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Dogs Fall Ill As Owners, Vets and Lawmakers Blame Treats from China

When Maria Higginbotham couldn’t find the usual dog treats she buys at her local Target store back in early January, she decided to instead buy some brand-name chicken jerky dog treats for Bandit, her 3-year-old rat terrier.

Four days later, Bandit collapsed on the floor.

He was soon experiencing bloody diarrhea, and by the time Higginbotham and her mother got him to his veterinarian, his organs were shutting down. His liver showed that he had eaten something toxic. Certain that Bandit’s inexplicable illness had already become too severe, the veterinarian suggested putting him down, and Higginbotham’s mother and son agreed.

But she refused, and after nearly $4,000 in medical bills and three weeks of intensive nursing that included in-home I.V. care, Bandit recovered. The vet could not conclusively link the chicken jerky to the illness, but Higginbotham said he thought it could be the cause.

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Bandit’s puppyish spark has come back, but Higginbotham remains anxious, feeling an overwhelming sense of helplessness over what she might be feeding her dog.

At the opposite corner of the country, in Eastern Florida, Danielle Kinard-Friedman’s story did not end as well. Two weeks ago, Millie, her 18-month-old yellow Labrador, began vomiting bile after weeks of growing progressively more lethargic.

When Millie wouldn’t eat anything, Kinard-Friedman took her to a vet. Blood tests revealed that Millie was experiencing kidney failure, and so she spent a week in an emergency pet clinic receiving intensive treatment that eventually proved futile. She was put down this past Sunday.

It was Millie’s vet who asked Kinard-Friedman if she had been feeding her dog chicken jerky treats. She had. In fact, she had just started buying the treats — under a different brand-name from Bandit’s — two months prior.

The vet then asked a more alarming question: Was the chicken from China? She had no idea, but she checked the label as soon as she got home. It was. When Higginbotham checked her treats, she found the same thing. Their vets could not prove anything, but both suspected the treats had sickened the dogs.

Higginbotham and Kinard-Friedman have now joined thousands of pet owners speaking out on the Internet and asking the government to force a recall of chicken jerky dog treats made from Chinese chicken. Concerns over the issue first arose in 2007, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began receiving reports of sickened dogs, all with the apparent common denominator of chicken jerky treats from China.

Since then, the FDA has performed hundreds of tests on chicken jerky samples and has not yet found any contaminant to explain the illnesses.

Regardless, the movement has continued to gain significant momentum. In the past month, it even got the attention of Ohio’s Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Dennis Kucinich after Ohio resident Candace Thaxton contacted them about two of her dogs who fell ill.

Until a cause is uncovered, owners and lawmakers say they will continue requesting that the FDA make the issue a priority, while the 15 companies implicated by consumers see no empirical evidence to justify recalling their products.

Congressmen and FDA sink their teeth in

On February 7, Brown brought the issue to the Senate floor, saying he had urged the Food and Drug Administration to accelerate its investigation into these chicken jerky treats — found under multiple brand names but all sourced from China — that appeared to be sickening dogs across the country. Two weeks later, the senator held a press conference and issued a news release again urging the FDA to act swiftly.

Back on Nov. 18, 2011, the FDA cautioned consumers that chicken jerky dog treats from China may be associated with a rising number of dog illnesses. This followed earlier warnings of the same issue in September 2007 and December 2008. After a drop in 2009 and 2010, reports of dog illnesses have spiked once again.

The November 2011 FDA notice warned dog owners who purchased chicken jerky to monitor their pets for decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (including bloody), increased urination or increased water consumption. If any of those symptoms worsen or last more than 24 hours, owners should bring their dog to a vet, the notice said. Blood tests could indicate kidney failure, while urine tests might indicate Fanconi Syndrome, a disorder that results in nutrients normally absorbed into the bloodstream instead being released through urine.

On Wednesday, an FDA spokesperson confirmed to Food Safety News that the agency has recently received more than 600 reports from dog owners who say their pets have fallen ill because of jerky products made from Chinese chicken.

Since the issue first arose in September 2007, the FDA has run numerous chemical and microbial tests on Chinese chicken jerky samples in search of a contaminant. Though the agency said it could not conclude anything from the test results, the details remained under wraps until March 1, when an FDA document describing tests dating back to 2007 was sent to Kucinich’s office. According to a Kucinich aid, the congressman “took them to task” at a briefing in order to get the information.

The one-page document outlines 241 tests for potential contaminants and 130 tests with pending results, none of which conclusively link the jerky to contaminants at dangerous levels. The 2012 tests with results still pending, however, are searching for heavy metals.

The Kucinich aid and many pet owners said they hope those latest tests might finally link the treats to a toxic substance and resolve the mystery of their pets’ problems. The FDA has stated repeatedly that it will continue to actively investigate the issue.

According to the FDA, at least one Australian chicken jerky manufacturer has issued a recall of its products made from Chinese chicken, calling the move a precautionary measure.

The manufacturer may be mindful of March 2007, when hundreds of pet illnesses linked to melamine-contaminated Chinese ingredients prompted the recall of thousands of pet food products in the U.S., Europe and South Africa. In the U.S., the FDA received thousands of reports of dogs and cats dying from kidney failure, but confirmed very few cases.

More consumers come forward, but pet food industry says they’re not to blame

A month ago, the private Facebook group called “Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China!” had roughly 100 members. Today, the number has exploded to more than 2,500. One petition demanding the ban of jerky treats from China has acquired more than 3,000 signatures.

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Susan Rhodes created another petition on March 3. She has asked the FDA to recall the jerky treats after she found that her dog, Ginger, had suffered permanent kidney damage and was losing weight at an alarming rate. Rhodes said she had been feeding the treats to Ginger for the past two years. Days after creating the petition, she has racked up more than 300 signatures from dog owners reporting similar diagnoses.

Media coverage and word of mouth have brought a tidal wave of attention to the manufacturers of these treats. Some of the snowballing coverage, however, might lead some pet owners to incorrectly blame other health problems on the treats, said Kurt Gallagher, spokesperson for the Pet Food Institute, an industry education and public relations resource.

“Pet food companies want to make safe, nutritious products. It’s their top priority,” Gallagher told Food Safety News. “When everyone’s talking about something like this, I think there’s heightened awareness and sensitivity for pet owners looking for it.”

