FDA Issues Dog Treats Warning


November 18, 2011 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an important bulletin warning consumers that chicken jerky products (also marketed as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with serious illness in dogs.

Over the past 12 months, the FDA has observed an increase in the number of complaints regarding canine illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China.

These complaints have been reported to the government by both dog owners and veterinarians.

FDA had previously issued a cautionary warning regarding chicken jerky products in September 2007 and a Preliminary Animal Health Notification later on in December of 2008.

Unfortunately, so far, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. The FDA continues to conduct extensive chemical and microbial testing but has this far not identified a contaminant.

What to Watch For

Chicken jerky products should never be considered a substitute for a balanced diet. These treats should are intended to be fed only occasionally — and in small quantities.

The FDA is advising consumers who still choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky to monitor their animals closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding these products including:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased activity
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (sometimes with blood)
  • Increased water consumption
  • Increased urination

Blood tests may indicate kidney failure. And urine tests may show Fanconi syndrome (increased blood sugar). Although most dogs are likely to recover, some deaths have been reported.

What to Do

If a dog shows any of these signs, the FDA urges consumers to stop feeding the suspected products immediately.

Owners should consult a veterinarian if signs or symptoms are severe or persist more than 24 hours.

So, take precautions. And be sure to tell everyone you know.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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  • Mary Leach-luick

    I been giving my dogs this treat for a long time, my little ate one this afternoon and is not feeling well, hope she will be better in the morning, I don’t no what to give them, I picked up a bag of PAWS beef sticks today any recall on this brand

  • Lola Webb

    Also im not saying these caused Simon’s cancer at all but most of the people who knew me knew how crazy I was about him. I even had him cremated. I know crazy dog lady syndrome. This company gave me his paw print and a hair sample when they returned his ashes to me. I wonder if his hair could be tested for anything? The tumor was one that was aggressive and fast our vet said. It literally sucked the life out of him. Thats the reason for him not walking good and his tongue turning gray. It went for the main blood supply. Again I’m not vet just saying what I was told and what I’ve read. He was a happy dog them sick. It literally happened that fast

  • Lola Webb

    Awww. Thanks so much. At ten years old I guess I expected Simon to be around longer but he got sick sooo fast and until he passed away I never even thought of him just not being around. He was my shadow right there all the time. If you feed your animals anything from the store please research it first. That was basically my point. Gosh you just never know. Cat and dog treats are made with euthanized cats and dogs and road kill. I was shocked! Not to mention the dyes and other things. Everyone should research their pets food. I just knew he loved those treats and of course I bought them but had I known what was in them…. Hindsite huh?

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m very sorry for your loss and all the heartache you are experiencing.

  • Lola Webb

    Yes Phillip I have and the outcome was terrible just read on

  • Lola Webb

    My chihuahua Simon died in January. He was ten. His favorite thing in the world was bacon. He loved Beggin Strips brand dog treats. He began getting sick a couple of months before he passed away with all of the symptoms mentioned. I took him to our vet and they seemed to think it was pancreatitis due to some blood work they had taken. He spent two nights in the hospital. It broke my heart to see him so down. He was my heart. He got somewhat better came home but in the meantime we were back and forth for one thing or another with Simon being sick. he lost control of his back legs and couldnt walk. His tongue was grey and in his water bowl was blood and what looked to be puss. Idk im not a vet but i rushed him back to the vet. Simons blood work was off the charts and my vet had never seen that in any dog. He phoned the in the next day with more results on Simon’s test and he gave him a poor to grave diagnosis. He had given him strong antibiotics and said keep him on those over the weekend. We didn’t know exactly what was wrong but the vet said it was either sepsis a tumor or cancer. I thought heck no not Simon he is gonna pull through this. The weekend was awful. His little tongue looked like it had been through a meat grinder and he couldn’t drink or eat on his own. I had to give him baby food and squeeze water in his mouth with a baby bottle. He could barely walk and was so weak. He passed away Monday morning. He went to throw up and fell limp in my daughters hands. I knew then he was gone. Rushing him back to the vet they took him to the back and the vet came in and told me Simon was gone and reason being was he had a tumor the size of softball in his body. It wasn’t until he passed away and was relaxed that the vet could see it. None of us could see it and my poor dog had been picked and prodded on for two months prior to his death. The vet grabbed between his rib cage and tummy and showed me the tumor and I still have no idea how my little guy got so sick so fast. Reading about his foods and treats I was shocked to see that his favorite one had cancer causing ingredients in the dye and that they were made with some really gross things. Im not saying these treats caused his tumor but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to put two and two together. I hope all my rambling helps someone because what I went through with him was an awful experience not to mention how helpless you feel. I miss him everyday.

  • Lori Mironov Hauck
  • Lori Mironov Hauck

    Can you share your recipe

  • Angela Melton

    Hello Elizabeth Grenier, it is 2017 so very late letting you know that Golden Rewards made all three of my dogs deathly ill, We thought that they all three were going to die from 2014,2015,2016 knock on wood so far so good.. We stopped giving them Golden Rewards chicken jerky or any other treats from a store. Now I make healthy homemade dog treats for my pets so far all three of them are healthy..

