Friday, March 9, 2012

Dogs Fall Ill As Owners, Vets and Lawmakers Blame Treats from China

Dogs Fall Ill As Owners, Vets and Lawmakers Blame Treats from China
by James Andrews | Mar 09, 2012

When Maria Higginbotham couldn't find the usual dog treats she buys at her local Target store back in early January, she decided to instead buy some brand-name chicken jerky dog treats for Bandit, her 3-year-old rat terrier.

Four days later, Bandit collapsed on the floor.

He was soon experiencing bloody diarrhea, and by the time Higginbotham and her mother got him to his veterinarian, his organs were shutting down. His liver showed that he had eaten something toxic. Certain that Bandit's inexplicable illness had already become too severe, the veterinarian suggested putting him down, and Higginbotham's mother and son agreed.

But she refused, and after nearly $4,000 in medical bills and three weeks of intensive nursing that included in-home I.V. care, Bandit recovered. Staff from the vet's office inspected Higginbotham's Western Washington home and yard, finding nothing that might have conceivably poisoned him. Though the vet could not link the chicken jerky to the illness, Higginbotham said he thought it was likely the cause.
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