Gallagher recommended pet owners take any sick pets to a vet to get a clinical opinion before diagnosing any issues themselves. If the vet considers pointing a finger at a certain food, the owners should contact the food manufacturer. Food companies should be tracking their complaints and looking for patterns and problems within their food supply, he said.

Pet owners have been quick to amass lists of jerky manufacturers sourcing their chicken from China. Rhodes’ petition, for example, names 15 such companies.

A spokesperson for a dog treat company at the center of the furor reiterated that the FDA’s testing has not found any contaminants and so his company has no reason to believe their product has sickened dogs. The company has a comprehensive food safety system at their Chinese facilities, he said, including quality control inspectors who monitor for safety.

He added that his company appreciated hearing from concerned customers, and emphasized that anecdotal evidence, however pervasive, does not prove causation.

“Obviously, we take food safety very seriously,” he said. “Millions of dogs enjoy our products without ever getting sick.”

Multiple pet owners have told Food Safety News that the spokesperson’s company has backed away from its original intention to offer customers small monetary settlements for harm their jerky might have caused pets. According to sources, once the complaints reached a certain volume, spokespeople for the company told customers that providing any settlements would be an admission of guilt.

Made in “America”?

Blogger Mollie Morrissette has been following the chicken jerky developments for more than a year on her website, Poisoned Pets. She said that the issue has reached a sort of tipping point in the last month, with more and more pet owners speaking up about sick dogs.

“I get letters every day from broken-hearted pet parents — people who had to put down their beloved family dog or five month-old puppy,” she said. “They all fed their dogs chicken jerky.”

One issue frustrating pet owners, Morrissette said, is that many of these dog treat packages boast that they are made in the U.S., though the fine print on the package often reveals that the chicken actually comes from China, where a cultural preference for dark meat makes for cheap white meat.

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These “country of origin” claims are made possible by laws that say that once an ingredient is “substantially” altered in a given country, the resulting food can be considered a product of that country. These alterations can include cooking, mixing or otherwise reprocessing the ingredients in some way.

Just as oranges from Brazil can be turned into Canadian orange juice, chicken jerky from China can be reprocessed and repackaged in the U.S. to become a U.S. product. This can trick consumers into a false sense of security about the safety of their pet’s food, Morrissette said.

Higginbotham said that the brand of jerky she bought for Bandit claimed to be “Proudly manufactured by an American company.” Kinard-Friedman believed the same thing about the jerky she fed to Millie.

Morrissette said that pet owners feel helpless as they wait for some sort of justice on behalf of their pet, and she criticized the FDA for what she saw as a lack of urgency in investigating the illnesses.

“A lot of these pet parents are just wringing their hands, hoping the FDA will find some sort of answer,” she said. “If this was [potentially contaminated] baby formula, we would have had the answer when it started five years ago. It would all get pulled off the shelves out of caution as soon as anyone suspected it might be contaminated.”

Owners say they won’t back down until they have an answer

Candace Thaxton, the woman who spurred Senator Brown and Congressman Kucinich into action, has more than one dog motivating her to uncover that answer.

In November 2011, when her 10-year-old pug, Chansey, started urinating unusually often and refusing to eat, Thaxton assumed they were just signs that the dog was getting old.

Chansey’s health quickly deteriorated. At a vet appointment, Thaxton learned that the dog’s kidneys had shut down and she would need intensive medical treatment to recover, if it was possible at all. Thinking their dog had naturally reached end of her life, the Thaxtons chose to have her put down.

Within weeks, the family had adopted a mixed-breed “pixie” puppy named Penny, who earned a pristine bill of health at her first vet appointment.

Right around Christmas Day, Thaxton ran out of the treats that came with Penny when she was adopted, so she started feeding her Chansey’s leftover treats: chicken jerky. Chansey had never eaten jerky until weeks before she grew sick. She died with her first bag half-finished.

In the weeks that followed, Penny started urinating more than usual. After New Year’s Day, Thaxton saw a news story online about the FDA’s warning for chicken jerky made from China. She checked her bag of treats, which said it was from South Carolina.

Then she noticed the text over the barcode: “Made In China.”

Thaxton stopped feeding her the treats, but Penny started vomiting. When the vet saw her, she showed all the same symptoms as Chansey.

Chansey.jpg“Her kidneys were worse than Chansey’s,” Thaxton said.

Penny went on 24-hour surveillance at an emergency pet clinic. She recovered a week later, but Thaxton was just getting started.

“Candace went to bat,” Morrissette said. “She’s the driving force behind all of this, all the publicity.”

Thaxton filed two complaints with the treat manufacturer — one for Chansey, one for Penny. It looked like she was going to at least get a settlement amount to cover part of her $3,000 vet bill, but the company eventually rescinded as more complaints began to pour in, Thaxton said.

Even before the settlement talks broke down, Thaxton’s story had run on two local news channels. When she was ultimately refused payment, Thaxton promised the company she would take the issue national within the week.

“By Friday night, Congressman Kucinich had written a letter to the FDA. By Monday, I had a press conference with Senator Brown,” she said. “We’ve had two more conferences since then. I talked to Inside Edition. I told them I was going to be the one who pushed. I’m not stopping now.”

Like Thaxton, other pet owners seem determined to keep the pressure on FDA to find answers and hold any guilty party respon
sible. For many, a sense of uncertainty, frustration, and even guilt, lingers.

“Pets are part of your family. When they die, you lose a family member,” Higginbotham said. “I’m dealing with a lot of guilt over this. I’m the one who feeds my dog and is supposed to make sure he’s safe and healthy. How do I do that if I can’t even trust his food?”

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Photo captions, from top to bottom:

- Bandit, Maria Higginbotham’s dog
- Ginger, Susan Rhodes’ dog
- Sarge, Ray Parker’s dog. Sarge, a seven year-old chow-corgi mix, fell ill soon after eating a single chicken jerky dog treat, Parker said. After nearly two weeks of clinical treatment, including intensive critical care, Sarge was put down.
- Chansey, Candace Thaxton’s dog

© Food Safety News
  • Janie Sims

    We also lost our 16 week old pup, Kuroi, to Waggin’ Train chik’n biscuit treats. Gave both of my dogs one treat, and five days later, one was dead. I notified the company who tried to insinuate that perhaps she had a sensitive stomach when she first became sick. The only way to get them to pay attention to the fact that their treats are killing pets is by grouping together and trying to get these chicken jerky treats off the market before they kill even more pets.