  • Philip Occhipinti

    Now have a second dog showing same issues: serious diahreah, blood in stool too, vomit, for almost a week. Suspicious of RR Soup Bones treats both dogs received now- anyone else experienced issues with this line of treats??

  • Norma Davis

    My vet told us the same thing today. 2 of my dogs are a pet hospital with renal failure and may not make it. My heart is broken. It wasn’t chicken jerky treats but beef sticks. I want to post the brand but not sure if I should.

  • Norma Davis

    Thank you for posting this. 2 of my dogs; Tiny a toy rat terrier and Gigi, a Rat Terrier are now very sick with all the above symptoms listed. We took them to the vet today and she diagnosed them with renal failure, dehydration due to a new dog treat which are beef sticks. I won’t mention the brand until we know for sure. They are now critical condition at an pet hospital. I’m praying they get better.

  • Caro

    Um, seriously? You called the company that makes them (and also happens to make Beneful which is KNOWN TO KILL DOGS!) and since they said they aren’t tainted you think they are OK to feed your pets? Beggin strips are pure garbage, just read the ingredients. Tainted or not, there is nothing beneficial to your dog in them!

  • Caro

    Mine are extremely allergic to chicken but do not have any issue with Turkey. Which is extremely helpful considering they are also allergic to beef and lamb. They can have duck but don’t like it.. of course they are allergy prone AND picky! >_<

  • Chris White

    5 out of 6 of my dogs in the past, 5 died because of cancerous tumors. We couldn’t figure out why and then it hit us…… We tried everything that was possible to figure it out but it ended up being Purina Kibbles and Bits. We also have had 3 different dong have had severe ear problems that have all the symptoms of ear mites. We stopped and the last 2 dogs, including the one we still have had no ear problems whatsoever. Nothing would work for the first 3, not even prescription ear mite meds, drops or cleaner. One dog shook his head alot because of it and he hit his ear on something and it ruptured a blood vessel and gave him a hematoma. It was so sad.

  • Toini Ayler

    My dog is also a rescue dog. I have had her for about 4 years now and she absolutely loves beggin strips. I have noticed that my dog is getting knots on and in her sides. I am not sure if its from the beggin strips or from a ceramic dog water bowl that she use to use. I found a great liver receipt for dogs that you make your self I will copy and paste it for if .

    and nutritious. And SAFE. These dog treats are as “hard” to make as making a batch of cookies. NO fancy equipment needed, either, no exotic ingredients,
    no flour,
    no sugar,
    no salt
    no spices
    no preservatives
    no wondering what your dog is really eating there
    ~~~~~~~~~~~ “EASY LIVER COOKIES”~~~~~~~~~~~

    HEALTHY, nutritious, economical, easy to make dog treats,
    that (so far) every dog I’ve ever given these to, go crazy nutz for the treats,
    even picky dogs.



    1 CUP fresh YELLOW VEGGIE (I often use carrots)

    1 CUP fresh GREEN VEGGIE (I often use green beans)


    1 egg—optional, but, the cookies will fall apart easier
    without an egg

    1 handful of oats to thicken, as needed—-Optional, but,
    increase cooking time if oat-free.


    COOK first 3 ingredients in any way you want, (I usually
    boil, and drain Very Very well.)

    If you are boiling the chicken liver, you can dump entire
    tub into boiling water, blood and all.
    Save broth, dogs go crazy for it.

    ingredients around in a colander, for quite a while, to really drain very well,
    (if you boiled them).~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Mix those 3 cooked ingredients with hand-held beater, and then
    add in egg,

    and then, stir in the handful of oats AS NEEDED, til it has thicker
    consistency similar to cookie dough.

    LINER.($9 at walmart) OR use cooking parchment paper. These will stick on cookie sheets otherwise.

    Slightly flatten each cookie, so they are not so thick that
    they won’t cook through to the centers.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    If you are making these as a gift, slop a line of dough along some wax paper, roll this around til it is rounded, and chill it about 10 minutes, and slice off perfect lil circle shaped treats.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    BAKE AT 450 DEGREES, x 30 to 45 minutes, til firm. The texture is similar to hamburger or meat
    loaf, actually.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~LET THE DOG LICK THE BEATERS AND BOWL.~~~~~~~~~~~~

    COOL. Drop a weeks
    worth of cookies into each baggie, and drop all those baggies into a FREEZER
    BAG, and store leftovers in freezer.
    Keep this week’s supply in the fridge. these are fine at room temp for a few hours, and can be broken into small pieces for reward markers for you dog trainers out there.
    Dogs even eat these frozen, too, for outdoor training on hot days.

    see more 6

  • Larry Maxwell

    I have a Rat Terrior that is 5 years old and a rescue dog. We know nothing of her history before 1 year ago. This I do know, is that she loves Beggin Strips totally. At night those were her evening treats. Friday night she was fine playing all over the bed and eating the strips, then, at 2:00 am she was vomiting and drinking large amounts of water. Through the week-end, the vomiting became worse, lethargic but no diarrhea. Monday she was doing a little better, so we did not take her to the vet. By Tuesday morning she was not eating, vomiting even water she was drinking. We took her to the vet and found her to be anemic. It is killing me watching her going through this. I can guarantee she and her step sister will never get Beggin Strips again as well as Pedigree Dentastix ever again.

