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. I like Idea of buying a dehydrator. and making your own treats. You can use beef,chicken or pork. I know it will fresher and you will know were it was made.

  2. I don’t know, I’m thinking it may have something to do with some dogs not tolerating the dehydrated meat rather than something in the meat. My dog has eaten these every day for the last couple of years and he’s fine… 🙁

    • Karrol, wiz & others; Lots of people smoke their whole lives and don’t get cancer. That’s not a valid argument against the anti-smoking campaign. Just because your dog had been lucky so far doesn’t mean the treats are safe.

    • Hope your dogs don’t end up proving you wrong on your opinion. Maybe you’re smarter than the experts but I doubt it.

  3. My dogs have eaten Waggin’ Train for more years than I can remember (10+) and have had NO problems…wish I knew the reason for some of these terrible stories…

  4. Another thing people need to watch out for – if it says “Distributed in the USA” DOES NOT mean made in the USA.

    My sister in law was feeding her two dogs treats that said that on the package and she argued that it didn’t say made in China and I replied “it doesn’t say made in the USA either!”

    I asked my friend at PetSmart and she said absolutley NOT made in the USA if it says that.

    Just another trick they are trying to use to get us to buy their crap! Shame on these US companies that push this poison off to consumers.

    They had one fooled for sure!


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