Dog illness detected in at 600 dogs due to chicken jerky treats from China

A new deadly, mysterious illness has been detected in at least 600 dogs in the U.S., stated federal health officials.

Three brands of chicken jerky dog treats are said to be responsible for - a “mysterious illness in at least 600 dogs in the U.S.” - producing a sometimes deadly canine illness, though the extent of its spread is unknown, state federal health officials in numerous media reports March 13. In turn, an MSNBC TV report Tuesday statedthat “federal health officials have turned to consumers to help investigating problems possibly tied to chicken jerky pet treats made in China." Also, a log of complaints collected from pet owners and veterinarians contains references to at least “three popular brands of jerky treats that may be associated with kidney failure and other serious ailments,” according to internal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents obtained by msnbc.com. In turn, the FDA notes how the extent of the spread of this mystery dog illness is unknown.

Pet products sited and precautions

Also, of 22 “Priority 1” cases listed by the FDA late last year, 13 cited “Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, both produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., the records show," reported msnbc.com.

The symptoms of illness as noted at the FDA from the tainted products include; decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination.

Those with concerns or questions should take their dogs to a veterinarian, states the FDA’s website; while noting if blood tests show increased urea nitrogen and creatinine levels it may well be a sign of kidney failure. If urine tests show increased glucose it may be a signal of other illness, stated the FDA.

Also, the FDA shares views on pet illnesses. For instance, it states that owners should look for “any sudden or unusual changes in the behavior pattern of your dog.” In turn, experts say this will help you to understand that it is ill and requires medical attention.

Also, does your dog seem to be quiet, listless and depressed? Is your dog off its food? Does your dog seem disoriented? Has it been losing its balance while getting up or while walking? Has your dog been displaying any unwarranted or uncharacteristic aggression? The FDA states that if the answer is yes to any one of these, it could indicate any kind of physical, hormonal, and neurological disorder, and it is time to go visit the vet.

Dog treats a continuing problem

Moreover, msnbc.com noted how “another three listed Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. The rest listed single brands or no brand.”

Since 2007, FDA scientists have analyzed jerky treats for evidence of dangerous toxins, including heavy metals, melamine, melamine analogs and diethylene glycol, chemicals used in plastics and resins.

According to the FDA and the Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (VLRN), experts are still actively working on finding an answer to this mystery illness in dogs. Also, the FDA in their warning does note the lack of definitive answers but also states that the treats should remain as treats and not be used as a meal replacement for pets.

FDA sets up priority cases to protect pets

The mystery illness in at least 600 dogs points to the FDA’s methods for identifying safety and pet product recalls.

For instance, msnbc.com noted March 13 that “Priority 1 cases are those in which the animal is aged 11 or younger and medical records that document illness are available, an FDA spokeswoman said. In many cases, samples of the suspect treats also are collected. The report, obtained through a public records request, is the first agency indication of any brands linked to illnesses that have climbed since the FDA warned pet owners about jerky treats in November. That was the FDA's third caution about the pet products since 2007.”

In turn, the owner of a healthy dog named “Sam” said during a March 13 Huliq interview that he would “never give Sam anything but ‘natural’ treats;” while point to a new trend with pet owners to either buy local organic pet treats or to make the treats themselves.

Manufactures say treats safe

The MSNBC TV report also noted that “Nestle Purina and Del Monte officials said their treats are safe and FDA regulators said repeated tests have shown no absolute tie to any brand or manufacturer.”

“No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined,” FDA officials said in a statement featured on the msnbc.com website; while also pointing to an “internal FDA report” that prompted this investigation in the dog illness.

This internal report - overseen by the FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak and Response Evaluation, or CORE, group – “is one of several ongoing assignments in which FDA regulators are seeking jerky treat samples and medical records of dogs that may have developed kidney failure, liver disease or Fanconi syndrome, which can lead to serious illness and death. The recent complaints were filed from October through December by people in cities from California to New York, but the agency will continue to accept them,” added the msnbc.com report.

“We still invite owners and veterinarians to submit complaints and samples,” said Siobhan DeLancey, an FDA spokeswoman. “The more information we have, the more likely we can find a link.”

