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Beware: Some pet treats can kill


Please be very very careful about what you feed your four-legged family member.

Please be very very careful about what you feed your four-legged family member.

It took awhile but some pet stores in Canada are finally pulling pet treats imported from China from their shelves. I’ve mentioned the dangers of these products in previous blogs and there has been ample evidence of their dangers covered by consumer television programs but pulling of these products should have happened years ago. Pet owners and veterinarians have reported cases of pets suffering kidney failure and other ailments often resulting in death from ingesting chicken, jerky, duck and sweet potato treats imported from China and other Asian countries.

The FDA denies proof of the danger but the evidence is more than anecdotal. I personally know someone whose Shihtzu died from kidney failure after regularly enjoying dried chicken tenders that were labelled “one-hundred-percent chicken”. The major source of concern is the fact that the contents of pet food and treats are not regulated. That means that while pet food manufacturers may list ingredients on the package they are not legally bound to be accurate or all-inclusive.

I try to be as careful as I possibly can about what I feed my own pet including feeding her quantities of healthy people food such as carrots, broccoli, salmon and one of her favourites, brussels sprouts. She didn’t care for the crunchy dog biscuits I made for her so treats are still a challenge. I once e-mailed Pedigree to enquire about whether their DentaStix contained any ingredients from China and did not get a response which I’ve taken as a bad sign. Here’s a link to CBC News’ release about the issue: PetSmart to stop selling Chinese-made pet treats. Boomers are a generation that tends to try to buy organic food for own consumption and we need to be equally vigilant about the chemicals that may be contaminating our pet food and treats.

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Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

3 thoughts on “Beware: Some pet treats can kill

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    • Thanks so much for your comments on my blog. It’s surprising you wanted them to be longer as I thought most people preferred a short, quick read. I’ll take that under consideration. Hope you stay tuned.  Lynda Davis Follow my blog at: Social commentary on life from a Boomer Broad’s perspective e-mail: For further insights into the Boomer perspective on business, fashion, mind and body, order my new book, BOOMERBROADcast. It makes a great hostess, birthday or Christmas gift. Click on this link:  or


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