  • Larry Maxwell

    Sounds exactly like my story. White gums, pale tongue due to anemia. Vet said most likely caused by the treats. We are on steroids and Minocycline. Two days and already see a small difference.

  • Debbie

    I’m sooooo sorry. I know what it feels like to lose an animal, heartwrenching. Those cheap sick sobs in china should go straight to hell for poisoning any animal.

  • GSDsForever

    From what I’ve followed from the FDA & news, it’s best to avoid ALL brands of chicken jerky treats.

    I’m so sorry about your dog & hope the vet will be able to help him.

    Jerky treats have been identified as deadly by the FDA, and not isolated to a few brands. They’ve been killing and making very severely ill numerous dogs for the past several years.

    I would be especially suspicious of the Golden Rewards, as my understanding is that it’s a China made treat (sold at Walmart). You need to contact the FDA, if you can’t find that brand on their website.

  • Elizabeth Grenier

    HELP!!! I have had my pup for 4 days, has anyone had an issue with Golden Rewards chicken jerky recipe??? I need to know before I put him down this afternoon! He is such a good boy I would seriously be heartbroken for a very long time. If I find out after the fact that may have been something else I could have done for a better outcome! Thank you in advance!

  • theBCnut

    Higher meat protein does cause the stool to become darker, and as for the rest, if the dog isn’t used to having its protein increased that can lead to yucky stools.

  • Crazy4cats

    It shouldn’t.

  • Debbie

    So sorry you lost your loved one and much appreciate your sharing this to help others protect their fur babies.

  • Wyatt

    Something going on with the Pepperoni stick treats also. This issue with the chicken jerky strips have been around now for 4 + years. Lost a loved one 2 1/2 years ago. NEVER buy this product. Simple on-line research will show you what is harming your pets. Salmonella is just one small issue. Yes, I said small. AlfaToxin is one of the most common and dangerous. Look it up.

  • tdouglas

    Was this a jerky direct pet jerky you are talking about?

  • Anthony Moriarty

    I just found a bag the other day in my cubbard and didn’t know who got them for him. Started giving him a couple a day three days ago he is in the ER Right now and blood work reads kidney failure. Aslo I just checked and the bag expired in aug 2014. He has been puking and not eating for over 24 hours now. I expect these damn things were prob made years ago. I’m a terrible dog owner.

  • ObamaBobblehead

    No offense, but that’s not responsive to my question

  • Jimmy

    The FDA has known for years about this and never done anything. I called them and told them my dog died because of these treats, the took my name and number and said someone would call me back. that was over 14 months ago and I’m still waiting on that call. They dont care.

  • Jimmy

    Dont gamble with you dogs life, make your own treats or buy them from someone that makes their treats local. I had no warning or no second chance, my dog got sick on Easter morning and died by noon Easter she started showing signs by drinking lots of water the I noticed she had trouble walking or keeping her balance then diarrhea all in a matter of hours. I reported it to the FDA, they took my information and said someone would call me back, that was the last I heard from them. The only person you can trust with treats or food is yourself. I feed my dogs food I make for them. Ill never trust these dog food companies again. This has been going on for years and thousands of dogs have died before the FDA done anything about it, and thats not much. someone thats not on social media or watches the news still wound not know these products could kill, because they are still on the shelves in Georgia.

  • Dori

    They are disgusting and garbage and should not be fed to any animal. The fact that there is still a market for them is shocking. Period. The end!

  • ObamaBobblehead

    Anyone know anything about Beggin Strips?

  • Angela N Jeff

    We had been feeding our dogs begin strips for a long time, and decided to stop when we heard of all of he warnings, suddenly she became very sick, pooping black stool and the vet said it was from the treats, she was on a heavy antibiotic and Sulcrate for 8 days, happy to say, after two weeks, she seems to be doing so much better, brown poop and a nice pink tongue which was near white! Do not Feed them begging strips

  • Fiona

    We hope.

  • Fiona

    That’s what my vet told me.

  • Fiona

    Makes you wonder what other of our Foods are made else where?

  • Vicci

    I AM SOOOOOOO SORRY to hear that. It’s a tragedy and unfortunately, you and I (our babies) are not the only ones, many more will fall. 🙁 Peace be with you and may our canine friends “Run in Peace” <3

  • Fiona

    Made in the USA, But ingredients to make these treats? China, India?

  • Fiona

    My Pug died yesterday, same as yours.

  • Vicci

    our yorkie, Sparky, ate them a lot and he died in February from complete liver and kidney failure. DO NOT feed your pet this poison!

  • swedish fish

    There is a lot of sugar (cane juice) in this jerky

  • swedish fish

    There is a lot of cane juice (sugar juice) in this jerky

  • Guest

    Here’s the label

  • Try the Turkey Pet Strips from Jerky Direct!!
    Turkey Raised Without Added Hormones
    No Preservatives
    No Added MSG
    NO Nitrite
    NO Erythorbate
    NO Artificial Ingredients
    Only Minimally Processed
    This product is made in Idaho

  • Gregory Hart

    Any Pet problem you can use this site -pethunk.com

  • tylee conkling

    has anyone seen any problems with beggin beacon strips for dogs? my puppy is acting strange today looks dazed and confused wandering if this could be the reason

  • Pattyvaughn

    They splinter because cooking changes the bone matrix. I don’t recommend giving bones to a dog to chew unsupervised, but chicken and other bird bones are fine for a dog, if the dog chews them instead of trying to swallow them as whole as possible. They do not splinter raw and stomach acid works on bird bones really well.