  • syracuseny

    I’d like to add, the chicken jerky that has been killing dogs is Waggin’ Train, Canyon Creek, Milo’s Kitchen, Dogswell, among others.

  • jane

    The Chinese are out to kill us through our and our Pets Food. END ALL IMPORTS FROM CHINA NOW. !!!! I’m Boycotting, What is America doing ? STOP IT NOW !

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

    Great article James! These treats need to be taken off our shelves immediately. The brand I was feeding my dog is hiding behind the words USA (read the fine print people) as they are made in China.
    I need more sigantures on my petition, as a group we can be heard. Please spread the word and pass this around to everyone you can think of that may care.

  • http://www.poisonedpets.com Mollie Morrissette

    Good job James! Thank you.

  • pet parents

    Dogswell hasn’t been named in any case of a dog’s death. Dogswell uses free-range, hormone-free, antibiotic-free chicken… which honestly is better than most chicken people are eating in America. I’m not advocating chinese chicken treats, but I don’t think fingers need to be pointed at all of them, when one brand clearly takes things to a level that all American food makers (pet and human) should take themselves.

  • Shirley

    Boycott everything from China and from any other country or American company that puts poisons in its products for their grubby profit.

  • sandy keese

    how about not buying ANYTHING from china or chinese based products. leave it to the greedo american manufacturers to take advantage of this cheap crap to spin a bigger profit.

  • doglover0330

    @pet parents-
    Chicken from china is making dogs sick and dogswell’s chicken is from china. How does being cage-free make ANY difference as it relates to dogs get sick and dying??? My dog became ill and passed away suddenly from kidney failure shortly after I started giving her dogswell healty hips treats. You can NOT tell me that their brand is somehow superior. They may talk a good game, but THEY ARE STILL PLAYING RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH DOGS” LIVES!!!!!

  • Jasmine Bowens

    I would like to say that although these stories are heartbraking; the article even says that there is no paticular toxic ingredient found that could link to your dog’s deaths. However, looking at these animals in the pictures they all have a common feature about them that I notice straight away. I’m guessing none of these dogs were older than possibly ten years old; notice they all have graying hairs and are all overweight or have extra fat packed on thier bodies. I must say owners are very smart to feel concerned about the pet food industry; however I do not believe that chicken jerky treats sourced from China should be of your main concern. The conspiracy possibly lies within our own pet food industry and the harsh ingredients that you would naturally find in your regular commercial brand pet food. Ingredients such as Corn, Wheat, and Soy; the deadly chemical perservatives BHA/BHT and Ethoxyquin. An even deadllier false version of Vitamin K named Menodine Sodium Bisulfate Complex! If pet owners are feeding Purina Brands, Science Diet, and other grocery store brands then don’t be surprise to find at least one of these ingredients in your pet food. Dogs should have a balanced diet of meat, veggies, and fruits; however how can we expect them to digest harsh grains such as corn when we can’t even digest it? Majority of pet foods are made of these type of grains and they do regulary result in skin allergies and the introduction of mycotoxins that can lead to symptoms your dogs are all having. Including the deadly chemicals I mentioned above being futile (seeing as they have been banned in other countries from being put in to food.) Please start demanding better regulation of everything in the pet industry or else we will have more episodes like these. I feed my own canines Dogswell treats and have not had any of the issues associated with these pets- however I have also fed other brands like Purina Beneful and Pedigree and was just able to save my Rat Terrier Doxin from becoming Diabetic due to switching her food on to a trusted brand without any of these ingredients or the sugar found in Beneful. As for the treats several of my Customers have bought them and never had any issues as well.

  • Trish McCloy

    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.

  • Robin Pierre

    Only 4 dogs have been pictured here, there are many, many more that have fallen victim to imported Chinese chicken jerky that were young and healthy. Chansey’s sister was a baby, I believe about 6 months of age, if that? Sarge was another young boy with no previous health issues. My Bella was a healthy, vibrant 2 year old, vet confirmed up until the night of 11/13/11, the same weekend she was given that poison, dead within a week. Healthy dogs, even dogs a little overweight do not fall deathly ill and drop dead within a few days without any explanation other than poison is suspected.
    Check out our group page on facebook listed in this article, you will see how diverse the victims were/are. However I do agree that there are more issues within the pet food industry that need to be addressed and this is only the beginning.
    Another thing I would like to mention is that many of us thought we were buying American. Many of these companies have only started putting “Made in China” on their packaging. Even if the product is made in the US and they are getting their ingredients from China they do not have to divulge this information to the consumer.

  • Holly McCutcheon

    @Jasmine – I believe my four year old dog was sickened from these treats. He is a therapy dog, does agility, dock diving, swimming, is totally fit and not overweight. He eats a balanced, grain free diet, and when given the jerky treats had one, not the four as on the package chart size. His symptoms went away when I stopped giving the jerky treats. He has had these treats for a couple of years, but only recently had symptoms that caused me concern. No contaminant has been IDENTIFIED yet. That does not mean there is not one. Many other healthy, fit dogs have gotten sick like mine. I am happy your customers’ dogs have not had issues. However, I think it is prudent and ethical to show them the FDA warning before they buy.

  • faroq

    New rules requiring that the original source of all parts/ingredients should be passed. Brazilian oranges passed off as Canadian orange juice – get real! Perhaps we should just BOYCOTT anything that comes from China. How many dogs and babies have died eating crappy, contaminated food made there? How many toys here had to be recalled due to heavy metal contamination like lead and cadmium? We should all buy dehydrators (made in China, yes, but at least we’re not eating them, right?) and make our own treats. Perhaps it could be done in the oven… Heck, use the dark meat chicken we don’t eat here – doggies would love it!

  • courtney

    im sorry that all of this is happening but that’s what happens when you by **** treats for your dogs. people need to learn to read lables and realize what kind of crap they are feeding their dogs. all the brands listed are HORRIBLE dog food brands. stop being cheap and take care of your dogs properly and in a healthy way. i hope all your dogs pull through if they have this illness and im sorry for the ones who have already lost theirs. next time watch what you buy and dont buy something “cuz its cheap” hard lesson to be learned.

