Chicken Jerky for Dogs
Have you read the label on your chicken jerky dog treats lately? There are all sorts of ingredients that are not only strange, but can be harmful to your dog's health.
There has been a recent link of Fanconi Syndrome to the chicken strips that are made in China, causing innocent dogs to develop this disease. Thousands of dog owners and veterinarians have filed complaints about these chicken jerky treats and shared their unfortunate experiences.
Samples have been tested for chemicals, metals, Salmonella, and glycerin. Since the exact ingredient has not been pinpointed yet, no specific product has been recalled. Currently the US FDA has issued a warning to consumers in regards to feeding chicken jerky to their pets.
What's sickening is that the manufacturer and marketing team portrays that treats are made in United States, when in fact they are actually made in China. If you read the small prints with a magnifying glass, you will see that they are manufactured in China.
What to do if you suspect that your dog is getting sick from chicken jerky
- Bring him to the veterinarian immediately.
- Do not contact wagon trails. Their reps don't care about your dog and will most likely say something absurd like, "you must have given them too much."
- File an FDA report with the FDA
- Tell everyone you know!
- Sign petitions. You can get dog food recall alerts by subscribing to the Dog Food Advisor's Dog Food Recall Alert.
What is Fanconi Syndrome?
Fanconi Syndrome affects your dog's kidneys causes them to leak glucose into their urine. The most common finding in lab test results is high levels of glucose in urine, yet the overall glucose level is normal.
Some dogs can get very sick and even go into renal failure and die. Other dogs will have an increase in thirst and urination. Other common symptoms you will see are diarrhea, vomiting, bloody stools, and lethargic.
If your dog is drinking and urinating more than usual, and has been eating these chicken treats, stop immediately. Contact your veterinarian and order a blood and urine sample.
Brands of Chicken Jerky that Has Been Tied to Illness
- Waggin' Train
- Canyon Creek Ranch
- Del monte Corp's Milo's Kitchen
Easy Homemade Chicken Jerky for Dogs
Please take control of your furry friend's health. I urge you to stop giving these chicken jerky treats to your dog immediately. The number of reports are too high to risk feeding your dog these treats. For a more affordable alternative, make your own homemade chicken jerky!
Making natural and healthy dog treats is actually very simple. I have written another article that shares 10 of my dog's favorite dog treats, using delicious but basic ingredients that you already have in your pantry. If you don't have time to bake your own dog treats, you can also buy organic treats. Below you will find a simple, yet delicious and healthy chicken jerky recipe that your dog will love!
- Depending on your oven temperature and thinness of the chicken, it may take longer to dry out completely. It is better to over dry the chicken than having it being undercooked. Your chicken jerky should be hard, dry and crunchy.
- You can ask your friendly butcher at the supermarket to run a block of chicken breast through their slicer.
- Slice WITH the grain and not against the grain of the chicken. This will make it easier for them to digest.
Chicken Jerky Dog Treats Recipe
I have not met a dog that refused a yummy slice of chicken jerky. Chicken jerky is very easy to make and will possibly prevent your dog from getting kidney problems.
- 1 lb of chicken breast
- Place your chicken breast in the freezer for about 1 hour, or until it is semi-frozen. It is easier to slice the chicken when it is semi-frozen.
- Slice your chicken as thin as possible, no more than 1/4 inch. The thinner they are, the quicker it will take to dry out.
- Place the chicken breast slices in the dehydrator for 4-5 hours at 145 degrees
If you don't have a dehydrator, bake it on a lightly browsed baking sheet for 2-3 hours at 200 degrees F. Use a rack on a cookie sheet and both sides of the chicken will cook faster. Once they are done, let them completely cool before you cut them with scissors. I doubt you would need to store these chicken jerky since your dog and neighbor's dog will devour these. But, if you do store them make sure that you leave them In a tight jar or canister.
Resource: US Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
Bia on January 17, 2020:
I bought a commercial chicken jerky and at the surface it looked like thin crystals (not mold) were forming in some parts, usually around the mark of the grid of the tray they were dried on.
Does anyone know what are they?
Kim Lam (author) from California on January 08, 2013:
Thanks Faith, for reading. Unfortunately these treats are everywhere and I hope to spread the word to more dog owners.
Faith A Mullen on January 08, 2013:
Great hub (voted up)! I only recently heard about the issue with chicken jerky from China. Making it yourself is a great alternative.
Kim Lam (author) from California on August 15, 2012:
Thank you everyone, for your support regarding this matter. I appreciate your comments. Please share with other dog owners! :-)
Ellen Karman from medina, Ohio on August 15, 2012:
Thank you so much for making us aware of this awful happening! I have four dogs and have given them the bones and can't remember what I have given the little dog. I will sign anything or petition PETA as well. It is awful this company is getting away with made in America and it's really made in China if you have a magnifier glass! Thank you for writing this important article and giving us alternatives to make our own. Ellen Karman
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 14, 2012:
Wow, great hub! I had been feeding my dog those Wagon Train chicken treats b/c they looked healthy until I went to my vet for annual checkups for my pets, and they had a notice hanging there about chicken treats from China. I'm glad I saw that! I just read a hub about a dehydrator. I may have to get one! Great hub. Many votes and sharing!
summerberrie on July 31, 2012:
Great hub filled with useful information. Like Robie Benve, I've never heard of Fanconi Syndrome. Thanks for the jerk recipe for home made dog treats. Would love to give this a try. I know my German Short-hair and bloodhound would appreciate it.
Robie Benve from Ohio on July 31, 2012:
I'd never heard of Fanconi Syndrome, great info! Thanks for sharing. :)
Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on July 30, 2012:
This is an important alert for dog lovers! It's so easy to accidentally buy something that looks good (or looks like it will be good for your dog) and not realize there are issues about it. Thanks for the heads-up! Voted up!