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I was hanging in a pet forum on LinkedIn when I came across an article that discussed the deadliest pet recall in history that occurred 5 years ago…

“Today is the five year anniversary of the start of the deadliest pet food recall in history.  On March 16, 2007, Menu Foods announced a pet food recall that eventually led to thousands of pet deaths and long term illness and made melamine a household word.  And now melamine is resurfacing; found to be the reason for import refusal for numerous products including Jerky Treats all within the last several months.”

Should We Feed Our Dogs Imported Jerky Treats?

Have you heard the news about the jerky treats?  I’ve read a few stories and I’m stunned that a treat I used to buy in bulk can cause our dogs harm.  They’re no longer on our shopping list and now I’m focused on only buying from companies that are committed to the health and happiness of our pets, not just the bottom line.  This is why we purchase Halo Pets products.  I’m also very impressed with FreshPet and our dogs love the cookies and I enjoy the fact that they’re all natural.

I think it sucks that we can’t trust the pet food companies to look out for our pets.  They’re willing to take our money, but not to make sure their food and treats are safe.

As a pet loving community, we need to support companies that have our pets interest in mind when developing their foods.  Definitely check out FreshPet’s cookie dough and the Keep the Tail Wagging Directory for a list of other great businesses who provide safe products.  I loved it (stay tuned for the review) and the dogs really loved it.

 

The more I thought about the warnings about treats and toys from China, the more I wondered…  How many products are out there?  I found out when I realized that we were out of our dogs’ favorite treats.

Ask About Recall History | Ask About Manufacturing Standards | Ask if They Test for Melamine

I did more research when I got home and found that some companies have plants in China that are heavily regulated and they test all of their treats for melamine.  Of course, this isn’t something that we can determine while standing in the dog treat aisle.  The more we educate ourselves the safer our pets will be.  My hope is that the more we turn our backs on products that contain dangerous ingredients the faster pet food/treat companies will alter their manufacturing practices.  Until that time, I’ll be researching pet food/treat companies and sharing the ones that I find that are producing safer products.

Better vigilant now than sorry later.

Update! Dawn, a fan on the Facebook page, shared this great link if you’d like to know if a company has products “made in China” –  www.made-in-china.com


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