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

    If you’re looking for SAFE, REAL ‘American Made’ chicken jerky for dogs or cats, we started making our own Chicken Jerky for our 3 dogs after we ran across the FDA warning of 2008 about Chinese chicken treats making dogs sick or killing them. It turned into a cottage “Mom & Pop” business and we now sell our TriPom Chews online and in 20 stores in the New England area. Our products are the only homemade, handmade, ‘Maine Made’, ‘American Made’ Chicken Jerky produced from whole, restaurant-quality chicken breasts containing NO Additives and NO Preservatives. Our 3 Pomeranians (our babies!) taste test every batch for quality.
    When we’re not making Jerky, we spend our time at events handing out fliers on the FDA warnings about Chinese treats, speaking to anyone who will listen about the dangers, and advocating for a ban on all Chinese chicken treats.

  • Robin Pierre

    Courtney, take a look at the back of Waggin Trains package and you tell me what ingredients you see listed, until then I do not see that you have much to say.

  • Susan Rhodes

    @ Courtney- The brand I was feeding my dog was not cheap. It cost $17.00 a bag at BJ’s. They also go by a name that has USA at the end of it, but they are manufactured in China. So there goes your theory.
    and @ Jasmine, yes- my dog is a senior but that picture of her was taken before her weight loss. She has lost 6 pounds in 2 years. Age isn’t a factor here either, there are puppies dying as well. I do agree with you that the pet food industry is poorly watched by the FDA. They don’t care that much about humans, they surely don’t give a crap about pets. We need to make the USA right again, this whole entire country has lost all sense of ethics.

  • MsMoneypenny

    How about listing the culprit brands as well as the safe brands?
    I think most of the culprit brands are sold in stores like WalMart, Target, grocery stores, etc. Always best to buy from a store that sells high-end products and have staff that know their stuff.

  • Colleen

    My dog has addisons disease has had since he was three plus allergies, he ate dog food then. When that happened I started learning to cook or raw for him his allergies went away although not the addisons. He is going on 10 years old and he is wonderful, I feed him chicken jerky treats all the time we go through a 3 lb bag every two weeks from costco. I also when I have time I will dehydrate my own for him, so what I am saying is his immune system is bad and he has not ever been sick from the jerky treats and I cut them up for my cats because they love them too. I would truly be concered at the other stuff we feed our pets like dog food or cat food true junk.

  • ToddT

    Where can you find the names of these companys making these ?????

  • Susan
  • http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/as-dogs-continue-to-fall-ill-owners-vets-and-congressmen-point-to-treats-from-china/ Maria

    James, thank you for getting our story out there. Your article is wonderful and if it saves even one pet life it is worth it.
    Courtney-I didn’t buy the treats because of their price but because they were a name brand company stating manufactured and distributed by a US company. There were only 5 ingredients in these treats the first being chicken breast. This was the first and last time I had purchased those treats and believe me as stated in the article I have to live with the guilt of feeding these to my Bandit for the rest of my life. I have always been careful about what I feed my dogs and I made a horrible mistake here but our government is also supposed to be there for us to make sure that what we purchase on our store shelves is safe to feed our families and out pets who are part of our families. Don’t you think we have suffered enough without you having to throw more guilt at us. We messed up and we paid the price but it obviously was not something we did intentionally.
    Jasmine-my dog Bandit featured in this article is only 3 years old and he is a toy rat terier weighing in at only 8 pounds. He is definitly not overweight. Don’t you think it is only fair that pet parents be warned about the dangers involved in purchasing possibly dangerous products such as those which contain chicken jerky? We don’t always hear everything on the news. You have the priveledge of supplying pet foods and treats to your customers so you have the inside tract, we are not so lucky so we have to trust in you to make sure we have all the information necessary to purchase safe foods and treats from stores like yours. You comments state that Purina is not a good food to feed pets but then you state you fed your dog Purina Beneful and was able to save you pets life..thank God for that but really..you can’t have it both ways.
    My veteranarian said that some dogs just as us humans have delicate digestive systems and are more susceptible to toxins than other pets. I am so thankful that not every dog that was fed these treats became ill or died but that in itself does not prove that the treats are not dangerous for some pets. I think it is way too coincidental that so many pets have died and or have become ill after eating chicken jerky treats. All we are asking for here is to be given the necessary information to make an informed decision before we purchase a product that could possibly make our pets ill and or die. The bottom line here is that the all mighty dollar becomes more important than our pets life. Manufacturers don’t want to pull their products becasue they may lose money and store owners don’t want to pull products for the same reason but until you have watched one of your pets struggle and face death for a month you have no idea what it is like to be in that position becasue of a product that should be taken off the market until their is definitive propof that it is safe.
    For all the pet owners out there who has suffered a loss or that has had to watch their pet fight for their life I am so sorry for your pain. I hope and pray that some day you can look back and remember your pet with fond memories and not those associated with the pain that could have been prevented.
    Join us in our fight. Notify your state government representatives. If your dog suffred after being fed a product with chicken jerky please go to the FDA’s website and report the product that you purchased. Please sign petitions out there on multiple websites such as change.org and thepetitionsite.

  • CJ

    If you really want to know what is the best food for your pet, do the right thing and ask your veterinarian. They have the knowledge and experience to know what is the right kind and type for your animals. The reason that Hill’s Science Diet is so popular is because they do actual feeding trials with animals. Their food is tested years before it goes out on the market. Yes, they do use corn, but it’s not really as bad as many people think. Not every brand-name does the food trials. I’m not saying that Hill’s brand is right for every pet because every pet is different. Do the best thing – ask the vet.

  • Terie V

    BJ died last Sunday. I have no doubt that the toxins that shut his organs down & his heart to stop was from the bag of Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Tenders I had just opened. They claim to be an AMERICAN company on bag front. They are owned by NESTLE!! When did they become American??? It is at least false advertising. And the tiny Made in China. My ignorance that an “American” company was actually making them in China killed my dog and sicked my other dog. I no longer buy ANY dog food. making jerky from organic chicken like I eat, making dog food. My dogs will not eat anything I would not eat now. Expensive? Time consuming? Yes. But I cannot watch another dog die like that.This has to stop. I know way to many people who this has happened to!! Cats too!! READ labels as you do for human food!! I wish I had.

