Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Jerky Treats Recall


January 9, 2013 – Nestlé Purina PetCare Company of St. Louis, MO has today announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats sold in the U.S. until further notice.
Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Treats Logo
The company is taking this action after learning this week that the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky products.

These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other major countries, but are not among those approved in the U.S.

Antibiotics are commonly used globally – including in the United States – when raising animals fit for human consumption.

According to the company, Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch products are safe to feed as directed.

However, due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in the United States.

The company claims this finding does not pose a safety risk to pets.

New York State authorities initially requested that the Company remove Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats from retail locations in the state of New York, which we have agreed to do.

In addition, due to the differences in U.S. and Chinese regulations, Nestlé Purina decided to conduct a nationwide voluntary withdrawal.

Nestlé Purina contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding NYSDAM’s findings.

There is no indication that the trace amounts of antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA’s ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue (in the parts-per-billion range) do not pose a health or pet safety risk.

No other Purina treats or pet food products are affected by this withdrawal. In addition, Canyon Creek Ranch dog and cat foods, which are manufactured in the United States, are not included in this withdrawal.

What to Do

For product refund or more information call the Nestle Purina Office of Consumer Affairs at 800-982-0704. Or go to www.waggintrainbrand.com.

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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  • Suzanne Clark OBrien

    I write a blog and have a section dedicated to pets. (below) but our Doberman, who has no kidney issues in his entire line and with a grand-dad who passed away last year at 12.5 began having kidney failure at just a year old. We had no idea it was these treats until years into feeding him this crap. http://puretemple.org/petfood-rant

  • Shar24

    I agree wholeheartedly with you. I am so sorry to hear of your dogs illness and the suffering that you too must endure. Especially because it’s a result of something given to your dog with love that you thought you could trust. Now that I know better I avoid all jerky treats regardless of origin because there are so many loopholes and no one knows exactly what is going on. But prior to hearing about this epidemic of deaths due to treats and before learning a lot more about pet food I was guilty of occasionally buying Milos Kitchen grilled chicken treats

  • David Tatlitug

    Yes, I have a dog close to death from these treats. He’s been in kidney failure for almost a year and is taking his last breaths. No one cares and dogs are property so you really can’t do anything. We need to change laws defining pets as living beings and allowing law suits against those companies that would poison them. As of 2015 Petsmart will no longer allow any foods from China in their stores.

  • LabsRawesome

    Purina stands for trust? LMAO.

  • Shar24

    I noticed that coupons.com is flooded with coupons for Waggin Train jerky treats which I didn’t realize were back on the market. The thing is, even if there is no confirmed contaminant that anyone can identify at this point as being the source of all of these horror stories, it is definitely known for a fact that these treats are causing death and illness so I think this is just…irresponsible

  • Shar24
  • blazeaglory

    I agree. About 2-3 years ago my mother bought a huge bag of those Apple wrapped chicken treats by waggin train. They looked good and smelled good. My Boston LOVED THEM and gobbled up the first one I gave her…Right after she ate it, I noticed she was lethargic and I just assumed it was from how fast she ate the treat. Not long after, she was puking. I assumed, once again, it was from how fast she ate it without chewing really. So later that night I gave her another one. All night she was tossing and turning and in the morning I awoke to her gagging and puking…DUMB ME once again, later that day, I give her another one (and Im usually pretty quick to recognize a problem but I NEVER had a problem like that from dog treats)…She pukes it up AGAIN…Well I finally attributed it to bad snacks and that was the first time I have ever looked at a label and read EVERY word and noticed they were from China. I have never seen such a thing and I did not even realize that companies were getting dog food/snacks made in China. Who knows what the problem was but I threw the bag out and sent them a letter and come to find out, many many other people online at wal-mart were leaving comments with the same problems and alot of others pets even DIED! I got very lucky and my dog puked all the snacks up with no problems…This was before all of the government involvement and recall but even back then everyone knew something was wrong and they still kept those treats on the shelf…Its a shame because they were nice little snacks too.

  • Sandra Purcell

    bobshoe, am sorry for your loss. my dog too is dying from kidney failure and she loved the wagn train chicken jerky. they took it off market but now it is back on, do you have any info to share so I can see if it is what is killing my dog? hope to hear from you soon and again to you and all who have lost their loved one.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi What the…,

    I just got an interesting email from Susan Thixton. Check out this link: http://truthaboutpetfood.com/if-you-could-ask-waggin-trainpurina-a-question

    Ms. Thixton will soon be meeting with representatives from Purina regarding Waggin’ Train Jerky Treats and other Purina products. She’s inviting input from pet owners regarding their experiences with the products.

