The Social Media Spin on Tainted Chinese Pet Treats

The FDA recently issued a warning regarding Chinese-made pet treats. As this information is spread on social media, some have asked if the story has it become exaggerated? We'll attempt to straighten out some of the details here.

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The FDA warning is real. You can read the warning, entitled Caution to Dog Owners About Chicken Jerky Products in which they spell out specific issues with “chicken jerky treats” in complaints received from pet owners and veterinarians, though later they state that some complaints have come from treats other than chicken jerky. Several hundred dogs have died, while around 2000 more have been sickened by Chinese-made pet treats.

In response to this warning, several graphics have been circulated on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. One particular graphic lists many popular dog treats and brands as those to avoid as part of the FDA warning.  It should be noted, however, that graphic contains some errors and should not be your sole judge on which pet treats to avoid. One such error is that it includes “Hartz Snausages” – but Hartz does not make this product, nor are Snausages included in the list of complaints. Snausages are produced by Del Monte, as is Pupperoni, which is also on the list.

If you read the actual FDA document listing the complaints, you’ll find a variety of products listed, though only a few have a significant number of complaints. Let’s compare the number of complaints in the FDA document with those listed in the graphic being circulated online.

This list isn’t entirely accurate.

  • Waggin’ Train – 60+
  • Canyon Creek Ranch – 4
  • Dogswell – 4
  • Snausages – 0
  • Booda Bones – 0
  • Aspen Pet – 0
  • Milo’s Kitchen – 15+
  • American Kennel Club – 1
  • Dingo’s – 2
  • Beefeaters – 2
  • Cadet Sargents – 3
  • Ever Pet – 0
  • Home Pet 360 – 0
  • Walgreen’s Simple – 0 (There was one for Walgreen’s Pet Shoppe brand)
  • The Kingdom’s Pets – 30+
  • Benefuk – Actually Beneful is listed, but only as normal food dogs were eating, not as tainted treats.
  • Beggin’ Strips –  Mentioned in document, but not listed as a tainted treat
  • Pupperoni – Also listed as a normal treat, not as a tainted one.
  • Canine Carryout – 0
Oddly, some brands receiving the most complaints, such as Beestro’s Enterprises and Smokehouse, were omitted from the graphic above. As you can see, the graphic encourages consumers to throw away several brands that have not received any complaints according to the FDA document. If you read the document, you’ll find that the following brands actually received the most complaints:
  • Waggin’ Train
  • Kingdom Pets
  • Smokehouse
  • Canyon Creek
  • Bestro’s Enterprises

We wrote to Del Monte about this issue and received the following response:

Thanks for your e-mail and your interest in Del Monte Pet Products.

The majority of Del Monte Pet Products are produced at our pet food facilities here in the United States. A small percentage of our products are produced in other countries. It may be helpful for you to know that Federal regulations require a product to list the country of origin if it has been produced outside of the United States or one of its territories. So if one of our products does not specifically state the country of origin, then you can assume it was produced in the United States or a U.S. territory. Regardless of the country of origin, please know that Del Monte Foods’ strict U.S. quality and operations standards apply to all of our products.

I appreciate the opportunity to respond and hope this information is helpful.

Donna, Del Monte Foods Consumer Affairs

Despite this reassuring response, Del Monte has been recently named as a class action lawsuit for their Milo’s Kitchen line of dog treats, which is one of the three named brands in this controversy.

What is upsetting to many pet owners is that the Chinese-made dog treats specified by the FDA warning continue to line the shelves of most stores that carry such products. There is no legal means for them to remove the products and many of them are dodging the issue by pointing out that no recall has been issued. This doesn’t sit well with many pet owners. “Now I have to carefully inspect the packaging of every pet product I buy, and that should be the job of the FDA, not me,” said George M. of Henderson, Nevada, who we spoke with outside of a local Target.

Another frustration is that the toxins that have killed or sickened pets in the U.S. has yet to be found, despite ongoing testing. As the list of “known” toxins has not generated any matches, it may take some time to identify these unknown toxins that are harmful to pets within these products from China. The FDA stated, “No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined.”

