Chinese Dog Treats Linked To Hundreds of Deaths and Thousands of Sick Animals

0-2China’s lack of food controls have previously taken its toll on its own citizens and the global markets. Last week, however, our veterinarian advised us not to give our dog Luna any dog treats made in China. It turns out that over 600 dogs are dead and thousands are sickened by Chinese dog treats. This story also allows me to post a recent picture of Luna at four months.

0-3It turns out that it is so serious that the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning of jerky treats from China. The cause of the deaths and illnesses remains undetermined. Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine says “This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we’ve encountered.”

Symptoms observed within hours of eating the treats include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased activity, increased water consumption and increased urination, the agency said. Severe cases have involved kidney failure and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Given what the Chinese food system has put on tables for humans in recent scandals (while arresting food safety advocates), it is frightening to think what the Chinese market might give to animals.

In Germany, officials are dealing with a different threat to dogs. Berlin officials say that dogs are overdosing after eating the feces of drug addicts on the streets. Now that is something the average dog owner might not see included on the list of pet dangers.

26 thoughts on “Chinese Dog Treats Linked To Hundreds of Deaths and Thousands of Sick Animals”

  1. Jerky Treats are one of the items marketed by Del Monte. Their website says that they are produced in the US. I feed my babies Milk Bone Biscuits which are also a Del Monte brand. Supposedly they are produced in NY state but who knows where the ingredients come from. I emailed Del Monte asking the question (where do the ingredients come from) but have not heard back so far. I will NOT support any company that sells products from China. Unfortunately we often don’t know what the products are composed of. They may be produced in the US but from what components?

  2. @Swarthmoremom “Checked my dog treats. The packaging says USA sourced and made.”

    I do use labels of origin. But I do not trust them.

    I cannot call an example right not, but my recollection is that in some cases government regulations allow labels that do not mean what they seem to say – unless you are a lawyer and have detailed knowledge of the requisite regulations.

    I would be pleased to hear from anyone who has some real knowledge of the reliability and usefulness of origin labels.

  3. I also never buy anything for my dog that is made in China. This is an example of what can happen when industry is not regulated enough.
    Luna is a cutie!

  4. What “brands” of jerky dog treats contain the illness? Send some to your Congressman/woman. Tell em if they don’t think its a problem then to eat some themselves. I thought that china just made tea.

  5. Some Chinese entity just bought Smithfield. The dogpac wont eat their apCray anyway so it will only get worse.

  6. Luna appears well behaved … I could never get any of my four month old dogs to sit still long enough to snap a picture that wasn’t blurred. Lovely

  7. An old article, but…

    China-Free Dog Food? Don’t Count On It
    by Mike Sagman

    “According to a … post in the Seattle Times, China now makes…

    70 percent of the world’s penicillin
    50 percent of the earth’s aspirin
    35 percent of its acetaminophen (generic Tylenol)
    The bulk of the world’s vitamins A, B12, C and E”


  8. Maybe these need to be served as a delicacy in DC….. And China and…….

  9. I think that all such dog treats from China should be banned as well as any dog food. Make that last for a couple of years, and then examine the facts to see if they can reform their system before they are allowed back in. That should make the Chinese more attentive to their jobs and products.

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