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FDA Issues Warning on Chicken Jerky for Dogs

Pet owners should be aware that chicken jerky products from China may be associated with reports of Fanconi-like syndrome in dogs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned.

The FDA issued the following alert:

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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  • Peter G

    Does anyone know the origin of the chicken in the Petco Chicken Jerky treats? The package says they are made in Brazil, but where does Brazil get them from?

  • nradbill

    Costco Chicken Jerky Treats are made in China. Mine go back tomorrow

  • Lisa

    My dog used to love these jerky treats between meals. Last year she got every one of these symptoms. After several vet visits, she passed away within a month of showing her symptoms. I make my new dogs’ food myself at home now, and I do not buy any treats that are not made here in the USA from all natural ingredients. The whole experience was (and still is) devastating. I still miss my sweet little girl.

  • j-9

    Is it only turkey jerky? could it be in the Costco lamb ones too?

  • kathy

    My Costco Chicken Jerky Treats are Nature’s Diet from Denver, Colorado.

  • Julia Perry

    My dear boy had a seizure. The only thing he had that was different was a strip of chicken jerky from Sams. Coincidence? My vets office asked me if they were made in China. They were, and went straight into the trash. They have been banned in Canada for a while now, and I have found most chicken strips, regardless of cutesy American sounding names are made in China. Most packages say not fit for human consumption.

  • JustDeb

    “Hartz” products are also made in China . I read all of the labels ( iddy biddy small print)to see what country they were made in.

  • Donna

    The Sam’s stores in Tulsa have been flooded with huge packages of these at a very low price. Now I know why. Fortunately, I have only fed a couple of them to my dogs….they just went in the trash. My bad, as I usually check country of orgin on stuff I put inside my dogs. I got lazy and they could have paid big time for it :-(

  • Susan

    I believe that ANYTHING that is made in China should be suspected of killing you, your kids, pets ectera. I don’t know why ANYONE would buy anything made in china even though it is so hard to find anything made in the good ole U.S.A.

  • http://www.gcjrtn.com Lisa Dernick

    Yep, most of your jerky strips (any kind of meat) are made in China OR their packaging is made in China – like Dogswell’s Happy Hips, etc. I found a safe alternative wtih http://www.konaschips.com. I recently dealt with this family owned business, whose little dog (Kona) became deathly ill due to this very subject) and am VERY happy with them.

  • Ann

    Chicken jerky is so easy to make. Buy a cheap dehydrator and save yourself a ton of money and know what your dog is eating.

  • Carol

    We had to have our dear collie put to sleep on Sept. 1, 2011.
    She had been sick two years ago with the same symptoms and after being on IV’s for a few days she recovered. Never dreamed it was the treats I was feeding her and when she re-covered I started giving her treats again. She became sick
    again the end of August with same symptoms and after being on
    IV’s again she seemed to respond but after four days had a relapse. First chicken jerky treats came from PetSmart but the last jerky was Waggin’Train from Sam’s Club.

  • Tracy

    Was just about to run to Petsmart to get more Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Strips (on sale). I stopped and looked at a package I already have and they are made in China as well. Guess I won’t go now.

  • Patricia

    I guess you could heat them in the oven to 350 for 20 or 30 minutes to kill off any organisms. My dogs love these so much, but one of the three has developed mild diarrhea. We’re watching him, but we’re a little worried. Our CJ is also made in China.

  • Arlene

    Our dog was just diagnosed with kidney failure. He’d been given a lot of these treats. It’s going to cost us hundreds of dollars to save him.

  • Judy Dixon Gabaldon

    What about other jerky products from China – such as sweet potato and duck?

  • Gabrielle

    Buy BRAVO! chicken jerky instead! They’re made in Connecticut and you can get them shipped free from Amazon.com. They’re not as cheap as the ones from China, but they’re safe and your dog won’t get sick ….which will save you more in the end!

  • Kali Pederson

    Sounds just like the pet food poisoning back in 2007 where my cat died from kidney and liver failure as a result of the Melamine in the fillers from China for pet food products.

