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Title: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: Barbara Fafard on January 05, 2008, 06:22:55 PM
Please be aware that many Chicken Jerky treat brands that are manufactured in China have been making small dogs very ill along with killing them.  Symptoms are: lethargy, vomiting, diareha,  and anorexia (total lack of appetite except for the treats).  To see this alert from the American Veterinarian Medical Association go to www.avma.org/ click on Pet Food Alert line and then click on Chicken Jerky Treat alert.) 

Our two adorable Cavalier King Charles puppies, Lacie, 11 months, and Misty 7 months old, had been eating Smoke House Chicken Jerky treats from Petsmart on a daily basis (not as a supplement for their food, but as a treat after their evening meal).  They both became very ill in July with the same symptoms, such as; lethargy, vomiting, diarrea, and anorexia (total lack of appetite except for the treats, which they loved and looked forward to).  The test started showing signs of kidney failure which made no sense to the vets because Misty and Lacie are not related, and Kidney failure is rare with puppies.  Both puppies received extensive care in the hospital along with test after test trying to figure out what was wrong with them.  Vet bills started mounting up to over $9,000.  Every meal had to be force fed except their nightly jerky treat which they got very excited about.

Mid September we found out about the AVMA warning, and immediatelty stopped giving them these treats,  Our little seven month old Misty rallied and got better, but our sweet little Lacie never got better and this weekend our precious little 11 month old Lacie got much worse, and had to be put down at 5:30 last night.  We were able to pray with her and love on her as she peacefully went to be with the Lord.  She surely took a piece of my heart with her.  I have been through a lot in my life, but I have never been through the extreme roller coaster pain that we have been going through in the last four months.
 
I wish someone had warned us about this product.  I thought this product was American made.  Only after I saw the warning, did I see in small print on the bottom of the package, made in China.  I didn't know it, but this jerky treat has been making dogs sick well before April 2007.  If someone had warned us, Lacie could have been spared this past painful four months of treatment, let alone having her princess life robbed from her at such a young age.  Lacie was the most adorable sweet little feminine angel.  She loved people so much that I was planning on having her be a therapy dog so that her and I could help people that are ill.

Please spread the word.  After I send this to all the Cavalier breeders.  I am going to send this warning to the other small breeds.  It is so sad that I have to do this, but as long as Pets Mart and Costco and other stores only care about their profit margin we will have to protect our sweet little puppies on our own.

I know Lacie would never have wanted any other dog and owner to go through the pain and agony that she and her mommy and daddy have gone through.  Lacie was our little angel and I don't want her to have died in vain,  So I will not give up on spreading the word about these poisonous treats.

Sincerely,


Barbara Fafard
Email: fafardre@sbcglobal.net


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: straybaby on January 05, 2008, 07:30:47 PM
I'm SO sorry about Lacie's passing to the bridge.  :'(

i have a HUGE issue that the companies' responses are that they are over fed and that is the problem. i'm a raw feeder going on 6 yrs. don't tell me chicken breast is deadly unless it's only used as a treat!!! and yes, i feed it cooked and dehydrated also. i also bought dehydrated duck treats. OMG, i almost had a heart attack when i learned it was made in China. SO sad that those of us that want to give healthy pure treats have to go over the top to find them.

again, i am SO sorry for the loss of Lacie. Continued good health for Misty.


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: catwoods on January 05, 2008, 07:45:11 PM
I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your Lacie. Best wishes for Misty's continued improvement.


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: rom6 on January 05, 2008, 08:14:43 PM
Barbara - Thank you for sharing your sad story with Itchmo.  It helps to
spread the word about unsafe treats MIC.
 
I am very sorry for your loss.  Peace be with you.


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: lesliek on January 06, 2008, 07:10:06 AM
Barbara-I am so sorry you lost Lacie. I hope Misty will continue to improve. Thank you for telling their story,hopefully it will save others.


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: mia2 on January 06, 2008, 07:36:46 AM
Barbara - Thank you for sharing your sad story with Itchmo.  It helps to
spread the word about unsafe treats MIC.
 
I am very sorry for your loss.  Peace be with you.

  Sending sympathy from myself and Nik as well. So sorry to hear about your loss. I had bought dehydrated duck and chicken as a treat but tossed it after reading about it on this site.  I have some jerkey chicken from Plato but found it irregular so into the trash bin it goes. So frustrating.