  • Cyndi

    They only splinter if they’re cooked. Raw bones are perfectly safe for dogs to eat.

  • wyonative75

    Chicken, or other bird bones splinter and can puncture their guts and kill them!

  • Amy Lynn Cesan

    I lost my Eddie Boy on December 15,2013 and nearly lost my Bella!
    They both ate 1 small Good’n’Fun chicken rawhide treat! This stuff
    is poison! I emptied my savings account trying to save
    them! I am disgusted that our government allows
    this to happen and that my “Eddie” was collateral damage!

  • Pamela Weyerman

    Dear Sir and all others, “They” are allowed to poison our pets because “We” continue to buy the products. Besides being extremely overpriced in the first place, consider we are paying China and other countries as well. The product has always been made in China or Columbia or Thailand. Why are we wonderful doggie parents continuing to purchase items made in China, when at the very least we know we’ve had trouble in the past in China with there very poor standards? We are responsible too.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Many of us here raw feed and we give our dogs bones every day and have had no problems with it. Mine get chicken, duck, and turkey bones, lamb, goat, and calf ribs, any neck bones I can find, etc. They are consumable and a good part of a balance meal. I only give weight bearing bones from larger animals when I can supervise though.

  • Terri

    Antlers are the same as giving a dog a bone– please don’t :(. I made the same mistake until my vet said the same to me.

  • Melissa Egan

    Thank you, Lindy. I’m just so surprised at the sheer number of people who don’t know how long this has been going on, and how easily it could be stopped – by the consumers, if nowhere else. Buffy had been my mother’s therapy dog, and was very well loved!

  • jojo

    My boys like dentleys rawhide beef strips, really thin. I just looked at the pkg says made in Columbia! Sold at /for pet smart. Isn’t anything made here? And why, cost? Cheaper to make there?

  • Drew Palmer

    Glycerin/glycerol is a sugar required for cell functioning. It is often used in hypoallergenic soaps, but it is inaccurate to say “it’s soap” or in any way toxic on its own.

  • Samijo

    Read packages well. It could be packaged in USA but still made in China. Making all natural treats is pretty cheap and a lot healthier for you dog.

  • Michael Udell

    Anyone that buys anything for their best friend to eat that was made in China is asking for trouble. Those companies that do their business in China only care about the almighty dollar and do not care if they kill your pet or your children or you for that matter. We need to totally ban all things made in China.

  • lindy west

    I am so so very sorry for your loss…..that is horrible. No baby deserves to die so needlessly and so young. Peace to you*

  • lindy west

    U r so right, I used to give my little ones cooked chicken, which they loved, but the allergies were so severe they were constantly in and out of the vets office. Itching, diarrhea, terrible skin problems, etc. Not sure what it is about chicken, but compound that with the chance of foodborne illness, as suspected in the treats, best to ban all poultry as you stated. Glad Kody is better! My Elsa only gets grain free options, and her skin is like silk. :))

  • Cyndi

    I’m glad it seems that they are actually doing something about this!

  • Cyndi

    The FDA wants anyone’s help that has lost a pet or their pet became sick because of jerky treats.




  • wcoastpi

    You’re correct, my Lab developed an allergy (ear infections) to chicken, even off the table & well cooked. So after experimenting with different foods, treats, etc. direction of vet; Conclusion: No more food and/or treats from poultry; No Chicken, No duck, No turkey of any kind. Since then, Kody has never had another infection or sickness from a developed allergy.

  • Jack

    Go to the meat section of your grocery store and look for Perkey Turkey Jerkey (name brand) the low calorie low salt version. It’s made for people in Colorado. It’s actually about the same price as dog jerkey but safer. Don’t give them whole treats but just a part of the treat.

  • Bella

    Melissa, I am sorry to hear about your loss. However, the chicken jerky scare is known for causing kidney, urinary, and gastro issues……….not cancer. It is very unfortunate that your dog got ill and I sympathise with you. I was saddened to read your post. Rest assured, however, that it was probably not related to chicken jerky.

  • Pattyvaughn

    US made does not mean that the ingredients come from the US. The largest dog food recall in history was on foods made in the USA with melamine tainted wheat germ from China.

  • Kelly

    I go with all US made products for my dog. It says on the packaging. Most Purina treats are US-based, and some rawhides are made in the US (try Target or Petco). They’re more expensive, but definitely worth it.

  • Kelly

    I stopped feeding my beagle anything that wasn’t made in the United States after the melamine scare. Most Purina treats are made in the US, and there are a few brands of rawhides (Target and Petco have them) that are made in the US. You just have to diligently check the packaging. They are more expensive, but I have peace of mind when I give them to her.

  • Melissa Egan

    What about those of us whose dog has already died from eating these treats? One month, Buffy’s vet said that he easily saw him living to be 17-19 years old, a month later, Buffy was terribly sick, another month later, he was diagnosed with liver cancer that had already metastasized into several other organs. I was told that chemo could keep him alive for maybe another two weeks, but he didn’t deserve a protracted death. We were literally at his vet’s, Buffy gasping as we waited for the final med to be mixed when he put his little paw on my hand and died. This was a very healthy, happy Bichon Frise until those Waggin Train treats killed. him.

