As you may remember, not too long ago, my Baylie became very sick with a severe case of gastroenteritis and required an emergency vet trip in the wee hours of the morning. I attributed her sudden illness with a brand of chew stick I had begun giving her over the preceding days. In looking at the package, I realized they were made in Brazil. I felt incredibly guilty for not doing my due diligence on this product. For days Baylie suffered through vomiting and diarrhea. Thankfully, with IV fluids, antibiotics and a soft diet, she recovered.
It’s no secret that some “Made in China” chicken jerky treats and chews have attributed to sickness in dogs. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even issued the first summary of reports of pet deaths linked to chicken and other jerky treats, along with a strong suggestion that owners might want to avoid the products all together.
What did surprise me is how difficult it is to find dog chews and jerky treats that are manufactured in the USA. The majority are made in China, Brazil, Thailand or Argentina. I’m also appalled by how many of these “Made in China” treats, with well documented cases of causing sickness in dogs, are still packing the shelves of our big box warehouse stores and pet chains.
Our friends at Fidose of Reality posted an eye-opening article written by Carol Bryant entitled “Dogs are Dying: Documentary about Chinese Chicken Jerky“. The folks at Bixibi Pet made a 3-minute documentary called “Lost Dogs” that every dog owner should watch.
The rule of thumb for purchasing chews and treats for Baylie Dog is that we buy only products stamped “Made In the USA” and only from reputable, known brands.