  • What the…

    This is not a joke like the picture of sick kid that the doctors will help if it gets 1000 shares. This is real. Kho Chi Mo threw up and started pooping blood within 3 hours of eating a Waggin Train chicken jerky.My three dogs loved them. My two still begged for them after they were sick peeing on themselves and puking even after watching the one die… Dogs are dumb like that..that is why it is up to the owner to realize something is wrong with these treats…No, not all of them. It’s like playing Russian roulette.Good Luck

    I gave one chicken strip to my husky He swallowed it whole.So I cut up one strip into 10 small pieces and divided it between the two small dogs that chewed and chewed on them pulling them apart. That was the 1/2 strip that killed my mini pin.I did not realize it at the time… I even thought the sickness of my other two dogs was grief.But then I heard of all of these other dogs…what do we share in common . It’s hard not to curse here but Waggin Train is what we all had in common.Believe it or not people I am trying to help you.

    Waggin Train How dare you say…While we know dogs love jerky, it’s important to remember, all good things in moderation. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends feeding high-protein jerky treats in small quantities, especially for smaller dogs. Check the packaging for full guidelines.

    1/2 a strip? That is one half of a strip..It had to be poisoned

  • balletlady

    Just google the name of ANY pet food NAME BRAND…you’ll see even the most highly thought of pet food has been recalled for a variety of reasons…it is shocking.

  • John45

    Yeah because the treats had antibiotics in them it would have made dogs more healthy. Where does one even start with a statement like that? 1. they were antibiotics used for CHICKENS not Humans or Dogs the Chickens were not taking penicillin and it was a antibiotic by product not a antibiotic. You could compare it to when people where getting ill from the antibiotic byproducts in Cows , look it up under Antibiotic Byproducts, it will pop write up before you even hit the y after the b. BTW they were the only treats my Dog would even EAT so yeah dogs loved them but tons of people love Crack and Heroin so hey go figure?

  • carpe1

    BTW surprise has an R in it.

  • carpe1

    Your extremely LUCKY , I don’t want or need Purina’s Money what I want is my Dog healthy again and my Dog was not bought from a puppy mill and is only 3 years old and since she started eating Chicken Jerky it’s been one unexplained illness after the other and her symptoms match every one else’s writing excessive drinking, throwing up, dry heaving tired all the time, I took my Dog off these treats a long time before anyone wrote anything about them. I realized that was the only thing that had changed since my dog got ill, Now my Vet. is totally on board and is doing all she can with the information she has, don’t be so quick to judge!!!!

  • Lola88

    My Chihuahua used to love waggin chicken strips and would always look forward to getting one after a walk, after about a week I noticed her water bowl was always empty and when I would see her at it she was drinking tons. She finally started just getting strange illnesses that the Vet. couldn’t figure out, I stopped giving her those on my own but she has never been healthy since. Why won’t anyone take this seriously, I ended up at the ER VET more then 10 times since this has started, I could never find a treat she liked and when I do it’s killing her!!!!

  • nj32

    Our dog Sarge use to eat the Waggin Train treats that we use to buy from Sams Club. He got really sick and dehidrated that we hadto take him to our regular vet hospital and spend the night and then go to the University of Pennsylvania vet hospital for 2 more nights. After spending over $4000 to get him better we through away the rest of these dog treats.

  • catallergy

    My dog Sasha became very ill after eating the Canyon Creek jerky treats about a year ago. Throwing up so much yellow stomach bile that eventually she was just dry heaving for hours. Vet saw her for an emergency visit and didn’t know what to make of it. I stopped giving her the treats, as well as her other dog food, and just fed her boiled chicken and rice for a week. After a few days she was getting better. Looked into reports about Canyon Creek and saw a lot of people were having similar problems with their dogs, so I never purchased them again. I’m so sorry for those of you who lost your dogs. It breaks my heart. Hopefully something is done about this.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I saw on the news tonight that the FDA is asking all dog owners whose dogs get sick on Chinese Jerky treats, including chicken, duck, and sweet potato, to contact them. They may finally be getting serious about this. After how long? And nearly 600 deaths that they know of, and thousands of illnesses.