  • lindy west

    It seems any chicken based treat, even bones are suspect. My advice is to never ever give a pet any chicken based treat regardless of who is manufacturer. This has been going on for several years now, unconscionable that they can be found at many top name pet stores still. They should be permanently banned. Many fine substitutes are available instead =(…. so terribly sad.

  • Zombee Cyclone

    Do not use Hillside Farms Chicken Jerky (made in China) my dog got sick from these, took to a vet but was vomiting, loose stool, lathargic, not eating and stomach pain

  • CranberryCoco

    Yeah I think they’re made in China. A surprising number of dog treats are made in China.

    I stopped at petsmart a week ago and it was difficult for me to find a decent non-Chinese chew. I ended up getting an antler.

  • disqus_nuWHkGRlN5

    I got Dingo Chip Twists (rawhide chips) with chicken in the middle. I’m not going to take any chances and stop giving them to my dog even though it’s chicken jerky.

  • Roxanna Smith

    2013 and its still going on, I just took my little girl to the vet with all this stuff and he said take the Milo treats and throw them in the trash!

  • Pattyvaughn

    And mines plastic too, so it’s probably releasing PBAs too. Well, it’s definitely not a perfect world we live in.

  • Doogie

    I would not buy a food dehydrator from Walmart. It is most likely made in China too. In fact, Walmart has been attributed to being the largest driving force for opening up manufacturing in China. And yes, consumers that continue shop at Walmart must be blamed too.

  • Tracy M Hughes

    treats are notoriously full of bad ingredients, check out this video to learn how to read labels and what to avoid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdDPi-1Yjy0

  • Tracy M Hughes

    its soap…

  • Kwame Kilpatrick

    Feed your animals what you want, but don’t kill them.

  • Kwame Kilpatrick

    Get the real dog treats or eat the chinese ones with your pet. You deserve to die as much as they do.

  • Kwame Kilpatrick

    Why are they still allowed to poison our pets? Because China sends them?

  • Can you please post the recipe for these treats?????

  • I am so sick of the bad products for pet AND HUMAN consumption coming here from China….and it just keeps happening over and over again!! You can’t tell what to buy because it’s happening to all different brands of pet foods and treats. Even though the product is made in the USA, the ingredients are coming from other countries–in this case, China.

    I’m thinking of starting cooking for my two cats and dog. I’m going to try to find a good cookbook or guide. If anyone knows where to find good information, please let me know. [email protected]. Thanks!

  • Bballmom7

    Fromm dog food and treats are 100 percent USA

  • Bob K

    Cathy – 3000 people died in the us in 2012 due to food contamination, the US has nothing special for food safety.  Imagine how many other people were sick, hospitalized or never sought medical treatment.  If 3000 people died, do you think pet food is any safer?  

  • Pattyvaughn

    It was FORMULA tainted with melamine.  The guy in charge got the death penalty, but that won’t help all the babies that died or have kidney failure.

  • Cathy

     Don’t forget they were having problem with baby items as well being made in china with bad ingredients. I think it was toys. I won’t even buy my dogs toys made in china.

  • Cathy

     They may use suppliers that use ingredients from China and not know it. That’s what happened when I tried to find dog food exclusively made in USA Then the company had to shut down their website because they found there were some ingredients that a supplier got from China. So even the companies making the dog food doesn’t know for sure where all their ingredients come from. At the time I was making my dogs food.  What a pain that is. I hate cooking as it is. *S*

  • Cathy

     Not all ingredients used are made in USA even if the item says made in USA No matter what the cost so how do you know where their ingredients are coming from?  When all the companies were having the problems I went to one company that swore they didn’t have any ingredients coming from China yet
     they found one of their suppliers were buying a ingredient that they provided was from China.

  • D2

    Again, some of the ingredients can come from China even though the item is made in the USA. Don’t count on the stores or government – use your own common sense. Look at your pet’s face – is it worth taking the risk? I know it’s not for me. one of our dogs recently died from acute kidney failure and I will never know if it’s from treats we gave her – it was before all these warnings came out – but I won’t take the risk ever again. 

  • D2

    It can be made in the USA with imported chicken – so they aren’t technically lying, but the are being underhanded, to say the least. 

  • LabsRawesome

      Dianeclifton, FYI- I wouldn’t use the raw hides either. Lead, arsenic,
    mercury, chromium salts, formaldehyde, and other toxic chemicals have
    been detected in raw hides.

  • Dianeclifton

    OmG I had no idea that this was going on.  My dog loves his chickie treats.  So off to Walmart I go today to get a bag because he was out of them.  They are all gone off of the shelf.  I found a bag and went to the register to pay and it wouldn’t let me buy them.  I had the clerk go check to see why and they told me they were recalled.  Now I see why.  If they ever come back, I am not going to get them till I see that they no longer harm him.  I had no idea they were coming from out of the USA.  He is now chewing a raw hide bone.

  • James Bailey

    Hello Everyone
    There is a topic in the forums where I talk about the Jerky treats that I make.  I make them from human grade boneless skinless chicken breasts and fish fillets.  Everything is from the USA and they are made from the same meats that you and your family eat!.  