MSNBC stated “the move comes as the FDA is under growing pressure from consumers and lawmakers to address rising numbers of illnesses blamed on the China-made treats.”

For instance, before the warning was issued in November, “the agency had logged 70 reports of illnesses tied to the treats last year. Since then, more than 530 additional complaints of illnesses and some deaths have been filed,” officials said.

Dogs that’ve died due to the treats

“Bella, a 2-year-old pug, died last fall after her owner, Robin Pierre, said she ate Waggin' Trail chicken jerky treats,” reported MSNBC during a March 13 TV report; while also noting how “consumers who say their dogs were sickened or killed have launched at least three petitions demanding recalls of jerky pet treats made in China, including one begun in December that has more than 3,400 signatures from the U.S. and around the world.”

In turn, people have come out against pet products being made in China.

Pet owners worry about China pet treats

“At the slightest doubt, these products should have been recalled, especially knowing there was a link or at the very least a caution/warning label put on the packaging warning the consumers,” said Robin Pierre, a co-founder of “Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China.”

Pierre, 49, of Pine Bush, N.Y., believes Waggin’ Train chicken jerky treats were responsible for the sudden death last fall of her previously health 2-year-old pug, Bella, who developed kidney failure, added the msnbc.com report.

“The last week of her life was nothing but misery and pain, separated from her family, she died all alone, in a cage, despite the fact that she had a family who loved her,” Pierre wrote in an email to msnbc.com. “She meant the world to me and my family.”

Dogs dying due to suspected treats

Moreover, a 14-year-old family dog named Ginger “sparked one of three petitions after she developed kidney failure possibly tied to chicken jerky pet treats. Her owner, Susan Rhodes, 51, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., wants the treats pulled from the market.”

More than 375 people have signed a petition launched last week by Susan Rhodes, 51, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. She believes her 14-year-old dog, Ginger, may have developed life-threatening kidney failure after eating chicken jerky treats. She was stunned to hear that consumer complaints alone can’t force the FDA - or a company - to recall potentially tainted products.

“That is just unreal. I am not happy with that,” Rhodes said.

For their part, FDA officials said the companies are free to enact a voluntary recall at any time.

Since 2007, MSNBC noted how “FDA scientists have analyzed jerky treats for evidence of dangerous toxins, including heavy metals, melamine, melamine analogs and diethylene glycol, chemicals used in plastics and resins.”

Nestle says its pet treats safe

So far, they’ve found nothing convincing, a point emphasized by Keith Schopp, director of communications for Nestle Purina. He noted that FDA officials also suggest that illnesses may be a result of causes other than eating jerky treats.”

At the same time, Schoop told MSNBC TV that: “Our chicken jerky treats are safe to feed as directed. The safety of our products - and the pets who consume them - are our top priorities.”

The company has a comprehensive food safety program in place, he said, including at manufacturing plants in China.

In turn, Pierre - who lost her dog - said she has little faith in pet food manufacturers - or in the FDA.

“Actions speak louder than words and there has been no action from them up until now,” Pierre said. “Waggin’ Train has hid behind the technicality that the FDA cannot find the link and the FDA has let them.”

Consumers can report illnesses to the FDA’s pet food complaint site at http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm

Image source of a Dog named “Sam” enjoying a walk about in the snow along the Oregon coast March 13. Sam’s owner said he never gives his dog treats that are not organic and locally produced. Photo by Dave Masko

Comments

Submitted by CocoChanels Mom (not verified) on
December 2011 My two year old Shih Tzu CREA levels jumped to 2.2 BADDDDDDDDDD Sad part is I had just given her the jerky treats!!! It was her favorite snack.I pulled her off immediately and have only been giving her fruits and veggies as treats. Her doctor wanted to treat her as if she was in Renal Failure so she put her Science K/D and I mix it with weight management dog food which is lower in protein. So far she is back to nomal levels I pray they stay this way.

