalled (again, made in China) due to toxic ingredients and leaded paints, substandard after-market car parts made in China, etc. etc.
    Which then leads me to the question of why on earth are we buying “treats” for our pets when we don’t know the source and country of origin of all the ingredients?
    If your pet needs a treat, please, do a google search for “healthy home made dog treast” or something similar, and make them yourself. Use locally-grown organic ingredients and keep your pet safe from poison.
    This current scandal has been going on for months, if not a year or more. Why is it that people aren’t informing themselves? I understand this woman’s frustration with Walgreens, but the first line of safety for our pets is us and the choices we make for our pets.

    • Good question, why AREN’T people educating themselves….

      China is not putting toxic chemicals in these treats. If they were, they would be a lot more deaths, and the FDA would have certainly have been able to detect the issue. They’ve done extensive testing on this product, and they have yet to find what is causing this. It doesn’t affect all dogs, in fact, if you actually research without pulling up social sites that have no clue what they’re talking about, the number of actual dogs that died is very small, and in those cases, death could have been prevented by taking the animal to a vet when the first sign of issues come up. PLUS they’re TREATS, you aren’t supposed to feed them like candy to your animal…

      • I’m glad you said this, I tried to point out to them that these “treats” shouldn’t be given to their pets raw. Most of the packages say it’s best to soak them in warm water for several minutes before giving them to their pet. Read the back of the package, don’t give them to your pet raw. It’s not soft like beef jerky.

  3. I have tried twice to share this on my FB wall – no go – I finally had to copy/paste the url. This is a very important message that needs to be seen as much as possible – there is strength in numbers!

  4. The treats also can damage the kidneys because of the high protein % – I think it is around 70. My vet told me to quit giving them to my little dogs because their check up showed the results.

  5. I have several varieties of Waggin Train. Is it all their products or just the chicken jerky? What do I do?


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