  • To be honest, if you need a doctor or the government to tell you that cheap food isn’t necessarily good, then you have bigger problems than “big brother”.

  • Btuckcsx

    Yeah made in USA China still sends crap that does not meet ANY standards, Because we don’t have any, only the owners do,  DUH our Gov at work???

  • Hemi1967

    I don’t give my dog anything made in third world countries.  It has to state made in USA.  I am so sorry for all who have lost their pet/best buddy.   I would go bulistic if anything happened to my dog that I could have prevented.  So ask your retailer to stock made in USA products.  They are hard to find and it is almost impossible to get dog toys made in the USA.  I complained to PetSmart this past weekend because there were not any USA made dog treats.

  • tina

     Made to order dog treats. I started Pumpkin Paw Bakery because my dog Pumpkin suffers from food
    allergies. I wanted to create a tasty fresh wholesome treat for my dog
    that was gluten free.
    We use in season fruits and veggies so that each little treat is flavor packed and nutritious.
    Only the best ingredient go into our treats because the health of your pet is important to us.

  • tina

    Made fresh upon order in the USA.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Buy a dehydrator at Walmart.  Slice chicken 1/4 inch thick, across the grain.  Dehydrate on lowest heat setting.  Check every few hours and turn pieces over.  It’s done when it’s completely dry, pieces will break instead of bend.  I store it in Ziplocks in the freezer since it has no salt or preservatives.

  • Gsully62

    Nestle Purina makes Waggin Train Chicken Jerky and Canyon Ranch Chicken Jerky.  Del Monte makes Milo’s Chicken Jerky.  I know this because my dog just died on Sept 19 2012 from ingesting Milo’s Chicken Jerky and the FDA is testing the leftover treats.  I have contacted Del Monte on this. They can not pull them off the shelves until they have a confirmed problem.  They have recently got NASA involved in it.  You can read the newest FDA post from September 14, 2012.

  • Shawna

    Someone, here on DFA, posted a recipe — cook chicken breast strips in the oven at 180 degrees for about 3 hours.  I can’t remember who posted it — sorry for not giving you credit :(..

    I’ve done liver the same way.  I also have done liver, hearts, fish etc in the dehydrator.  I bought a dehydrator with an adjustible thermostat and turn the heat off, dip the meat in lemon juice (to kill any bacteria that got on it) and turn the dehydrator on.  Without heat it takes a long time to dehydrate but makes a nice treat.  Depending on the humidity at the time I’m dehydrating the foods (and the thickness of the meats) it can take 12 to 24 hours.  I start them on a Friday night and let them go over the weekend til done.

    Others have actual recipes for baked meat cookies..  Maybe they will see this and leave their recipes for you..  🙂

  • LabsRawesome
  • Mickey12606

    My dogs LOVED the jerkey treats.  Does anybody have any suggestions as to what else I could give them.  Or how you would make them at home?

  • Mickey12606

    I guess I never really looked at the ingredients.  I will now. 

  • Mickey12606


  • Shawna

    Beggin Strips are not part of the recall but I certainly wouldn’t consider them “safe”..  The ingredients are beyond HORRIBLE..  They certainly aren’t going to promote health by any means…

    You are much better off, imo, buying chicken liver, hearts or meat and dehyrating it (in dehydrator or oven).

  • marespooscats

    Purina makes Beggin Strips – THEY are safe BUT Purina also makes treats from Milo’s kitchen and Waggin tails and THEY Are made in china and dogs HAVE died from eating THEM  Purina won’t pull them off the shelves as they say the FDA has not found a link between them the the poisoned dogs, so there is a petition going on to MAKE Purina pull these treats off the shelves!

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Mickey12606, I would not use ANY dog treat that contains GLYCERIN period. Or Chinese ingredients, which I’m sure Beggin strips would have.  

  • Mickey12606

    Can anyone tell me if it’s ALL the chicken jerkey treats, or certain brands??  And I haven’t heard about the beggin strips recall.  Are they also harming dogs?

  • InkedMarie

    I only know that chain stores can’t just decide to pull them of their own accord, corporate makes that decision. 

  • ValerieNoyes

    You need to be very careful even with a company who has many US made products but still imports the chicken jerky from China.  Red Barn for instance has a website proclaiming US made pet treats, committments to quality, high integrity and so on.  It appears most of their products are US made, but once you get to the chicken jerky, it’s made in China.

    The Chinese tend to eat only the dark meat from a chicken so have an abundance of white meat to get rid of.  God knows what it is they actually do to it, but it’s killing our pets.

    I emailed Red Barn and pointed out their hypocrisy and got a reply thanking me for my concern but they were not planning on changing their importing of chicken jerky.  It’s too lucrative for them.  WE have to stop this by not buying it, boycotting the companies entirely and spreading the word to everyone we can find.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    The problem is that these sell and low end pet stores and chains are in it for the money. I was happy to see that a new pet store opened up here in Bloomfield Hills this week and they only sell the best foods and the bake their own treats right in the store. They don’t sell any low quality foods at all. Just raw and the best kibbles. I will give them my business but most people want cheap.