Peace from Mia and Nik


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: catbird on January 06, 2008, 08:08:41 AM
I am so sorry to hear about the needless loss of Lacie due to these so-called treats.  Thank you for sharing your story, and keep spreading the word.  Welcome to the forum.  We have lots of information here about all kinds of food products that you may want to read and share.


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: 5CatMom on January 06, 2008, 08:57:03 AM
Barbara,

Very sorry for your loss of sweet Lacie.  That's so sad.

Thanks for posting your story as a reminder that these MIC treats are dangerous.

5CatMom
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Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: Trudy on January 06, 2008, 10:17:13 AM
Barbara, I am very sorry over your loss. know that We are all here for you. we have all gone through so much. please read all of our posts.
Thanks for posting that there are things still out there.
Again, i'm so sorry.
Trudy


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: MarySmith on January 06, 2008, 10:58:07 AM
Barbara I'm so sorry that you lost your Lacie! I know your heart must be breaking right now.

Below are some links to other jerky treats as well as comments that mention the Smoke House brand which I don't believe have ever been recalled. Why can't the powers that be stop this insane poison food from coming into our country!!
    
Made In China Jerky Treats "Feeding Guidelines" posted by menusux on: November 07, 2007, 12:04:35 PM
http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/made-in-china-jerky-treats-feeding-guidelines-t2483.0.html

Chicken Jerky Strips from China
http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/chicken-jerky-strips-from-china-t1693.0.html

Here is the original Itchmo Blog entry:
Wal-Mart Removes Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips After Dog Death
http://www.itchmo.com/wal-mart-removes-bestro-chicken-jerky-strips-after-dog-death-2321/comment-page-1/#comments

 


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: Barbara Fafard on January 06, 2008, 06:48:09 PM
Hi, this is Barbara, Lacie's mother.  Thank you so much for all of your kind words.  We miss Lacie so much.  In a week we are going to be getting a new cavalier puppy.  Her parents are Lacie's father and Misty's mother, so she will be a half sister to Misty.  We have named her Mercy because the night before she died, my heart was breaking, because she had been such a great trooper but I could tell she was loosing her fight.  I pleaded with God that he would bless us with his Mercy, and that if she was not going to make it, that he would not allow her to go through anymore needless suffering,  The next evening our vet advised us that she was indeed losing the battle and that it was time to make the decision to let her die in dignity.

When my 12 year old grandson heard that Lacie had lost her fight, he cried and cried.  So when we found out that our breeder had this new little blenheim cavalier puppy that had just been born, I asked him to name our new puppy.  Not knowing what I prayed the night before she died, he said I think we should name her Mercy.  I knew beyond a shadow of doubt, that Mercy would be our new puppies name, because God truly showed us his Mercy, and took her home when she was too tired to fight the fight anymore.

Please pray that other dogs will not have to suffer from these poisonous treats that are sold everywhere.




Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: Mandycat on January 06, 2008, 07:20:45 PM
Barbara -
    So sorry for your loss of Lacie, but happy that Mercy will be coming to such a loving home.  May Misty and Mercy live long, happy lives with your family.


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: Cathy on January 06, 2008, 09:37:11 PM
Barbara, I'm so sorry about Lacie.  I hope that Mercy helps to mend that place in your heart that feels so empty right now.


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: JanC on January 07, 2008, 03:43:00 PM
Barbara:

I am so sorry about your beloved puppy.......I cried when I read your post.  It's so sad that these toxic treats are still on the shelves & people are unknowingly feeding them to their pets.  I don't know what's wrong with big business these days because they don't care about anything but their profit.

I have been trying to pass the word to everyone I know about these chicken jerky treats.......we heard about them a while back here on Itchmo.......I immediately threw my bag away & thank God my Hannah was ok. 

I hope Mercy & Misty have a long & wonderful life with you & your family. 

The best way to keep up to date on the latest is to check back here regularly.  I believe with all my heart that this site saved a lot of our beloved pets from a terrible fate.  It was an absolute blessing last year......most of what was posted here was never announced publicly so that's how I kept up to date on the latest & kept my friends up to date. 