  • Greg Melin

    I know that Tyson makes Chicken Strips that are 100% natural and made in the USA. I get mine at PetSmart and feel safe and good about it!

  • Sandi Webb

    I took some Chicken Jerky Treats back to Walmart today. I make sweet potatoe treats for my dogs in the dehydrator, they love them. Maybe I will look for a recipie for jerky as well. Can’t trust anyone anymore. Scary!!!

  • Doraine Jensen

    I have been in a couple of these plants and if you saw how this crap is made,you wouldn’t use it. I really feel if it isn’t good enough for humans it isn’t good enough for my pets

  • Tracy

    A few months ago I had to take my puppy to the vet I woke up n he wasnt moving he could barely lift his head I wasnt sure what was wrong he was fine when we went to bed n when we woke he was very sick I couldn’t get him to move eat or drink when we took him to the vet they took x rays of his bones he was fine they advised me to keep n eye on him this defiantly makes sense now he loves those treats n would eat then as often as he could now he will NOT hes had the same issue twice n I cant bare not having him around I almost lost him because of carelessness and now it will not happen again my dog is not the same since the incident.

  • Lorraine

    My Lab loves them. Just bought 2 bags from Petco Canyon Creek 1 Chichen 1 duck. They are going back. I noticed that she was throwing up and Pooping more. Thank god I would cut them up into smaller portions and only give her one a day. Check Under U P code MADE IN CHINA getting out that dusty dehydrater.

  • Dag

    Do these tainted chicken products have a brand name? Would it by chance be Waggin Train which is carried by CostCo? Really need to know!!!!

  • Heather

    Yes, Dag Waggin Train was listed in the article I read.

  • vi

    omg! My puglet threw up 3 times this morning! We just got chicken jerky from Costco on Monday! Vet visit tomorrow? Hope insurance covers… :-\

  • Jeff S

    A couple people asked whether treats other than chicken jerkey are tainted. The safe call is to assume that if it is made in China, it is unsafe. They do whatever it takes to make the most profit, even if it will lead to death and disease.
    If the people saying its cheaper to make your own with a food dehydrater, that’s great news. I was planning on getting one for my own jerkey, but if it makes sense, I’ll be using it for the doggies too.

  • sue

    there are many treats manufactured here in the u.s. that are great for pets. Stella & Chewys makes several treats. Bravo makes freeze dried turkey hearts, etc. Wysong makes Dream Treats. Walgreens sells the waggin train treats too btw. i would not give my pets anything from china!

  • Wendy ahrens

    In july i started giving my two dogs (rottwieler and beAgle) wagin tails chicken jery in canada. The product is labeled as american, however they are made in china. When we returned home i bought kingdom chicken jerky from costco. I noticed they were made in china. I now have one dead, one requiring a pacemaker after having a heart attack both dogs within a week of eating costco’s kingdom brand chicken treats Do Not through them in the trash, call costco hold their feet to the fire. You pay medical bills, you have been injured!

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

    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 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 almost every batch.

  • Valery

    Ok, now I want to know if my chicken strips are made in China…It’s from Costco from Celebrity (chewmasters) and it’s writen: Imported from Celebrity Products, Inc. Toronto, Ontario CANADA…. Also, I did change my dog food for Kirkland Costco and one of my dog didn’t eat a lot today and had diarrea this morning….Wow, this is hard to find the right dog food/treat.

  • Dave Whipp

    My dog ate Costco Chicken Jerky from China and developed sores all over his under belly. The vet thought he had a food allergy and I stop feeding him everything but hipo- allergic dog food the vet recommended. Slowly I began introducing “normal” dog food and he was fine until I added Costco Chicken jerky and the sores came back. Stopped the jerky and he cleared up in a few days.

