Waggin’ Train/ADI Assures Customers Chicken Jerky Treats For Dogs Are Safe

Waggin TreatsADI, the manufacturer of Waggin’ Train brand of treats, sent Itchmo this statement this morning in regards to their pet treats:

Is chicken jerky the issue or feeding too much the problem?

ADI Pet Anderson, SC – September 26, 2007 –

In response to a statement issued by the FDA regarding the potential association between over feeding chicken jerky in general and the reported 70 complaints of dogs having illnesses like diarrhea and vomiting, Jerry Peters, President of ADI Pet, Inc. issued the following statement:

“As Dog lovers ourselves, ADI Pet understands how this summer’s pet food recalls have created a greater sense of concern about pet foods in general. This concern for safety, in some cases, may be a contributing factor to overfeeding treats and more specifically healthy treats like chicken jerky that is high in protein and low in fat rather than maintaining a balanced diet with a dog food that would provide a dog the total daily nutritional needs.

“Most of the complaints that have been reported to ADI are from dog owners who have far exceeded the acceptable norm of treat feeding, generally considered only 5% of the dogs’ daily intake. If Dog owners have reviewed chicken jerky ingredients they may feel that a diet of predominately of chicken jerky is a suitable substitute for Dog Food and of course that is not appropriate.

“ADI Pet manufactures the Waggin’ Train Brand of treats using facilities and safety protocols for human food preparation so that the highest quality can be maintained for our pets. In addition, our treats have been tested extensively by FDA as well as third party laboratories and Waggin’ Train has not had a single incident of any contamination including; E coli, salmonella, heavy metals, melamine, and numerous other chemical contaminants. Waggin’ Train Brand was founded on delivering natural, meat-based treats that dogs love and has a history of providing safe treats without EVER having a single recall or contamination over its five year history of selling millions of pounds of Waggin’ Train Brand Chicken Jerky Treats providing healthy snacks to over 7 million dogs daily.

“Here are the facts about Waggin’ Train Brand Treats:

• Waggin’ Train brand is manufactured using human-grade food standards.
• Waggin Train Chicken Jerky is continuously tested by independent laboratories that are highly reputable and conducting the food safety testing for KFC, McDonalds, Red Bull, Coca-Cola, and P&G, to name a few.
• In the five year history of the company, Waggin’ Train has never experienced a single incident of chemical or bacterial contamination.
• The FDA has informed ADI/Waggin Train that it conducted stringent tests (heavy metals, antibiotics, Aflotoxin, melamine, e.coli, etc) on Waggin’ Train chicken jerky and found zero contaminants.
• An all natural, high protein, low fat treat like Waggin’ Train Brand chicken jerky is a healthy way to add treats to a dog’s daily diet, but should not be substituted as a meal and especially should not be given as a primary food to sick dogs because it is simply more palatable.

“The concern caused by premature reporting has alarmed the many dog owners who have come to trust our product safety and who feed their dogs appropriately. We are the market leader for this type of product, so of course we are pained by the fact that many pet owners are concerned about their dogs’ favorite treats. Since we are also the company who has, we believe, been the market leader in pet treat safety particularly in China, this is painfully ironic.

“We stand by the fact that Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Treats are completely safe for the millions of dogs in the United States that eat them daily.”

The company has a news and information blog at www.waggintrainblog.com at which it will continue to inform the public.

ADI Pet, Inc.

105 Responses to “Waggin’ Train/ADI Assures Customers Chicken Jerky Treats For Dogs Are Safe”

  1. pat says:

    another case of a company attempting to blame the victims. not smart.

    i love the bullet points:

    we use the same testing that poisoners of humans use.

    we have a clean bill of health from an agency that can’t find its own backside with both hands.

    doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy?

    by the way, what exactly is “natural chicken filler”?

    if Banfield is reporting problems associated with these treats to the FDA, you can bet that the number of illnesses is much higher than anybody is telling us.

  2. Nancy says:

    my pups love the chicken treats but I am afraid to give them any now, especially since they are made in China

  3. Pukanuba says:

    Oh yeah, you morons…..everyone I know feeds their dog chicken jerky for dinner. I can’t even imagine anyone using this chicken jerky for anything other than an occasional treat.

    All these people who have had sick dogs are stuffing them full of chicken jerky treats every day? Give me a friggin break. Who the hell are you kidding?

    I wouldn’t feed my dog any kind of treat made in China if a band of merry men hand-picked by me were overseeing the manufacturing. I just don’t trust anything they make over there PERIOD.