  • TerieV

    @Jasmine-regarding your post. BJ was 20 minths old. He was fit,active. He ate mostly organic chicken, organic brown rice, organic veggies. His favorite foods were raw carrots, raw lettuce and green bell peppers. He wasn’t given junk treats, just the jerky, since I thought the protein was OK. And he got one a day, which was at the low end of the Waggin Train feeding chart for a 33 lb dog. You’d say my Lhasa was fat too I assume. She’s wide and slow slung…just the way some dogs are built. Blaming owners for companies like Nestle-Purina-Waggin Train is really mean spirited. We feel bad enough!!

  • Irwin Rudolph

    Just wanted you all to know that your message is reaching people. I saw that the chicken jerky I’ve been feeding my dog for the last year said made in china on the barcode, and it went straight to the trash. I thought I was being so careful about what I fed her, and this just never occurred to me. Anyway thank you on behalf of all the dogs that will be safer for your efforts.

  • Janet Shepherd

    Thank you for this update and informative article,James. Our beautiful,very active, and beloved 7 year old Yorkie had to be euthanized in September,2011 after the sudden onset of kidney failure…..tried to save her over a 2 week period which was a devastating experience. Waggin Train’s Chicken Jerky treats came into our lives quite by accident when a sample was given to a family member by a friend. Abby seemed to love them, and they were given to her for a period of time in late summer, 2011. I became aware in January, 2012, of the Nov.FDA warning, went to a local store, inspected the package labels (Nestle Purina, USA company, but in small print “Made in China.”) For those looking for a comprehensive list of suspected products, they can be found on the Tulsa Pets Magazine.com website under an article entitled Beware of Chicken Jerky Treats. These products must be recalled now!

  • Vivian Stevenson

    I have complained to at least major stores because they have now placed the chicken jerky treats out front in large containers for sale so that unsuspecting customers can buy them. I received the same answer at both stores in that “we can’t pull them without a recall”, but do they have to put them at the head of the isle for dog treats with a sale price on them? I now shop at a local pet supply store that doesn’t carry “Made In CHINA”

  • http://Www.virtuavet.com Doc Truli

    It is 2006. As a veterinarian, I can tell you it is noticeable when you diagnose Fanconi’s syndrome, or Fanconi-like syndrome. It is rare, and usually caused by a genetic defect changing kidney function.
    When you call the local doggy intensive-care unit to speak with the critical-care specialist about your patient needing intensive care to save her life, and the specialist says,”Hey, we had 4 cases like this in the past month,” you start feeling something unusual is going on. In my case, I had asked my patient’s parents to write down everything she ate and every product they used in their house. Chicken Jerky treats were on the list.
    The specialist said,”We didn’t ask in that much detail, I’ll get back to you.” It turned out, all of the dogs had Chicken Jerky treats in common. The specialists noted the American Veterinary Medical Association and the hunt for the cause of the problem was on. We were the first reports out of South Florida alerting the country of another wave of rare kidney failure problems.
    While a definitive cause has not been identified *yet,* we veterinarians can sense a trend when it starts. Something is wrong with the chicken jerky. Why feed it at all?

  • Confused

    I have to agree with Doc Truli.
    Why would anyone feed their pets this garbage in the first place?

  • Sally Fuhr

    My dogs eat what I eat. No matter the experts warn against ever feeding them anything but dogfood.
    Why would you even consider feeding them something that has to be “outsourced” and then shipped back into the country from halfway around the world? How do you know WHAT it’s made of? The Chinese don’t even respect dogs! Who wouldn’t they be ready to exploit a profit-greedy corporation in the USA? I once heard a Chinese student studying medicine who didn’t understand why we would go to so much trouble and expense to save one human child when we could just have another one.

  • Kelly Schreiman

    My dog got sick 4 yrs ago when I bought a bag of dried chicken bits at the health food store. She began to get very sick-low energy,no appetite,vomiting. I figured that she had an upset stomach and read the pkg. It said PRODUCT OF CHINA. So, I immediately gave her liquid Acidophilus for kitten (my dog is only 7lbs) Guess what! Within 2 hrs she BOUNCED BACK! I figured that there was a lot of bacteria or something and I gave the acidophilus to counter the bad bacteria with good bacteria. Try it! If you don’t have liquid for kittens, use Human Grade. Mix it in water paste and put it on the roof of the dogs mouth so they get it in their system.
    On another note, I only buy food and treats from the USA. You have to be diligent in reading the packaging! Love and Health to all you precious dogs and owners!!

  • http://yourdoghasdiabetes.blogspot.com/2012/03/home-made-chicken-jerky-treats-for-your.html Brige

    People need to know that these treats are so easy to make in your own oven or food dehydrator.You can find the easy recipe here… http://yourdoghasdiabetes.blogspot.com/2012/03/home-made-chicken-jerky-treats-for-your.html

  • l hughes

    Your VET doesn’t know a thing about nutrition. His/her one class was sponsered by Purina and or Science Diet.
    I feed a raw diet because grain is not meant for carnivores. Just look at a dog’s teeth – not for grinding grain (like cows), but for tearing, like um, dogs….

  • Alexis

    I gave my two dogs Waggin Trains treats and they both had massive diarrhea and stomach cramps that night, i took them to the vet and racked up a bill for a few hundred bucks (actually PEt Assure paid for 25% of that), but thank god my babies are ok. I will NEVER feed them chinese **** again.

  • CHARLES BARNES

    If you buy from China your asking for trouble down the road that why Amercia has no jobs today because of the and wal mart.

  • Cathy

    My German Shepherd became ill after switching flavors of dog food from the same mfg. Her kidneys were failing and had the same symptoms as mentioned in ths article. I thought she was going to dye. After many tests and expense, I decided to stop feeding her dog food and started to feed her what I eat – fresh eggs, veggies, fish, fruits, etc. Not only did her health improve but the allergies she had most of her life had cleared up. She was never quite the same after she became ill but she did live a happy life for another 2 years.
    Beware of the processed dog food you feed your pets. I don’t believe the FDA is involved enough in the process.
    If I decide to get another dog, I will never feed it dog food again.

    • diane

      same with my dogs. dang same. sad. cannot believe i found all of your stories.

