CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Nitro woman said her beloved schnauzer nearly died after eating chicken jerky treats from China. Local veterinarians said they're familiar with the treats and have treated several dogs that were sickened by them.
Nelda Mattox said her miniature black schnauzer, Lily, is normally "persnickety" when it comes to what she eats.
"She's a little spoiled," Mattox said. "Sometimes when you try and give her something she just walks off [and] leaves it."
So Mattox was happy when Lily seemed to love Chicken Jerky Tenders made by Waggin' Train, a company with some plants in China that make dog treats. She bought the treats on several grocery trips to the St. Albans Kroger and Lily gobbled up about two a day.
But Mattox said this week that Lily began acting very weak after eating some. The little dog then began having bloody diarrhea and was throwing up, she said.
"She hadn't eaten anything all day that Friday," Mattox said. "My son who lives couple of blocks away said if she wasn't better or eating more he would take her to the vet on Sunday."
But by that Saturday Lily had gotten a lot worse. She had barely moved and was vomiting even more.
"She was almost in shock," Mattox said.
Mattox's son took the dog to Kanawha Valley Animal Emergency Service in Dunbar early Sunday. Veterinarians treated Lily for pancreatitis and gave her several antibiotic shots. She was near death, Mattox said.
That's when the vet called Mattox and blamed her illness on the dog treats.