Dog Owners Urged to be Wary of Treats from China

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In response to the number of comments we received today on the post entitled “Toxic Treats Continue to Take Lives,” we would like readers to have more information on the subject.  Though similar articles have been posted in the past, this is an important current issue that needs attention.


A number of complaints have recently been filed with the FDA concerning Chinese-manufactured dog treats.  Dog owners claim the chicken jerky snacks have caused their dogs to become ill or even die.

Sellwood Dog Supply Manager Kathleen Kramer comments, “Seven or eight dogs got very sick a few weeks ago; we all heard about it and it was a pretty big scare.”

While the FDA has issued three warnings within the several weeks, no recalls have been enforced.  They have been unable to determine the source of the deadly products, as many of the Chinese factories producing them have not allowed the FDA to test their products.  This response alone is prompting many to question why a recall has not been made mandatory.

Tony Corbo of Food and Water Watch says, “I’m going to be very blunt; I think food safety is being trumped by our trade policies.”

An animal food safety law was signed by President Obama last year, but has yet to be truly put into action.

Some of the symptoms seen by dog owners include a decrease in appetite and activity, vomiting, diarrhea, and an increase in water consumption and urination, which may occur within a few hours or days of consumption.  However, these symptoms are not unique and can present in any number of other health issues, which is why many people may have failed to recognize the cause of their dogs’ sudden poor health.  Kidney failure may be the disease these symptoms indicate, but it is unclear if there is a strong correlation between the treats and the sickness.  Kidney disease can also be a latent genetic malady or the result of injury.

Since 2007, the FDA has taken a number of chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky samples to test for toxins, bacteria, and metal contamination.  They have not reported finding anything noteworthy (which would likely lead to a recall), but recommend discontinuing feeding pets these treats should any of the above-listed symptoms occur.

If it is not just coincidental, and these jerky strips really are to blame, we need to unite and see that these products are banned.  The FDA cannot accomplish this alone.  If dog lovers all make their voices heard about this critical issue, it may be possible to have legislation passed that would enforce stricter testing of what we feed our dogs.


Below is the petition created by Rita Desollar after her beloved dog, Heidi, died prematurely.


18 thoughts on “Dog Owners Urged to be Wary of Treats from China”

  1. Our pets are not simply animals, they are loved family members. They deserve to be protected from companies trying to profit without caring.

  2. I think the biggest problem is that people are feeding these to their dogs raw. Right on the package it says to soak them in warm water before feeding them to your pet. I feed these to my dog and she loves them, and does perfectly fine with them.

    • That’s news to me…which product are you referring to? I’m not trying to be malicious, I really have never heard this before. More info is appreciated!

    • The problem is that you never know when you’ll get a bag that isn’t safe. Your dog might be fine nine times out of 10 — but all it takes is that one time. I’m not willing to take that chance, and it just makes sense to set standards to protect our pets.

    • Just because it hasn’t happened to you doesn’t mean that the problem doesn’t exist. They refuse to let their products be inspected. That should be a clue. I hope your dogs lives don’t end up being the thing to prove you wrong.

  3. I have reported these articles on PETCOs website. Many people have sent me thank you comments. If they won’t take these items off their shelves, then we have to inform the public the best we can to protect anymore senseless deaths of our beloved animals. I intend to make copies of this article and post it wherever they sell these items. Even if one person who may buy these sees this, it will be more than worthwhile.

  4. I have read anything made in China isn’t safe from Milo’s Kitchen right on down. I started researching when our 7 year old Yorkie starting breaking out w/skin tags all over. I was trying to find a cause for those. That’s when I started reading about the China issue. The thing is, it’s difficult to know where some of the products are made because the American company that they are sold by mark the packaging as “Packaged in PA” or wherever. Very frustrating. We have started baking chicken jerky treats for our pooch our selves then we know that it is pure and well cooked. For more information there is tons of info out there. Just Google China chicken jerky dog treats.

  5. Even if company’s say “made in the USA” they may still get the chicken from China. This is the case with Waggin Train. Spend $40 for a dehydrator, buy bulk skinless chicken breasts, slice it thin and cook in dehydrator for several hours. Remember to keep in fridge. I don’t even season or marinade it. Our three dogs go crazy over this as a treat and I know it is safe.

  6. I recently purchased my dogs rawhides that are made by the Pet Factory company and both of my dogs had seizures a few days after having the rawhides, I then began to wonder if there was a connection between the two and when I look on the bag the company had switched over some of their compaines products over to be manufactured in China I immediately threw away the treats and I do not know if they are the cause but I will not be buying any dog treats, food etc… that is made in China. I hope this issue gets worked out and no more animals loose their lives.


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