Submitted by Nancy (not verified) on
My 7 month old lab had caught kennel cough at daycare and had a seizure. It was then we found out he also had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Going through all the testing exposed kidney issues. I jumped around giving him treats that I can't name them all but they did include "Happy Hips" jerky treats (China). I did also give him dried fish treats and he got alot of a puppy chew called N-Bone puppy teething treats. They have chicken meal in them - not sure where they came from. Anyway after jumping from vet to vet and finally finding one close who we are happy with (one got indignant because I wouldn't consider a transplant) things are going smoothly. He's on k/d and a low dose blood pressure med and , since the beginning, his numbers are slowly improving. One of his kidney values is actually in the normal range (yeah). He never showed any renal failure symptoms but his ultrasound pictures aren't pretty. There's no clear outline to his kidneys - they just look like blobs. At this point, at his age of 1.5 we finally have gotten to the point of only going back for blood tests every 3 months and we'll see how the numbers do each time. Thank God my guardian angel made me buy pet insurance!

Submitted by dog lover (not verified) on
Opened a new bag of these Thursday morning, my dogs were sick by Thursday night. They only get natural dog food and these treats. Started out with diahhrea and would not get better. Tried pepto, rice per my vets instructions. Next came vomiting. Saw the article on this today after 5 days of being ill. Took them off immediately, they are better tonight. I know it was the treats. It's the only thing they've had to eat other than the same bag of food they've been eating for last 4 weeks. Please be careful, these are harmful.

Submitted by CocoChanels Mom (not verified) on
OMG I am glad they are better!

Submitted by al h (not verified) on
The same thing happened to my dog , i know it was the Waggin Train jerky as it wss the only thing he consumed beside his regular food. I filed a complant with FDA for all the good it will do . Nothing made in China ever in this house again . He has recovered but who know the long term effects.

Submitted by TriPom Chews (not verified) on
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Submitted by jim mcgee (not verified) on
This past fall, i lost 2 miniature dachsaunds within 5 days of each other. Both passed away very quickly. I had been giving them both waggin'tails, chicken breast treats. My vet said these things happen, but the treats didnt enter my mind until I found this article. Thanks so much for making all of us aware of this. Looking back now, to-little-to late, but a reasonable cause of their untimely deaths was attributed to their ages. They seemed fine until one day they became very ill suddenly, and soon were gone. this really hurts to think I may have given them something that may have attributed to their deaths so close together.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Just went out this morning and bought 3 different waggin train treats: 'Ham It Up', 'Chicken Wrapped Yams', & 'Peanut Butter & Chicken Jerky' for my Eskimo Spitz, Puff. I'm gonna throw 'em out for fear of poisoning my baby. And he loves the yams & the ham to death (no pun intended).

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
My dog became vey ill and we thought we would lose him after testing and then being hospitalized with near deyhrdration he started getting well. When he was back to his old self I gave him his first Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Treat after being okay for a few days and within the hour the symptons started again and back to the vet we went. Then I found all the info in the internet about these treats and so I called the company they sent me to their claims department who called my vet and asked for test results.They Purina sent them to thier vets who said it was not conclusive and they deined our claim for our vet bills which were over a thousand dollars. Just saw this so I called them and said I want the claim reopened. I am so happy my dog is fine or at least seems fine but I know in my heart it was those treats andi agree they are hiding behind the testing reports they need to do a recall and they need to help people out with these bills. Do Not buy and chicken products I have been reading lables they all come from China.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I hunt every year for Deer, Elk, and other legally hunted edible animals. My rule of thumb is when i'm done with packing the meat for human consumption, the rest is used for the dogs food and or dog treats. I make homemade dog food and treats in my kitchen. I have a dog that is over 16 dog years old, i have to credit alot of her age to mixing wild game meats with store bought dog foods along with garden veggies. I have 3 dogs range in age from 3 to 16 yrs old I have bought dog treats from the store in the past and seen the dogs stool, and dogs health change literally overnight, in particular the treats from China, or from low end manufacturers in the US. You can make homemade dog treats in your own kitchen using left overs from your own foods, there are many recipes online for this, and they are far better then the stuff you buy from the store...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Feeding your dog homemade treats is the best. we plan on going hunting soon, and doing the homemade thing sounds GREAT!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
With all the news coverage of dog treats from China over the past year, I don't understand how anyone would buy or give their pet anything from that country!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Please contact your walmart stores to complain. They are still selling these treats to unsuspecting buyers and they have not pulled the treats. China should be BANNED from selling any type of pet food to the US.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Please contact your walmart stores to complain. They are still selling these treats to unsuspecting buyers and they have not pulled the treats. China should be BANNED from selling any type of pet food to the US.