  • Linda

    I just returned from Petco in search of USA made jerky treats and it took 3 clerks as well as me to find one, yes folks, ONE jerky treat made here in the US. I think the clerks were pretty amazed. I know I was. Some of the companies don’t indicate where they are made. They just say “distributed by” Del Monte, etc. I certainly wouldn’t trust them! Anyway the one company was Blue, the natural dog food people. I also found 2 companies online, To-shea.com and konachips.com. I WILL NOT feed my dog anything made in China and encourage all people to boycott Chinese-made animal treats!

  • Kate

    We returned two bags of chicken strips to CostCo yesterday. They were making our dog vomit.

  • Ben Wilks

    The same Chewmaster Chicken Jerky Treats by Celebrity Pets are sold in Canada at both Costco, Petsmart, Walmart etc.. spread the news everyone and take care of your pets…

  • Sharon

    We have been giving our 3 border collies Waggin Train chicken jerkey treats for years with no problem. About 6 weeks ago, one dog started having severe diarrea. We didn’t even think that it could be the treats. About 2 weeks ago we started adding the new Waggin Train peanut butter flavored biscuits which were wrapped with chicken. The border collies got one of each treat every evening. Now all dogs have had diareaha–2 with blood in stools. One border collie, who is 6 years old, had grand mal seizure 2 nights in a row. The only thing we can come up with is that we may have gotten a contaminated bag of jerkey tenders or the peanut butter treats. It may not even be related to the treats, but we have not changed any other food. We are not taking any chances. No more treats of any kind from China. It’s only been two days, but there have been no more seizures. We’re still very worried. We have vet appt scheduled for Monday.

  • judy ross

    i bought chicken jerky treats for my pomm dogs it says imported by Normerica inc. but there’s another address under it that;s in ontario these treats are chicken tenders are these what e-1 is talkin about |&are these from china could s-1 tell me plse

  • 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/

  • laurel

    i have been feeding the wagon train chicken jerky treats to my 3 year old shih tsu mix for 2 years now. she has not had one sign or symptom listed in the article. she gets 1 when i head out to work each day.

  • andie briggs

    Our little 1 1/2 year old poodle/pom/chihuahua mix got deathly ill 2 weekends ago. Trying to vomit every hour for most of the weekend. Eye swelling, nose swelling, it was horrible, very lethargic. Today rushed her to the vet for a seizure she was having! He recommended pulling any new diet items. She had gotten waggin train chikn biscuit for christmas! I decide to just google the name brand and oh my goodness! These treats are making so many dogs sick and dying! AMAZING they are still producing them. I Will get these removed from my wal-mart I bought them from and am calling FDA tomorrow! NOT ACCEPTABLE. I hope our poor little adopted Abigail fully recovers!

  • Elcy

    STOP BUYING CRAP FROM CHINA, how many times to our children and pets have to get sick before people will get this through their thick skulls??? This includes, dog food/treats, clothing, dishes/serveware, and toys.
    Come on people, saving a few dollars shopping at Wal Mart and buying China based products just isn’t worth it.

  • http://www.benny-the-yorkie.com/ FV

    My blog is to inform readers about the death of our beloved Yorkie after consuming “chicken jerky” made by Canyon Creek Ranch Brand, a company of Waggin’ Train, LLC.
    http://www.benny-the-yorkie.com/

  • Bev

    DO NOT BUY CANYON CREEK RANCH TREATS AT ALL. OUR BEAGLE MIX ALMOST DIED FROM EATING THE DUCK TENDERS. FILED A COMPLAINT WITH FDA. CANYON CREEK RANCH – YOU SNEAKY LITTLE BASTARDS!!! HOW DARE YOU HIDE YOUR WAGGIN TRAIN NAME.

  • Barbara Miller

    Waggin Train has made my 15 year old Yorkie Oliver very sick. Took him to the vet today. He was so sick with all the symptoms that I have read about, lethargy,vomit,drinking alot of water and urination,hunch back, hard stomach,Google this product, check out there FaceBook site.

