3 Brands Of Chicken Jerky Implicated In Canine Illness


After the pet food recalls in 2007, I stopped buying any dog treats made in China because it became clear in the months following that the FDA just couldn’t ensure the safety of pet food or treats from China.  (I was fortunate that the pet food I use wasn’t involved in any of the recalls.)  I kept seeing recalls and intermittent reports of illnesses associated with chicken jerky from China.  Now internal documents from the FDA reveal at least three brands may be connected to illnesses reported in dogs.  For complete information on what the FDA is testing for, what you should do if you suspect your dog has been harmed, why there hasn’t been a recall, etc. be sure to read what the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association has to say.  (Update: In light of these latest issues with pet food safety, lawmakers are demanding action from the FDA and a petition has been started by pet owners who believe their pets have been harmed by chicken jerky treats.)

The brands named are:

  • Waggin’ Train chicken jerky treats or tenders made by Nestle Purina PetCare
  • Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats or tenders made by Nestle Purina PetCare
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats made by the Del Monte Corp

I want to stress that this doesn’t mean other brands of chicken jerky from China are safe.  There are reports of illness from single brands or with no brand listed.  The FDA is urging owners and vets to report illness and samples of suspect chicken jerky.

Lab tests on your pup may show kidney failure, liver disease, or Fanconi-like syndrome.  It’s possible for dogs to recover, but there have been deaths, so if you dog gets sick get her to the vet.  The possible signs of illness that can appear hours or days after consuming chicken jerky are:

  • decreased appetite
  • decreased activity
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea, possibly with blood
  • increased water consumption
  • increased urination

If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because it is.  There have been multiple recalls and warnings about chicken jerky from China.  So read those labels carefully!  It’s not always obvious a product is made in China.

3 Replies to “3 Brands Of Chicken Jerky Implicated In Canine Illness”

  1. Could you advise me how to find out where treats and dog food are made? I’ve seen “Manufactured by” or “Distributed by” on packages but rarely “Made in” or the origin of the ingredients.

  2. If you’re looking for SAFE, Real ‘American Made’ chicken jerky for dogs or cats, we started making our own Chicken Jerky for our 3 dogs after we ran across the FDA warning of 2008 about Chinese chicken treats making dogs sick or killing them. It turned into a cottage “Mom & Pop” business and we now sell our TriPom Chews online and in 20 stores in the New England area. Our products are the only homemade, handmade, ‘Maine Made’, ‘American Made’ Chicken Jerky produced from whole, restaurant-quality chicken breasts containing NO Additives and NO Preservatives. Our 3 Pomeranians (our babies!) taste test every batch for quality.

  3. Thanks for posting this! My dog Lilo is one of such case. We gave her Milo’s Kitchen chicken jerky treats. She spent a week at the ICU, and we were told she had less than 24 hours to live when we picked her up from the ICU.
    We are very fortunate that Lilo turned around! She is such a miracle!

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