  • Gretchen

    I thought the chicken jerky treats were a good choice because they were just chicken, until I read this article. I will throw the rest away! But, if you want to feed your dog the perfect dog food, feed him B.A.R.F., which stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is non-processed food that is made with the enzymes intact that dogs need to be healthy. Fifel has never had any health problems and although the food is expensive, he is worth it! (Google it for a distributor near you)

  • http://flintville.multiply.com/ Life in Flintville

    James, (Great article). Sadly we must be ever-vigilant, and diligent.
    Susan, and everyone else;
    I am so sorry for your losses- As they were surely preventable!
    I cannot imagine how my life would change if…
    Thank you too for your petition.
    I will be linking it in an upcoming blog.
    Best to all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thehooplahfish Jackie

    Hi, my name is Jackie and I’m a 15 year old girl. I was reading this article to write an essay in my cooking class, and it stood out to me. I “liked” the page on Facebook, and I also signed the petition! I made a post on my blog (which has several hundred people checking it out) including the link to the petition, as well as some information, to hopefully allow the petition to get more people to sign it. I would like to help out as much as possible, because I love dogs and hearing about families being upset that they lost their dog to food makes me upset. I hope the petition reaches its goal! :)

  • Richard from Worcester, Mass

    How to contact Senators involved? FDA? What’s wrong with the NSPCA? Should they not be leading a charge? I’m behind YOU ALL. How can I helpa dn push! My dog was getting sick from waggin train, made in china duck jerky and chicken and slipper chews wrapped in the chicken stuff too. All made in china.

  • Deb Howbert

    Lost my 6yr.old whippet 2 weeks ago from kidney failure. Her choice of treats Milo Homestyle chicken jerky.Now I read every label & only buy made in America.

  • charlyn gibson

    I am very sorry for those who have lost their beloved dogs due to contaminated treats. We used to give our dogs Waggon Trail Chicken Jerky treats but had stopped a couple of months ago to help our babies loose some weight. THANK GOD WE DID!
    We feed our dogs a “very high quality food” that has Turkey and Chicken as the main ingredients. How do we know as consumers that even the “Good Companies” aren’t getting their turkey and chicken from China? This has me extremely concerned.

  • DNA DOC

    China uses pesticides that are not in use in the US. Free-ranged animals would have more exposure to these chemicals than caged animals.
    Is the FDA testing for these chemicals in use in foreign countries that are not in use (or even ever seen) in the US? I know chemical panels are being tested, but do the panels include these “unique” pesticides only used in China?

  • MaryAlice Musante

    Our sweet Corgi Lucy started pooping blood on Saturday the 31st. It was actually flowing out of her. She is better today and drinking a lot of water on her own. We started giving her Boots and Barkley Retriever Sticks purchased at Target about a year ago. She loves them. Today I looked at the bag and they are a product of China. I feel like we have dodged a big bullet but we are watching Lucy very closely. She has a liver condition to start with!
    The ASPCA should be doing something about this. My heart goes out to all who have lost pets due to these unforgivable products.

  • Danielle

    Read the fine print! Pretty sure my dog was made sick by Dogswell chicken jerky treats – made in CHINA (in very small print). Fortunately I figured it out before ALL of her hair fell out…. She was presenting with symptoms of cancer/diabetes/or kidney failure. Then the hair loss started… My vet couldn’t figure it out. I stopped feeding my dog the Dogswell treats by accident while I was away on vacation purely by chance because I forgot to pack them. When I returned, I noticed about a week later, she was on the mend….!!! I’m sorry for the other dogs owners who have experienced these problems – or worse.

  • jim

    Walmart does not care about your pets because they sell all this pet killing food. I am smart, I always read the label and never buy anything made in China. If they poison their own babies with toxic formula do you rally thing they would make a safe treat for your dog to eat? I think not

  • http://google Judy Zag

    NEVER BUY ANY TREATS FROM CHINA, OR ANYTHING OVERSEAS!!! I’M STILL WORRIED I’LL HAVE TO PUT MY POOCH PENNY DOWN!!

  • DoxieDad

    Add my 2 mini dachshunds to the thousands of dogs that were sickened by these Chinese treats that I bought at local stores. Fortunately, my pets survived. Whether they will develop cancer or future kidney/liver failure remains to be seen. I heard about the 2007 ban but wrongly thought that the FDA must have cleared the products since they were no longer on any recalls (if ever). I guess I was lucky that I only fed my 2 dogs the treats every other day. One only received one treat and the other received 2. Both had been very sick – at different times though, about 6 months apart. They had all of the symptoms… frequent urination, vomiting, lack of energy, bloody stools, intense stomach pain…I even had to carry one of them outside for about 3 days so he could do his business – he wouldn’t even get out of his crate. I spend about $175 on one and $325 on the other one. I thought it was food related and I switched them off their dog food 3 times. I never dreamed that a couple small treats cound almost kill my two pets. My vet never got to the bottom of it, although the antibiotics did help and it wasn’t until a cashier at my local Walmart store “urged” me not to buy a package last week, that I started looking into this in great detail. She said that a shopper came through her register that told her their pet dog died from eating the treats! I was pretty surprised. I urge EVERYONE here to contact your 2 Senators and your Representative in Congress to let them know your concern over this serious matter. We need MANY, MANY complaints to get the FDA to take any action. At least the stores might be required to put up a sign stating that the FDA has an advisory about these treats. If I had seen such a sign, I would have purchased something else. As far as the companies involved are concerned, I will not buy any more of their products until they voluntarily stop selling these contaminated products that ARE causing our pets to become very sick or worse, causing their death. I am not sure why anyone who purports to be concerned about the health of pets would knowingly continue to manufacture an item that is even linked to the possible deaths and serious illness that is indicated here.

  • Holly

    just got home from a weekend trip – husband said all 3 dogs have been throwing up and bloody diarrhea – and I did a quick search for any colorado illnesses outbreaks in CO and found this site – Checked the new Natural DOGSWELL- BREATHIES HICKEN BREAST WITH MIN & PARSLEY …*** MADE IN CHINA!!!
    This is WRONG – WRONG if vet reports match the associated toxicity – someone is going to be held accountable!
    I will POST my dogs if any TOXICITY reports – FB you name it – Where is this kinda NEWS in our Major Media!!! Crock of you know what!

  • chris p

    I swear that giant bag of Pedigree dog food I bought cheap at Target made my little dogs sick. Bad diahreah, yellowish loose poops, throwing up, you name it.
    I took that dumb buy to the dumpster and tossed it in and will not buy that brand from Target again ever. Stop buying any dog anything made in CHINA. I’ve spent time in mfg. plants in China – they are NOT honest, no price is too low and they will figure out a way to “get there”, underage children….I saw it all. I buy American, or try to.

