Gary and Carol Kriesel’s 3 year old golden retriever Emma was a perfectly happy and healthy dog. On October 3rd , Emma headed out to the wood pile with her human and sister dog Molly. Emma spasmodically flipped in the air and fell to the ground. She died immediately. Her death has yet to be explained. The owners remember giving her a chicken jerky treat (that was made in China) 5 minutes earlier. Their vet advised that they have a list of at least 20 recalls on pet treats recently. Could the treat have killed Emma? You can read the full story from Online here.
I have read articles about jerky, pig’s ear, and other dog treats being contaminated recently. The standards for pet food are not like they are for humans, so many questionable items slip through the cracks. What are we rewarding our dogs with?
So sad about Emma. My heart goes out to the Kriesels. Since hearing this horrible news, I say make your own treats! I am on the lookout for some great grain-free recipes. If you have any, please share. What do you feed your golden for a reward? Tucker is most responsive to my baked liver.