Another FDA Caution about Chicken Jerky Treats

On June 17 and June 22 of this year, I posted updates about a possible link between chicken jerky treats and kidney disease in dogs.

Today, I received an email alert from the FDA. According to the alert, in the past 12 months the FDA has received an increase in the number of complaints of animal illness associated with the consumption of chicken jerky treats from China. Although they continue to investigate and test products, they haven’t yet found the cause.

17 thoughts on “Another FDA Caution about Chicken Jerky Treats

  1. I refuse to buy Any animal product made from China! Shame on Dingo Products and any other product made there. No wonder American’s are out of work! I don’t care how much dog treats cost from the United States, until there is a recall from our country, I will buy only MADE IN THE U.S. PRODUCTS! In the mean time, I make my own dog treats! I recently lost my beloved lab. I should have had her tested!!! I have 4 other dogs, I feel for others who have lost their pets. There is no earthly reason for our animals dying before their time! PEOPLE, STOP BUYING FROM CHINA!!!! How many other pets have to die before we wake up and see what these name brand companies are doing to all of us animal lovers!! SUCH A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS.

  2. Chicken snacks and an Update on my dog…Finally all blood and urine tests look good for my yorkiepoo Dusty. For the last two days he is drinking much less water and the amount of urine he is passing has dropped nearly back to normal! In the past several months this poor dog has been tested and retested with no significant changes in the numbers. To cover all possibilities, he was tested for Cushing’s disease, even though we knew it would be highly unlikely that this would be the problem. The only thing that changed during this entire episode with our pet was the fact that we stopped feeding him the Milo chicken snacks as recommended by our vet. Thank goodnes the doctor was aware of the problems associated with these snacks from abroad. I truely believe our dog would have died if not taken off the treats. I can only imagine how many hundreds if not thousands of animals will suffer and untimately die if their owners are unaware of this problem; just like I was unaware. Chain stores refuse to pull the snacks off the shelf. Believe me, I have told them my story. They say “they can’t until they are told to by corporate headquarters”. So I suppose until some government agency proves the snacks are unsafe, poor animals will continue suffer. Good luck to those of you who have pets with the same symptoms as Dusty. It took nearly 8 weeks to get whatever the toxin was out of his system.

    • It’s great to hear he’s doing better, thanks for the update. The Waggin Train, Canyon Creek Ranch and Milo’s Kitchen treats were just recalled, but so far it seems unrelated to the ongoing issues. (The reports say it was due to the discovery of residues of an unapproved antibiotic found on product testing.) That recall has pulled the products off of the shelves for now. Until the FDA finds an actual cause, their hands are tied…so it’s up to all of us to spread the word about the concerns regarding the safety of these treats.

      • Thanks so much for posting this. My dog Tyler, a golden Shitzu loves the Dingo Jerky Chewz, the Waggin Train Chicken Steaks and the Waggin Train Chicken Jerky. I’m having his blood drawn next Saturday to see if he has any medical problems. I just can’t believe this is happening. I take care of my pooch. I thought it was made in the US, but it’s only distributed in the US. I feel so wronged. I thought it was safe and now my dog may be sick. He hasn’t vomited or anything, but he has started urinating throughout the house as if he was never pad trained. So, I’m concerned he may not be so lucky and could be sick.

        • Hope everything is fine. It’s certainly worth checking out since you’re concerned.

  3. 7yr old yorki/poodle mix. Ate Milo made in china chicken strips for approx 2-3 months as the dogs main treats. He started drinking nearly double water daily intake and started having excessive urination(nearly 4X as much). Vet tests showed low electrolite levels and kidney functioning very low. Stopped treats and after 4 weeks the dog is still over drinking and over urinating however the electrolite levels are about normal and there is some color in the urine. The vet believes we caught it soon enough after symptoms started and hopes for full recovery in another 6 to 8 weeks. I knew nothing of the possble threat that made in china chicken treats might be to our beloved dog. My heart goes out to those who have lost their pets and only hope the FDA finds the solution soon.

  4. My yorkipoo started drinking double water, urination increased 3 fold, Immediately took him to local vet. Vet did blood and urine tests, low potassium levels, and kidneys not functioning properly. He had me stop giving chicken strips made in china. Four weeks later dog still over drinking and excessive urination, however potassium level is up. Vet believes we caught it in time. Hopes in another 4 to 6 weeks my best friend will be back to normal. How can this happen to animals here in the USA. If there are so many of our pets suffering and dying with the common thread of snacks from China, pull the treats until we find what the problem is. There is just too many animals with these kidney problems all eating these same snacks from China!!!

  5. My dog is Abby a 10 year old Norwegian ElkHound that has been very healthy all of her life. In fact, she’s never been sick. A week ago she was given Dingo Jerky Chewz. within about 5 hours she had a very bad seizure so I rushed her to the vet. They checked her over and could not find anything wrong with her. They also took blood and that came back with everything in the proper ranges. The following day she vomited all day but I did not see her have a seizure but she was outside because of the vomiting. The next day she had another bad seizure. I thought I was gong to lose my dog. The only thing she had that was different was the Dingo Jerky Chewz. Since then she has had no more Jerky Chewz and no seizures. I did some checking and found out the jerky was made in China. I’m so upset about this I am seriously considering contacting an Attorney to see what can be done about this. Why wasn’t the product removed from the shelves? I almost lost my beloved pet because of this treat.

  6. Update: U.S. Senator Calls FDA on the Carpet with Chinese Jerky Treats. On Feb. 6, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown sent a letter to Commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, urging the FDA to promptly pursue efforts to find the contaminant in these pet treats and ensure that they are pulled from store shelves. Click here for the article. As individuals and as a business (TriPom Chews) that makes SAFE, real ‘American Made’ chicken jerky, we educate people on the dangers of Chinese treats and commend, and fully support, Sen. Brown’s efforts. Contact your Representatives in Congress at Together we CAN make a difference and keep our pets SAFE.

  7. Thanks for the discussion on this, but please refrain from turning this into promotions and advertisements for your own products.

  8. There is a NEW article 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:

    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.

  9. I just worked a craft show over Thanksgiving weekend. 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 online and 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.

  10. @Nikki Burns
    I have been reading many articles regarding Chicken Jerky Treats from China. I didn’t know that Dingo was made from China. I will no longer buy Dingo Treats. Thank you for the information.

  11. @Dr. Kimberly May
    Yes I did report it! Funny how this warning from the FDA came out 5 days after I reported it too! There is an article that came out a few days ago and it says treats that are made with Chicken from China are causing mystery illnesses in dogs. Mine fits ALL of the symptoms, including the low glucose. If you go to MSNBC and go to their Vitals section you will be able to find the article. I’m emailing it to the company that denied the reimbursement and tell them they need to rethink their decision. It’s evident that their treats were the cause. They can’t deny it any longer.

  12. @Nikki Burns
    Nikki, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Did you or your veterinarian report it to the FDA? If not, please consider doing so – it would be valuable information for them and may help other pets and spare them the same fate. To my knowledge, they’re specifying the chicken jerky treats because those are the treats for which the problems have been reported. Again, sorry to hear that you lost your beloved companion.

  13. My dog died 2 weeks ago from Dingo Dynostix. I wish they would quit specifying the chicken jerky treats. The Dynostix are also made with chicken and it poisoned my dog! This worthless company refuses to take responsibility for it! Please check out my website for my puppy’s story. Thanks.