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FDA is warning pet owners that chicken jerky products imported from China may be associated with the development of Fanconi-like syndrome in dogs who have been fed the treats on a regular basis.

In the last 12 months, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has logged an increase in the number of complaints filed by dog owners and veterinarians.

FDA first reported a potential association between the development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products – also described as chicken tenders, strips or treats – in September 2007. The first illnesses were noted in 2006 (6 reports). The number of illness reports peaked in 2007 (156 reports), according to FDA Spokeswoman Laura Alvey, dipped to 41 incidents in 2008, and have fluctuated ever since.

In June 2011, the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association (CVMA) notified CVMA members by email that several veterinarians in Canada had reported dogs with Fanconi-like symptoms that could be associated with the consumption of chicken jerky treats manufactured in China. The email included the following warning:

Recently, several veterinarians in Ontario have reported cases of dogs that have been showing signs similar to Fanconi syndrome. All dogs in the reported cases had been fed chicken jerky treats that were manufactured in China.

Signs of Fanconi syndrome can include decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, and increased water consumption and/or increased urination. Blood tests may show increased urea nitrogen and creatinine. Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). The problem is that this can be confused with diabetes.

The CVMA also notified the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA), which transmitted the advisory to US veterinarians. At the time of the notification (June 17, 2011), AVMA had not received any reports from its members of similar incidents of Fanconi-like syndrome associated with chicken jerky treats.

That situation has changed.

FDA has received a total of 70 reports of Fanconi-like syndrome associated with chicken jerky treats from pet owners and veterinarians so far this year – up from 54 reports in all of 2010. “FDA,” Ms. Alvey reported to me by email, “is actively investigating the matter and conducting analysis for multiple different chemical and microbiological contaminants. We have tested numerous samples of chicken jerky products for possible contaminants including melamine. The complaints received have been on various chicken jerky products but to date we have not detected any contaminants and therefore have not issued a recall or implicated any products. We are continuing to test and will notify the public if we find evidence of any contaminants.”

There does not appear to be any rhyme or reason to the source or timing of the reports – there is no indication that the problem is clustered in a particular state or region – or to the monthly number of complaints, Alvey reported in response to my questions. She suggests that part of the upsurge may be due to increased awareness on the part of US veterinarians and pet owners as a result of the Canadian advisory.

Alvey emphasizes that “no causal link” has been established between the illnesses and the consumption of chicken jerky products. No one has yet been able to find any component in the chicken jerky treats that could account for the illnesses. Nevertheless, at least one recent report offers epidemiological evidence that regular consumption of chicken jerky treats may be behind the illnesses. Veterinarians Hooper and Roberts, writing in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, described four illnesses in small-breed dogs. This is the Abstract of their published report (emphasis added):

Four small-breed dogs were diagnosed with acquired Fanconi syndrome. All dogs ate varying amounts of chicken jerky treats. All dogs were examined for similar clinical signs that included, but were not limited to, lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, and altered thirst and urination. The quantity of chicken jerky consumed could not be determined; however, based on the histories obtained, the chicken jerky treats were a significant part of the diet and were consumed daily by all dogs. Extensive diagnostic testing eliminated other causes of the observed clinical signs, such as urinary tract infection and rickettsial disease. Glucosuria in the face of euglycemia or hypoglycemia, aminoaciduria, and metabolic acidosis confirmed the diagnosis of Fanconi syndrome. All dogs received supportive care, including IV fluids, antibiotics, gastroprotectants, and oral nutritional supplements. Three dogs exhibited complete resolution of glucosuria, proteinuria, and the associated azotemia; however, one dog remained azotemic, resulting in a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease.

There have been two prior clusters of Fanconi-like syndrome in dogs. The 2007 cases were linked to melamine contamination of treats that were manufactured in China. And in 2009, a number of cases in Australia were linked to the consumption of chicken treats or dental chews made with corn, soy and rice.

FDA has published following information and advice for pet owners:

Chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be fed occasionally in small quantities.

FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products: decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination. If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.

FDA, in addition to several animal health diagnostic laboratories in the U.S., is working to determine why these products are associated with illness in dogs. FDA’s Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (VLRN) is now available to support these animal health diagnostic laboratories. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. FDA continues extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified a contaminant. 

The FDA continues to actively investigate the problem and its origin. Many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky. Veterinarians and consumers alike should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their state or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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“Chicken Jerky Pet Treat Alert” was first posted by Phyllis Entis Nov. 19, 2011 on her website, eFoodAlert. Reposted with permission.

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  • http://www.TriPomChews.com Kenneth Bryant

    We started making our own chicken jerky for our 3 Pomeranians after my fiancee came across a prior FDA warning that chicken treats from China were making dogs sick or killing them. Two years later and we are still the only Maine Made, American made, chicken jerky produced from whole restaurant quality chicken breasts containing NO Additives and NO Preservatives. It’s as healthy as if you bought your own quality chicken, cooked it yourself, and fed it to your furry kids. We sell online (www.TriPomChews.com) and are carried by about 20 (so far) of the finer pet stores and pet boutiques in the New England Area.
    Please, do yourself and your pet kids a favor: go through all their treats and get rid of anything Made in China. The Chinese
    were putting Melamine, the ingredient that spurred the huge pet food recall, into children’s milk to boost the apparent levels of protein. Kids got sick just like all of the dogs who ingested tainted pet food. They were caught and stopped–for a time, then started putting it back into the milk again…
    The Chinese have little regard for human life and less for the lives of our pets. Buy anything you want of Chinese manufacture (though we have issues with that, too) just not their food or treats, please!