  4. straybaby says:

    nice. toss the blame to the pet owners . . . .

    seems to me, if a product is 100% natural chicken breast meat, or 100% natural chicken meat for that matter, a dog should be able to eat PLENTY and NOT get sick. the ONLY thing that should possibly happen from too high of a fat content would be pancreatitis. and theses CLAIM to be 97% fat free. why is my dog NOT getting sick when i feed her 3/4 to a lb of RAW chicken meat for a meal? simple, CHICKEN SHOULD NOT MAKE A PET ILL UNLESS IT’S BAD OR THE PET IS ALLERGIC. these treats are SUPPOSED to be 100% NATURAL CHICKEN FILLET. period. it says so right on the front of the package. 100% natural chicken fillet should NOT send pets to the vet.

    and how is it that they seem to have chicken with NO bacterial contamination . . . ?

  5. 5CatMom says:

    Received this in an email this afternoon. Please note the date, though.

    “Please forward:

    We received the following fax from Dr. Brian K. Roberts of Veterinary Specialist of South Florida:

    Please forward this message all BCVMA (Broward County Veterinary Medical Association) members. Alert all pet owners to not feed their dogs and/or cats any “chicken jerky” treats. The treats in question were produced in China. We have treated a number of patients with tubular renal disease causing Fanconi-like syndrome in dogs who have eaten such treats. These patients present with symptoms of polyurina/polydypsia, vomiting, anorexia and abdominal pain. They are also isosthenuric or hyposthenuric. All patients have classic biochemical markers of Fanconi: normoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, hypokalemia, glucosuria +/- ketonuria.

    It appears that this Fanconi-like syndrome is permanent and patients require change in diet and life-long therapy with Dr. Gonto’s protocol which can be found on the internet: http://basenjihealth.org/FanconiProtocol.pdf.

    Please contact Dr. Brian Roberts if you suspect a case. Minimum database labwork, venous acid-base and urinalysis should be performed. Acidemic patients with normoglycemia and glucosuria should be considered affected. Product information including the actual treat and packaging should be acquired. Dr. Roberts is collecting data to forward to Drs. Gonto and Goldstein in order to build a case for the FDA.

    Brian K. Roberts, DVM, DACVECC


    I just called the number shown above and learned that Dr. Roberts is out of the office until Monday. The receptionist said that pet owners with sick pets should have their vets contact Dr. Roberts.

    Hope this helps those who may be affected.

  6. straybaby says:

    “These patients present with symptoms of polyurina/polydypsia, vomiting, anorexia and abdominal pain. They are also isosthenuric or hyposthenuric. All patients have classic biochemical markers of Fanconi: normoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, hypokalemia, glucosuria +/- ketonuria.”

    nope. 100% natural chicken fillets should NOT produce these symptoms even if you go over the recommended daily treat allotment.

  7. 5CatMom says:

    Note to Waggin’ Train:

    A friend sent you an email shortly after 2:30 CDT today, but received no response. Here’s what he wrote:

    “The FDA has informed ADI/Waggin Train that it conducted stringent tests (heavy metals, antibiotics, Aflotoxin, melamine, e.coli, etc) on Waggin’ Train chicken jerky and found zero contaminants.

    Dear Waggin Train,

    Which heavy metals did you test for? Please list the names of the heavy metals. What lab tested your products? What are the findings as stated on the lab reports? Would you please post the lab report on your website?

    Thanks very much.


    My friend is a dog breeder, and he would appreciate the courtesy of a reply.

  8. Rocky says:


    The stuff looks gross to me.

    Does anyone have the list of ingredients. They forgot to put that information on their website.

  9. 5CatMom says:

    Waggin’ Train,

    Don’t ASSURE US. Just post your lab results and we’ll figure it out.

    Trust me. We CAN read a lab report.

  10. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    “Since we are also the company who has, we believe, been the market leader in pet treat safety particularly in China, this is painfully ironic.”

    Yep. Sure is ironic, ain’t it? I’d say your (so far) unblemished record with regards to contamination issues from these Chinese manufacturers is more a matter of LUCK than anything else.

    It doesn’t matter what tests you perform, what kind of nicely worded assurances you print in your ads or on your packages, there are a LOT of us who will drop that bag like a hot potato if it says “Product of China” and rightly so.

    We aren’t as dumb as you seem to think we are.

  11. Louie W. says:

    Jerry Peters says: “ADI Pet understands how this summer’s pet food recalls have created a greater sense of concern about pet foods in general”

    Yes, you could say we’re concerned about $14 billion worth.

  12. 5CatMom says:

    If you want to know if these treats are safe, go to this link and read a couple of pages. A dog shouldn’t eat two treats in two days and have a grand mal seizure.


