Dogs Might be Harmed by Chicken Jerky

Chicken jerky products such as chicken tenders, strips, or treats for dogs are being investigated by the FDA for a possible connection to canine illness and death. In their press release titled, Caution to Dog Owners About Chicken Jerky Products they wrote, “FDA continues to receive complaints of sick dogs that their owners or veterinarians associate with eating chicken jerky products.” (Source: FDA)

The FDA wrote the chicken jerky products under investigation are imported from China. reported from another source the FDA was investigating 353 cases of dogs becoming sick after eating chicken jerky products.

The FDA provided the following tips for dog owners using chicken jerky products:

  • Do not substitute chicken jerky products for a balanced diet. The products are intended to be used occasionally and in small quantities.
  • Owners of small dogs must be especially careful to limit the amount of these products.
  • If you choose to feed your dog chicken jerky products, watch the dog closely.
  • Stop feeding the product if your dog shows any of the following signs, which may occur within hours to days after feeding the product:
    - decreased appetite, although some dogs may continue to eat the treats instead of other foods
    - decreased activity
    - vomiting
    - diarrhea, sometimes with blood
    - increased water drinking or increased urination
  • Call your veterinarian if signs are severe or last for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to FDA have involved dogs that have died. (Source: FDA)

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Patty B.
Patty B5 years ago

Also ,CALL the companies that make dog/cat food and ask the ORIGIN of the product in the food .Takes just a few minutes and could save your pet's life . Enough of this " profit is everything" mentality .Who really knows if it is a Chinese product as advertised . Could have been Fluffy or Fido the week before . If the Chinese skin cats and dogs ALIVE they are capable of anything.

Patty B.
Patty B5 years ago

NEVER EVER buy ANY products (especially) food products from China . EVER ! It is a Russian Roulette if there is a poison substituted in the food . I read an article on where the Chinese substituted antifreeze in cough syrup and people were dying after being prescribed the cough syrup leaving the doctors horrified as the people just had had a bad cold .Some were just small children .And the Chinese reaction ? Just a shrug and said they really did not care as the consumers were not Chinese .I thought about that remark and realized that most Chinese had never met a Westerner and did not relate .Just a profit . When we the people can arrest the people who contract that crap to the USA THEN things will MAYBE change fines to corporations do not work . It is just a write off .But to arrest people and bring reality to poisoning beloved pets and people..that may work .

Michele S.
Michele S.5 years ago

Those are the FDA guidelines? Give your dog treats we have good reason to believe are poisonous in small amounts and watch them to see if they get sick?

Screw that, just don't give your dogs any of the "chicken" treats. Why take the chance of seriously harming or even killing your dog just because the FDA doesn't want to harm the bottom line of the companies who make them?

Heather O.
Heather O5 years ago

All pet owners have to do is check the FDA's website for all the recent and old recalls. They recalled chicken jerky in 2011 but people are still feeding the treats. If its on the list don't feed it. Here is a link to their website. The warning is and has been out. I check weekly for recalled pet food because I want to do all I can to prevent this. Obviously the author of this story did not do proper research if they had they would have found the months old recall.

Ken B.
Ken B.5 years ago

An FDA document leaked this week from a confidential source within the US Congress details the chronological timeline of tests that the agency has performed on chicken jerky treats since 2007 – tests which many pet owners say have ignored some of the most potentially lethal substances possibly responsible for the rash of pet illnesses and deaths.

Read the report at:

Ken B.
Ken B.5 years ago

If you’re looking for a 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.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

wow. I'm surprised. My dog rarely eats treats, but I will definitely be more picky about what types I purchase!

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Rhea P.
Rhea P5 years ago

Thank you for the post. I have to admit that I used to give my dogs these treats... they were so addicted to them, I seriously wondered what they put in them to make my dogs want them so badly. Looking at the ingredients, I couldn't understand it... all it showed was chicken but, they were acting as if it were a drug. I have a huge dehydrator that I use constantly for drying herbs, veggies and fruit so, I decided to make my own chicken jerky for them. I sliced up and dehydrated about 10 pounds of chicken... I was really curious to see how they would like it. At first they just sniffed at it which really made me wonder if they did put something in the treats from China. After a bit more sniffing and pondering, they all accepted a piece and gobbled it up. Now, this is the only treat that I give them. If you choose to do this, make sure that you get a good dehydrator with heat control... you want the chicken drying fast to avoid it from going bad before it dries. You could also do this in the oven on a low temp. I keep the treats in the fridge afterwards to prevent them from going bad as well. Peace & light.

Bruce S.
Bruce S5 years ago

I don't feed my dog "dog food". But, if I did, I certainly wouldn't feed her ANYTHING from China. They have already shown that they will sell food and other things for humans that are harmful, so you can only imagine what they would put in dog food.