Please keep us up to date on your pups. ;D


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: GoingNUTZoverthis on January 15, 2008, 12:49:54 PM
Barbara,

I am so sorry for your little Lacey.

My heart breaks reading that story.

Mercy is going to be one lucky little puppy and what a way to honor Lacey's memory.


God Bless you and your family.

Lorie, Geisha and Topaz


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: sharky on January 16, 2008, 02:19:30 PM
:hugs: I am do sorry

I stopped Using some very highly regarded treats when I found out they were made in China ... the rep for the company told me they were US made


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: riovista on February 02, 2008, 09:51:49 AM
I'm so sorry to read of your dear puppy's loss. I mistakenly thought that after last year's tragedies manufacturers would clean up their act, but that was naive thinking.

Last March, my golden retriever mix became very ill after having some chicken jerky treats. Fortunately, being larger, he recovered. Recently, my other GR mix was diagnosed with IBD. Her vet said she could have chicken jerky treats as part of her chicken, barley special diet. Pet Smart assured me that Smokehouse was safe. I also went to the Smokehouse website where they said it was safe and it was the consumer's fault if the animal became ill. On that assurance I went ahead and gave both dogs very small bits of Smokehouse chicken jerky. After two days my male again showed symptoms of stomach distress and I discontinued immediately.

I guess I'll have to look for chicken jerky recipes to add to my home cooking.



Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: 5CatMom on February 03, 2008, 05:12:19 AM
Barbara,

Again, so sorry for your loss.  I forgot to ask, are you having the treats tested?

5CatMom
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Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: kaffe on February 03, 2008, 06:18:12 AM
Barbara - {{{hugs}}}

I am late seeing this thread, but I want you to know how very sorry I am that Lacy was victimized by yet another poisonous product from China... :'( :'( :'( this is just so tragic and so unnecessary - if only these pet food companies and suppliers will do the right thing. 

 I also want to thank you fr taking the time to post a warning about that product here in Itchmo.  I know many pet parents will be very grateful for the information.


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: Barbara Fafard on February 08, 2008, 03:56:49 PM
Hi this is Barbara, Sweet little Lacie's mother.  Thank you all for your comforting comments.  We loved Lacie so much, and miss her every single day.  I flew to Atlanta Georgia from our home in South Orange County, Calif. on Jan. 14th to pick up our new cavalier puppy from our same breeder.  We named her Mercy because God showed us his Mercy throughout our very painful situation and when Lacie couldn't fight her disease any longer he took her to heaven to be with him.  Mercy is so adorable, she looks a lot like our sweet Lacie.  Misty loves her and they are already best of friends.  Little Mercy's parents are Lacie's father and Misty's mother.  So Misty and Mercy are half sisters.  I am working very hard at trying to get a class action suit opened up to take these chicken jerky treats permanently off the shelves.  It saddens me so that Petsmart refuses to take them off the shelves regardless of how many dogs have died and gotten sick.  :( :( :(


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: catbird on February 08, 2008, 05:21:59 PM
I am happy to hear that you have a new puppy!  Congratulations!  I hope Misty continues to do well.  Good luck with the class action suit.  These murders of innocent dogs and cats have got to be stopped.


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: lesliek on February 08, 2008, 08:42:40 PM
Barbara- Good luck with Mercy & the suit. The only good thing that has happened from all this mess with the pf co's is that we now know better than to listen to their hype. Hopefully their new safer diets will make a huge difference for all of our remaining fur kids as well as new ones.


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: Mandycat on February 08, 2008, 09:18:24 PM
Happy to hear that Mercy has joined your family, Barbara.  I am sure that Misty will be happy to have a playmate.   :)


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: kaffe on February 08, 2008, 09:21:29 PM
May the LORD make it up to you Barbara for requiring Lacy's presence in heaven before you were ready to let her go... by giving all your furry kids loooooooong happy vital years and years and years with which to enjoy them


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: SandyBeach on February 20, 2008, 12:03:04 AM
I am very sorry for your loss Barb but what BRAND?


Title: Re: Puppy dies after eating chicken jerky from China
Post by: 5CatMom on February 20, 2008, 03:51:45 AM
Barbara writes: "I am working very hard at trying to get a class action suit opened up to take these chicken jerky treats permanently off the shelves."

Good for you, Barbara, and congratulations on your new puppy.

5CatMom
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