Skip to comments.Veterinarians: Chinese-Made Jerky Treats Might Be Tainted
Posted on 09/16/2007 7:40:07 AM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
(FORT LAUDERDALE) -- The nation's leading veterinarian association has posted a warning to pet owners that Chinese-made jerky treats might be making animals sick.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, which represents 75,000 vets,issued the statement last week after a member reported numerous unusual cases of dogs suffering from a rare kidney ailment, after consuming the treats. Most of the products were chicken-flavored.......
......Dr. Richard Goldstein, associate professor of veterinary medicine at Cornell University and part of the team assisting the FDA in its investigation, said most of the affected dogs are small breeds that had developed renal problems. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy and lack of appetite.
"If people have a dog that has exhibited these symptoms in the past few months and they were [being fed] treats, they should take the dog to their vet and make the vet aware of the treat history," he said.
Herndon did not say how many jerky-treat complaints the FDA has logged. But San Filippo said the FDA told the association it had received about 100 calls. None of the cases have been fatal, and Goldstein said dogs usually can recover if the condition is caught early.
China is a primary source of chicken-jerky-style treats, as dark meat is more popular there than white for human consumption.
Unlike the Menu Foods recall, where the products were made in U.S. and Canadian factories using tainted wheat gluten from Chinese suppliers, most jerky treats are made in China and carry that designation on their product labels.
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Dang, I work with a company that imports those.
Why would anyone still be feeding their pet(s) anything that carries a “Made in China” label? It boggles the mind.
What happened to Mom4kittys?
thank you for posting this—i have 2 dogs.
I wonder when the Jerky Boys will be calling these guys.
Our mini schnauzer had to have the stuff from a green chewy treat surgically removed from his intestines because it wouldn't digest. Any amount of that fake nutrient laced Chinese crap would kill him, I'm sure.
Our vet recommended only lamb and rice based food (Purina One isn't overly expensive), and said he would enjoy fruits and vegetables for treats. Sure enough, he eagerly takes fruits and veggies. Bananas get him really excited. He will get a small crunchy dog biscuit now and then.
When he gets jerky (and he loves it), it is jerky made for human consumption, and only a very small amount. Sometimes we'll keep him busy by tearing a jerky piece into tiny bits and scattering it around the room.
Oh, no... I have to find that tape and see if I played it so many times it wore out!
Oh no! And I just bought a great big package of chicken jerky treats!!! (and ALL the doggie treats said ‘Made In China’ so if you don’t buy anything at all, what do you give your doggies as treats? Mine ain’t gonna’ eat bananas, that’s fer dang sure).
Thanks for posting this!
My dogs like raw baby carrots. And I cook up a goop w/ the chicken skin leftover from making broth along with ground turkey, brown rice, oatmeal & carrots. Shape into individual portions & freeze it on a cookie sheet.
My dogs are not vegetable eaters at all. But I’ll try the baby carrots. Just bought a fresh package for my own salads. Your ‘goop’ (doggie gorp! LOL) is an awful lot of fiber. No diarrhea problems? Our one dog consistently has a problem with that. Thanks for the tips!
I can vouch for the liver treat recipe, it's exactly the same as the one our agility trainer calls "I'll Do ANYthing For These Liver Treats".
It was then I figured the problem was he couldn't breathe. I picked him up and tried to do a Heimlich like on a human but that didn't work. So I picked him up in a standing position and held him between my knees and squeezed his ribs as fast and hard as I could. That worked, and he made the most horrible screaming sound I ever heard, then I set him up on his feet and he was a little wobbly but getting along. Touching his ribs and chest area didn't seem to bother him so I don't think anything got broken, but it was about 24 hours before he was back to normal.
So Spike no longer gets raw carrots. He likes them so much he eats them too fast. But he still enjoys cooked carrots.
I used to let my dog have human turkey jerky, too. He loved it. In fact, he always preferred human food to dog food. He was very smart.
For treats, I give my cat a dog the occassional bit of cheese, popcorn, or peanut and thats it!
I still worry about their pet food being contaminated and I’m not about to extend that worry to their treats.
OMG!! God bless you that you saved his life that day! No raw carrots. Bad news there. Funny that he’ll eat carrots at all though. We’re going to give it a whirl.
The last time we ordered from www.petfooddirect.com, they sent us a free bag of Wellness Pure Rewards chicken & lamb jerky treats. The package says “Made in the USA.”
The critters love these things, but because there is added salt, will stick to things like freeze dried liver treats once the bag is used up.
Our vet says that the only thing of this type that he gives his dogs is the CET dental chews. He recommended that we do the same and we’ve never had a problem.
You have a really big cat? :-)
Our little dog has had pancreatitis so we are careful with fats, and his digestive system also has a lot of trouble with starches. Of course he likes both but we figure he gets plenty (but not too much) in his regular food. Our more recently adopted mini pin seems to have the same food intolerances. On the other hand our older mini schnauzer can eat just about anything without getting sick, but we make her eat the same low fat foods because she is overweight.
The jerky is good because it it has a powerful flavor and very tiny pieces satisfy them. They like regular dog biscuits but they only get one small one at a time.
All rawhides that I have ever seen are whitish in color, unless they have some sort of 'flavor' coating. Having seen deer hide that has dried naturally, seems to me that the light tan to nearly white color is normal. I do not have any specific knowledge that the vet is wrong ... but I can't imagine that anything soaked in bleach would not have some sort of odor afterward. I do give my dogs rawhide pieces, but they are from Brazil. We are very careful to check everything we purchase for origin in China.
