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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