It's scary, but true. Chicken treats from China have been making pets sick or killing them since 2007.
Don't believe it, or don't want to believe it? Watch the video and read the articles below...
We didn't want to believe it.
Our dogs loved their Chicken Jerky, which was 'Made in China', and we loved giving it to them. That STOPPED when Autumn came across the FDA Warning of 2008 that 'Made in China' jerky was making dogs sick or, in some cases, killing them.
Fortunately, our kids never got sick, but we've stopped purchasing ANYTHING for our pets not 'Made in America'. Our dogs' love of their "chicky strips" is what prompted us to start making homemade Chicken Jerky for them, and eventually led to the idea to sell what we had created, a SAFE, truly 'American Made' Chicken Jerky we call TriPom Chews.
Below is what you need to know about the danger of 'Made in China' jerky.
We've taken bits and pieces from various well-respected websites like the American Veterinary Medical Association website (AVMA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, and, perhaps the most well-respected website of them all, Amazon.com (you'll see what we mean).
We've put these facts together to quickly paint a picture for you of the danger of 'Made in China' jerky.
We beg you to do your own research; we've done ours.
On September 26, 2007, the Food and Drug Administration cautioned consumers about an association between development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products also described as chicken tenders, strips or treats. The FDA received more than 70 complaints involving more than 95 dogs that experienced illness that their owners associated with consumption of chicken jerky products. (citation 2)
Dogs that became ill typically showed the following signs: decreased food consumption, although some may continue to consume the treats to the exclusion of other foods; decreased activity or lethargy; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; and increased water consumption and/or increased urination. Some or all of these signs may be present in any individual. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (which is typically an inherited disease). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died. (citation 2)
On December 24, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) again cautioned consumers about a potential association between the development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products. The products—also called chicken tenders, strips, or treats—are imported from China. The FDA continues to receive complaints of sick dogs that their owners or veterinarians associate with eating chicken jerky products. (citation 3)
On November 18, 2011, the FDA issued yet another warning, no recall. For the first time since the FDA warnings started in 2007, the news and internet journalists started reporting that dogs were getting sick or dying from Chinese chicken treats. Vitals on MSNBC.com was the first to report "Chicken jerky treats linked to mystery illnesses, deaths in dogs". This article started what become a nationwide effort by the media to expose the sad truth: dogs were getting sick or dying after being fed toxic chicken treats by their unknowing owners. Their report stated that 70 dogs had gotten sick or died for 2011.
On December 28, 2011, Vitals on MSNBC.com ran the article titled "Chicken jerky treats sicken 353 dogs, owners report". According to this report, 353 dogs had now been reported for 2011 as being sickened or perished from consuming Chinese chicken treats. This means, over the 40 days since their last article, they had learned that an additional 283 dogs had been reported. That's a 400% increase in 40 days; approximately 7 dogs per day are getting sick and dying according to these statistics...yet the FDA is doing nothing to protect your pet from these dangers.
Google "China jerky dangers". You will get back 11,400,000 web pages that are now trying to warn you about toxic Chinese treats. Years ago, while Googling to find out more information about Chinese jerky causing illness in pets, we came across disturbing reviews on Amazon.com for “Waggin' Train Chicken Jerky Tenders Dog Treats”. Out of 81 unbiased Amazon reviews (then, when we first did our research and wrote this article), 27 reviews or 33% of them were disastrous. Heartbreaking stories of family friends and fur babies sick or deceased from cheap Chinese treats. We'll let you read some of the for yourself below.
What's important to remember is that the FDA never recalled these treats when there are hundreds, if not thousands, of stories that they are making dogs ill, at the very least. Research EVERY treat you buy and be aware of the ones that come from China. What you think may be safe is probably not.
If you look at all the web pages discussing dogs sick, dying, or deceased from 'Made in China' chicken treats, you'll quickly learn that there is not a specific brand of treat that is making dogs sick. ALL brands of chicken jerky treats that are 'Made in China' are proving toxic to dogs. For legal reasons, we cannot list all of the brands that we have seen. We recommend you visit Susan Thixton's website TruthAboutPetFood.com Her site is a GREAT resource for all of us committed to keeping our dogs safe.
Live by our Pet Health Philosophy: Feed Safe, Treat Safe, BE SAFE™
Amazon reviews of “Waggin' Train Chicken Jerky Tenders Dog Treats” (citation 4)
If you love your pets, do research and DO NOT give them anything that comes from China. I am devastated they still sell these treats. I just hope my lil one recovers.
If you feed these to your pet...you are essentially killing him.
Be a good pet owner and write to the companies who sell this poison...ask them to take it off the shelves. These are made in China.
Your dog is counting on YOU to keep it safe and in good health. I thought I was giving him something he really loved...however...I hope the damage can be undone.
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!
To be honest, you can't live without China these days. USA and China got to be working together to "save" the world. But seriously, Chinese companies need to emphasize on their quality and safety issues.
Edit: You know what. I love my dogs, they love chicken jerky..but there is nowhere I can find MADE IN USA jerky!!! I am sick and tired of this. I am gonna start my own pet food company, and make my own Jerky from local farms right here in the USA.
Citation 1: American Veterinary Medical Association website
Citation 2: US Food and Drug Administration website
Citation 3: US Food and Drug Administration website
Citation 4: Amazon.com reviews of “Waggin' Train Chicken Jerky Tenders Dog Treats”