  • Pattyvaughn

    The FDA has done some testing and could not find what is causing this. That is why there has been no recall and these products are still on the shelf. That does not mean the jerky is not contaminated, it means whatever it is did not show up in FDA tests. Some of the companies would not let FDA inspect, they don’t have to allow it. What I don’t get is why can’t they say if we can’t inspect then your stuff doesn’t enter our country. These products are contaminated. Hundreds of dogs have died. The stores that are selling this stuff don’t care about your pet. They do care about your money, so don’t buy their stuff if you want to send a message. And then tell them why.

  • The reason they are still on the shelf is because there is NOT an official recall from the FDA on these products.  So therefor stores can’t remove them from the shelves.  Even if we want them to the manager doesn’t make the rules, corporate does so start writing letters to corporate!

  • marespooscats

    THAT is what I do NOT understand! I tried to get Petsmart and CVs to pull Milo’s kitchen treats, and WagginTails and Canyon creek ranch and they told me IF these treats were tainted they would get a memo telling them to pull them, so these are not tainted.

    Can this be true?

  • Gsully62

    My dog, Charlotte, 6 year old beagle ate 3-4 treats out of a bag of Milo’s Chicken Jerky Treats and died from renal failure 1 1/2 weeks later.  The bag says Made in China at the bottom.  The FDA is in the process of transporting the bag and the leftover treats in it for examination as to contamination and safety.  You are correct in saying that there are many choices of treats from China.  The chicken Jerky from China appears to be the thing that these products have in common.  There is a show you can link to on CBC Marketplace on the internet that just aired on September 28, 2012 out of Canada.  It is very informative. Please watch and spread the news to everyone you know.

  • InkedMarie

    The truth is stuff made in China should stay there. In regards to dogs, china made stuff has hurt & killed them. The truth is there are many higher quality foods and treats made in the USA and there is no need for anyone to feed chinese made food/treats. If it says it’s made in the USA then I assume Purina is not lying. If there is any question, why bother? Feed something you know is as safe as possible. Feed a food from a company that has had no recalls.

  • marespooscats

    I am just trying to find the TRUTH!  I want to know if PURINA is lying and WHY waggin tails and Canyon creek, Milo’s kitchen etc are STILL on the shelves  if they are tainted. 

    I get notices from other people saying to warn people about these tainted treats and food and NEED to make sure before I send on the email and accuse someone who is innocent.

  • InkedMarie

    I do not have a bag because I don’t feed crap to my dogs. *I* did not say that they were made in China. You said you were warned about them being made in China, not me. I just told you to look at the bag so you know for sure. You are the one who said that some stuff made in China is not tainted and I basically told you to be careful and that I hope your dogs don’t get sick.

  • Marespooscats

    I have the bag right in front of me and it SAYS manufactured by nestles Purina Petcare company in St Louis Md, and then it says Products Nestles S.A. Vevey Switzerland.  THEY say there is a lot of misinformation going around the net and that THEIR products are NOT made in china.  There is NOWHERE on the package – that I can see –  that says made in china so where do you see it?  If you can show me I will call purina up again and tell them they are liars!

  • InkedMarie

    All you need to do is look at the bag of Beggin Strips to see where they’re made. I don’t feed crap food and I don’t feed crap treats so I can’t do this for you.  As far as Canyon creek Ranch cat food, this is a dog food website, not cat food so I can’t answer that. If you really want to feed your cat a food that is made in China, good for you. I personally would never take a chance, there are many other cat foods out there for you to feed. As far as stuff being on the shelf, you are correct. Managers can’t pull them off the shelf if it’s a chain store, that has to come from corporate. As I said before, if you want to feed stuff made in china to your pets, you go right ahead. I hope they never get sick.

  • Marespooscats

    I was warned about the beggin strips – they are made in china I was told and they are tainted. 

    WELL I called Purina and was told they are NOT made in china but in the US and are NOT tainted.  

    there is a lOT of false information going around the net.  CHECK it out BEFORE you condem a product. 

    I stopped feeding canyon creek ranch cat food as I was told it was made in china and that company’s treats had killed dogs.  I then found out – yes it is made in china but in a different place in china were ingredients are monitored very carefully and it is not tainted.

    MANY of these “so called” tainted treats are on the shelves of supermarkets and pet stores and managers say if anything was wrong with them they would be told to pull them off the shelves, and they are still on them.

  • Furandfeather

    Think twice about those beggin strips…….my dog acted like an addict when we opened the bag and they do not have a healthy smell at all. My instincts told me they are an absolute no,no!!!! We didn’t finish the bag and I would never have them in the house again.
    Our dog gets one type of treat from the vet clinic and is perfectly satisfied…..its us that feel they should be having all kinds of goodies and then we are doing them more harm than giving them a chance to stay in as GOOD HEALTH as possible.

  • InkedMarie

    I was at the grocery store this morning and saw a bunch of treats from China. One maker (Milo’s Kitchen, I think) had everything made here except for the chicken jerky, that was China.

  • Axelgaleano

    i feel sad in this page because i saw the news that when the dogs eat it the dogs get sick or die

  • Sherylanne Mackie-Kitch

    Thank you to, The Dog Food Advisor.



  • Alexandra

    Thanks John.

    I don’t dehydrate. I follow Dr. Karen Becker’s recipe for them. I buy organic breast meat, set oven to 180 degrees for approx 3 hours freeze them and thaw as needed. I guess it is more of a jerky then a crisp.

