Check the label of your pet's treats: Chinese chicken may be making your dog sick

Posted by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), jerky dog treats made with chicken products imported from China may be causing some alarming canine illnesses. The FDA reports that over the past year there has been an increase in the number of complaints from dog owners and veterinarians about illnesses associated with the consumption of chicken jerky products.

After warning consumers in 2007 that chicken jerky products may be associated with illness in dogs, the FDA saw a drop in complaints, but notes that they are “once again seeing the number of complaints rise to the levels of concern that prompted release of our earlier warnings.”

So next time you’re looking for treats to reward your four-legged friend, steer clear of MADE IN CHINA chicken jerky products and choose treats that are made domestically. Your dog will likely reward you with a tail wag and a sloppy kiss, which we’re pretty sure is K9 for “thanks for keeping it made in America!”

Click here to read more from the FDA.

5 comments

Anonymous wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

Look for American Made / American Sourced Pet Treats

Do a Google search for “American Made Pet Treats”. There are many other choices. Yes, the treats from China are always the least expensive, but at what real cost? We are losing our loved ones. If you feel you need to provide chicken treats, please buy American Made. It’s worth the extra cost. My neighbor was one of the first to lose their 5 month old puppy to the treats from China (about 3 years ago) and I don’t think I’ll ever completely get over it. Just heartbreaking.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

dog treats made in china

please note that the brand-name "waggin train" was changed to canyon creek ranch after the first flurry of complaints. the phrase "an american company" is blazoned across the front of the package. however, in tiny little print on the backside is are the lethal words "made in china". we just lost our beloved dog, almost certainly as a result of these treats.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Chinese chicken may be making your dog sick

There is a NEW article (December 28, 2011) on MSNBC which reports that the FDA is now saying that 353 dogs have gotten sick or died from eating Chinese chicken treats this year. The link is: http://on.msnbc.com/vKKHKK

Personally, I think the number of dogs sick this year is well over one thousand from the number of websites I've visited where I have seen dogs that are ill or that have died being discussed. I am almost certain it is something the Chinese are feeding the poultry used for their treats.

Did you know, according to Wikipedia and a New York Times article, that the Chinese fed Melamine to livestock? Melamine, as you may know, was the non-listed ingredient responsible for the pet food recall a few years ago. If you haven't, you should search for "Melamine" on Wikipedia and read the article.

Melamine is a principal ingredient in making Formica countertops and causes kidney failure if eaten. The Chinese were also caught putting Melamine into kids' milk and infant formula.

The only truly safe treat is one that you make yourself or that you buy from a company you trust. We make and sell our own chicken jerky, TriPom Chews, and only buy from other "Mom & Pop" sized treat makers that we have met or spoke with.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Chinese chicken treats DO kill...

I just worked a craft show over Thanksgiving weekend selling our TriPom Chews. I had flyers about the recent 2011 FDA warning about Chinese chicken treats and was giving them out and educating anyone I could stop who answered "yes" to the question, "do you have a dog or cat?"

A groomer I spoke with that weekend told me that she had a client whose dog just passed away from Chinese chicken. My dogs are my children, truly. I can only imagine how devastating that was for that family...

If you’re looking for a REAL 'American Made' chicken treat, we started making our own Chicken Jerky after we ran across the FDA warning of 2008 about Chinese chicken treats making dogs sick or killing them. It turned into a cottage business and we now sell our TriPom Chews in 20 stores in the New England area. Our products are the only 'Maine Made', 'American Made', chicken jerky produced from whole, restaurant-quality chicken breasts containing NO Additives and NO Preservatives. We had to make them super wholesome as our 3 Pomeranians (our babies) taste test every batch for quality.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

treats for your dog

you can make your own treats for your dogs,home made treats are the best way to go for treats, use green beans, ground hamburger,can mackerel, can salmon, and roll into a little meat ball you can make a few of these and slip into a zip lock baggie and put into the freezer and pull out what you need, you cam also use brocoli, cauliflower,.These are all very healthy treats.And dogs love them!!

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