Submitted by bobbyd (not verified) on
concerning the chicken jerky treats, companys that produce in china more often than not do it for hidden reasons. In this case, their process is more than likely on the up and up - big however, the reason they produce in china is because the chickens used are "grown in china". No regulations, no provisions for sanitary, grown by people that are forced into labor by the state, what do they feed the birds? I can guarantee you there would never be a pet owner who would even consider giving a treat to a pet if any information like this was provided. What companys don't realize is pet owners will pay ANY price for a safe consumption item for their pet. Company officials ONLY want the bottom line to look good for the stock price.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree that these companies are just hiding behind the incompetence of the FDA. but the consumer must take some of the blame themselves. Why would they buy pet treats for their beloved companion from a country that eats it's dogs and dose not care what it puts in human food let alone dog treats?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Although I agree that the companies are hiding behind the FDA, and consumers should beware of what they are buying, when large companies such as Walmart and others continue to sell the product, the consumer thinks that it must be safe. I like the opinion of one that maybe we need to go back to natural homemade treats for our animals. And China DOES eat its dogs, so why are they making items for the US

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Although I agree that the companies are hiding behind the FDA, and consumers should beware of what they are buying, when large companies such as Walmart and others continue to sell the product, the consumer thinks that it must be safe. I like the opinion of one that maybe we need to go back to natural homemade treats for our animals. And China DOES eat its dogs, so why are they making items for the US

Submitted by CocoChanels Mom (not verified) on
Well I can say it was my negligence as a pet owner for not being aware and I did not even pay attention to where the product was made. I was just too trusting I know better now and I am thankful that my dog is ok (so far). I personally will look into making my own treats and continue to just give her carrots and sweet potatoes.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This hoax has been going around for awhile. http://www.hoax-slayer.com/chicken-jerky-dog-warning.shtml Please read.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
To reply #18. In your reply, please go to the FDA website, and read the warning. This is NOT a hoax.

Submitted by Trish (not verified) on
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.

Submitted by Barbara (not verified) on
Don't be fooled into thinking that a product such as dog treats, dog food is Made in America just because it says so on the package. That's the oldest trick in the deception book. There is no Country of Origin Law that will prove that it is made in America, because the American companies are not required to put Made in China on the package!!! Read C.O.O.P. AND for those of you that think their pet food is safe because you've read the list of ingredients, ALL the vitamins added come from China.!!! There are very few brands that make their own supplements, so please do your research, or make your own food.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Puppy Snaks offers Dehydrated Chicken that has no preservatives added to any of its dog treats. They are made from 100% chicken and shipped within 48 hours. You can visit them at puppysnaks dot com

Submitted by Barbara (not verified) on
Apologies, I meant for you to look up the C.O.O.L.: Country Of Origin Label. At a meat website it states which meat needs to be labeled, (if sold at retail, muscle cut, ground product), BUT IS EXEMPT from COOL labeling if it is: A restaurant ( foodservices - schools), OR The meat product has undergone specific processing resulting in a change of character (e.g. cooking, curing, smoking or restructuring) or has been combined with at least one other covered commodity or other substantive food component. Translation: Pet food, pet treats, cooked products, hot dogs, products in which the meat is an ingredient (e.g., spaghetti sauce with meat), etc., etc. Read and weep. If you go to the Wikipedia site, it explains how and why this law is used, and the devious ways it can be misused. You will see a label titled: An American Company with the American Flag, with Made in China underneath in teeny print. “…Today many products are an outcome of a large number of parts and pieces that come from many different countries, and that may then be assembled together in a third country.” In the case of pet food, it may have ingredients originating from many places, including China. Economically you can be almost sure that a large percentage of the ingredients come from China.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Many companies in the USA are deceptive with their labeling and only care about the profit specifically the larger companies but not all. There are still companies that believe in America and choose to use only American (USA) USDA meats that are processed in their own plants (in the USA) and inspected by the FDA and state agriculture departments under strict inspection guidelines. If it says Made in China don't buy it .Support the USA companies that still exist Such as Colorado naturals and Nature's Deli, which are 100% made in the USA right down to the packaging there in.