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How to Avoid Chinese Dog Treats
Inspect the packaging carefully. If there a country of manufacture is not specified, it is most likely made in the U.S. You can also look at the list above and keep that in mind as you shop for dog treats.

The following text was spotted being circulated on Facebook this week:

FDA Warns to Avoid Chinese Manufactured Pet Treats

Consumer advocacy groups are warning pet owners to avoid feeding their dogs pet jerky treats manufactured in China. These jerky treats have been implicated in illness in 2200 dogs and death in 360 dogs and one cat. The FDA is still not sure what is causing the pet illnesses but is telling consumers to stop feeding them until they know for sure what the problem is. Definitive laboratory proof of the problem is still forthcoming.

The FDA is now concentrating on the irradiation process as a potential source of the problem. Investigators are hoping it will shed light on the problem of dogs getting sick with vomiting and diarrhea and in some cases kidney disease and death. The majority of complaints involve chicken jerky (treats, tenders, and strips), but others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, or yams. In the last 18 months cases have been reported in all 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces. No specific products have been recalled as of yet, but that could change quickly.

The FDA has conducted 5 plant inspections in China this year. The firms were selected based on the number of dogs who got sick eating jerky treats from those plants. The FDA has also reached out to U.S. pet food firms to enlist their help in this public health investigation and is seeking further collaboration on scientific issues and data sharing.

Since jerky treats are not needed in pet diets, it is recommended to stop feeding them–at least until the FDA rules on the problem. If you have feed these treats, watch your pet closely for signs of GI illness or increased drinking or urination. If you are concerned about your pet, be sure to take him or her to your veterinarian and voice your concerns. In the mean time, why not make your own pet treats? Dehydrated chicken strips are easy to prepare and your pet will thank you immensely.

HAVE YOU FED THIS TREAT TO YOUR DOG OR CAT?

Have you had first-hand experience with dog treats made in China? If so, let us know of your experience in the comments below.

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43 Comments on The Social Media Spin on Tainted Chinese Pet Treats

  1. It’s not just pets – I became ill after eating jerky imported from China and sold in a Chinese sweet shop in a local mall. Had to take antibiotics and drink only clear liquids for a week, then have X-rays and a colonoscopy. Full recovery took a couple of months. That’s the last time I eat Chinese jerky!

  2. Thank you, WafflesatNoon for this very well written and informative article. I am one of 7000+ members of a group on Facebook dedicated working proactively to keep our pets safe by removing pet treats and foods that have been manufactured in China, or using predominately Chinese sourced ingredients, from the market place. Our administrators work tirelessly to assure that well-researched and factual information is distributed. Your help in bringing to light the dangers of exaggerating the jerky treat issue is appreciated.

    We currently have several campaigns going to assist pet owners in learning the facts and in having a voice in this issue. We hope your readers will find them helpful:

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/901/169/744/

    http://www.change.org/petitions/nestle-purina-recall-chicken-jerky-treats-made-in-china

    https://www.change.org/petitions/restore-our-trust-take-dangerous-dog-treats-off-the-shelves

    http://lostdogsfilm.com/

    Rita DeSollar
    In memory of Heidi, 8yo happy and healthy GSD lost to two pieces of Waggin’ Train Jerky Tenders on May 28, 2012.

  3. ‘ Benefuk ‘ is a spelling error in the article, right?

  4. Nancy Williams // September 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm // Reply

    My dogs are not included in the offical numbers because they did not die. They were sick — vomited, had diahria, etc. To be included in offical stats, they want vet tests of fluids. Etc. Most vets do not do those tests routinely…they treat the dogs trying to save them. This happened to us three times before I realized what was happening. I cut the jerkey (happened w sweet potato, chicken and duck) into tiny pieces so perhaps that saved us.
    My problems started a year ago…
    I have one questiin – how can anyone produce and sell healthy duck and chicken breasts so cheaply? The Chinese population does eat dark meat contrary to what has been said AND have no little protein in diet because of cost. That just doesn’t add up
    All 4 of the groups I have worked with have been calm and didn’t exaggerate.

