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Question Costco Chicken Strips

I'm just doing my own little research on the Costco Chicken Strips. I bought them for our dogs from about Nov. 2006 until about Dec. 2008. I'm not too sure of the dates. Then I stopped buying them because I realized that the ingredients came from China. It was during that period that Lulu's bat was a little elevated. Now her bat's are normal.
Could it have been that the strips are tainted and effect smaller dogs? Or even bigger ones.
I'm just curious: Do Roxie, Grace, Ricky or Cash eat a lot of those strips? Leslie, how about Shadow? Did she eat them?
This may be really off the wall, but I can't help but wonder.
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I will tell you that Roxie's mom ate a ton of Chicken strips during her pregnancy with Roxie~ But there is no way to ever know if that affected Roxie's liver or not~


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Roxie had never eaten one of these jerky strips prior to be tested, but she has had some since.

I applaud you for trying to "research" a possible cause to Lulu's elevated BATs. This is how evidence based practices are started.

I am curious whether your other dogs had these chicken strips. Are there other dogs on this forum eating the Costco chicken jerky? How have your dogs been feeling?
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I check every food label and if it says made in China, I don't buy it. I don't even buy toys that are made in China because of the lead paint thing. Better safe than sorry.


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i use to give my dog costco chicken strips as well and stopped for the same reason. he now gets chicken strips from a company called vitality. they are 100% chicken and made in the us, actually they are made in china but they are under high quality control, i spoke with the rep and they seem to be very very safe. my dog loves them, there's a big difference between these and the ones from costco.
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I give my dogs freeze dried beef liver treats, or Bailey's Jerky. They will do anything for Bailey's Jerky.


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I stopped using the Costco strips about a year ago when a lot of dogs were getting sick from Bestros and Waggin Train brand. If you do a search on here, you can probably find some of the old threads on it. I now use a brand called Cluckers. They are made in the USA. I am so disappointed as I just went to their website to get the information to put on here and I saw that they are stopping making them. Looks like I will be getting a dehydrater and trying Bailey's Jerkey soon.


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Carole, you know Cash did not have a liver issue. But I stopped using all procucts from China about a year ago-- Jasper pretty much grew up on Cadet Rabbit Fillets (from China) because he would eat nothing else (sound familiar) When I stopped feeding him the rabbit from china-- His whole mood changed and was much more alive. Now pretty much the only treat they get is the Canz real meat treats and Solid Gold FD tripe (and what ever we choose to give them from our meals--LOL) just FYI--- the NV rabbit medallions are sourced from China as well-- but not the chicken or the beef.




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Missy, I was just thinking that they could have caused a bacterial infection, weren't her alts high? Wow, I didn't know about the rabbit!
Cheryl, yes my other dogs did eat the costco chicken strips but I would give them each the same amount and perhaps body weight + age could affect them differently?
Katie, right, we will never know.....
It's interesting though. Since I read every label it's amazing how many product labels proudly claim made in the usa and then somewhere, written very tiny, they say that the actual ingredient if from china.

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Carole,

Here is a response from NV that I received about the sourcing of the raw meats.
http://havaneseforum.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=129

Also, they have started using pork products in the Rabbit raw as shown on their website under news:

What's New in Raw?
Rabbit Formula Raw Frozen Diet now includes Pork Fat, Liver & Heart

Nature’s Variety would like to make you aware of a recent change in the Rabbit Formula Raw Frozen Diet for dogs and cats. Because we are no longer able to source a sufficient supply of rabbit organs for this raw diet, we researched viable alternatives and have chosen to now use natural pork fat, liver, and heart in place of rabbit liver, lung, and heart. Like all of our Raw Frozen Diets, the new Rabbit Formula is still 95% meat, raw ground bone, and organs. (To read the new ingredient panel, visit the Rabbit Formula Raw Frozen Diet product page.)

We chose pork as a new source of organ ingredients because pork is hypo-allergenic and highly palatable. Also, of all animal-based protein, pork protein is the most digestible and has the most favorable amino acid profile. Our pork ingredients are 100% natural, free of antibiotics and growth hormones, and sourced from USDA inspected facilities.

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