Submitted by Faith Wilkisson (not verified) on
I adopted an 8 lb puppy when he was 2 months old 3 1/2 years ago. He is now 85 pounds and until a few weeks ago he was the healthiest mutt on the face of the earth. He threw up his dinner a couple of days in a row so I paniced and raced to the Vet.. He was in Stage 3 Kidney Failure. Since the day I got him I had been giving him Chicken Jerky Treats because I believed the package that claims they are a wholesome chicken snack. I thought they came from South Carolina using cage free chickens...never noticed the tiny print below the upc code that says MADE IN CHINA.. Now that I am not feeding him toxic treats he is out of Kidney failure and only eating prescription dog food.. It was heartbreaking to know he was sick because I made a bad choice and now he keeps expecting a treat and I am afraid to give him anything other than the prescription food until I am sure he will recover.Then I will bake my own treats. I only wish I had known the potential risk involved because the emotional and financial consequence has been overwhelming

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I have 2 chihuahua puppies, almost 6 months old. I have gotten 2 bags of these the chicken jerky treats made by Milo's Kitchen. With this last bag, for the last 2 or 3 days, I've noticed they've had diarrhea. I've only been giving them 1 a day. Today I decided not to give them anymore, thinking maybe it was the treats giving them the diarrhea. I just so happened to see on the news tonight about the problems dogs are having with these treats. I'm definately taking it as a sign not to give them to my babies anymore for sure. I'll be watching them to see if it goes away in a couple days, but this has really scared me. DO NOT GIVE THESE TO YOUR DOGS. I had a feeling the diarrhea was being caused by the treats, but now I know for sure... nothing else has changed recently in their diet, and they have been perfectly fine until I started giving them the chicken jerky treats.

Submitted by dogart1 (not verified) on
Since these chicken jerky treats are my dachshund's favorite, I have tried all the major brands - Waggin’ Train, Milo’s Kitchen, Canyon Creek Ranch, as well as many others that say they are made in America. I've yet to find any that don't give my baby-boy orange diarrhea and cause him to wretch like he has a fur ball in his throat. He has a cast-iron stomach, so it's something much more toxic in these treats than anyone is letting on. It's hard to not love your pet to death, and take away what makes him the most happy - but we must.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
My four year old dog died suddenly two weeks ago. We had no idea why, but now I think its from these treats. She ate one or two a day for the last year or so. I had no idea until today. This is horrible.

Submitted by Mike Talbot (not verified) on
The FDA did tests last year using the chicken feed additive from Pfizer Corp. 3 Nitro Roxarsone. (the 3 Nitro has organic arsenic in it)It's been put in chicken feed for over 60 years thinking that it was ok. Last year the FDA did tests with 100 chickens that had 3Nitro feed and other chickens that did not use 3 Nitro. Guess what? The chickens with 3Nitro had arsenic in their bodies. Pfizer has quietly stopped making 3Nitro for use in the USA. The FDA published this information on their website for verification. So, does the FDA check for arsenic? I don't believe so. Can someone help carry the ball for me. My Westie (male) died a horrible death after eating just two of these treats. His sister(Westie) ate several pieces and did not have a problem. Each treat is a chicken breast from one chicken and maybe becasue there is no regulations in China maybe that explains why some dogs are dying and other aren't getting sick. Can Somebody help out here with further investigations?

Submitted by Barbara (not verified) on
Very sorry to hear about your buddy, Westie. As to Arsenic in treats: I believe that the FDA has tested for it already, as it is one of the 23 heavy metals, one of the more recent tests done in Feb, supposedly. Results are still “pending”. Unfortunately arsenic is still a legal carcinogen allowed in animal feed in the US, even tho 3Nitro not used. For investigating answers, and you can ask: “Tainted Dog Treats From China - Just The Facts”, an activist group on facebook. Lots of info! Many documents, as well. Also very important to sign the petition to recall chicken jerky treats on: change dot org. NOTE: New findings. Do not feed your dog any treats made with Sweet Potatoes!! Most are imported from China and are treated with a toxic pesticide which is making dogs sick with the SAME symptoms as the chicken jerky treats: kidney failure and death. Vets have complained to the FDA, so far without results.