  • Deborah Harris

    Our large lab mix is fighting for his life at our veterinarians office right now. We gave him Waggin Train Treats that apparently contain chicken jerky. Our vet said his symptoms showed that this could be the case of the chicken jerky poisoning his system. He has a temperature of 105 and he is having kidney and pancreas issues. He is on IV fluids and antibiotics. We pray that he will survive this terrible ordeal. After researching this information, the company, Waggin Train, has denied that there is a problem after countless reports of animals consuming the treats and then becoming ill. We know for a fact that this is the only thing that could have caused our beloved pet to become ill. This is the only change in his diet this week. We rewarded him with a deadly treat. We are sick that we could have avoided this. This is a crime. They must be stopped.

  • Dave

    My dog Maggie is a 4 year old healthy peekapoo. She eats 2 waggin treats a day. She is at the vet now for kidney failure. We are being told it is linked to Waggin Train chicken treats. It’s a sad day and I’m upset that nothing was said earlier and that the Major stores continue to sell this product and could care less about the dogs and families affected. It proves that Corp America is genuinely more concerned about their bottom line than the families deeply saddened by the loss of family members(pets).

  • Pam Ruth

    My pug got seriuosly ill back in May of this year (2011) she was eating up the Chicken Waggon Train treats, I was so stupid I didnt realize it untill my vet asked me is she was eating any dog food from China, of course I checked then and on the back of the package,sure enough it was. We really thought we were going to lose her, but my vet was dilligent and of course we dont use the Waggon Train products anymore, it is very very hard to find dog treats not made in China.

  • http://www.vetmobilecare.com Mobile Vet

    I am glad I found this announcement. I am going to post it on my facebook page and website.

  • Edward Kipp

    I Foster for a Rescue and always have Fosters and I thought I was giving them a Healthy Treat I was giving them Milo’s Chicken Jerky and Wagon Train Chicken and then I recieved an e-mail on facebook about Chicken Jerky I checked to see where they were made ( CHINA) there will be no more of these in my House until they start making them here in the USA I hope all of the Dog Lovers and other pet lovers decide to take a stand with these company and tell them to bring their companys back here to the USA or you will lose our business if they make their product in CHINA leave it there because we are no longer going to buy it !!!They are making Money off of our dogs & pets and we are losing our beloved babies If you Love your Best Friend take a stand and fight for them ( Their health & LIFE) thank you Ed & Hazel

  • Kissindra Schlepp

    I have an Idea… Its been being discussed that a certain type of pesticide used in hay production is eaten, then passed, then the poop utilized as fertilizer and the garden vegetables showing signs of mutation that such fertilizer causes. If they Cant Find anything, and its a case of Slow Poisoning, then it would account for why it takes time to build to the point of poisoning. What IF this fertilizer was used on the soy, corn, or rice that might also be in the jerky treats? this could put Alot more then dog food on the table here…. And China would no longer be the scape goat… Ones gotta wonder if just Maybe its not Always china or other countries who need a kick in the pants… There is Plenty of Denial to be had Here at Home Too…

  • http://www.NaturalDogFoodStore.com www.NaturalDogFoodStore.com

    Unfortunately this is going to continue to happen if consumers aren’t aware what to look for in pet foods and treats. Call the company and ask where the ingredients are from and where the products are made. In 2007 we heard from so many pet owners and the terrible stories about their loved ones being lost. Now, new pet owners are coming to the market and have never even heard about the recalls in the past. It is up to us to spread the word and make sure all pets are safe.

  • Bruce

    The bottom line here is that food products from China are potentially unsafe, regardless of whether they’re intended for human or pet consumption. In spite of the weaknesses in our own FDA’s powers and abilities, the risk is far greater when it comes to consuming items which hail from the PRC.

  • Jan

    My Cocker, Tristan, had only 3 peices of the jerky treats last year, he was running 104 temp, he would not get out of bed. he would not pee, he was very sick, our vet had not idea what was wrong with him, vet cost was over 400 US dollars! Now, I make my dog their own jerky. I came very close to Tristan dying and for what, a treat? I hope all the dogs above made it, my heart goes out to the owners of the dogs. We should sue Waggin Tails for this!!!

  • MansBestFriend

    This is not only a China or U.S. pet food industry problem. Australia solved a similar mystery when they saw the link to irradiation of pet treats after grain-based treats caused Fanconi-like syndrome along with chicken treats. Is the FDA even considering food irradiation, (especially at high levels), as the missing link in these outbreaks?
    http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=13936
    Following product recalls, Fanconi-like syndrome outbreak abates in Australia
    September 23, 2009
    By: Edie Lau
    For The VIN News Service
    “The [grain-based] chews are made in Vietnam. Virbac has said that the product in Australia, unlike those sold elsewhere, is irradiated as required by the Australia Quarantine and Inspection Service.”

  • SarahW

    Mansbestfriend: You wondered “Is the FDA even considering food irradiation, (especially at high levels), as the missing link in these outbreaks?”
    I believe they are aware of the possibility, but very reluctant to admit this is an issue at ALL.
    The fDA has been a strong proponent of irradiation as a method to ensure animal feed/pet food quality (a method of eliminating contamination with bacteria and extending shelf-life) and within the agency there is some crossover pressure/industry ties to avoid implicating irradiation unless they are double-dog sure.
    This problem, essentially, would ruin everything that irradiation promised and in particular hopes for its employment in processing of food for human consumption. There is strong resistance to implicating it before the precise mechanism is detected and implication of the process unavoidable.
    Commerce is at stake.
    It also explains the language that “no specific contaminant” has been found, though a strong (for the FDA) warning has been released. They are aware. But at bottom there is a wish to conceal or withold any accusation of irradiation producing toxicity in a food product. My money is on alteration of bound lysine in the poultry treats. Cases where high lysine grain produced by Monsanto (with levels of free lysine boosted substantially by irradiation) has been implicated in fanconi syndrome suggest a natural component of the poultry treats is what is harming pets.