  5. My 2 dogs had just one and a half of the Waggin Train chicken jerky treats and became very ill. Vomiting, diarrhea, bright red blood in the stool and really never fully recovered before they passed away. What the FDA does not seem to understand is that to many of us, our dogs are our children. My dogs passed 3 yrs ago. If they had brought it to everyone’s attention and had took it seriously like we expect them to years ago, there would not be over 2,000 pets affected and the number would not be increasing daily! Shame on the FDA!!!

  6. Our 2 year old Boston (1 of 3) became VERY ill about 3 weeks ago. She started vomiting, and could not stop, even if it was just water. She became so sick she could not lift her head to vomit. Within a 15 hour period, we had her at the vet with a full workup. She had been on from the beginning, Beneful, but treats made in the US. She had a parasite in her intestines, but the others did not. We had to chunk the dog food, pay a couple of hundred to the vet for meds and workups. He wants all the dogs on a specialized, natural food from PetSmart. Started on that, and slowly she got better. It is more expensive, but any price is worth feeding our dogs in a healthy manner. I am going to make homemade treats from now on. It took Bella a couple of weeks to get back to her old self, but thankfully we caught it quickly or she would have died. Our vet said he is seeing more and more of this, even though our dogs live in a fenced in/inside environment. It is the FOOD & TREATS hurting them!

  7. Donna Everhart // September 23, 2012 at 3:05 am // Reply

    Both of my Yorkshire Terriers, Bella and Kiwi, developed kidney failure and both had to be put to sleep within three weeks of each other just last month – August 2012. I had been giving them Waggin Train Duck Jerky as well as Canyon Creek Duck/Sweet Potato treats – the ones called Yam Good – for about a year. They were given less than the recommended amount for their weight. I found out about the caution from a link to a website called DogAware that my sister in law sent me. I am heartbroken about losing my “girls” and angry every time I walk into a store and still see these treats on the shelves. I filed my complaints with the FDA and wonder if my dogs are “counted” in this number given the comment above. I had them at the vets receiving fluid therapy for kidney failure so if that was needed for them to be “counted” I assume someone will request the applicable testing paperwork.

    • Tammy Deilkes // January 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm // Reply

      I am so sorry t o hear this Donna. My heart goes out to you and your poor yorkie’s. This is so wrong and I hope they resolve this matter soon because it makes me so FURIOUS!!!!!! I shared my story below after reading all this sadness….

  8. I purchased the Waggin’ Train ham it up treats and we have been to the vet 3x in a week. First we were treated thinking it was a UTI, second visit was a back injury after making the connection between the dogs treats and the vet saying he can’t figure out what is going on with my little dog, we are now waiting for the blood tests to come back. I have an entire bag of these treats that can be tested. Why aren’t this treats being tested I called a local college asking if its something they can do and they said yes for $1000.00, I can’t pay that. Why are this still on our shelves

  9. My Belgian Tervuren became violently ill after eating Weddel Limited’s Natural Rawhide for Dogs (chicken flavor). He was throwing up, had diarrhea and super thirsty – two big bowls of water in 5 hours would not quench his thirst. In his natural instinct, he seek comfort in plants since grass was not available. He devoured an exotic plant just to try to help his digestive system – not good for him. I feel horrible, first for feeding him this obvious poison and then for not being home when he was in agony. Thankfully, after 4 days he recovered, however I think something went wrong… he acts very unusual… very clingy, spooked, barking when there is nothing to bark at… his eyes look different. Slightly bulging?
    I am very puzzled and alarmed by his behavior. Time to see the vet.