  • Larry

    We lost our 6 year old Pomeranian from Kidney Failure recently. Our dog loved the Chicken Strips from Costco (Made in China), in fact she was hooked on them, but we only gave her one a day. She showed all the symptoms that the FDA has published, but it was too late for her. We contacted the distributor and they said “You can’t prove that it was caused by the Chicken Strips”. I filed a complaint with the FDA.
    I also talked to Costco, but no luck there either. This is a real cash cow for them, so they are not going to give it up without a fight. I wish there was a way to get the word out on this killer product. If we had known that there was any chance of harming our dog, we would have never purchased them.
    The places that sell the product should be required to post the FDA warning on the shelf.

  • Anne Shaw

    Almost lost our beagle, three seizures; she literally died on us; husband did mouth to mouth…..will never feed our dogs these treats again…..purchased in Canada and US

  • Sue

    I don’t believe this, when is this going to stop? When are the powers that be going to stop these greedy, unscrupulous Chinese from killing our children and beloved pets. I have been giving these treats to my dogs for years and they LOVE them! It does not say on the package that they come from China or I wouldn’t have bought them, it says they are “Quality checked in CANADA” so I thought they were okay. But just recently I have noticed my younger dog passing water a lot more than usual, but couldn’t figure out why. So I will be having him checked out, but both my dogs have had sores on their bellies for a while and the vet said it was probably an allergy. From now on, I will be making my own dog treats and not buying anything else, you just can’t trust any company these days, they are all just out to make big bucks and don’t give a damn about anybody or anything. My daughter’s cat was a victim of that tainted food a few years ago, and he died prematurely. And what about the supermarkets that sell these products knowing that they could be lethal???? Does nobody have a conscience these days?????

  • Kathryn

    I have fed my dog these treats since she was a month old and I haven’t seen any changes in her? I buy the CHEWMASTERS by CELEBRITY brand from Costco. I have looked all over the packaging and it doesn’t say CHINA anywhere on it. I even tried calling the phone number but no-one has got back to me. This is very scary and I don’t want to harm my dog at all! but she hasn’t shown any of these symptoms. Should I take her off them anyway?

  • Diane

    I’m positive that at one time the Celebrity Chewmasters did say MADE IN CHINA. Now I can’t find it anywhere on the bag so I think they removed it. I’m taking mine back tomorrow and will attempt to make homemade ones.

  • eamason

    I got Canyon Creek at Petsmart and they left my dog sick also.

  • Casey

    My dog got sick off two brands back to back, bc at first I didn’t link it to the chicken jerky treats. DO NOT buy any brand of these treats, it’s just not worth the risk. Just bc they are not sick yet does not in any way mean they are not on track to have kidney failure or even death. The two brands my dog became sick from were WAGGIN’ TRAIN and CANYON CREEK. American and Chinese brands!

  • http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/fda-repeats-warning-on-chicken-jerky-for-dogs/ Maria

    My heart breaks for your loss. We too have struggled since feeding our dogs Waggin Train Chik’n Biscuits. 4 days after my first purchase of these treats my 3 year old toy rat terrier Bandit collapsed. He had been vomiting and had bloody diarrhea. By the time I got him to the vet he was in organ failure. We struggled for days whether to keep on treating him or letting him go. Thank God for giving us the wisdom to stay strong for Bandit. After a month of medical treatments costing well over $4,000 he is finally healing. Both Bandit and our other 8 year old rat terrier Kali suffered from liver damage due to being fed these treats. Bandit will require medical care for the rest of his life. I too have struggled with the guilt that it was I who purchased these treats and fed them to my beloved pets. It’s something that will haunt me for the rest of their lives. I wish the FDA would do something about these treats and I wish that stores would stop selling these products to unknowing pet owners. I have bone cancer so my memory is bad and I don’t remember ever hearing about the dangerous chicken jerky coming from China. How many other pet parents have to suffer the loss of their beloved pets before something is done. I am so sorry for your loss. Please don’t blame yourself.. blame the companies that purchase chicken jerky from China and use it in their products and hide that fact on the packaging. Blame the companies that sell it on the store shelves and most of all the FDA who is supposed to be there to protect us…God Bless

  • Adam

    Stick with MilkBone, people. American made. (Made in California).