  • Frank Andrews

    I have three Pappilon’s. The dame, the sire and one off spring. Each sees the Vet yearly, all are spayed or neutered. The dame and sire are approx 8 years old and have enjoyed excellent health. The off spring is approx 6 years old, ditto health. Recently the dame became deaf. A few weeks later the sire became blind and incontinent. We have purchased those Chinese chicken treats from Sam’s. I would estimate that we purchases and my dogs consumed these threats 6 to 8 times during the last year. My dogs have gone from alert healthy animals and friends to physical wrecks. As a matter of fact I may have to put the sire down. I am 100% military service connected disabled and my dogs keep both my spirits up and my illness in check. I don’t know what I’m going to do without them. Is there a class action suit against the producers of this poison?

  • http://www.manualofman.com Sahil

    I’ve been feeding my dog home-made chicken jerky treats made with my food dehydrator. They are so easy and come out so well, I’ve also started making them for friends too. I’ve written an easy how-to guide on my blog for making these cost effective dog treats. If you’re switching over from China-made store-bought treats, the initial cost of investing in a food dehydrator is paid back in weeks when you start making your own treats and jerky!
    Check out the article here: http://www.manualofman.com/2011/dehydrated-chicken-breast-dog-treats/

  • Robin

    Hi Frank Andrews,
    I hope you come back to this site and read this.
    I would like to help you, if I can, find another dog if it comes to that. I know no one can replace your beloved Papillons, but it sounds as if you need a dog to heal, they are so wonderful at that.
    One place to look is this: http://www.military.com/entertainment/pet-corner/about-military-working-dog-adoptions
    Another is http://www.militaryworkingdogadoptions.com/.
    There is also a foundation that helps disabled military veterans with PTSD get companions, http://www.military.com/entertainment/pet-corner/mans-best-friend-best-treatment-for-ptsd.
    Please respond back to me if you can; I’d like to figure out a way to really help you.

  • http://www.TriPomChews.com TriPom Chews

    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: http://on.msnbc.com/vKKHKK
    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.

  • selena

    They should take waggin train dog treats off the shelfs I just bought these treats and I’m glad I did not feed them to my dog yet what is wrong the FDA why are they not doing there jobs and stop the sell of all chicken jerky treats made in China STOP THE SELL OF DOG TREATS MADE IN CHINA !!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.TheSilverEdge.com spencer

    Geesh, I’ve fed literally POUNDS of the Waggin Train brand chicken strip dog treats to my three big outdoor dogs over the past year, and have never had a problem. The dogs absolutely love them. I only give them four or five strips at a time. But there’s never been a problem. The dogs are super healthy and full of energy. So I don’t know what all of this bashing against Waggin Train brand is. Even my local Walgreen’s has now stopped selling the stuff, and my dogs sure are missing it. I was getting it for $10 for a 20 oz. bag from Walgreen’s, which lasted quite a while. The people on this site claiming to be making and selling it are charging more than twice the price for less than 16 oz. Geesh. It’s got me wondering if they’re just not drumming up hysteria in order to sell more of the American-made stuff.

  • holly lu conant rees

    we lost our laughing, great-hearted bruna on thursday, almost certainly due to consumption of chicken jerky treats, which we had no idea are imported from china, nor that there are 100s of reports of deaths & illness associated with them. in a horrible irony, we saw a story done by our local news station, wsmv.com,the night after we’d had to help her over the rainbow bridge, about another family whose dog died with exactly the same symptoms after eating this product. pls spread the word to everyone who know who has a dogly family member, & consider signing the petition below to ban these dangerous “treats”.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/ban-dog-treats-imported-from-china

  • Jim Milligan

    Wether it is true or not, I have quit feeding dog treats from China. It is very hard to find dog treats made in the USA. I am now making my own chicken jerky and it takes about 3-4 hours. There are plenty of healthy dog treat recipes on the web and it is great to see your dogs enjoy something that you made for them. My dogs will not be a statistic in this one.

  • Holly

    On Christmas Eve at 1 am, my 5 year old beagle woke me up to go outside to use the bathroom. What started out as a little bit of an upset stomach in the wee hours of the morning had turned into vomiting and bloody diarrhea by around 9 am. I rushed him into the vet and after the usual testing (x-ray, fecal, etc) and several hours of worrying and waiting he was diagnosed with HGE. He spent about a day and a half in the vet’s care receiving fluids and meds via IV and once he had improved enough to be discharged was sent home with 3 medications to take over the course of 10 days. Once he came home and I started to research his condition I began to thank my lucky stars that I got him to the vet when I did. This illness goes downhill very quickly and can be fatal if attention is not sought immediately. The only cause that my vet was able to give me for this episode was that he “probably got into something.” I am so careful about him getting into things & even have a dog gate so that he can’t get into the kitchen to rummage throught the trash. He is a beagle after all so everything is doggie proof. I have a high suspicion that the true cause of this problem is the Waggin Train dog treats that he’s been eating for several months. I am appalled by the complaints and very similar stories from other owners who feed their dogs these and other treats made in China. I will never feed him these treats again and as a matter of fact I cooked up a batch of homemade peanut butter dog cookies this morning. He loved them of course! Please do not take a chance with your pet’s life. Discontinue these poisonous treats and if your dog is showing any symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue please get the precious baby to the vet right away!

