Waggin’ Train Dog Treats

This blog is to inform readers about the death of our beloved Yorkie, Benny, shortly after consuming “chicken jerky” made by Canyon Creek Ranch Dog Treats, a company of Waggin’ Train, LLC.

On January 9th 2012, we purchased Canyon Creek Ranch Brand * Wholesome * Chicken Breast Tenders Snack from PetSmart in Huntington Station, New York.

We fed Benny and our Labrador, Buddy, no more than 1 treat daily over the course of a week. Based on the consumption chart on the back of the package, which goes by weight, Benny could have consumed up to 6 pieces daily and Buddy, 12. We didn’t come close.

The consumption chart on the packaging differs from the consumption chart on the Canyon Creek Ranch Dog Treats website. The numbers on their website are much lower. The website shows small dogs at 1, small-medium 2, medium 3 and large dogs 4. My packaging shows 3, 6, 9 and 12. Click here to view the feeding chart on my Canyon Creek Ranch Brand packaging or here to view the feeding chart on the Canyon Creek website.

The week of the 16th was a disaster. Buddy had severe diarrhea but Benny seemed fine. We started treating Buddy with medication from the vet for his diarrhea and we stopped giving both dogs the Canyon Creek Ranch Brand * Wholesome * Chicken Breast Tenders Snack.

On January 20th Benny became very depressed and sluggish. On the 22nd, he stopped eating completely. He was taken to the vet immediately. Benny wasn’t the type of dog to just sit around or not eat so we knew something was wrong right away.

There he was hospitalized and we were told he was having acute kidney failure, which he was being treated for.

On January 27th, Benny died.

I don’t think it’s coincidental that days after I introduced Canyon Creek Ranch Brand * Wholesome * Chicken Breast Tenders Snack to both of my dogs, they both became very ill and one died two weeks later.

I am not here to tell you that Canyon Creek Ranch Dog Treats and Chews killed my dog. I am here to tell you that I had 2 dogs that were very healthy and never had any health problems until they consumed Canyon Creek Ranch Brand * Wholesome * Chicken Breast Tenders Snack. That was the only “change” in their diet, period. I am also here to tell you that my 6 year old Yorkie died 2 weeks after consuming Canyon Creek Ranch Brand * Wholesome * Chicken Breast Tenders Snack.

I did call Canyon Creek Ranch Brand at (877) 376-0101 and they insisted that I substituted the treats for a “normal diet”. That didn’t happen. My dogs ate their food on a daily basis, just like that had been for years. Nothing changed.

I questioned them about the FDA advisory issued about “tainted chicken jerky” from China, in which their company was mentioned. She told me that the advisory was only to warn consumers that chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet. One thing is for sure, she was not shocked about my story; my mentioning of acute kidney failure, diarrhea or death. All of her answers were robotic, she was not sympathetic at all.

I also called PetSmart in Huntington Station, New York and the manager told me that they could not remove the products from the shelves until “corporate” told them to do so.