If you’re a savvy pet owner, you probably already know about the potential dangers of Chinese dog treats. Although nothing’s ever been proven, there’s mounting evidence that Chinese pet treats have sickened over 5000 American animals and killed more than 1000 dogs. Even more scary, they’re also suspected in the deaths of 24 cats and three people who apparently consumed the treats. Now two of the nation’s leading pet retailers, Petsmart and Petco, have both vowed to banish Chinese dog and cat treats from their shelves.
Petco will banish the Chinese products from its store shelves by the end of the year, while Petsmart will complete its own ban by March of 2015, according to The Washington Post. The treats under the most suspicion are chicken, duck, and sweet potato jerky treats, but the pet stores are getting rid of all Chinese-made varieties.
Considering all the problems cropping up with Chinese products, including TVs that can burst into flames and toys that can give kids lead poisoning, it’s not a big leap to believe that something is tainting the pet treats. No one knows exactly what, or why it’s so deadly, but do you really want to take a chance on your pet’s health in the meantime? I avoid Chinese treats when buying goodies for Bolt, who’s noshing on a safe treat in the photo at right.
Soon, you’ll know that you’re avoiding Chinese treats every time you shop at Petco and Petsmart. In the meantime, read labels carefully and do your research to protect your pets from danger.
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