  • http://facebook Merilyn

    I keep hearing all of these complaints on Wagon Train chicken jerky treats. What about the Wagon Train wholesome duck treats?
    Has anything been linked to them? I use to feed my Chihuahua the chicken treats but then I tried the duck and now she won’t eat anything else. I have feed her these for 2 years now and have not had any problems but now I am scared that they may be affected to. She loves these treats. I have tried her on other treats but she won’t have anything to do with them. Maybe it is what their putting in them that makes them so addicting that is the problem. I can’t help but think there is something there that they can’t resist. Makes you wonder!

  • Angela

    We have been feeding our 90 pound chocolate lab beefeater chicken jerky treats for several years now..she only gets 2 in the morning after her walk. There has been many times over the last couple of years where she gets sick, would stop eating, have diarrhea and vomiting and then go away. I was told about the problem with chicken jerky treats that came from China from a co-worker. I believe that is the source of the mysterious illness in my dog over the years. Thank God is hasn’t affected her health like some of the others i have read about. We have stopped feeding her these jerky treats. At $6 a pound you would think the chicken could come from this country. I am now going to make my own treats for her. All of the nasty viruses,& tainted products that hit this country come from China….What a filthy country…..and sadly enough….they almost own this one…..

  • Mary

    I carried my dog to the vet yesterday because he has been so very sick. He won’t eat or drink anything. We have been force feeding him with a baby syringe. He would even throw up the meds that I got for him. Nothing would stay down. I just happened to mention that he wouldn’t even take one of his favorite treats, which is Waggin Train Treats. They told me about the recall that they had received on this. I am so thankful that I mentioned this, else I would not have known. I don’t know if he is going to make it or not, but the vet said to continue to do what I have been doing and maybe he will be okay. I have noticed that it is still on shelves in several stores in our area. I wish the FDA would make it mandatory to pull all pet food from China from all shelves in the America.

  • Janet

    I only recently came across the FDA letter dated 11/18/11 cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products imported from China might be causing illnesses in dogs. I was still grieving the loss of our beautiful, smart and playful, Abby, a 7 year old Yorkie, who had to be euthanized on 9/20/11. She had been eating Waggin Train chicken jerky treats over the summer, and absolutely seemed to love them. They were purchased for her from Wallmart and Costco by another family member, and I really thought that they were produced in the USA until I recently examined a package to see that they are made in China. We did notice that our pet was consuming more water and urinating more during the summer months, but excused it because we live in Arizona which extremely hot during the summer months. However, in early September, Abby suddenly stopped eating her regular food and within a day began to vomit. Got her to the vet with 1-2 days, and her blood work revealed “end stage renal failure.” Tried to pull her through over a 2 week period with SQ IV’s, medications, diet, etc. and actually had her BUN and Creatine levels looking much better. However, she never regained her appetite or energy, and once the SQ IV’s were decreased as recommended by the vet, she quickly and irreversibly went downhill. This has been the most devastating experience I have ever endured with a family pet. I am consumed with guilt over the fact that we unknowingly probably caused the death of our loving Abby. I will be filing a compliant with the FDA. I agree with all the grieving pet owners on the internet that these dog food products need to be taken off the market. Never again!

  • http://www.TriPomChews.com TriPom Chews

    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. If the link doesn’t work or is not present, Google “Senator Brown FDA China” to find it. 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 Congress.org. Together we CAN make a difference and keep our pets SAFE.

  • Michelle Miller Thorpe

    Please join our facebook group- Animal parents against chicken jerky treats made in China- We are trying very hard to have this product removed from US shelves and need all the support we can get. My family lost our little pug Gracie Mae to this deadly poison, she got very ill from chicken jerky and never recovered, had to put her down the day before Thanksgiving. The FDA needs to issue the recall and get this stuff off the shelves!

  • http://haldoll.com Hal Levine

    I just took my yellow lab to the vets and he was convinced that the Melamine in the chicken treats (Kingdom Pets, co Costco) caused her to develop Pancreatitis. I read the label and it is from China. My dog is now on an IV 24 hours, and will be watched overnight. Please STOP giving these treats to your animals!

  • danielle

    My beautiful lab mix was vomiting and not eating a week ago and we brought her to the vet to find out she had kidney disease (most likely from chicken jerky treats milos kitchen brand). She was in the emergency vet clinic for a week to try to save her but the damage was done and we had to put her to sleep today. It is infuriating that this sickness could have been prevented. Please advise anyone you know to stop giving these treats and I hope to try to get them off the shelves.

  • http://www.change.org/petitions/pet-owners-animal-advocates-dogs-are-dying-make-the-fda-recall-all-chicken-jerky-treats-made-in-china Susan

    Please sign my petition!
    Dogs Are Dying: Make the FDA Recall ALL Chicken Jerky Treats Made in China
    http://www.change.org/petitions/pet-owners-animal-advocates-dogs-are-dying-make-the-fda-recall-all-chicken-jerky-treats-made-in-china

  • http://www.TriPomChews.com TriPom Chews

    An FDA document leaked this week from a confidential source within the US Congress details the chronological timeline of tests that the agency has performed on chicken jerky treats since 2007 – tests which many pet owners say have ignored some of the most potentially lethal substances possibly responsible for the rash of pet illnesses and deaths.
    Read the report at: http://www.TriPomChews.net/fda-tests-jerky-treats

