The Food and Drug Administration is trying to learn more about the chicken jerky treats that may have killed nearly 600 dogs and sickened thousands of pets nationwide.
WALLA WALLA, WA - The Food and Drug Administration is trying to learn more about the chicken jerky treats that may have killed nearly 600 dogs and sickened thousands of pets nationwide. Now, a man in Walla Walla says his dog is feeling the pain.
Scott Dockham's dog, Alice has been at the vet for days, and it's not the first time. The 3-year-old Yorkie got sick three months ago after a different treat recall.
"When I heard about the jerky treat recall, I looked into it to see what brands were," Dockham said, "and as it turned out she was eating one of the ones that was on notice for salmonella." He switched treat brands, but stuck with chicken jerky since that's Alice's favorite.
"When these new ones came out I saw human grade, so it's like, okay, definitely not having a problem with these, I mean, you're saying I can eat them," Dockham said.
But Alice is sick again.
"This time she was vomiting a yellowing milky substance, wasn't eating very much, ended up not walking very much and was hot to touch."
The FDA hasn't issued recalls, but Waggin' Train, Canyon Creek Ranch, and Milo's Kitchen have pulled their jerky treats from store shelves. The administration says the treats seem to be linked to kidney disease in pets, but Alice didn't eat those brands.
Dockham says she ate the "Dingo" brand Market Cuts as her special treats at night, and Full Moon Brand treats during the day.
The FDA says the involved treats all have ingredients that are made in China, but no one knows how many brands are affected, and veterinarians can't tell exactly what's making dogs sick.
The FDA originally thought the issue was an antibiotic on the treats but now scientists don't think that's the case. FDA investigators are now asking pet owners and vets to send them information about pets who have gotten sick after eating chicken jerky, which Alice's vet plans to do.
But to make sure she's safe, Dockham is taking Alice's treats into his own hands.
"I'm going to make the dog treats," he says. "I think that's about the safest thing I can do for her is buy some chickens, and cook them and save them, just for her."