  10. Tammy Deilkes // January 2, 2013 at 7:24 pm // Reply

    My Yorkie became very ill last year after eating Waggin Train Jerky. After months of her suffering and tons of tests because the vets were unsure of what was wrong we finally found out she was in renal failure due to these treats. She was sent to U of I in Champaign, IL where vets there were also stumped for quite sometime. They tried to tell us we were going to have to put Chloe to sleep…I REFUSED!!!! They told us they would need 2,000.00 down to start tests that were very extensive and obviously expensive. Thank goodness for Care Credit we were able to get approved and get all the treatment, tests, and medicines for Chloe. It was a looooong road to recovery and getting back to herself. We were also told she would have to take meds to control her kidneys the rest of her life. Thank goodness this was reversed and caught just in time to save my Chloe’s life. She no longer takes med’s and is as healthy as can be. It disgusts me that over a year later there are people still losing pets or their pets are getting deathly ill!!!! Why in the hell are these still on the shelf???? And why in the hell couldn’t I have my treats tested and sue to get my 5,000.00 back I had to spend to save my dog’s life because I thought the treats I bought at a pet store were safe???? The FDA needs to act NOW on this as the list of suffering pooches is growing every day….how many more are out there that they still don’t know what the cause of death or sickness was???? And how many are there out there that couldn’t afford the vet bill ( as I wouldn’t have had it not been for care credit) and had their loved pet put to sleep. I hope this issue gets resolved because it truly makes me furious!!!!

    • Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear about your ordeal, but glad to hear that Chloe pulled through!

  11. One of my puppy families called yesterday, their 9 week old beautful little conformation lab puppy was throwing up. At first we thought she ate acorns, but all the usual remedies failed. Then the owner mentions that the vomit was the color of the new treats she just bought. She was using those throughout the day to see if she could keep anything down. Well you guessed it….Canine Carry Outs. They may not have a complaint listed above, but they soon will. Fortunately Miss Libby had only started those treats yesterday and she is well on the mend.

  12. In the fall of 2011 my miniature poodle was trembling and vomiting. Took her to the Vet, they ran some tests and her liver enzymes were high. She was put on a strict diet, and I stopped giving her the chicken strips. Her follow up appointment with the Vet revealed that her liver enzymes kept getting higher. More tests were done, and we brought her to a specialist, they ran tests and found nothing wrong with my dog, which left my Vet and myself were very puzzled, at the time we were not aware that the chicken strips were tainted. By the time she was seen by the specialist she had been on a special diet, and the tainted treats had worked themselves out of her system. In January 2012 I purchased a three year old Yorkie who had no health problems. A couple of months later he became very ill with vomiting, diarrhea and blood in his stools. The Vet ran some tests and the results showed something wrong with his kidneys. He was on a strict diet for over a month. I suspected that the chicken strips were the culprit and discontinued giving them to him. In December I watched Market Place on TV, it was about the tainted chicken strips, at this point I realized what made my dogs sick. No more chicken strips, or any food made in China in our home. This morning my Vet phoned to tell me not to feed my dogs the chicken strips I was purchasing from Costco, they suspect they are tainted and Costco has removed them from their shelves. My Vet was pleased to hear that I stopped giving them to my dogs in December. My dogs seem to be in good health, I have no idea if there will be any long term effects. Purina/Nestlé should come clean and remove recall. My Vet fees, plus testing, special dog food, medication came to almost $3,000.00. I am happy that my dogs are well and alive, and had Purina/Nestlé recalled this product I would not owe money to my credit cards. I WILL NEVER purchase any products from Purina/Nestlé, as well I will not purchase any treats made in China.

  13. I want to add to this post… I am a proud owner of a beautiful Australian Shepherd…who is the light of our world.I am a Dog Groomer and work at a kennel and have been in the “dog” business my whole life. This has hit me hard… On Jan. 11, Bristol was given one Canine Carry Outs Chicken Flavor strips…. he has never had these treats before and he is on a very good all natural dog food that he has eaten for years… within hours of having the treat he became very sick…started vomiting and having horrible diarrhea. I knew the routine of not feeding anything and just letting him have water to hopefully slow down the diarrhea…he soon started to recover but was reluctant to eat right away. Thankfully I can say I am one of the lucky ones to have not lost my pet. He is on the mend and eating more regularly now. I just read all this info today and realized that he had a bad reaction to the treats…but worried that Del Monte will just brush me off like all these other complaints…