  • Pat

    My 35 lb, 9 yr, old “poi” dog – Honopu – has been on IV’s since 3/8/12 – and he’s still throwing up and having bloody diarrhea – His pancreatic enzymes were off the charts – over 10 times high normal – I am devestated – Hoping for the best, but it’s still touch and go – He’s been eating several Chicken treats – mostly Waggin Train – once a week for the past few years – I can’t believe that giving him a treat caused all this – Hopefully he will have enough fight to pull through, but just seeing him suffer right now is exceedingly difficult -The public needs to be made aware of the potential danger – because the onset is sudden – and there is apparently no way to know if your dog is sensitive to whatever is in these treats that is causing this illness -

  • Anonymous

    ****All copies of FDA related information are available here (FDA Website):
    http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm280586.htm

  • Trish

    Do a Google search for “American Made Pet Treats”. There are many other choices. Yes, the treats from China are always the least expensive, but at what real cost? We are losing our loved ones. If you feel you need to provide chicken treats, please buy American Made. It’s worth the extra cost. My neighbor was one of the first to lose their 5 month old puppy to the treats from China (about 3 years ago) and I don’t think I’ll ever completely get over it. Just heartbreaking.

  • Lauren

    If a country such as China can EAT DOGS THAT ARE YELPING IN THE BACKGROUND OF THEIR EATERY why would they care about what goes into the food they get approval on from the USA! Also, the FDA doesn’t give a damn about drugs for people in USA that side effects are more dangerous than the condition it’s for. It’s also been a well-known fact that arsenic is put into all chews for dogs from China! I wouldn’t buy a lampshade from China! This country has little regard for people let alone animals. I think they do it on purpose. As for the FDA they know alot about many things and do nothing until it’s too late ….Look at the warnings on RX in this country. It kills more people than it helps and they approve the dangerous side effects….they are no better than China….it’s all about money and profits….maybe we would have a healthier economy by hiring people in the USA and giving our trade away for big buck profits …. when will we learn!

  • Nancy

    I have a little yorkie who is currently in renal failure due to Waggin Train and Canyon Creek treats. To say that I am heartbroken is a real understatement. What makes it worse is that I thought I was pampering her by purchasing these overpriced tidbIts and I was poisoning her. If anyone has found a treatment that helps please let me know. I am really grabbing at straws for treatment. It must be noted that Nestle Purina is the mother company producing these products and is hiding behind the FDA rather than voluntarily recalling these tainted products ASAP.

  • Deb

    Another thing you want to watch for is US made treats that have ingredients FROM China! This falls under the radar – but there were reports last month about this! http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2012/02/_animals_in_the_news_82.html

  • Karen

    I wish you people would do some research before you lump all pet food manufacturers together. The problem is MELAMINE, NOT all chicken jerky treats. Waggin’ Train jerky treats have NO melamine in them. They have NOTHING but chicken, vegetable glycerin, and natural flavor. I have been feeding them to my perfectly healthy 14 1/2 year old greyhound since they came on the market. There ARE other jerky treats that are made in China by various and sundry manufacturers, and YES, I DO read their packages, and will NOT buy them because of their ingredients. Make an INFORMED decision. Don’t just jump on the bandwagon. Waggin’ Train has never been named as a company whose chicken jerky treats have caused any illness in any pets. If you can show me definitively where the research is that states that Waggin’ Train jerky treats are definitely causing illness in pets, then do so. It is a shame to point the finger at one company when there are many out there who do produce harmful products.

  • Karen

    I wish you people would do some research before you lump all pet food manufacturers together. The problem is MELAMINE, NOT all chicken jerky treats. Waggin’ Train jerky treats have NO melamine in them. They have NOTHING but chicken, vegetable glycerin, and natural flavor. I have been feeding them to my perfectly healthy 14 1/2 year old greyhound since they came on the market. There ARE other jerky treats that are made in China by various and sundry manufacturers, and YES, I DO read their packages, and will NOT buy them because of their ingredients. Make an INFORMED decision. Don’t just jump on the bandwagon. Waggin’ Train has never been named as a company whose chicken jerky treats have caused any illness in any pets. If you can show me definitively where the research is that states that Waggin’ Train jerky treats are definitely causing illness in pets, then do so. It is a shame to point the finger at one company when there are many out there who do produce harmful products.

  • Laura Matthias

    I purchased these treats for my 85 pound boxer mix dog. A few times he had diarrhea. I thought maybe it was just because we gave him to much at once. I dont understand how the FDA can not get the word at there better about this. I would hope that anyone who loses a pet because of this would also hold them responsible.

  • Karen

    We just lost our healthy 5yr.old Beagle, Waldo suddenly. He was drinking alot of water, lost control of his bladder, not eating , then stopped all drinking. The Vet. said it looked like he had an infection so we treated it as if he did. Did`nt work , we then did a blood test on him and his sugar level was over 300. we did insulion and that also didnt work. We had to put him down. I do belive after reading and reseaching , he was a victim of these dog snacks. Not only this brand but all brands from China. We still have`nt recovered from his death. It was three long heart breaking weeks taking care of him. We have a little dog that is two years old and I stopped all snacks fearing we would loose him also. Something has to be done to stop this.

  • Jim

    Any correlation to Nutro dog food for any of those that had kidney problems. We fed Nutro to our 4 dogs, but also have them these chicken treats occasionally. All our dogs, as well as a relative’s dog had urinary problems. We stopped giving them Nutro because of all the problems we read about that and haven’t had any problems since.