  • Nunya Bizniz

    My toy fox terrier died from the Waggin Train treats two years ago. We spent nearly $1000.00 trying to save her. For you non believers we have just gotten an email from the FDA where they are investigating my dog’s death along with 586 others that have died from whatever is in those treats. I saw these treats for sale 6 months ago at a Walmart. I hope the FDA moves more quickly when humans are at risk. It was a senseless painful death for a very sweet dog. She was only a year and a half old. Obviously these treats don’t affect some dogs, but they killed my perfectly healthy one within 36 hours.

  • Ralph

    Hopefully you will keep on feeding chicken jerky treats made in China to your dogs? Perhaps you will nibble some yourself?

  • bobshoe

    Waggin’Train killed Skylar, my healthy 5-year old Aussie. He was my best friend and died an awful death from kidney failure brought on from their chicken jerky made in China. Two seperate vets testified to the cause of his death and we turned everything over to the FDA. Skylar died because of Nestle Purina profits. I will never buy anything Nestle or Purina makes.

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  • hightower

    yes watch this carefully . I almost lost her on first out break last year . but they usa brand was ok. wrong . my dog would not eat barely moved. we have feed her Gatorade with eye dropper. it was so sad. now she still not same. this is wrong pet are like our kids . this got to stop

  • madmadd daddy

    My 6 yr old Elkhound died of renal failure. Never had a health issue prior to the 2mo prior to us buying the Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats. His potassium counts were 1000 times the normal healthy levels. My family was devastated. Still are. Please don’t buy their products. I wish that I had known that the by products were from China. Very disappointed in Purina for not doing their due diligence to help us protect our dogs.

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  • Beverly

    Cut slightly frozen chicken breast very thin. It is easier to slice when it is partially frozen. Use either your oven at 200 until they dry out on a cookie sheet, usually a few hours, or a dehydrator. I bought a dehydrator and I can do a lot of chicken. You really don’t have to watch it in a dehydrator. It dries out in about 5 or 6 hours. Then I dump all the chicken on a cookie sheet and just put it in the oven at 175 for about 5 or 10 minutes to make sure all the bacteria is gone from the chicken. Very easy and safe.

  • walda151

    how do you make them? My two Shelties love the dried chicken but I can’t find any that are not made in China.

  • walda151

    how do you make them, I would love to make them for my two Shelties

  • Barb Paro

    Crazy is’t it

  • Barb Paro

    They have denied doing no harm and knowing this was happening, and still to this day ( go on their sight ) are still saying nothing is wrong. HOW CAN YOU EVER TRUST THEM. Come on people wake up all they are after is the almighty buck. and they have billions.

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  • Barb Paro

    It just hasn’t caught up to them yet, when it does,, they will be throwing up blood, pooping blood, and at the end peeing blood it a terrible way to go. I’ll say a prayer for your dogs, not you

  • John Fields

    do you give your dog hearworm medication each month?
    do you use Frontline or Advantix?
    do you vaccinate for Lyme?
    do you vaccinate for Bordatella?
    or do you just guess?

  • Barb Paro

    You got that right Inked Marie, I don’t get it either. P Smith thinks we leave our dogs alone and that is what is causing them to get sick and die. Its the poison P Smith not that they are left alone, get a clue.

  • Barb Paro

    Hiness is way out there, she must not love her dogs very much, People this is what I don’t understand. If we are telling these people what happened to our dogs, not only don’t they believe us but like Hiness they want to BUY OUT THE STORE,. Hiness can’t you dogs love another treat?? there are so many out there it a crime. Pick another one a healthy one from America not CHINA, that s all we are saying.

  • John Fields

    most people forget that wolves became dogs by scrounging garbage from hunter/gatherers. people who threw little away

  • John Fields

    my dog has consumed many 48 ounce bags from Sam’s without a hint of
    health problems. his biggest problem is when I gave him Advantix and
    Trifexis the same day, it would make him sick for a week. doing one the
    15th and one the 1st eliminated that.

    I read the FDA bulletins
    carefully, and never give my dog anything with any hint of a risk. but
    the jerky treat issue is all unsubstantiated, and empirically, with my
    buddy, a will of the wisp.

  • Barb Paro

    Love your Beagle pic. I just today adopted a 2 or 3 yr old beagle from a shelter, love them. And I won’t be feeding her any CHINA treats or anything from Purina or Milo’s Kitchen or Del Monte ever again.

