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Jan 13, 2012 1:05 PM

Humane Society warning of potentially-contaminated dog treats

TUCSON - The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is warning pet owners of potentially-contaminated treats after an Ohio family says a China-produced dog treat lead to their dog dying kidney failure.

The family says the "Waggin' Train Jerky Tenders" treat is to blame for both their dog's and their puppy's kidney failure, according to a HSSA news release.

Medical Director Dr. Karter Neal says most contaminated dog treat products come from China.

"Be skeptical, just as you would with your own food. You should know where your pet's food is produced. If you have concerns call the company. Treats should not be substituted for a balanced diet, and only given in small amounts."

FDA administrators are working to find if and why these products are causing illness in dogs, but so far, have not been able to pinpoint a cause.

"It's heart breaking to see how many of the animals who come to us are in bad condition due to poor diet and lack of vet care," says spokesperson Lyndsay Bruno. "Often times all they need is basic healthcare including a good quality diet. Dr. Neal says if you see a change in your pet's behavior including decreased appetite, lack of energy, or vomiting, seek care right away.

To read the FDA's information on potentially-harmful jerky products, click here. To see a complete list of recalled animal food products, click here.

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