Waggin Train Dog Treats Recall: The Danger It Posted
Dogs are now considered part of the family and not just pets anymore. Imagine the feeling of losing a relative or a close family member. The pain is excruciating and the loss is unbearable. This is what the owners of the dogs who died simply because of eating jerky treats felt. I urge all dog owners to stay away from Waggin’ Train products as their products are constantly popping up on the radar. Recently in January 2013 more recalls were done on Waggin’ Train dog treats due to antibiotic contaminants in these products. The United States does not allow these particular antibiotics (Sulfaquinoxaline) to be used in poultry thus ordered to remove these treats from the stores. The Waggin Train dog treats recall does not affect other Purina products.
Waggin Train Dog Treats Recall: Where It All Started
Back in 2007, owners have been complaining about their dogs dying after eating some jerky treats bought from stores. After some time, the hiatus died down but now it seems like its back on track. Since 2011, there have been lots of complaints against specific chicken jerky treats. 3, 243 complaints were noted from the same year which is approximately 40 complaints weekly with recorded 501 deaths on its toll. The alarming number of complaints and deaths led to believe that this is definitely not just a random event. There is a deeper and more concrete cause which led to this disaster.
What Actions are taken by Pet Food Companies and the State?
With lots of owners complaining and calling in the FDA, the government had to make a move. With Milo’s Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers as well as Purina Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch Dog Treats leading the suspected products which caused the deaths and illness of the pets, the Department of Agriculture with the help of US FDA conducted investigations to figure out where the problem started in the first place. With 285 tests conducted by the Department of Agriculture, contaminants were at first not found. It was the New York Department of Agriculture who found residual antibiotics in the said products of both companies. It turned out that the chicken used by the companies to make the jerky treats were injected with unapproved antibiotics which were said to cause illness to the dogs and worse, death.
The said jerky treats were imported from China which got the owners on guard of all the products coming from the said country. It was then that the companies recalled the products that were said to cause the hiatus. The symptoms of the illness are diarrhea, excessive thirst, increased urination, low appetite, vomiting and worse, death.
What More to Expect?
The problem, however, is that people, especially dog owners, see a lack in action from the government and the companies. The companies do not have warning signs on their websites and even any information about the problem of the products. On the other hand, people see the lack of necessary action from the government. Thinking that it hundreds of dogs dying before taking action infuriated the people. From this, more action is expected and hopefully done in due time.
My Advise is to stay away from all of these dog treats in the market and just make your own at home. I will be posting recipes to homemade dog treats very soon. Thousands of dogs die each year due to consuming Jerky treats manufactured by the Chinese. We all love our canine companions and want to be healthy. Why subject them to these commercial snacks? They are costly at the same time to pose many health risks to our dogs. Harm is already done and many dogs usually die before the government catches onto the issue. Please share my article with your family and friends about the Waggin Train dog treats recall.
I have a lot of these treats, I stocked up for my dogs. Soo am i just out on the money that i spent on these treats, of course im sure i dont have the recipts ,but man this is crazy if thats the case. What about my dogs are they gonna be ok?? Crystal Breshears
You can research which products were affected, I don’t know if the treats you have were affected. Nice site BTW.
If you can’t return them to store without receipts then toss them in the garbage, your dogs lives are more important. I now only buy natural made in the USA treats. The cheapest treats are the worse offenders full of nasty chemicals on the same level as jet fuel, etc Check your labels
Take the treats back to the store. If you do not have a receipt, they will give you store credit.
I gave my mini schnauzer the Waggin Train Chicken jerky treats around the end of February 2020, not knowing there was a history of problems. They were on the shelf at my local Dollar General, so I had no reason to question them. Emma loved them. She only ate 4 or 5 before she started acting lethargic, not greeting me at the door when I came home, always thirsty, refusing her usual food, having urinary accidents. A week later she had lumps on both sides of her neck. The vet diagnosed lymphatic cancer, with a life span of 2 to 3 months and no cure. Within another week she was in so much pain, panting all night, I had to make the decision to let her go. Two months later, I still can’t get thru a day without crying. Just yesterday, May 9, 2020, I saw these treats on the shelf of Sam’s Club in Wichita, Kansas…if there was a recall, it wasn’t inforced. Dogs are still eating these, and dogs are still dying.
Jeanette El Dorado, Kansas May 10, 2020
Omg, I am so sorry to hear this, this product should be pulled off the shelves, be sure to share this post out to any dog lovers you know on social media.
These days, dog treats can be made at home and quite easily, I hope Purina reconsiders their line up on these products, I do like some of their dog foods.