  • Johnandchristo

    Hi Alexandra….

    You make your own chicken strips< that's cool. We had a dehydrator once. My wife got ride of it 🙁 I wish I had it now. Think of all the good stuff we could make. I am getting good use out of our grinder though, it sat for ten years brand new in the box. We never used it till I met all the "Raw Foodies" here on DFA.

  • Alexandra


    I do the same. I se all of the Brothers biscuits and the beef liver. I make my own chicken strips.

  • Johnandchristo

    Same… beggin strips are horrible. I give my dog dehydrated free range beef liver as a treat. Or lamb biscuits. (Both are made by Brothers)

  • Alexandra

    Agreed 100% HDM!

    I sent you email. 

  • Hound Dog Mom

    If the only treats my dogs liked were beggin strips they wouldn’t be getting any treats.

  • jc

    Does anyone know for sure about the Beggin Strips? I heard that they were recalled. I haven’t seen anything but my baby loves them and doesn’t really like anything else. I got him on GREAT dog food but the treats are a totally differen issue.. Can anyone advise???

  • Gsully62

    Our 6 year old Beagle, Charlotte, became ill and was diagnosed with Acute Renal Failure within 1 1/2 weeks of eating Milo’s Chicken Jerky Treats purchased from Walmart in Salisbury NC.  She had been in good health-a very happy and active dog until then.  She had only comsumed 3-4 treats out of the bag and had never had them before.  Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and lethargy.  It was horrible to watch her suffer this way!  She had to be put to sleep even after being hospitalized with I.V. fluids. It is so sad that the FDA can not do anything to prevent this from happening.  We sent the bag and some treats still left in it to the vets who inturn were to ship it to the FDA to test.  I pray that they find something credible so that they can finally get this DANGEROUS food off our market shelves.  And as for the labeling……labels are extremely too small print and very misleading.  Who can take credit for that?????  I told EVERYBODY I know NOT TO BUY ANY DOG PRODUCTS MADE FROM CHINA. 

  • Luzia Stilley

    Thank you for the recipe . I will try it tomorrow. After I have a dog for the first time in my life, I wanted to spoil him with Milo’schicken jerky’s. Thank God he only got diarrhea from them.
    Now I need to figure out what healthy foods I can make him, sine I find the research about foods and what they all put in it, disgusts me to no end.

  • Janet

    Eddie please get them on lean hamburger chopped fine and rice . It will settle the stomach. Boiled noodles and salt free beef broth is fine too. Salt is bad for dogs so make sure you buy the canned salt free broth. I hope this helps.

  • Janet

    My twelve year old husky King was in prime health until I gave him Beneful chicken dinner. He vomited and had Diarrhea that night. The next day he became lethargic and was so ill I took him to the vet. He was treated for a viral infection and given antibiotics. He recovered from that and one month later he became ill with the same symptoms only he was so sick he couldn’t stand any longer and had to be carried to urinate. He would not eat for 3 days. We couldn’t bare the suffering and had him euthanized rather than watch him suffering in the pain he was in. I have learned from this and I am so cautious about my new puppy that I prepare her food myself to be sure nobody will put her at risk.

  • Debboe

    Hi Betty:

    I just lost my little 8lb 3year old love of my life this past monday suddenly. Just wanted to say I’m sorry for your loss and understand. I have no idea what happened either. If it was dog poisoning I hope you go after the s.o.b’s
    Take care, & I hope you keep getting and caring for other dogs. I know I will die with a dog in my arms. They are so very precious.

  • vickisgirl

     Very sorry for your loss, it’s always so sad to lose a furry family member.  However, there is no chance that the treats had anything to do with the death if it was from an enlarged heart… enlarged hearts are a common cause of death for great danes because of their giant size and breeding… and 5 isn’t uncommonly young either.  There was nothing you could have done differently to prevent the death; enlarged hearts are mostly genetic.  If the treats had been the cause of death, there would have been gastrointestinal issues and signs of kidney and/or liver failure.

  • Hannahanna

    My dogs used to like these treats but I got scared after I read about the dogs getting sick and worse. I get the USA ones now but my dogs don’t like them as much as the Chinese ones. Go figure!

  • Mary Virginia White

    Those Milo’s chicken products were on a list I saw of foods that came from china and the FDA hasn’t stopped it yet… Keep researching. Some American brands have Chinese ingredients …

  • Betty Lyman

    My Blue Great Dane (5years old) died suddenly last week from an enlarged heart.  I bought Milo’s large bag of chicken tenders and duck tenders (both Milo), when I ask the store about the recall she said it was nothing so I didn’t worry but now my baby is gone and I am wondering if the treats had anything to do with his death. 

  • For homemade jerky you can thinly slice chicken breast and bake at the lowest oven setting 170-180 for at least 3 hours if you don’t have a dehydrator.

  • I just looked this up (Kong Bacon Meaty Flavor).  The one I saw has grain, maple syrup and food coloring.

  • doggonefedup

    Terri Rose,
    You can get high quality treats made in USA at
    The only additive they use is heat! and they use USDA human grade foods

  • Thanks 🙂 And blessings to you and your retriever…

  • Please , why are any chinese products in our  pet or people  food chain?????????? My Westie kept throwing up bile and he was eating Milo Treats and Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Treats. Why are they not being pulled off shelves???????