Dangerous Dog Treats: What You Should Never Give Your Dog

Treats are helpful when it comes to training. But training only! Cause some people like rewarding their dogs for no apparent reason and thus a powerful training tool turns into naughtiness and pampering leading to no result except the obesity and broken eating regime. However, not every treat may be or should be used due to possible harm that it may inflict on digestion but there are such treats that are even deadly!

Here is the list of dog treats that we DO NOT recommend buying:

  • Nestle Purina’s: Waggin’ Train Jerky Treats or Tenders
  • Nestle Purina’s: Canyon Creek Ranch Jerky Treats or Tenders
  • Del Monte Corp’s: Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats
  • Del Monte Corp’s: Chicken Griller Home-Style Dog Treats
  • Publix stores recalled their own brand of : Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats
  • IMS Pet Industries Inc.: Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats sold in the US
  • Joey’s Jerky: Chicken Jerky

Another list of strictly forbidden treats comprises Chinese brands:

  • Waggin Train
  • Canyon Creek Ranch
  • Dogswell
  • Booda Bone -Aspen Pet
  • Milo’s Kitchen
  • American Kennel Club
  • Hartz
  • Dingos
  • Beefeaters
  • Cadet
  • Sargents
  • Ever Pet
  • Home Pet 360
  • Walgreen’s new brand – Simple
  • The Kingdom Pets


We recommend not to give any of these treats to your dog not because we read it somewhere on forums that other dog fanciers faced health problems with their dogs but because it’s the FDA itself that strictly forbids! Now let’s take a look at the deadly treats hype from the point of view of this regulatory body.

FDA Says “No”

Based on the report dating February 19, 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration continues to investigate illnesses and fatal accidents linked to the use of jerky pet treats coming from China. Since 2007, FDA has been receiving and ever increasing number of reports of illnesses related to the consumption of the jerky treats of both Chinese and American origin. As of September 30, 2014, FDA has received 5000 reports. Most of these reports involved jerky products sourced from China: the treats were produced completely overseas or the American manufacturer used Chinese sources to produce own treats that also provoked serious and sometimes fatal incidents. The majority of all reports involved more than 5,800 dogs, 25 cats and even three people and also 1,000 dog deaths. According to the reports constantly updated, about 60% of the cases showed gastrointestinal illness and 30% showed urinary/kidney conditions. Remaining 10% are attributed to signs like tremors, convulsions and skin irritation. FDA’s investigation showed surprisingly high dominance of cases with acquired FLS or Fanconi syndrome, which is a rare kidney disease normally seen as a hereditary condition. Normally, the kidney filters out the waste while saving nutrients like amino acids, bicarbonate and glucose. In case of FLS, the proximal tubule doesn’t work properly and these nutrients are lost. A dog experiencing FLS drinks and urinates more than usual and it becomes lethargic and show no interest to food. In order to treat the syndromes, owners have to get rid of the treats and ask for veterinary assistance. The FLS was spotted in 290 cases. The ongoing investigation goes side by side with testing samples of treats at the Veterinary Laboratory Response Network as well as many other independent animal health laboratories in the US. All treats were tested for contaminants known to cause symptoms and illnesses that were reported in pets. Such agents as metals, furans, Salmonella, antibiotics, pesticides, mycotoxins, rodenticides, nephrotoxins were the target markers.


In Case of Emergency

Jerky treats are not a substitution for a balanced diet and are intended to be served as rewards occasionally. FDA advises consumers to watch their dogs for such signs as vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite and activity, increased water consumption and urination. If your dog shows any of these signs, you must stop feeding the treat immediately. If symptoms persist for more than 24 hours or are severe, you should contact the veterinarian immediately and also your state FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.

Treats You Don’t Want to Feed Your Puppy

Before FDA makes a move against a certain brand, hundreds on complains must come. Here are 3 products with a big history of complains behind them.

Dynamic Pet Real Ham Bone

What dog will refuse gnawing on juicy bone? This dog treat is said to be responsible for countless vet bills and even deaths. The number of negative consumer experiences was so high that the Better Business Bureau suggests costumers not to buy it. These bones are claimed to come apart when being chewed – they form sharp shards that can pierce the intestine and thus lead to eventual death. Currently, there is a class-action lawsuit and an online petition aimed at prohibiting all bones for selling. The FDA has come to the conclusion that all bone treats are not good for dogs, but you can still buy them in any pet store.

Pur Luv Dog Treats

In July, 2015, attorney Joseph Siprut filed a class action lawsuit against Sergeant’s Pet Care Products claiming that his treats caused intestinal blockage due to indigestible ingredients found in treats. Pet owners on Amazon have been posting pictures of these ingredients that their dogs coughed up and it resulted in an online petition aimed at pulling the treats from pet stores shelves. However, the FDA has not paid enough attention to the matter and presently treats can be bought everywhere.


Rawhide Chews

Another infamous treat category. They are made from cow hide that has been stripped of hair and underwent a chemical bath before drying. This type of treat is promoted as good for teething puppies. In reality the treat was recalled several times for Salmonella presence and dog owners suggest buying a rawhide treat produced only in the USA and made only from the American products. Never idle about reading the label to find out what exactly you are feeding your dog with.

One thought on “Dangerous Dog Treats: What You Should Never Give Your Dog”

  1. I have stopped uding any “treats” at all. If I want to give my dog a treat or cookie, I use a few of the high quality, grain free kibble that is a small part of his diet.

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