    • Last September, I bought my 4 year old chocolate lab a bag of the Del Monte Canine Carry Outs Beef Flavor dog treats. The first ingredient listed on the bag is chicken. She started having diarrhea, then vomiting, which progressed into pure blood for both– hemmorhagic gastroenteritis. After taking her to the emergency vet, it was found that these treats not only gave her the HG, but progressed to pancreatits and then into diabetes. $3000 at the vet later, I now have to give her insulin shots twice daily. Ater filing a complaint with the FDA and Del Monte, Del Monte said that she just wasn’t used to the treats and it was a reaction. I was brushed off, but am not backing down!

      • I am frantically searching for answers as I await news from the vet. My 10 year old schnauzer has been eating DelMonte’s Canine Carry Outs for several weeks as a treat. She was admitted to the hospital yesterday with liver enzymes very high. I am now guessing it may be due to toxicity due to CANINE CARRY OUTS. I am livid. I simply pray it has been caught in time.

        • We are very sorry to hear of your pet’s illness. Please keep us posted, and let us know if the vet believes the treats may have been an issue.

  14. Our 6 yr old male duck tolling retriever became ill with some vomiting and diarrhea after having a chicken treat (Waggin’ Train) this past Christmas season. Initially nothing out of the ordinary because he sometimes decides to eat “treats” from the kitty litter box (accompanied by evidence of litter spots everywhere), which don’t sit too well with him…so I didn’t think anything of it. The next night, another chicken treat….the following morning, sick again, this time slightly more vomiting and he didn’t want to eat. No evidence of kitty litter “treats” that could have caused this. Because he wasn’t eating very much and not feeling well, he didn’t have treats for the next full week, and made a full recovery. Then bam! Another treat, and another episode of vomiting with more severe lethargy. I did some investigating and it was at that time that I found the FDA warning bulletin on this specific product. There is so much wrong with this on so many levels…from the company manufacturing this crap in China (known for years to produce adulterated food products for humans as well as knock off and/or adulterated pharmaceuticals, electronics, clothing, etc., etc….why would their outlook on animal treats be any different), to Wal-Mart for keeping it on their store shelves. Our dog was sick with flu-like symptoms for almost a month! Well guess what, it’s happened again but this time with Snausages in a Blanket. Now, the latter could simply be due to an allergy or intolerance to an ingredient…the product is made in the USA, but unfortunately the list of additives and preservatives, not to mention food colorings, is quite impressive! Carrots and celery for my dog from now on…unless they’re grown in China.

  15. Pupperoni treats::

    You say that this is a safe treat I disagree. A year ago I had two healthy dogs.. One an older poodle named Maggie and the other a mix breed named Yadeed. I didn’t often give them treats but when I did I occasionally gave them pupperoni. Each time I gave Yadeed one he threw up. I didn’t associate it with the treats until one day my other dog Maggie started to look real straggly..She started to lose weight.. stopped eating much.. drank tons of water and her coat just went dull.. to look in her eyes was painful.. she didn’t cry but she kept trying to crawl in the darkest spot she could find. She didn’t want to go for walks (her fav pastime) she didnt want to do anything but sleep. Now I have been told that this is the sign of a sick or dying dog. We rushed her to the vet but she was too late to treat. She was in pain with kidney failure and dying..I had to put her down.. Yadeed on the other hand just had the pupperoni as a snack occasionally but still threw up. That is when I made the connection. We stopped giving Yadeed the treats and he survived, my other dog didn’t. So I know Pupperoni is on that list for good reason. Yet it is still on the shelves. I can’t prove it.. I didn’t have the money to get the tests but if that is the only thing given the odds are it was that.. So I am saying don’t give your dogs that treat either.. I believe it is not safe in my opinion.

  16. just Realized That My puppy Penny Had Some Of These Canine Carry Out Treats And They Have Been Making Her Sick! shaking, Vomiting, Lethargic. Don’t Feed These To Your Pets!