"I still worry about their pet food being contaminated and Im not about to extend that worry to their treats."
Have you ever considered making your dog food at home? I have feeding my dogs homemade food for over a year now, and they are doing really well. First started because one developed a severe allergy and, since I had to cook for one, I now cook for all. I do have to buy a good vitamin/mineral supplement now, but even doing that I am saving $500.00 per year.
The savings, plus the peace of mind of knowing that there is no chance of contamination, are well worth the time it takes to prepare the food.
Carrots have a sweet taste and dogs seem to like anything sweet. Our vet said carrots would be a good healthy snack.
Oops! I meant to say that I give my cat and dog.....
Thats what I get for not proof reading! LOL
... or an unlimited supply of teacup poodles ...
For treats, I give my 6 month old standard poodle Solid Gold Lamb Jerky. According to the website: All Solid Gold products, with the exception of our Blended Tuna canned cat food, are made in the U.S.A.
If it says China, it ain't going in her mouth. For regular food, there is a bowl of dry Eagle Pack Chicken to which she can help herself. And she gets lots of people food: raw beef, cooked chicken, raw lamb and beef bones, cooked eggs, yogurt, and a mixture of oatmeal, raw carrots, asparagus, salmon, and anything else that I have to add.
I did break down and let her have rawhide sticks and they are from Brazil.
She also likes kiwi, cantaloupe, and Corona beer.
Link to the website please? Is Solid Gold its own label? Not available at Fry’s?
Bring your own lunch, don’t eat in the cafeteria.
I don’t know where Fry’s is. I’m in Michigan and I get it at Pets Supplies Plus. It’s about 9 dollars for a one pound bag, but she’s worth it. :)
The Solid Gold website has a store locator:
Ah! Thank you. Ryan’s Pet Supplies might just have it then. I’ll check my catalog. Need to go over there anyway to p/u a new kitty scratching post I want.
No diarrhea probs with my dogs but they do have looser stools. I give them about 3/4 - 1 cup size portions (Westie & a big Sheltie), so it’s closer to a meal sized portion than just a treat.
And I didn’t think dogs would eat raw carrots, either, but mine love them. They scarf up the carrot sticks that the parrots drop.
Good point esp. with small dogs. I have a big Sheltie & a Westie—they get the carrot sticks (baby carrots quartered lengthwise) that the parrots drop off the top of their cage.
My dogs, well the min pins, love pieces of broccoli or squash, or carrots. Even cabbage when I’m cutting it. The queenslands like a piece of cracker.
Thanks for the ping!
He gets "PUP CORN" made by Sunshine Mills, Inc. Red Bay, AL. They are low fat, low cal, and low sodium...just 3 calories per treat. Rocket loves them. They look like little doggie shaped corn puffs, about $3 for a 7 ounce tub.
Sigh, I’m just waiting for their statement that it’s more American isolationism or double standards or some such nonsense.
I get fresh ground beef, the cheapest grade, and make little balls and freeze them for treats. Good chewing, and good flavor, and human grade food.
That’s an excellent idea. I can’t have a pet at this time, but family members do, and I’ll be sure to pass this on, and bookmark for later.
Another treat I give them is a cracker with peanut butter. I have a minpin and a mastiff (click my screen name to see) and they LOVE peanut butter.
Anyway, I’m scared to give them anything from China.
LOL! Isn’t that something?! If that rolled up blanket was beige you wouldn’t be able to tell where the blanket ends and the puppy begins. Toooooo cute.
Maybe to make them safer you could use a vegetable peeler to shave off thin strips of carrot. Would that help or could they still choke easily? I’ve never tried it. I give my dogs freeze dried 100% beef liver treats. They’re kind of expensive but they sure love ‘em.
My Jack Russell loves baby carrots if she hears me open the fridge she is right at my feet. She also loves green peppers.
Received this in an email. Please note date. I called the phone number to confirm that this in not a joke. Dr. Roberts IS seeking information from vets who have treated pets sicken by the jerky treats. Here’s the email:
We received the following fax from Dr. Brian K. Roberts of Veterinary Specialist of South Florida:
Please forward this message all BCVMA (Broward County Veterinary Medical Association) members. Alert all pet owners to not feed their dogs and/or cats any “chicken jerky” treats. The treats in question were produced in China. We have treated a number of patients with tubular renal disease causing Fanconi-like syndrome in dogs who have eaten such treats. These patients present with symptoms of polyurina/polydypsia, vomiting, anorexia and abdominal pain. They are also isosthenuric or hyposthenuric. All patients have classic biochemical markers of Fanconi: normoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, hypokalemia, glucosuria +/- ketonuria.
It appears that this Fanconi-like syndrome is permanent and patients require change in diet and life-long therapy with Dr. Gonto’s protocol which can be found on the internet: http://basenjihealth.org/FanconiProtocol.pdf.
Please contact Dr. Brian Roberts if you suspect a case. Minimum database labwork, venous acid-base and urinalysis should be performed. Acidemic patients with normoglycemia and glucosuria should be considered affected. Product information including the actual treat and packaging should be acquired. Dr. Roberts is collecting data to forward to Drs. Gonto and Goldstein in order to build a case for the FDA.
Brian K. Roberts, DVM, DACVECC
No, it's dog.