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Chicken jerkies NO!!!

The guy in the pet store told me the Happy Hips chicken jerkies were made of human edible chicken in the USA. Not until Lucky had bloody diarrhea did I turn over the bag and see made in China. There are all sorts of warnings about this stuff (I seem to do my research after the event which is not helpful) and the reviews on Amazon of the product are awful. Lucky's now on antibiotics and a bland diet with a shot of fluids under his skin for dehydration but his bloody diarrhea was really awful and I feel terrible that it was something I was actually giving him that did it. Soooo...I thought I'd issue the warning to forum mates in case there's out there some other unsuspecting treat seeker who is always looking for a chew thing that might last longer than 2 minutes. Be careful guys. This is bad stuff.

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Poor Lucky. Hope he feels better soon!

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Sorry it happened to you and Lucky, but you're right, we need to keep repeating and repeating the warnings about dangerous treats as new people come on the forum.

AVOID:

ANY Chicken Jerky not made in the U.S. or Canada. This means not just "processed in U.S. or Canada". The chicken needs to be raised here too. This can be difficult to determine. If you arent SURE, don't feed.

Avoid ALL toys, food and treats made in China.

Avoid all "rawhide" treats, no matter where they are made.

Avoid all dental treats, no matter where they are made. (even if your local vet says they are OK... these are the NUMBER ONE cause of surgical intestinal blockages in dogs!)

Please add to this list if you know of items I've missed!


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Sorry it happened to you and Lucky, but you're right, we need to keep repeating and repeating the warnings about dangerous treats as new people come on the forum.

AVOID:

ANY Chicken Jerky not made in the U.S. or Canada. This means not just "processed in U.S. or Canada". The chicken needs to be raised here too. This can be difficult to determine. If you arent SURE, don't feed.

Avoid ALL toys, food and treats made in China.

Avoid all "rawhide" treats, no matter where they are made.

Avoid all dental treats, no matter where they are made. (even if your local vet says they are OK... these are the NUMBER ONE cause of surgical intestinal blockages in dogs!)

Please add to this list if you know of items I've missed!
Dental treats? Even the carrot ones? I thought it was just those Greenies. Whoa. I better start brushing. thanks

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I bought the chicken jerky treats one time. I got in the car and looked on the back and saw China. They went in the trash. I am usually better about checking but the packaging is deceiving. Looks like a healthy treat.


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Dental treats? Even the carrot ones? I thought it was just those Greenies. Whoa. I better start brushing. thanks
I don't know about carrot ones... I've never seen those. But it's not just Greenies... Dentastix and all those things are bad, because they don't digest before they get moved into the intestines if the dog bites off a big piece. Once in the intestines, they cause a blockage. Bad news.

Besides, you should brush his teeth anyway... dental chews don't really do the job, no matter what the ads say. It's a whole lot better both for him and for your wallet than having to repeatedly have him anesthetized for teeth cleaning, or worse (and frequently the case in dogs who don't have early, regular dental care) abscesses and extractions. Brushing really isn't that hard once you get them used to it. Kodi puts up with the brushing because he loves the taste of the doggy tooth paste! (as long as I avoid mint... he doesn't like that!)


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Poor Lucky! I hope he's feeling better soon.

It makes me so angry because the packaging can be deceiving. Packaged in the USA does not mean made in the USA and it infuriates me that companies would try to deceive people into buying possibly tainted treats.

I found a local company that makes theirs right here in NJ so that is what I'm buying for mine

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Thanks all for your shared outrage and concern for Luck. He was given fluids and antibiotics and a bland diet and it doing just fine. He went from lethargic and dehydrated to full of life and energy. In order to get him to take the antibiotic, I've used some of his old puppy food which he loves. Sort of wish this was still his diet because he eats it so readily but realize at 15 months, he'd best eat adult food. If anyone knows otherwise, I'd be grateful to know. Anyway the moral is read both sides of every package of treats we buy. Thanks again.

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No Chinese treats for your pet

There have been many problems with treats from China. I would not give my hav Lucky anything from there. It is so easy to make them with even a cheap dehydrator or oven. Do an internet search there are many ways. My Lucky likes chicken and beef jerky
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Hi Julie, what are the chicken treats from new jersey? Where can I find them? I found a brand at Walmart called full moon chicken jerky and they are all natural, from the USA, human food grade. Has anyone heard of them?
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