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Dangerous Dog Treats Recalled

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Dogs are man's best friend-- so we do a lot to try to keep them happy and healthy.

A vaccination, toys, treats-- but could some of these things actually be harmful to your pet's health?

Turns out, the answer is yes. A number of major pet food products have been recalled.

The recall focuses on three different dog treats, all from very reputable companies.

You may even have them in your kitchen now, and not even know it.

The recalled products include Purina's Waggin'' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats, as well as Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers.

Today I talked to a local woman who almost lost her four legged friend to the treats, and a veterinarian who has what you need to know.

Meet Raleigh. At just two years old, this playful rambunctious puppy has a lot of energy. So when she started acting under the weather, her owner Gina Richardson knew there was a problem.

"I noticed that she was being real lethargic and not eating very much. So by the beginning of January, January 2nd, I took her to the vet for the first time."

But after about a week of treatment, Raleigh was showing no signs of improving. She had lost 12 pounds and her symptoms were getting worse. The playful puppy they once knew was fading fast.

"I was so concerned that she wasn't eating her food, so I just started giving her anything she would eat. She doesn't eat human food except for slices of meat, so we would give her turkey, and of course her treats. I was actually giving her more treats than normal."

Little did Richardson know, it was these treats that were to blame. Purina's Waggin' Train Chicken Jerky was on a recall list. Veterinarian Melanie Bevere says they can cause a fatal disease in pets.

"We know it causes something similar to Fanconi like syndrome. It's a disease that affects the kidneys. The sign of disease in these pets starts out with increased thirst, increased urination, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and some of these animals get to the point where they can't even produce urine anymore and they are in total renal failure."

The treats are made in China, and though it's unclear what has caused more than 25 hundred pets to fall ill, the FDA did find something unexpected-- an antibiotic residue that is not approved in the United States.

"Purina usually has a pretty good reputation with veterinarians, but for whatever reason these treats are being outsourced and are being made in China. And that is a concern. So the biggest thing I can tell pet owner to look at the labels. Stay away from things that are made in China."

A hard lesson to learn says Richardson, but is glad little Raleigh is back to her old self.

"She is no longer having any treats. She is now having fresh boiled chicken which is more work for me but that's okay!"

We dug deeper to find some helpful resources for pet owners.

If you would like to see the full recall list for these treats and other products, visit the FDA website. There is an animal/veterinary section or click here.

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