  17. All of this is very sad. My parents lost their dog to kidney failure, and Waggin Train was something they gave their dog. I recently found articles about possible toxins in the glycerin used in these Chinese factories. http://www.askavetquestion.com/chicken-jerky-glycerin/

  18. I was fortunate that my Pug/Boston Terrier mix did not get sick, but when we brought her home, as new dog owners, we went shopping for all sorts of toys and treats, etc. My hubby picked up chicken jerky treats (don’t recall the brand), but when I read the package and saw “made in China,” I tossed the whole bag out. I refuse to eat or feed my pets anything made in or imported from China.

  19. I had a Cocker Spaniel Red who developed bleeding colitis after eating Iams. I’d had him on Biljac (made in Ohio) Dr. said he was getting fat.I took him off Iams immediately, he healed. He was 15yrs. when he passed. I now have an older shelter dog.With all the talk of Chink food, no more!! I buy a plain little sugar cookie for him as a treat. Whats also scary, I stopped at a SaveALot store in a hurry one day. I bought a small can of mushrooms for human consumption. I looked at the ingredients at home. Made In China!! No more!! I love my dog! I am trying NOT to buy anything from China.I dont trust them.

  20. Concerned American // October 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm // Reply

    Couldn’t agree with you more. Very worried about my bulldog right now that is sick for no reason yet has been eating jerky lately. We could be a little hypochondriacal but are taking no chances. Normally he’s very healthy and we only feed him premium food such as Royal Canine Bulldog 24. In any case if you guys think this is bad, ever take a pill before? I’m a sales rep for the only USA manufactured capsule in the world. And guess what?? Many supplement companies and drug companies are starting to cheap out and buy Chinese and Indian made capsules. We have performed tests on these product time and time again and you would be fearful if you knew what we have found in these products. The cost difference to the supplement companies? 2 cents to 5 cents per bottle is what they are saving. Is it worth it?? I think not. Next time you are buying any type of supplement or RX product, that is encapsulated ask for USA made capsules. It supports the homeland and keeps you safe. All of our stuff comes from Pharmaceutical grade gelatin and is tested to food grade standards (which is actually more stringent). We are very much in tune with the American customer and looking to be health conscious. These guys from overseas don’t care about you and are looking to dump their crap on the market and don’t even need to comply to the same standards that we in the USA need to. Just think about it. Thanks for listening. This hit home for me because my dog is severely ill and we can’t point to anything right now except the Chinese jerky. Again we could be wrong but its pointing that direction. He’s been isolated from other dogs for the most part during the summer months and never gets sick. We haven’t been sick either. It just made me think of what I see on the human market everyday and customers of mine that don’t care just to save .02-.05 per bottle so you consume inferior goods. To remain professional I won’t mention the names of these companies but please do your research. Thanks for listening.

  21. Kent Williams // October 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm // Reply

    I just lost 2 dear canine friends. Sadly, they had both regularly eaten Snausages. I now feel Snausages, no, Del Monte and the FDA wonks are responsible for allowing/marketing these dangerous and deadly products from China. May they rest in hell.

  22. Shelly Nelson // October 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm // Reply

    I lost my fur baby Milo 2 yrs ago to kidney failure. My baby was 8 yrs old at the time and I was giving him Milo’s Kitchen or kingdom pets as “Good Boy” treats unknowingly with each one I was slowly killing him . I only found out about all this after I had already lost him and the pain and guilt I feel is still with me to this day.. I now have a new baby, Bella. My sister gave me a bag of puperoni a few days ago as her dog didn’t like them, that should have been my first clue! Thank God I didn’t give her any, I wouldn’t be able to go through what I did with Milo again. What is the FDA here for? They take things off the market that work(Midrine) and leave things on shelves that obviously are killing our babies! It’s time for our government to get back into careing about we the people and not big buisness or the almighty dollar!

  23. Mary Reifsteck // October 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm // Reply

    I bought my dog the kong chicken jery the product said usa made and was new to the market. But with in a day was vomiting and had diarrhea. Then a trip to the vet. I did call them regarding this they said they did not have any complaints as of yet.will not buy any chicken jerky for my dog ever again.

