I’m heading out to Red Rock, NV to do some rock climbing in April and just saw this article that says you can take your dog there. Nice! I also want to Stop in half Moon Bay and Moss Landing with Spirit the next time we’re down that way because we found another dog friendly restaurant with tons of outdoor seating that is not mentioned in this article. I’ll post it soon!
PET FOOD CHEMICALS:
THREE MAIN BRANDS of TOXIC PET TREATS FINALLY RELEASED
It took a Freedom of Information Law [FOIL] request to get it, but here finally are the primary pet treats linked with illness and death of dogs…
Three Main Brands Tied to Chicken Dog Treat Illnesses
Food Safety News, by Mary Rothschild | Mar 14, 2012
Nestle Purina PetCare Co.’s Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, and the Del Monte Corp.’s Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats were the brand names most often cited by pet owners and veterinarians in complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about illnesses possibly linked to dog treats made from chicken, according to a report Tuesday by msnbc.com.
msnbc.com said those brands were implicated in an FDA report obtained through a public records request.
The FDA had declined to identify specific brands, saying repeated tests have shown no definitive link to any brand or manufacturer. Nestle Purina and Del Monte have said their treats are safe. There have been no recalls.
Since pet owners first raised the issue in September 2007, the FDA says it has run numerous chemical and microbial tests on Chinese chicken jerky samples but found nothing conclusive to link the treats to a growing number of problems in dogs, including kidney failure, liver disease and Fanconi syndrome.
In November last year, the FDA issued a warning, saying pet owners should be aware that chicken jerky products from China could be associated with reports of Fanconi-like syndrome in dogs, and to watch for signs of decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and urination in dogs that had eaten jerky products.
Last week, FDA spokesperson confirmed to Food Safety News that the agency has recently received more than 600 reports from dog owners who say their pets have fallen ill or died after eating jerky treats.
Thousands of pet owners have now organized on the Internet asking the government to force a recall of chicken jerky dog treats manufactured from Chinese chicken.
After receiving pressure from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), the FDA agreed to inspect four Chinese facilities along the chicken jerky supply chain and expedite further tests in an effort to discover the cause of the illnesses.
100% of the net profits from these chocolates are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country?? Now THAT is awesome. Doesn’t it feel so lame when you buy something and it says, “1% of profits are donated!” Big deal. This is 100%! I’m sold.