  • http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/chicken-jerky-pet-treat-alert/ Joy

    SERIOUS QUESTION PLEASE!!!!!!! Are these any treats made with chicken…made in china that are in question? I keep seeing the Chicken Jerky, but I have other chicken bites, chicken cowboy steaks,etc. by these same Waggin Train and Canyon Creek Ranch. All made in China..all “chicken “treats” I don’t want to waste money and throw away all my treats because I have several bags, but I don’t want to risk my dogs health-that is more important!

  • mrothschild

    Nestle Purina PetCare Co.’s Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, and the Del Monte Corp.’s Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats were the brand names most often cited by pet owners and veterinarians in complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about illnesses possibly linked to dog treats made from chicken, according to a report by msnbc.com.
    msnbc.com said those brands were implicated in an FDA report obtained through a public records request.
    The FDA had declined to identify specific brands, saying repeated tests have shown no definitive link to any brand or manufacturer. Nestle Purina and Del Monte have said their treats are safe. There have been no recalls.

  • Jason

    It’s causing problems here in Naples, Florida too. Our Shitzu was drinking and urinating like crazy from Waggin Train treats until we figured out the problem. Fortunately she’s fine now. We had her checked for diabetes and no sugar was in her urine.

  • Mary Rothschild

    Nestle Purina PetCare Co.’s Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, and the Del Monte Corp.’s Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats were the brand names most often cited by pet owners and veterinarians in complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about illnesses possibly linked to dog treats made from chicken, according to a report by msnbc.com.
    msnbc.com said those brands were implicated in an FDA report obtained through a public records request.
    The FDA had declined to identify specific brands, saying repeated tests have shown no definitive link to any brand or manufacturer. Nestle Purina and Del Monte have said their treats are safe. There have been no recalls.

  • George & Deb

    Our dog died of cancer last August after being diegnosed last May, she was only 4 years old.
    As to what caused the cancer there is only one common factor, Wagon Train Chicken Jerkies. She loved them and ate them daily.
    If we only knew the facts before we started feeding her those treats.
    Four years old is way to young for any dog to die.
    I’d strongly advise anyone to stay away from any food that is made in China. If you can, make your own treats, that way you have some control of what your pet eats.

  • George & Deb

    Our dog died of cancer last August after being diegnosed last May, she was only 4 years old.
    As to what caused the cancer there is only one common factor, Wagon Train Chicken Jerkies. She loved them and ate them daily.
    If we only knew the facts before we started feeding her those treats.
    Four years old is way to young for any dog to die.
    I’d strongly advise anyone to stay away from any food that is made in China. If you can, make your own treats, that way you have some control of what your pet eats.

  • http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/chicken-jerky-pet-treat-alert/ Virginia

    Another article about Chicken products from China for dogs.

  • Jennifer Tooseman

    I stopped using any dog treats from China a good while ago. I just give NZ made pigs ears, lamb ears, dried liver treats from Australia and a really lovely product from a NZ company called “Ziwipeak”! They have a lovely dried meat treat product, small pieces so good for small and big dogs, flavours are lamb or venison. I pay about $21.00NZ for a 454 gram (1 pound) bag, but it lasts ages. Best thing is, it is made in NZ from NZ meats!

  • Linda

    Our three year old Lhasa Apso started having seizures after eating the chicken jerkey from China. He is now on medication for seizures possibily for the rest of his life.

  • Rick

    It really is a shame that I have to give this product a bad review because my dog, a healthy almost 7 y/o Pit/Husky Mix, REALLY loved them for the last month of her life! I mean, LOVED them!! She even turned her nose up at her former favorite treats! It almost seemed like an addiction since she would sit by the pantry door hoping we would open it and give her a piece. Unfortunately, her body wasn’t quite as crazy about them. She had been eating them (in moderation, of course) daily once I opened the bag.
    She went to the vets for a routine check up and shots (and that is a different story) Monday of last week (3/26), Wednesday afternoon my son calls me at work telling me that she had thrown up 3 times all over the place. It seemed abnormal, but she would puke from time to time so I didn’t think too much about it. Once I got home and saw her condition – she had thrown up again, she was just laying on the floor in an unusual spot, her face was puffy, she just looked sick. I got on the phone with the animal ER, suspecting it must be a reaction to the distemper shot she received. They assured me that reactions would occur in the first 24 hours but to give her a Benadryl just in case. She didn’t hold that down long and then had a bout of diarrhea outside. We monitored her condition that night and made it through. She threw up on the bedroom floor as I was coming out of the shower the next morning. My wife called our local vet that cares for our pets. Again, she asked about a reaction to the shot and they echoed the statement of the ER we spoke to and instructed us to feed her a diet of chicken and rice. That would be much easier to do if she would even eat, but no luck there. However, she seemed to be perking up a bit so we were encouraged that she was going to ride whatever was bothering her out. She also seemed to still be drinking water and urinating. Friday afternoon, while she seemed somewhat more alert, she still wasn’t eating and her drinking had slowed down. So back on the phone we were with the vet. They asked us to bring her in. They checked her out real quick, took some blood and sent her to the ER.
    The ER told us she had very high Creatine levels in her kidneys (17.5) and was suffering from acute kidney failure (WHAT!?!??!) We were not expecting anything like this. They also could not get her to produce urine. Eventually the ER got her on fluids and antibiotics and said they would start her on Lasix to get things moving. No luck. The next day, they checked her again and her numbers had come down slightly (16.8) but that was still very bad. They added a catheter to the mix and continued to give her fluids. Saturday night we knew things were looking grim but we decided to give her another night, where she could continue the fluids and medication, as well as add another diuretic to the mix. We got the call 7:30 the next morning (Sunday 4/1) that her numbers had climbed back up and she was not doing well. We could either pick her up or they could euthanize her there. We went to get her and bring her home so everyone could say their goodbyes and take her to a local vet to have her euthanized. When we went to get her, we found that her condition was much worse than we realized and there was no way that we were going to be able to take her home. We were in such utter shock – just five days earlier she was fine and now we were telling the vet that we were going to allow them to euthanize her. :-( It was so extremely painful to have to even say the words to tell them our decision. However, when they came in to do the deed, it really set in and we knew that this was our final moments with our beloved dog. When her head slumped over, my wife and I both hugged a part of her and cried for like 10 minutes. Our hearts had been ripped out!
    So why do I write this long review? Because if I can stop even one person from going through the living hell that we have been through, it will be all worth it. For now, I am going to work as hard as I can to get this and other Imported from China pet products off of our shelves. Your dog might seem OK now, but I believe that it is just killing them slower and when some other event comes up that challenges their system, they are not going to be able to survive that. We didn’t know and now that we’ve been doing the research, we are appalled at what is really on out there with our pets.
    Please people; don’t feed this trash to your pets if you really love them!