  24. Stacey Stamm // October 29, 2013 at 8:54 am // Reply

    If this feed is anything to go by, seems like a lot more dogs are dying than are being reported. Where can we report the cases to? I had a healthy 3 year old Jack Russell who ate many of the above treats. We found out he was ill when his eating habits dropped off and he started drinking tons of water, I made an appointment. Before we could go he had a seizure and we had him admitted. It took them 4 days to get his liver counts down and he was in end stage renal disease. IV fluids and 5/6 different home cooked meals a day, until we could find something he would eat, kept him with us for 2 months but he died just after turning 4. At first I blamed the doctor because surely he’d been sick a while and the doc missed it. Now I know I poisoned him. I’d like to feed these treats to the ones responsible.

  25. I have two dogs, 8 lbs and 30 lbs. The little one gets sick from time to time. Both ends including blood in his stools. Took him to the vet about 6 weeks ago for this very reason. The larger one has, occasionally, soft stools. Had their teeth cleaned recently and the larger one became extremely sick about a week later(blood/stool diarrhea like tar, vomit) Thought it was from the antibiotics from the vet, and it may have contributed. Money being tight, I placed her on a restricted diet, nursed her back to health. Took about 5-6 days to stop the bloody stools. Stopped giving both treats. About 9 – 10 days she was back to normal. Resumed giving both their morning treats, Canine Carry Outs. Each get two. That was about a week ago, not exactly sure. 3 days ago the larger one started having soft stools, continues today. Two days ago I put them both on a restricted diet again, rice/chicken. Today the smaller one has very soft stools. He didn’t eat much yesterday and didn’t want the treats today. Of course, I let the larger one eat them. Suddenly I had the a-haa moment. TREATS! That would explain so much. The smaller one’s stomach gurgling every few weeks, not wanting to eat. Had him to the vet twice for vomit and bloody, tar like, diarrhea. While writing this the larger one sounded like she was going to vomit. I let her out and she wanted to eat grass. Would not let her. Not going to feed them the treats. Will see what happens. Time to make homemade treats.

  26. This is extremely interesting to read. I have my 1 year lab on Nutro Max since I adopted him from the shelter 6 months ago. His stools are regular, 3x a day, no issues unless he eats something not made by Nutro. When this happens, he gets horrible gas, loose stools, etc. Well, we recently had his 1st bday party at the dog park, and one of the attendees bought a bag of Del Monte Canine Carryout beef flavor treats. They’re shaped like little steaks, and before giving him one, I checked the packaging for anything mentioning it was made in China, which it did not. I gave him one. Next day, he vomited 3x. I thought it was the piece of banana or pineapple I gave him that morning with breakfast. Waited another week and gave him another…vomited again that day, just once. Just gave him one this afternoon, and he just vomited about 15 minutes ago…<<<interesting note, he just got done eating his 2 cups of regular food (now, Nutro Ultra, which was started two weeks ago w/ no issues), and he kept the dog food down, but the treat didn't stand a chance. As someone else mentioned, I just had the Ahaaa moment, which is why I'm commenting on this forum. I googled Canine Carryout dog treats and here I am! After posting this, I'm trashing the treats and we're sticking to Nutro. Makes you wonder what they're using in meat products served in Chinese restaurants….

  27. Please make your own treats, or open a can of green beans or buy frozen, buy a cheap food deheydrater and make your own meat treats, easy stuff. I have a very good dog friend dying right now from consuming a Beggin Strip…complete kidney failure. Please know Most large US pet food producers add fillers and byproducts obtained from China and mix it in with sourced US food products… that way they can claim the MADE IN THE USA LABEL… YUP THEY ARE MADE HERE, BUT WITH CHINA BYPRODUCTS THAT CAN KILL YOUR PET. THE FDA IS USELESS, USE COMMON SENSE.Please make your own treats and study and read what is in your pet food. I use only Natures Variety Food products for my pets. Made in Nebraska with only real and natural food produced here….expensive… u bet… but my pets are alive and not suffering.
    I encourage everyone to read and obtain knowledge and also consider a raw diet fir yoyr pet, feed like the wolf. Pets were never made to eat grains… you can buy quality raw diets for your pets at Petco. Look for grain free.

