Tainted dog treats kill pets nationwide

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Augusta, G.a. (WRDW) - It's a day in the park. And a day Gwen Dunham finds out just how close her dog, Pepper, came to getting sick.

"They actually sent that out and said, either get rid of them or come back and get a refund," Dunham said.

The store where she bought doggy treats issued a recall.

The exact product she just bought, a product she thought was safe.

"I try not to feed her things that look like there's just too much in them or I don't know what the ingredients are," she said.

But across the nation, more than 600 pets have died and thousands more are sick.

All because of possible tainted jerky treats sold as Waggin Train, chicken grillers and chicken jerky, just to name a few.

The FDA isn't sure of the cause but China seems to be the source.

"These things that have been guaranteed safe, really aren't," said Jennifer Arnold, whose pet eats homemade doggy treats.

And some say, you can never be too safe.

"I want to make sure that she's getting the right type of foods, that are made out of the right things, everything's healthy," said Arnold.

Her pup Killian is her World. That's why she's going from store brands to homemade treats.

"I mean, I know Jack, that's the gentleman's name who makes them and I trust them, I feel comfortable," she said.

Now, it's all about trust.

"You knew what you were getting, what was going into the product, so it was definitely a more comfortable feeling when you were purchasing that," Arnold said to News 12's Patrick Price

Pepper and Killian couldn't agree more.

The recall of products includes Nestle Purina PetCare's Waggin Train and Canyon Creek Ranch treats, plus Del Monte Corporation's Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats.

If you have given your dog any of these treats or any other treats, you could start seeing signs within hours of giving the treats. Pets could experience decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, drinking more water and/or urinating more.