  • Barb Paro

    I agree, couldn’t have said it better my self, this guy is so uneducated its scary. He shouldn’t even own a dog

  • Barb Paro

    OMG, your one of those, hahaha, hip and joint chicken strips, now thats a joke. Watch your dog poop out blood or throw up blood or pee out blood and tell him to go eat grass and see if that helps. Funny you’ll spend your money on hip and joint food and buy that story but not the poison put in the treats that are killing our dogs. What is wrong with you.

  • Barb Paro

    Dahhhhhhh, so you would rather spend 1000.00 for vet bills then make your own and have a sick and dieing dog

  • Cecil Memmers

    Beneful has no meat in it. None.

  • Cecil Memmers

    If your dog hasn’t become sick from these you are incredibly lucky. If you continue to use them after reading this you are incredibly stupid.

  • Barb Paro

    I hope your dogs continue to be healthy but I think it will catch up with them soon. WHY would you want to have these treats back on the market when there are so many other health and not killer treats on the market. If you are on this sight you must all know about the good and bad foods, SO I’m guessing you just don’t care.

  • Barb Paro

    Thank you for all the info. I am sorry for you loss. My Beagle had kidney failure and blood in her stool also, and at the end she had blood on her urine to. It was so hard to see her like that.

  • Barb Paro

    yhaaaa for you Patty, couldn’t have said it better my self. Some people need to be shown every thing in black and white, but he will see, at some time.

  • Barb Paro

    And your an ***** if you believe what you are saying. GO ON LINE AND INVESTIGATE for your self. I’ll bet you still buy toys MADE IN CHINA for your kids. Let see if they are ok down the road.

  • Barb Paro

    I guess you are one of the ??? that are believing the story about it being anitbiotics that are causing this, check the web and you will be smarter.

  • Barb Paro

    OMG, your kidding right?? How do you think we all found out about this. My Beagle had to be taken to her vet every day for almost a week for intrevinous. She was dehydrated and throwing up and so very sick. 8 mo. and a 1000.00 later we had to have her put to sleep. I never cried so hard to see her suffer was horrible. My Bailey ate these treats for the last 2 years of her life before I found out. Look on line about these CHINA treats and see what is written. And to the people that CAN’T FIND OTHER TREATS, GIVE ME A BREAK. Stick with American made treats, we have better standards.

  • Barb Paro

    They will eventually , keep feeding that China junk and they will after hundreds of dollars in vet bill. Maybe you haven’t talked to your vet yet or maybe you don’t take your dogs to one.

  • Barb Paro

    Your the NUMNUTS. These treat killed hundreds of dogs. It isn’t the antibiotics that killed the dogs it is the other ingredients. These treats are imported from China the same people that put LEAD in our children’s toys. Do you rememeber that recall NUMNUTS. Do you still buy toys from China for your children? The antibiotic story is from the Waggin Train co. so you know its not true. Get your head out of the sand and go on the web and look up all the info on TREATS FROM CHINA. Then maybe you won’t be a numnuts anymore. Its people like you that help these companies thrive and make billions of dollors. The FDA should have done something about this much sooner. Egghead.

  • Barb Paro

    My Beagle, Bailey had to be put to sleep because of kidney failure from Waggin Train. I sounds like you a company rep and not a real pet owner. And if you are a pet owner you should be thanking God your dog didn’t get sick. My Bailey suffered for 8 mo. and 1000.00 worth of Vet care to see if she would pull out and she didn’t . I hope Wagging train gets put out of business because to this day they still are denying that there product is to blame for all the deaths.

  • InkedMarie

    So, are you saying you’d use these treats if they were available (thy may be available now) or not?

  • Pattyvaughn

    It was a real issue that affected susceptible dog. It didn’t affect dogs that weren’t susceptible. FDA didn’t test for the right substances, so they didn’t find the issue. Some alphabet agency in New York did. Be thankful that your dogs didn’t have problems with it, but please don’t make light of the almost 300 families that lost their beloved pets because they were susceptible to something that was never supposed to be there at all.

  • Mack

    My yellow lab has been on Waggin Train his whole life “12 years” and never had a problem. When I got my shiba inu 9 years ago, she started on them too. They have never had a problem. I checked on the FDA website and there were investigations, but there has never been a health risk confirmed. There are couple of people sueing to try and get a few dollars. One had a 15 year old dog that died of kidney failure (Suprise….15 years old) The other was a puppy (probably bought it from a puppy mill)

  • Beverly

    If you want to take the chance with your dog’s life then that is up to you. Why would anyone want to buy from China to begin with is beyond me. I did buy them not knowing they were made in China because it says a product of the USA but on the other side of package it says, “made in China. ” which I never noticed for a while. My dogs were not really affected by them but I quit buying them when I realized they were made in China. I would not feed them to my dogs if they were free.