  • sue

    I have tears rolling down my face…i lost 3 dogs to this same thing…i was unemployed and could not afford to take my pets to vet for any kind of treatment. but from what i see it wouldnt have done any good…everyone kept telling me that it was parvo i said no i worked for a vet for 7 years i know what that looks like…i had 5 dogs at the time 2 were adults and 3 pups left from a litter i had …i lost the mom and dad and one pup. Two made it but they were the 2 that didnt like these treats.. we thought we were giving them something special by giving them these treats little did we know we were killing them.. we wrote letter after letter and were told that there was no problem with these treats …it is a shame that so many have to die for the almighty dollar that they make from allowing this to stay on the store shelves.

  • http://www.pamperedpawgifts.com/products-dog-cat.html Tera

    I agree with all the grieving pet owners on the internet that these dog food products need to be taken off the market.
    But you will never have to worry about things like this if you don’t feed this crap to your fur kid in the 1st place, sorry but I only feed my babies my treats, healthy all natural home made, all USA organic ingredients. http://www.pamperedpawgifts.com/products-dog-cat.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/weepawsanimalsanctuary Leigh-Ann

    Have any of the affected dogs been tested for elevated levels of vitamin D? The symptoms sound like vitamin D poisoning, and vets are usually oblivious to it as a possible cause of renal failure. I think that more cats and dogs die from hypervitaminosis D than any other toxin, but it gets written off as “idiopathic”. Only a few labs test vitamin D levels, but they remain elevated in tissues for weeks or even months, and numerous small exposures can build up in the tissues until reaching a toxic amount. Some cats and dogs are believed to be hypersensitive to vitamin D and may show signs of poisoning at levels considered high-normal. The first sign of vitamin D poisoning is usually acute renal failure with damage to the tubules and glomeruli, and mineralization of tissues and other organs follows. Commercial chicken and egg producers are testing hypersupplementation of chicken feed with huge amounts of vitamin D for a variety of reasons, but one of the baiggest is to increase the vitamin D levels in the eggs and chicken meat we buy because vitamin D is the latest panacea for human illness. The vitamin D also creates stronger egg shells, stronger bones (so the birds can carry more muscle), and it helps ward off some diseases associated with overcrowding. The reference materials for poultry farmers emphasise how cheap vitamin D supplements are, so it stands to reason that they might be used in abundance by farms in China. I’m dealing with 40 cats with vitamin D toxicosis, and it took me 5 vets, 4 months, and $10000 to diagnose the problem, so I’d be thrilled if anyone else could benefit from my experience.

  • Nancy

    My 15-year old hound/shepherd mix almost died from taking these treats. I thought he was just old, but I took him to the vet anyway. He wouldn’t eat and drank huge amounts of water. I thought might have eaten some fertilized grass, but later learned from a friend about these treats. I was stuffing baby food down his throat just to try to keep him alive. Then the vet gave him a Vitamin B shot and some appetite enhancement pills. That night he began eating again and is doing much better. I hope these hints might help some dogs out there.

  • Sherry

    My baby Buster a minature Schnauzer has been eating Waggin Train chicken jerky for about 1 1/2 years and I haven’t noticed any sickness, maybe a little virus like illness once. He eats a lot of the different types of Waggin Train treats, his favorite is the duck jerky and the chicken wrapped yams. He loves them all.

  • bill

    Please follow the manufacturers guidelines on daily consumption of these products.
    Too many owners are far exceeding what the guidelines recommend for your dogs weight. Dog treats are not a substitute for their regular daily nutritional needs.
    Most breeds love chicken jerky products and beg for them throughout the day. A small breed is only to consume a maximum of 1pc / day

  • Lauren Capra

    I now use Blue Buffalo dog food and treats . All AMERICAN MADE- you can check their web site they make chicken and turkey as well as other treats .
    I own two toy poodles and went through hell and back with them getting sick from Waggin Train. I had them hospitalized many times for dehydration from diarrhea and vomiting excessively . I wrote and called the company and was just sent more coupons . It took my friend s dog dying and the news media to finally open my eyes. NEVER AGIAN WILL I USE CHINA PRODUCTS !!! Only USA!!!! THIS BLUE BUFFALO IS HOLISTIC AND IT’S AWESOME. I URGE YOU ALL TO AT LEAST CHECK OUT THE SITE. BTW I AM PRINTING OUT ALL THE PRESS COVERAGE ON THE WAGGIN TRAIN AND GIVING IT TO ALL LOCAL NY PET STORES AND HAVING THEM TRY AND REMOVE IT FROMTHE SHELVES. I HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN SOME STORES. I LOVE ANIMALS AND WILL DO ANYTHING TO SAVE THEM. THEY DON’T HAVE A VOICE AND RELY ON US;)X