  • Pamela

    Adam, if you’ll check the ingredients of MilkBone, you’ll see they’re pure garbage. I wouldn’t feed my dogs those things under any circumstances.

  • Betty Gatter

    My oldest dog became very ill and I couldn’t figure out what was causing her illness. No pep, urination not as often and seldom drinking any water. She has always been in good health. Then I read about Milo’s Kitchen home-style chicken jerky. I knew that was the only thing that she has different than her usual diet. I stopped giving the treats to all of my dogs. She seems to be getting better since I have changed her diet. I do think this product is causing the problems now. Hopefully she recovers without any side affects. FDA needs to issue warnings about this product and take it off the market. Take anything off the market that says made in China.

  • damselle

    I just got back from taking my dog to the vet. We couldn’t figure out why she had vomited and was not her usual peppy self. i have fed her the same high-quality food for 10 years. The exception was the Canyon Creek Ranch Duck Tenders I’ve given her as treats for the past week. When I checked to see if there’d been a recall, I couldn’t find anything. I have scoured the package and didn’t see anything indicating they’re made in China. I am waiting for a call back from the distributor. These will be going back to Costco…with a written complaint.

  • Catherine Clifton

    I have for sometime been giving my two Maltese’s the Waggin Train chicken jerky treats (from Costco),and Canyon Creek chicken chip treats,(from Petsmart) both made in China. While my dogs love these treats and have not gotten sick from it, my vet noted on bloodwork done on one my them prior to a dental being peformed that he had elevated liver enzymes, which apparently is a precursor sign of the illness discussed caused by these treats…So while I don’t know for sure if these treats are in fact safe or not, the most rational and safest thing to do based on all these reports is to STOP feeding it to them immediately, and to find treats manufactured in the USA where there are definite standards for manufacturing in place. I have since purchased similar chicken jerky treats from Trader Joe’s, (alot more expensive), but at least I can rest assure they are made in the good ole US of A and that unlike China, are made under definite restrictions guidelines…Peace of mind is much better than wondering if you are maybe giving your beloved pet something that will either make him sick or kill him from treats made in China. It’s a no-brainer to me… If you love your pets, stop feeding them China-made treats.

  • harriet pelkey

    This is so heart breaking when reading about the tragedies that seem to be from the Wagon Train chicken tenders from China!!! I’ve been feeding my little rescue dog these treats daily for 4 years!!! She loves them!!! I am so sick to my stomach over this!!! I just hope she dosen’t come down with any problems in the future…I will never feed my little love another China product & this goes for my precious cat, too!!! It’s got to stop NOW…..Let China keep thier killing crap in that country & we shouldn’t even alow it off the boat…let alone, DON’T BUY IT!!!!

  • http://www.protravelnetwork.com/nancywilson Nancy Wlson

    I just through out a full bag of Wagon Train after reading this. I plan to go over to Walmart and ask the manager why they haven’t pulled this from the self.

  • Jewal Kylo

    My Komondor threw up the Chewmasters Chicken Jerky and I immediately threw out the bag. I’m still giving him the liver treats by Chewmasters ..’purchased at Costco and marked as being fr. the US Has anyone had any issue w. the liver bites, ‘it says there are no additives??

  • PugOwner

    You guys should stop and read the bags carefully – Canyon Creek clearly states MADE IN CHINA under the UPC even though the company is in Anderson, SC. This is terrible – does anyone have a great, pure, organic, US-Made brand to recommend?

  • Jen

    Stop buying ANYTHING made in China, not just dog food! If they do this to animals, what do you think they do to you?

  • Tracey

    Don’t even test anything made in China, as in “I’ve given my dog one and I’m watching her closely”; I have an extremely ill terrier…gastrointestional, dehydration, neurological, seizures, whimpering and she’s a tough gal, and all she got was two tiny (as in very skinny two inches long) “Cadet” brand duck breasts from Costco made in China. Stupid me. I thought I had learned, but since they weren’t chicken breasts, and the price was good, I grabbed them, and didn’t read the back. Also, sometimes the origination country is not listed, so if it’s not, don’t buy it. This can be an acute toxin, not necessarily over long term.