  • Fiona Plane

    As far as I’m concerned we shouldn’t feed ANY pet treats to our pets that are made in China, I personally wouldn’t even eat any human food products from China, a lot of their fruit n veg produce is grown in soil heavily contaminated by human faeces and they use pest control chemicals which are prohibited to be used in Australian produce.

  • Theresa

    My 13 year old American Eskimo male dog has been very healthy and ran with me many times a week. He started vomiting and had a hard time when he pooped so I had took him to the vet. She said that his kidneys were failing and that he is in necrosis. It is now about 2 weeks since he was diagnosed and I was sitting at the computer wondering if there was a recall on his dog food (Beneful). I stumbled across the warning on tainted Chicken Jerky treats from China and realized that a friend of mine gave him a half a bag (I threw out what was left because he wouldn’t eat anymore). I realized that right after he ate the treats (Waggin’ Train Chicken Stix and Waggin’ Train Chicken and Potato is when he started getting sick). I feel sick now that I didn’t know about the warning and even sicker that the products have not been pulled from the shelves. I filed a complaint with the FDA and alerted my vet and the grocery store where they were purchased. I won’t be buying anymore nestle-purina products…because they have known about this for a while and haven’t pulled the products off the shelves. All in the name of the almighty buck….perhaps the people at the company should sample some for themselves if they believe that they are safe.

  • http://madeinusachallenge.com Sarah

    I can’t believe this issue is still going on years later. What a tragic situation for pet owners. We need to be checking labels for everything. There are so many safe alternatives to these toxic Chinese treats available. I’ve complied a list of some of my favorite products for dogs made in usa: http://madeinusachallenge.com/2012/found-american-made-dog-supplies/
    Protect your pooch and support the economy with your purchases!

  • Be Careful!

    Yep, don’t be fooled by organic and natural. I made the mistake of not reading the package because I bought it in a store that touts natural and organic, but both my dogs got sick, one to the point of visiting the emergency room at 4am. It was Dogswell Happy Hips and they were made in China. Be careful!!

  • Hannah

    Wow! This is baffling. I have five dogs and they have been eating Waggin’ Train chicken jerky for at least five years. None of them are sick. They are healthy, happy, active dogs.
    So I am puzzled. As I read these comments, however, I see that someone feeds their dog Beneful. That food is junk. And that’s your dog’s main diet? No wonder your dog is sick.
    Those of you whose dogs are getting sick…what kind of food do you give them? Not treats, what kind of food?
    How can it be that my dogs, all five of them, are eating this chicken jerky for years and none of them are sick?
    Doesn’t that seem odd? I feed my dogs Canine Caviar lamb and pearl millet, as well as a homemade food as a dinner treat. They get a treat of chicken jerky five days a week.
    I think there’s a lot of hysteria going on. And I think something other than chicken jerky is making your dogs sick.

  • PLEASE HELP

    I need help! Unknowingly, I gave my sweet, healthy dog chicken jerky treats. She has always had a very robust appetite. She became so sick and has refused to eat. I have had her to the vet 2 times and after extensive testing (ultrasounds, xrays, several types of bloodwork, he still can’t find anything showing up as a cause. She is still refusing to eat, has lost several pounds, and I can see in her eyes, she is just plain “sick as a dog”. Is there anyone who might know of a vet in Connecticut that has had experience with this chicken jerky illness. Or any successful vet anywhere that may have information that can relay to my vet. She is getting sicker by the day and no one can turn up any answers. The last blood test (results to be available tomorrow is for Addison’s disease. He is trying to rule everything out. Please help if you can. I can be contacted by email Janetbug7@aol.com thanks very much.

  • 3Pete

    We gave our 3 dogs Dogswell Happy Hips Chicken Breast treats and within 3 days all 3 have had varying degrees of the same symptoms – excessive thirst, excessive urination, lethargy, diarrhea and bloody diarrhea. The 3 dogs were given 2 – 3 treats a day. The light finally went on today with all 2 of the 3 having blood in their diarrhea. I filed a complaint on the FDA site. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm Follow the link for filing a report on pet food complaints.

  • Shana

    I tried Dogwell Happy Hips dogfood after seeing it on sale at my grocery store, I also bought waggin trail dog treats(discontinued sign posted at Giant food) and that same evening after giving her both she started having loose stool which went on to be bloody liquid stool then uncontrollable liquid pooping every 2-3 hours. She didn’t make it out of the house a couple of times and I saw the blood on the floor. Devastating!!! I just happened upon this page after researching liquid poop in dogs and this popped up. This is NO COINCIDENCE!!!! I’m boycotting today, have thrown out the full bag of food and treats. This is terrible.

  • Dawn

    PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE I CAN SIGN AND PARTICIPATE IN THESE PETITIONS AND HELP TO SCREAM OUR CONCERNS THROUGHOUT THE PUBLIC EYE AS WELL AS GOVERNMENT!I go to the vet tomorrow with my 2 year old husky after having urinating and crystals/red blood cells in urine……we just started these treats LOTS OF THEM duck, yam, chicken, and chicken wrapped apple……I am scared now and want to be part of this!

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    I do not drop a bunch of remarks, but i did some searching and wound up here Dogs Fall Ill As Owners, Vets and Lawmakers Blame Treats from China.
    And I actually do have 2 questions for you if you tend not to
    mind. Is it simply me or does it seem like some
    of these responses come across as if they are written by brain dead
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  • Guest

    I was having a problem with my german shepherd and diahria.  I was close to believing it was more than I could handle. one evening we heard on the new about the chicken jerky treats.  I went and looked at the chicken and the bag was the same as shown on T.V. We immediately stopped and with the Dr’s help she recovered but we are left afraid to offer any kind of treats. Not all products state where the treat was produced.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lancegoin Richard Lance

    After losing several dogs to cancer, thinking that it was attributable to old age, I began to realize that the American dog food industry is often at fault. Look at the ingredient! My present Setter rescue has been fed only natural food that I buy from the grocery with the rest of the family food, and we have no problems, doggy odor,etc. Boycott all dog food producers and supplement manufacturers until they clean up their reprehensible acts! Purina, et al, have let us down, broken our hearts, and stolen our money. Tell them to eat animal digest!!!!

