Skip to comments.Chicken jerky treats linked to mystery illnesses, deaths in dogs
Posted on 11/21/2011 4:18:34 PM PST by khnyny
Chicken jerky treats may be to blame for dozens of new reports of mysterious illnesses and some deaths in dogs, prompting a renewed warning for pet owners by the Food and Drug Administration.
At least 70 dogs have been sickened so far this year after reportedly eating chicken jerky products imported from China, FDA officials said. Thats up from 54 reports of illness in 2010. Some of the dogs have died, according to the anecdotal reports from pet owners and veterinarians.
FDA officials say they have not been able to find a cause for the illnesses. Extensive chemical and microbiological testing has failed to turn up a specific contaminant and officials did not identify a specific brand of treats. They note that the reports of illness have not conclusively been tied to chicken jerky products, also sold as chicken tenders, chicken strips or chicken treats.
The new warning follows previous FDA cautions about chicken jerky treats in 2007 and 2008. But after a high of 156 reports of illness in 2007, the number of complaints dropped. Now, it's rising again.
Dog owners and vets are reporting that animals may be stricken with a range of illnesses within days or hours of eating chicken jerky, including kidney failure and Fanconi syndrome, a condition characterized by low glucose.
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If the chicken parts are so bad that they cannot be made into a mcnugget, then it may not be fit for dogs.
Chicken Jerky Treats ping.
So far it looks like they are bad for some dogs.
Likely no data on odd cats who discovered they were tasty.
They were a gift for Mason dog, who never ate any but died anyway.
The cats found them and proclaimed them acceptable. They're still eating them.
Like an hour ago.
From another source:
Sorry to hear about Mason, I was wondering about him just a couple days ago. Probably because some n00b resurrected an ancient thread and I saw a post by Flyer.
I was buying my Basenji chicken jerkey treats from Milo’s Kitchen. He loved those things! It was like crack for him! I noticed that they were made in China. Other Milo’s Kitchen treats are made in the US, but he doesn’t like the other flavors. I’ve looked at other brands of chicken jerky treats, and they all seem to be made in China. Basnejis are especially prone to Fanconi syndrome, so I stopped giving them to him. I also noticed that he was having a lot of asthma attacks when he ate them.
He lived a long time and enjoyed his retirement in the country.
He died in his own yard, well fed and loved, uninjured and not lost.
I say he won. That’s a win.
It makes me angry as I think my dog was affected. Noticed some negative symptoms and I stopped giving him the “treats” as I thought they didn’t agree with him.
As Americans, we also need to know where our people food is coming from - personally, I want nothing to do with any food product imported from China - I don’t care how cheap it is...
Our doggy got sick when we gave him some kind of meat jerky treats from China.
Now give our dog only stuff made in the old USA.
So folks, just wait until all of your medical products are made there. Yip freakin eee.
Dogs are cool
You did right by him and Jim. Thanks.
My dog’s been eating the chicken jerky strips from Costco for years with no ill effects that I’ve noticed.
I’m sorry about the loss of your dog, but it sounds like he had a great life and was very well loved. You’ll see him again.
If there was ever a better thread for this video, I ain’t seen it.
Chickety China, Chinese Chicken!
Oh, I hate to hear this. My poor HUGE American Bulldog is plagued by skin conditions, and I spend so much on “pure” food...then, a few months ago I (stupidly) bought a large bag of chicken jerky at Safeway. His skin is still a mess, and now I’m afraid it was that stupid decision of mine.
I swear this is it! I am NEVER buying any food or toy for my dogs with the tag: made in China. I hate to bad mouth a company, but I think I nearly bought a “Hartz” pet toy that said MIC...it looked crappy, and I put it back. Forgive me if I’m spreading untruths...but the point is...check out where that toy is coming from. China puts horrible crap in the rubber.
Oh, and since I mentioned it, my dog is doing better now. It was never life threatening...just that miserable skin that some white dogs have.
Hope everyone’s dog here is safe.
I will not buy any products for my dog made in China.
I queried the pet store as to why everything comes from China?Trader Joes has chicken jerky treats that say Made in USA ,but I often wondering if they are referring to the packaging.Anybody????
Butthead...is that you?
Yeah, dogs are cool. The new Beavis and Butthead programs are a hoot, too. Seems Mike Judge, the creator (also did King of the Hill, I think)...has figured out the liberal agenda.
Ya got to watch it to understand. Not for the faint of heart...but dang funny.
I gave them to my basenjis for a while, but switched. They didn’t seem to have any problems. Of course, I’m convinced they’re indestructible since they’re 16 years old and still chugging along.
That chicken ain’t chicken...do ya think?
If you love your dog do not feed it anything made in China.
I was being serious. Have one of the dogs sleeping right next to me right now. He doesn’t see so well these days, so we protect him.
Interesting. FWIW, I just discovered that Evil Cat Zia likes Doritos.
He was a real killer, he was. ;-)
But they taste so good and they are cheaper than the other jerky products I eat.
My dog gets human jerky, usually cheaper than dog jerky. Wouldn’t feed her that dog crap jerky...
I avoid any dog stuff made in China. My dog’s favorite treats are by Waggin’ Train made right here in South Carolina. They have a duck jerky that he likes.
My 150 lb Amer. Bulldog shares bones/toys/etc., with my sweet/bratty 19 lb Boston Terrier. I love him for it.
Sorry, for de-railing your comment.
I think dogs are one of the coolest things that God gave us human beings.
Always had them, always will.
I checked our package of Waggin’ Train; USA owned company, but product made in China.
Does your package indicate the product made in South Carolina?
(Jeeze! My dogs LOVE these! Has anyone made them, themselves with a dehydrator?)
Check out this site to see how the food you’re using is rated: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
Is it anyone I know?
He died in his own yard, well fed and loved, uninjured and not lost.
I say he won. Thats a win.
I hope my obituary reads as well as that one.
Thank you for posting this!!
My sister lost “Kirby” a few years ago from dry dog food imported from China. The vet said his kidneys failed from whatever poisonous ingredient was added — AND this was an expensive, high end dog food, the kind sold in fancy pet stores!!
My little Shih-tzu loves chicken jerky — he has had terrible skin problems and has spent many hours at the vet ($$$). Vet thought it was a flea allergy but it turns out it wasn’t, vet couldn’t figure it out. Now I’m thinking it is from the chicken jerky!!
I will check labels FROM NOW ON — Waggin’ Train, Milo’s Kitchen and Trader Joe’s chicken strips are regular dog food items at my home.
I would be terribly heartbroken if one of my dogs died — not to mentioned VERY angry.
Correlation does not imply causation.
LOL I did word that strangly didn’t I? Reread it a couple of times before I saw what you saw....Am a little slow today I guess.....
Try this stuff:
It’s a miracle cure.
I kid you not.
[your white dog will be yellow for a while but it’ll fix ~any~ skin problem]
My Husky and Shitzu love the Waggin’ Train chicken strips. So far, no problems. I just checked the package. I thought they were from North Carolina, but found out they were imported from China.
I’ll keep an eye on this. I worry about anything from China.
My wife makes homemade chicken jerky-our dog loves it.
Thank you. One I lost.