Golden Retriever Dies From Tainted Treats?

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 Detroit Lakes Online here.

“Emma” – Detroit Lakes Online

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.

7 thoughts on “Golden Retriever Dies From Tainted Treats?

  1. This is so sad. It is so hard to be trusting of the companies that make all these things. Hopefully others will read the story and educate themselves. Thank you for sharing.

  2. So very sad. There are few “dog” treats I use any more. I tend to stick with things like yogurt and pure pumpkin mixed and frozen in a kong, or raw soup/marrow bones. Training treats I use string cheese a lot, though I have been known to purchase a few commercial dog treats. When I do I research the company as much as a I can before hand. The scary thing is sticking to human grade food won’t necessarily solve the problem — look at the recalls we are having on things like spinach, and peanut butter! Look at the issues we’ve had with hamburger. We need better regulations and controls all around to create food safety!

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