Submitted by Mike Talbot (not verified) on
The FDA did tests last year using the chicken feed additive from Pfizer Corp. 3 Nitro Roxarsone. (the 3 Nitro has organic arsenic in it)It's been put in chicken feed for over 60 years thinking that it was ok. Last year the FDA did tests with 100 chickens that had 3Nitro feed and other chickens that did not use 3 Nitro. Guess what? The chickens with 3Nitro had arsenic in their bodies. Pfizer has quietly stopped making 3Nitro for use in the USA. The FDA published this information on their website for verification. So, does the FDA check for arsenic? I don't believe so. Can someone help carry the ball for me. My Westie (male) died a horrible death after eating just two of these treats. His sister(Westie) ate several pieces and did not have a problem. Each treat is a chicken breast from one chicken and maybe becasue there is no regulations in China maybe that explains why some dogs are dying and other aren't getting sick. Can Somebody help out here with further investigations?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I have a 14 Year Old Beagle named Molly. She is a rescue and the LOVE of our life!!! She has eaten Wagon train Chicken jerkey since it was available at Wal Greens and our pet Store which has been years. We Take her to the vet every 6 mo for a check-up and she is still in perfect health except ofcourse for the little AGE thing. Dogs that are 12 yr old and older tend to have things go wrong with them, they are OLD!!! Look, I dont like alot of things made in China either and normally i would stay away from them just for my principals but a long time ago and before reading where they were from we gave our beautiful dog some Wagon train Jerkey (Chicken) and she fell in love with it. She will not touch another treat! We could stop giving her treats all together but thats mean. She is in good health, does not eat many of them and they are a favorite part of her day along with sleeping with us and the park. China or not, she gets them. This sounds like a FEW people that hate Chinese products so bad they will make up anything to get them out of here. I get it but QUIT scaring Nice people into doing it. IF you have REAL PROOF from the FDA or other countries agencies then send tf and get them stopped. If not, Deal with it. China makes enough mistakes by their selves. They dont need a whole 600 complaints out of 300 MILLION people in which over 80 Million abd actaully alot more own a dog!!!! Sorry. I hate China and would do my best to not buy anything from there but..... My dog does not know the difference and she loves them and has NEVER gotten sick.

Submitted by Trish (not verified) on
Count your blessings - you obviously care very much for your Beagle and I am very happy that the treats you are giving her have not seemed to affect her. But I can tell you from personal experience, as I held a dying 5 month old puppy, that the chicken treats from China are poisonous to some dogs. Your Molly is one of the (admittedly many) dogs who are not affected by these treats. Molly is lucky. It's like the old story of the dog owner who says "My dog has been crossing the street on his own for 15 years and has never been hit by a car"... That DOES NOT make crossing the street safe for dogs! You do not have to deny Molly her chicken treats - just buy American Made chicken treats. There are plenty of options - just Google "American Made Pet Treats"; you might have to spend a little more, but it's well worth it. According to my vet, a dog can appear healthy while their kidneys are slowly destroyed - a dog can survive normally on as little as 30% of normal kidney function. It's only when their kidneys are more than 70% ineffective that symptoms become evident; then it is usually too late to do anything. The FDA has now sent representatives to China to investigate the reason for the deaths of so many pets due to consumption of their treats - that alone should be enough of a reason for you to become cautious. Please protect Molly - Please buy American Made Treats.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I had just recently bought my miniature schnauzer Canyon Creek Ranch Duck jerky treats. Does this recall go for all the treats or what? I'm really worried because I've given her 4 treats in a 4 day time period.

Submitted by cocosmom (not verified) on
Personally I would stay away from them period ....It not worth the risk

Submitted by Billie (not verified) on
My baby Shadow is dying of kidney failure and the only treats she eats or did eat was chicken jerky, now I just found out 4 weeks ago she can die any time,there is nothing they can do, She is my life, without her I have nothing. She is a trained black lab and I have spent lost of money on her which I don't care about she is worth it, but right now she is suffering so I have to get the will power to have her put to sleep but I just can't do it yet god forgive me.