  • Pattyvaughn

    So true!!

  • Beverly

    Make your own. Very easy.

  • Beverly

    Some people do not have common sense.

  • Beverly

    Your dog is LUCKY that it wasn’t affected by the treats. Not all dogs are,,, mine wasn’t either, but that doesn’t mean that they are safe for dogs. If your dog is allergic to the antibiotic in it, which many dogs are, then there is a big health risk. You are totally wrong that there was no safety issue and no ones dog got sick. Many, many dogs have died over these treats. Why would you take the chance? I now make my own chicken jerky treats with a dehydrator,,, very easy. You can also do them in your oven.

  • Wendybird

    Numbnuts. It was an antibiotic, just a different brand of antibiotic from what is usually found in HUMAN grade food. They promised the treats were made with human grade ingredients, they weren’t therefore the product was recalled. THERE WAS NO SAFETY ISSUE, NO ONES DOG GOT SICK! If anything it would have treated your dogs for sickness seeing as how it was an ANTIBIOTIC. Everyone needs to stop running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.

    These were the best, least processed trats available and a lot of dogs really loved them to the exclusion of everythig else, my dog was one of them. Now I have to buy inferior more processed products to replace these wonderful treats. Maybe the FDA should work more on the HUGE problems in the human food supply instead of harassing dog food companies, that’d be super K thanks bai.

  • InkedMarie

    so much drama. Be happy your dogs are fine and find a new treat, a quality one, to feed your dogs.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Who’s the psycho now?
    BTW, every time there is a recall, thousands of dogs didn’t die, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a ligit reason to do the recall. Common sense.


    My dogs have been eating these treats for long time now they recall because of stupid people unsustainable pet deaths. When I was in Costco buying these treats and some psycho was yelling from across telling me it killed his dog.


  • Philly&Honey

    If your fog died or got sick from it, what can you do? I took my dogs to the vet and had them switched off heart worm pills, treated w antibiotics and more dewormers, blood tests… They were throwing up to the point of stomach bile daily for months before I saw these treats were recalled!!!

  • Hi Boycotting China

    This is from Dogswell’s website. It looks like all their jerky products including the duck jerky are made in china:

    “Why are the jerky treats made in China?
    China is a country where dark meat is more popular due to its inherent fat and flavor. DOGSWELL believes it is less wasteful to obtain our white meat in China where it is abundant, rather than sourcing it domestically, where white meat is less available and held at a premium. Not only do we care about your pet’s health by sourcing only the healthiest meat available, we also practice sustainability by reducing as much waste as possible.”

  • My french bulldog was the victim of these treats and almost died as a result of HGE from these terrible treats.

  • Boycotting China!

    Does this recall include the duck jerky too? I assume it does. I
    switched my dogs to Dogswell Breathies, available in chicken and duck.
    My Jack Russells’ love the duck. It’s my understanding they are made in
    the US. A little more expensive, but then I still have living dogs to
    show for it after they eat them. I will never give my dogs anything made
    in China again. I’m glad this web site exists so I can stay on top of
    these recalls. (Sorry, I accidentally posted this message on a different product, so if you see it somewhere else, please ignore it. Too bad I can’t delete it.)

  • InkedMarie

    Why would you want this product back? Find. Healthy treat

  • Yet another person using the worst excuse of all for feeding an poor food/treat… my dogs like it. Junk food tastes great, but it’s hardly a good thing to eat a lot of. And the FDA is okay with us eating junk food, so that should really tell you something.

    And I call BS when you say you can’t find another treat they like. That’s like saying there’s only one good flavor of ice cream. I mean, you may not like them all, but there are plenty to choose from.

  • LabsRawesome

    Please tell me you are joking.

  • Keyser

    All I know is that my 2 Dachshunds want their Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats back. My dogs absolutely go crazy for these things, antibiotics or not and I can’t find a substitute!!!! BRING THEM BACK!!!!

  • Chel

    Thanks for the information. However! If you are standing behind what the FDA says for dogs (our loving pets) how about the lies the FDA feeds us when they say they protect us. Dr. Oz always has shows on where the FDA is not protecting us and in other countries they do a better job. So what do you have to say about that?