  28. This is horrifying. I bought 3 bags, one of each flavor (chicken, beef and bacon, canine carryouts for my sister’s dog which is a lhasa apso as I am babysitting him while they are on vacation. Like the others mentioned above I made sure I looked to see if they were made in USA before purchasing. I opened the chicken and gave him one and he loved it and gave him another later on. I noticed later that evening he started drinking water like crazy. Then he had diarrhea but no vomiting. There is no way of knowing what these things could be made of to cause such a bad reaction.

  29. I took my Boston Terrior to the Vet and she had labs done due to increased thirst, extreamly hard enlarged belly and her breathing was just not right. They tester her liver and this came back elevated. The vet put her on some medication and wanted her to be re-tested in 1 month. I took her back this week and the results came back ALOT worse. All her levels were elevated by 50% except her ALT was 3 times higher then the first test. Now with that said, my dog may get two or three small little pieces of Pup-Peroni treats a week UNTIL she was put on the medicine. At this time we would put 1/2 a pill into a piece of the Pup-Peroni and give this to her 2 times a day. I let the Vet know my concerns that I believe it is these treats causing Liver problems. I feel the only reason the tests were elevated at first was due to she got very little of the treats at first, after giving her these treats a few time a day, every day for 1 month her Levels went up very high and very fast. I am no longer giving her the treats and will have her re-tested to see if her Liver levels come down after not getting these any more. I have kept the treats in question, does anyone know if the FDA may want to test these treats or how I can contact someone to find out what to do.
    Thank you
    Jamie

  30. I have a new one for everyone, Milk-Bone Trail Mix W/Sweet Potato made by, you guessed it, Del Monte Pet Products. I opened this bag on Wed, all 3 of my dogs had the crunchy bones a few times that day, the next day they each got a sweet potato, that night my Mal/Shep mix started throwing up and had diarrhea kept drinking water and throwing that up as well, I withheld food for a day and as soon as she tried to eat some rice threw up again, brought her into the vet and they put her on meds injected fluid under her skin for the dehydration did a bunch of tests but they all came back negative. So far she has been able to eat small amounts of chicken and rice but she is on meds for 3 more days that are helping with that. This was the only new item that they were given. The Malamute has had 2 seizures during this time. My 3 dog has had no problems. I have purchased Milk-Bone products(Del Monte) for generations of dogs and have never had a problem, but since this has happened I will no longer purchase anything that they make(and they make a lot) Looks like I will be learning how to make my own dog treats from now on.
    On a side note, the week before I had opened up a box of their hard biscuits and it was full of bugs.
    I am hopping that my dogs make a full recovery, and have no lasting effects from this. I will be contacting both Del Monte and the FDA. But I am thinking that one reason that they can’t find anything wrong with the treats is that it may be only one that is ‘contaminated’ and that is the one that the dog has consumed.

  31. What really is very misleading and a bit “sleazy” about treats that are labeled ” Made in the U.S.”,
    They might be made in the U.S. however, the actual ingredients to make the treats, could come from China.
    This is very common on a lot of pet treats and food. I have emailed many companies that have made in the U.S.
    claims, and asked them if all the listed ingredients were 100% sourced from the U.S. This is where the bullshit comes in, and the responses are ALWAYS a PR spin that never answer the question. If a company cannot tell you
    where they source the ingredients from, then you should be wary of the product

  32. My Complain is with Walgreens 100% Natural Pet Treats.
    5 dogs were given the treats and the only 1 that didn’t get sick was the 1 that wouldn’t eat it.
    I’ve been working on this since Sept 2013 and all I’m getting is the run-around, even the FDA said they only make note.. they don’t take action or do testing… bet because the money for import is much more important than our pets..

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