  • Phylecia Wilson

    Our six-year-old golden retriever has what appears to be stroke-like symptoms on the left side of his face. The vet said maybe it is Bells Syndrome but the left side of his face is numb: his lip hangs down and at first he slobbered a lot and food got caught there. He doesn’t blink on that side when you touch near his eye and he ran into me one day – i don’t think he saw me as I was on his left side. We have been giving him Waggin’ Trail’s Yam Good duck/sweet potato treats and their duck treats for months. I bought Cadet’s from Costo yesterday – after reading this, the ones that are open go in the trash and Costco is getting the Cadet treats back with a letter from me. Just thought i would check on the web about Cadet. I went to Waggin’ Train’s website some time ago and was assure on their site that their treats are fine. The only reason they make them in China is because there are so many ducks raised there but they “assure” customers that they are up to US standards. Check it out on their site waggintrainbrands.com. I feel dupped and my dog will never be the same.

  • Slick

    (nope, not getting any endorsements from Brett) Yummy Chummies!! Small mom & pop biz in Alaska. Family uses the chum salmon (which alot of people think is dogfood quality anyway). If it’s good enough for the Iditarod dogs, my Shepherds need that beautiful coat too! WE ARE IMPRESSED. Since they’re a small outfit, quantities are limited so as SOON as we get an email that they have a shipment going to the local Costco, we stock up 3-4 bags & freeze. Last time I bought them out, a 2.5 lb bag was about $10. EXCELLENT! There IS a difference in the dog’s coat. Easy to break up into smaller bits for little dogs. Now everyone will probably rush to Costco & they’ll be out by the time WE get there. I also order the big bottle of salmon oil (kinda stinky) to spritz on their food, but that comes direct from the Gibson Family (yummychummies.com) IF you’re sold on jerky strips? Beef or Lamb jerky treats by DelMonte, sold in a square tub at Costco, blue or red top, also made in the U.S.A. Good luck critter lovers!!!

  • Jackie

    Our border collie mix had a blood test in Oct. 2011. His kidney;s were spiking and no one could tell us why. In November a friend told us about the warning for the dried chicken from China. All the chicken was returned the next day to Costco. We just had another blood panel done and his kidneys are normal!!!!! That is all I need to know.

  • Carol Kller

    We have been feeding our dog chicken jerky strips from Costco for years now from Kingdom Pets. Bag clearly says Made in China. I am worried now.

  • Steve

    The only treats we give our Sheltie are the Pure Bites freeze dried beef liver. He goes nuts for them and they don’t come from China!

  • Anna Simoens

    TRUE CHEWS are made in Independance Iowa–a little costlier, a little chewier but only chicken and glycerin in them. Also get the Happy Hips from Petco–lower in caloeirs and again ingredients are few.

  • M.A. Berg

    My 7 y.o. Shar-Pei dog Lola, went into kidney failure, funny thing, I never shop junkyard WallMart, but my neighbors do.
    They would feed her Milos and Wagin Chicken Jerkey.
    She went into kidney failure, abnout 5 days after eating them; she paassed to doggie heaven about 14 days later.
    MAB MN

  • Dave

    My dog has liver cancer and he had been eating the Costco treats for years. Whatever you do, DO NOT feed your dog these “treats.” I am thinking a class action suit against Kingdom pets and Costco is in order. if anyone else is similarly affected, let me know at rageisgood at aol dot com.

  • Barbara

    Somebody thought they had been banned in Canada. Not true. My husband bought a bag of chewmasters chicken strips from Costco on August 1st. On the 8th our dog Whiskey collapsed. He nearly died! When he had recovered, my husband started giving him these treats again and the dog began to get very sick again, total incontinence of feces, including blood throughout it and it was all over the house! The dog was in total distress again.
    That’s when I searched for information about all his food and treats online. Finding articles like this saved my dog’s life!
    All we need now is a lawyer whose dog has been affected that wants to take action to stop these giant stores from selling toxic pet food!

