We Need to Be Tougher on the Chinese Who Are Poisoning Our Pets

There’s one thing I like about presidential campaigner Donald Trump, he wants to be tough on the Chinese and my God he’s right on that. It really is time to stop kowtowing, to stop bending over backwards to keep the Chinese happy because they are poisoning the dogs and other pets of America and the United Kingdom with their crappy dog treats which contain an unknown poison or contaminant and which Susan Thixton of the truth about pet food website has been pursuing for a considerable length of time to try and force the authorities in America to take steps to stop this ridiculous saga continuing.

Feeding contaminated food to pets
Feeding contaminated food to pets
Two useful tags. Click either to see the articles:- Toxic to cats | Dangers to cats

On her website it states that the FDA has been investigating pet deaths and illnesses linked to Chinese jerky treats for 3359 days, two hours, 52 minutes and 14 seconds at the exact time that I have been dictating this section of this article.

Chinese jerky treats poisoning American pets
Chinese jerky treats poisoning American pets. The time taken for the US authorities to take real action – and counting.

What is going on? Who is bribing who? Who is putting pressure on who and why are the American authorities so apparently apathetic about fixing this dire problem? And now the dogs of England are suffering the same fate. Dog deaths have been linked to poultry jerky treats from China in the UK. Trading standards officers are investigating potential links between dog treats sold in high street shops and kidney failure which has led to the deaths of some pets.

Poisoned cat

Just like in the USA, in the UK dog owners have been reporting renal failure in their animals after buying them jerky treats. The “treats” are salted and dried meat products. Some pets have been put down after eating these damnable “treats”. They are hardly treats. They are poisonous and someone in authority has to do something about it quickly.

The number of cases in the UK has prompted the Animal Health Trust (AHT) veterinary charity to warn owners to limit the portions of imported jerky treats that they give to their pets. I’d simply ban them, lock stock and barrel.

It is shocking to report that veterinarians across the UK have reported seeing an increased number of dogs presented at their clinics with kidney problems believed to be linked to eating imported dried jerky treats from China.

The ill dogs have demonstrated a decreased appetite, increased thirst and an increased need to urinate. All classic signs of kidney failure. Many of the dogs had been fed dried jerky-type dog treats, specifically chicken or duck.

While a cause is strictly speaking unknown, all the treats have been identified as coming from China. What a surprise? I say that because, as mentioned above, the USA has been suffering this mass poisoning by a Chinese product for a very very long time and therefore it cannot be a surprise.

It is not the first time that Chinese food products have poisoned and killed animals and people. They have a history of it. Come on for heavens sake. Stop sitting on your hands and do something.

One lady, Jessica Gibbon, who lives in Sunderland, UK described how she lost her 18-month-old husky dog Milo.

“Milo already had weak kidneys from a pup and the vets now strongly believe the chicken jerky treats we gave him attacked his weak kidneys causing them to fail slowly.”

Another person, Joanne Wright, from Newcastle upon Tyne also fed her two toy poodles with Chinese jerky treats and she had to then rush them to her veterinarian after her dogs began to show symptoms of kidney failure. Both her dogs died soon afterwards. This is utterly shocking and totally unacceptable.

Jessica said:

“Anyone that knows me knows how much I loved my boys Smudge and Popcorn. I’m truly gutted, life won’t be the same without them.”

A veterinary nurse at North Tyneside Vets4Pets has posted a warning online that pet owners avoid all jerky treats manufactured in China. She said:

“Do not substitute poultry jerky products for a balanced diet. The products are intended to be used occasionally and it’s more quantities. Owners of small dogs must be especially careful.”

I think she is being particularly kind or generous (or frankly stupid) in what she has said. In my opinion, the evidence strongly indicates that these treats are simply poisonous and that they must be banned urgently.

It is reported that in America the jerky dog treats were subjected to a recall in 2013. By September 2014 the US Food and Drug Administration had received about 5000 reports of illnesses related to the treats including around 1000 dog deaths. I am sure that this is ongoing and getting worse judging by Susan’s website.

It is truly time that somebody in authority and with the power to make a real change, banned this product in the West, particularly America and the UK, in the name of animal welfare and the name of all those dogs and other pets who have died unnecessarily in the interests of financial profit and on the back of apathy or worse from the relevant authorities.

9 thoughts on “We Need to Be Tougher on the Chinese Who Are Poisoning Our Pets”

  1. http://petfoodrecall.org/tag/nutro/page/3/

    Nutro wet cat food was contaminated back in 2006-2007 and it was linked to China. It killed my Ms. Kittie,13 years old. The recalls came too late for many. We like to believe we are doing our companions a favor by feeding expensive pet food,but without proper regulation,they are going to become victims. And you can’t always make it to the vet in time. The symptoms hit suddenly and progressed quickly. The laws need to change,the animals deserve better.

  2. This is terrible_ but according to the dogfoodaadvisor.com Jerky treats made in China have a toxic ingredient derived from the ‘Jatropha’
    it is a hearty shrub that can be grown in semi-tropical and tropical areas throughout the world.
    Due to its high oil content and relatively low cost, the plant has recently become an attractive source material for making biodiesel.
    Unfortunately, though, unlike other more benign materials used to make biofuels, jatropha may contain unwelcome toxic by-products like phorbol esters.

    These compounds exhibit acute and chronic toxicity to humans and animals alike. What’s worse, the actual toxic substances can be found in the glycerin and protein by-products.

    Take them back to the store you got them from. and report complaints to:


    • Many thanks Eva. Your comment is the first time I have read about the reason why these “treats” are poisonous. The Chinese have a habit of reducing costs of production to the point where the product becomes toxic. You may remember the baby milk scandal in which many babies were either badly injured or killed by some toxic substance (I think it was melamine) in milk to bulk to bulk it up cheaply. Disgusting behavior. Their mentality of corruption is why they do these criminally negligent things.

  3. I’m just wondering what the exact ingredient in them treats is that’s killing them dogs.
    I’ve heard of dangerous counterfeit meds being sold by 1-800 P**M***, but this is the first time I’ve heard of dangerous treats.

    • Eva has commented on this, Kevin. The Chinese mentality is to cut costs to the point where the product becomes poisonous. They put in cheap crap to bulk it up and this crap is inedible and toxic. The USA government has failed to stop importation of these treats according to Susan Thixton or failed to prosecute the suppliers in the USA and take vigorous steps to end this tragedy. I feel as you can tell by the article that the US and UK authorities don’t want to upset the Chinese because we need their investment etc.. And it’s only pets dying. That’s the politician’s mentality. It’s time the West forced China to change their mentality on animal welfare.

  4. It is important to read package information for such items. In order to protect our animals we must do this ourselves bc obviously our Government does not nor do the major pet store chains that sell the items. To them it’s all about the almighty buck $$… greed.

    If you live in the USA make sure the products specifically state they are made in the USA. Many labels will say _distributed_ by a USA company and show a US based address however that does mean the product was *made* in the US.

    • Good advice Debra. For me the motto is: Never buy pet food manufactured in China or any product with Chinese supplied ingredients. Their record on pet food is appalling as far as I am concerned. They don’t regulate manufacturing closely enough or at all and they have a corrupt attitude to animal welfare. That’s my opinion. If I am being too harsh I don’t care πŸ™‚ I am tired of reading about pets being killed by dodgy Chinese pet food.


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