  • Donna Geiser

    My German Shepherd mix Atticus had recently been diagnosed with a thyroid problem after being lethargic, putting on weight and having chronic skin infections. He started bouncing back after starting Synthroid. Then I bought a pkg of Waggin Train chicken jerky from Costco. He has started vomiting up almost every meal and has lost his appetite for his regular dog food, only wanting his treats. I thought it was the thyroid pills, fish oil capsules or the CVS generic Benadryl I was giving him for his skin condition, which I ultimately thougtht was caused by his thyroid condition. Now I think its the treats. I have also been giving the treats to my shelty and my Chiahuahua. Both Attticus and my Chihuahua Mo-Mo have been drinking large quantities of water. I have stopped the treats as of last nite & hope and pray they will be ok as I am disabled and dont have the money to take all 3 dogs to the vet for bloodwork and medication if need be. I am afraid for my babies and heartsick that I may have caused them to be sick by buying those treats. I also bought Waggin Train “Big Blast” pork skin twists with chicken liver centers from Target and these are made in China as well. DO NOT FEED YOUR PETS THESE TREATS. They will crave them and get sick from them.

  • Ray

    http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls/brand_list.cfm?Trade_Name=BLUE%20BUFFALO&pet=Dog
    Blue Buffalo product recalls by U.S.FDA 4/30/12!
    “All American Made” doesn’t necessarily mean safe either.

  • marie

    i gave my three year old chihuahua a waggin tail jerky/chicken
    treats..just ONE…a hour later he broke out in hive-like whelps all over his little body,runny nose and eyes and panting like crazy. i thought he was about to have a heart attack..but DIDN’T. All this past Labor Day,i was nursing and monitoring him..giving him water, wiping him down with cold water and putting vaseline on the raspberry-colored blotches..i am relieved to say he seems to be better this morning..the blotches are starting to fade and he ate his food this morning..,but it was seriously touch and go this weekend andVERY SCARY. I TOOK THE TREATS BACK TO THE SUPERMARKET WHERE I PURCHASED THEM, EXPLAINED WHAT HAPPENED..AND TOLD THEM THEY SHOULD REMOVE IT FROM THEIR SHELVES. I ASSURE YOU HAD THE ‘WORSE’ HAPPENED TO MY BELOVED DOG..I WOULD ‘OWN’ PURINA DOG COMPANY FROM THE LAW SUIT I WOULD RAIN DOWN ON THEM. CAUTION: WHATEVER YOU DO..DO NOT BUY NOR GIVE YOUR DOG ANY PRODUCTS FROM CHINA..AND DEFINITLY STAY AWAY FROM WAGGING TAIL JERKY/CHICKEN WRAPPED TREATS.

  • Phillip Cheatham

    I have been feeding Waggin Train Chicken Tenders to my dogs for some time as a treat but not not all the time.  I lost a dog in August of this year whom exhibited the signs in the recall warning.  I have a Beagle who has been having loss of apatite and coughing and had it treated with antibiotics he is just now showing signs of recovery.  I will no longer feed any products that come from China to my family or dogs.     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QXAHKLFZIIY2AGUWGX254W5D4M Sara Lynn Waller

    I am so tired that everything is made in China.  I brought Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a package for a recipe and it was made in China. Now, it’s in the garbage. Also, when you buy a United States flag check where it is made from because most likely it’s made in China. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PHMSXYDQDMHFQ4KH5ZVWTHAZ2I Hunter

    People:  Do NOT buy any products from China!!!!  Our country would be much better off if products were manufactured here in the United States.  We try NEVER to buy any chinese products, its is hard these days to find US made products; but we go out of our way or do without.  We would be better as a nation paying a little more for the products made here, more people working again like in the good ole days; and products would not be poisoned.  Just look at all the products from China that have had poison in them over the years.  WHY do we keep importing from that communist country?!!!  Please think of your children and grandchildren; what legacy have we left them if we continue to buy from and support that communist nation.  BUY AMERICAN!!!

  • laura

    I realized about 3 years ago then whenever my dog had chicken jerkey he would get sick and vomit, it took me awhile to associate it to the jerkey but there was definitely a corelation to him eating the jerkey and getting sick. I will never buy any treats from china and have since not experienced the symptoms. I am thankful it did not result in his death but I am very sad for those who have lost their pet.

  • Lily Young

    All 4 of my papillons have bladder/kidney infections because we give them duck jerky. They love it and was getting 2 per day. They are now urinating blood and I know this because they can’t make it through the dog door in time very often. I’m giving them cranberry juice. I’d do the antibiotics but my vet wanted to initially charge me 55/exam 20/urine test 75/xray and another 150/blood panel. So when I told her only the urine test (I am not prepared financially) she then Wanted to do the rabies shot that my little bitty house dog just had last year. She said by law we can’t mess with her unless I pay for the rabies shot. Makes no sense that they did all the did and THEN mentioned the shot after the fact. We told her not today but another day. Well she sent my dog on her merry way with no help. She handled her tested her and was finished and then the last thing was give her some antibiotics and she simply said nope. This is the same vet whom I’ve used for years too. I’m sorry that I’m sick of being ripped off by them. I just paid 300 to have a dogs tooth pulled after they said 90. There has to be a vet around that actually cares.