  • dancer32

    wow i just found out as i went to Wal-Mart to buy my dog his chicken treats and there was not any to be found.I asked people that worked there and they DID NOT tell me why,they said they weren’t allowed to discuss it.Maybe we should file a class action law suit and I watch the NBC eveing news and have not heard a word and I watch every night,I guess OUR BELOVED PETS dont mean anything!!!!! Let me know how and what I can do to help.

    • Cerce2013

      Please let me know if you find a suit..I lost my dog Penny in October to kidney failure, she loved those treats and only ate those kind of treats.  I just talked to someone from Waggin Train and they basically are defending themselves and saying so sorry for your loss but it couldnt have been our product and we just wanted to call and say that. If anyone knows of anything please email me at Tdanielsen2005@yahoo.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348305067 Antoinette Marie Cammarasana-C

    I want to know what we can do (as pet owners) to file a class action lawsuit.

  • diane

    just a random event? my afghan hounds got sick. new one i just bought 5 months ago. other on same food from 3yo to 8yo. not cheap food. “new formula” released end 2012 and even old one were not good for older dog i bet. 5 years itchy skin/ ears- food related. only one ear infection many months back. then 4 mo ago he got “new” formula same brand and meat. he became violently ill like never before. he came back around 2 days and we attributed the illness to the waggin train chicken jerky. well, he got sick again start of last week. so did she. i got my brain on and checked the kibble. it smelled real strong looked different and had lots of crumbled funky stuff all in it. his barf, corn meal looking and wheat hull (like oatmeal uncut particles) all in his puke. and the blood. very very sick. i got them off the food immediately. 2 days just to take in ice in normal amounts and a whole week for to eat. fever. i don’t want to name companies because it might just be that i am not a good owner for feeding them stuff others have processed instead of me. heavy corn and grain in his diet was the main issue with ears they are remarkably clear now. they both are cleaning bowls out. he has a lot of energy i havent seen in years. attribute to new food. smells real good. looks nice. i ate a piece not bad not grainy. both are pooping good and have been more in tune. even if it was just my worry and extra attention that changed it. i am glad something worked. who knows what’s going on in food manufacture for pets when fda cannot protect humans. companies make soap and lye products from rendered fats and also make dog foods. hard to get better stuff though because pet owners are cornered by the astronomical prices. sal ate the chix n apples for 2 years. i am mad.

  • Leena Mayfleet

    Of all the dogs that died, how many of them were overweight? Those pictures up there ^ show dogs that are massively overweight, could that have something to do with them dieing? Maybe their owners feed them TOO many treats as opposed to the wrong kind of treat? This is just my observation.

  • Allison

    can anyone tell me what is the best food to feed my dog!! Just bought a bag of Pedagree 2 days ago, kinda scared now!!

  • ilovemydog

    I am from Canada – and my dog ate liver treats made in china – the bag is at my moms house.. so I will get tomorrow and post what they are – but as soon as my dog ate them – he was puking.. lethargic – enlarged pancreas – glucose levels shot to the sky – burning keytones – losing weight and no appetite.. I saved him – we were at the vet – he is out of the woods – thank god the universe I am so grateful .. This si a f**cken disgrace to make sh**t like that and then we buy them as organic or whatever for our pets.. they are helpless and can not talk – where is this petition I will sign it!!

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  • Judy Loving Johnson

    I don’t trust many of the dog foods any longer (even some of the Name brands). I cook my dogs food for them and package it into freezable containers to use as needed. I cook brown whole grain rice, boiled and cut up chicken and add in peas and carrots. I give them a tine bit of kibble with it just for crunch (Nature’s Recipe Small Breed Brain Free or Blue Buffalo). They don’t have any issues at all. They used to get the jerky treats , but haven’t gotten them in over a year since I first found out about the illnesses.

  • Jaclyn525

    I had no idea about any of this until just this year. My 5 1/2 year old lab fell ill in January 2013 almost out of nowhere. I remember feeding her some sort of jerky treats before (can’t exactly remember when I gave them to her) but she got extremely sick right after the new year. She almost sounded like she had a cold at first with some congestion. Then she began throwing up, not eating and throwing up stomach bile. She would breathe really fast, lots of panting and feel hot to the touch like she had a fever. She had explosive diarrhea while she was throwing up and the vet found blood in her stool on more than one occasion. These symptoms started out slowly and I took her to the ER about a week into it in which the vet told me she was in kidney failure. None of it made any sense. She was a perfectly healthy dog just weeks prior. She spent a week on IV fluids in the vet and I was there every single day. The worst part was that she retained a lot of water weight as her vessels were leaking the fluids through out her body (She was still the most beautiful dog I have ever seen in my life, regardless of the weight she gained). The vet had problems decreasing the IV fluids because it was bad for her kidneys but helped her protein levels, and when they increased the fluids it was great for her kidney levels but terrible for her protein levels – it was a total catch 22.
    Apparently there was no cure and in just 3 short weeks, my life was completely shattered and I lost my best friend. I got her when she was only 7 weeks and raised her up – she was the best thing that had ever happened to me and I miss her every day! She had all the symptoms described in this article and I now believe this could have been what had happened. The vet had no idea why it had happened or even how and though it could have been a protein losing disorder (i.e. Protein Losing Neuropathy and/or Protein Losing Entropathy) which have a lot of the same symptoms and eventually result in kidney failure. Unfortunately there are no real symptoms for this disorder either nor is there any cure. Regardless, I am completely on board and believe these dog treats should be completely banned!

  • kay

    is Science diet using wheat from China or that Chicken meal from China

  • joan

    Kahoots pet stores in San Diego county are selling a product called Chick n fillet…it has a green label, on one side it says made for Kahoots, Ramona Calif. I was told it was from Ramona, then several weeks later I asked again, this time the employee said oh, it is from China…no where on label does it say China,,,I wrote company when they called me I was told it was below the bar code…I had to take a magnifying glass and on the green back ground, written in slightly darker green in tiny tiny letters it says made in China. The person I spoke to said yes, the label was printed in China and is hard to read…I told her it is impossible to read…I am so mad that I have given my dogs these treats and told others to buy them. They told me they would certainly mention how hard it was to read to the powers that be. I find this so deceitful and will never go in this store again. the label was designed to mislead customers if they could even read it.