    • tammy

      I wish I had read you article earlier I lost my little gizzy last night from Chewmaster Chicken Fillets. We bought at Costco.

      • Paws

        I just spoke with Costco Canada customer service (ERIC) about why the Canadian Costco stores are still carrying the chewmaster chicken jerky treats. I found out from some friends in the States that they have been pulled from the Costco shelves down there. Eric told me that there are different rules here in Canada, things are made at different facilities, and the govt. has issued no recall notice. These treats are made in China…. why should they be pulled off the shelves in the States and not Canada ???

  • spudog8

    I have posted on my blog petnutritionbysmart.blogspot.com a plausible explanation for the problems associated with these treats.
    Marion Smart DVM, PhD Nutritionist WCVM

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.broyles.5 Richard Broyles

    Our Havanese was diagnosed with kidney failure and all we can figure out is that he was eating Costco’s Cadet duck jerky.  Have you contacted the company, and what results did you receive?

  • Alie H

    DO NOT FEED THESE TO YOUR DOG!
    My otherwise healthy, 9 year old Springer Spaniel died from consuming Kingdom Pets chicken jerky purchased at Costco. He developed severe diarrhea, which caused severe dehydration. He developed an infection, had seizures, went into a coma as he became septic. He died 4 days later. This dog was so loved and we had the vet try everything to save him. The only thing that changed in his routine was the chicken jerky treats. I had no idea they were so dangerous and deadly but once I started investigating I was shocked. We thought we were giving him a safe treat. All chicken jerky should be banned, especially those made in China. Shame on Costco for still selling this product.

  • Rob warren

    Well that’s funny u think they would have banned them in Canada, on September 1,2013 I bought a bag of chew masters chicken jerky strips from Canadian tire, they were high in protein and described as being made from chicken breast white meat, I have a champion bloodline Rottweiler that I feed royal canin for Rottweilers and want an equally good treat and thought these would b a good additive for treats being high in protein, I’m disappointed and will not buy another bag of chicken treats of any kind

    • Joanne

      I just purchased this product from a pet store. Our chihuahua had only a few pieces and within hours became lethargic, wouldn’t eat and had diahrea. Then my mom mentioned that she had heard that some products had been banned in the States. I researched the product and I’m horrified to find so many similar cases. We immediately stopped giving her the treats and threw out the bag. The dog is doing better and never again will I purchase any treats made in China. What is Canada waiting for to ban these products!

  • Tammy

    I just bought the Cadet Duck treats today and have given my dogs some….them decided to research them. I didn’t even notice that they had said they were made in china when I purchased them or I would not have picked them up. I will not be giving them to my dogs anymore and hope they won’t get sick from what they did have. Really upset that the stores are still able to sell this stuff. They should be recalled and banned from being sold. Ridiculous

  • Mary

    My dog was getting the chinese chicken jerky for about 2 years. When I heard about this, they went into the garbage. It has been about 5 months since she’s had any, and her urinary incontinence is gone, no more puking several times a week, no more weird air-sucking, nothing!
    Now, I make all of her treats myself. Put a pound of fresh liver in the food processor with a couple of eggs, shells and all…puree. Pour into a mixing bowl, add enough flour to make it like a thick batter, spread on a cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, just until it’s solid feeling. These will last in the fridge for over a week. I also add sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, parsley, and sometimes some 7 grain breakfast cereal, uncooked. She LOVES them, and I know exactly what she’s eating.

  • Diane

    I bought some Chewmaster Chicken Fillets at a Canadian Costco and decided to give them to my otherwise very robust dog day last night. When I woke up this morning there were piles of vomit and diarrhea ALL OVER THE HOUSE. She had also urinated everywhere. We took her out immediately and she continued to have diarrhea and was hurling of pain. This is when I looked up the information about these Chewmaster Chicken Fillets. Dogs are part of the family and should be protected as much as the consumers that purchase at Costco.