    Aug 21 #397
    “I can only say that I recently bought a bag of Waggin Trails Brand Chicken Jerky Tender from Wal-Mart made in China. The second day after opeining the 32 oz. bag I gave Jacob, my minature dachsund, a treat. He got two of them, one each day. That very evening he had what I can only describe as a “Grand Mall” seizure. He lost control of his bladder and could not walk, besides his constant shaking for half an hour. These treats were from Lot # 94667. He has never had a seizure before and as you can imagine, he was absolutely terrified. He is only three years old.”

    Aren’t “seizures” a symptom of heavy metal poisoning?

  13. Katie says:

    Here we go again - blame the pet parents. PFI thinks we get hysterical and create mayhem on the Internet.

    I don’t think anyone is substituting chicken jerky treats for a full days meal for their pets. I find it interesting that if they are 97% fat free and just dried chicken why couldn’t they be a full meal. My golden is eating 12 - 16 oz of cooked chicken a day as part of her home cooked meal and she has no kidney issues, pancreatitis, Fanconi syndrome or seizures.

    What worries me; if the FDA, Kansas State, and whoever the other labs are can’t find what the contaminant is what does that say for Food Safety and Homeland Security? Doesn’t make me feel safe about what my pet eats or what I eat.


  14. menusux says:


    “I’m also working with the one chicken jerky brand that has been absolutely PROVEN to be safe (including by the FDA!), a company whose employees, retailers and product consumers are being terribly damaged by the inaccurate things being said about chicken jerky by those who overreact to cautionary announcements.

    “Please take a moment to visit http://www.waggintrainblog.com. That’s where you’ll get much more information that the FDA has released to date.

    “Jonathan Bernstein
    for Waggin’ Train”

    But from the Crisis Management/Damage Control specialists the company has hired to do the job.

    Waggin’ Train Contacts
    Blog Owners: Steve Stern (steve@sdsternpr.com) and Jonathan Bernstein


    Steve Stern
    Stern And Company
    Jonathan Bernstein


    “Stern And Company, a Las Vegas public relations firm, develops and implements strategic and highly defined corporate communications programs for its clients.”


    “Welcome to the Bernstein Crisis Management (BCM) website.”

    If you check the link at Dogster against the comments posted at the WT blog, you’ll see there been some heavy editing going on:

    Missing in Action at WT Blog:

    “Sorry, Mr. Bernstein, but your products are made in China. Despite all your slick marketing and pummeling of “our treats are SAFE” mantra, I and many others have justifiably come to distrust ANYTHING that carries a “made in China” label. The European Union in fact is seriously considering a ban on all China imports due to the constant stream of unsafe products - pet food, seafood, toothpaste, children’s toys, baby cribs - that have been pouring out of China. My partner and I simply will not buy anything anymore that says “made in China,” regardless of the product.”

    “I have to agree with Lucy! Wagontrain brand Chicken Jerkey is made in China! When the first recall of Chicken Jerkey came out, I went and checked the bag and sure enough it showed “Made in China.” Since there was an email address for Wagontrain on the bag, I emailed them and asked them about their product and unfortunately I got an email back from them that sounded like Jonathan’s testimonial. Now I still allowing my dog to have one piece a day from the bag I have now, as she’s pretty much addicted to the stuff and thankfully she hasn’t had any problems, but once this bag is gone, I won’t be buying it again. It’s just too scary!”

    “The FDA has informed ADI/Waggin Train that it conducted stringent tests (heavy metals, antibiotics, Aflotoxin, melamine, e.coli, etc) on Waggin’ Train chicken jerky and found zero contaminants.”


    September 26, 2007

    FDA Cautions Consumers about Chicken Jerky Products for Dogs

    I don’t see WT being singled out as not covered by the FDA warning–we have no proof re: tests but what’s on the WT blog.


    Jerky treats FROM CHINA could be causing illness in pets
    September 17, 2007

    “The AVMA staff has been in communication with veterinarians who believe certain brands of jerky treats FROM CHINA could be causing illness in pets.”


    September 14, 2007

    “The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recently been made aware of several complaints from pet owners and veterinarians that multiple brands of jerky treats MANUFACTURED IN CHINA have been making pets sick.”

    No AVMA exceptions made for WT either.

    “Waggin Train Chicken Jerky is continuously tested by independent laboratories that are highly reputable and conducting the food safety testing for KFC, McDonalds, Red Bull, Coca-Cola, and P&G, to name a few.”

    Prove it–no lab names or test results made available independent of what WT says the tests results are on their blog.

    The WT blog was, until recently, closed to public comments. It still is, unless they meet the spinmeisters’ approval.

    How about all of these comments on other message boards?







    “the market leader in pet treat safety particularly in CHINA”

    WT is from CHINA and there’s no credible evidence that this brand has been exempted from AVMA, ACVIM, or FDA press releases.

    If there were no problems with WT, Crisis Management/Damage Control specialists wouldn’t be necessary.


    “We’ve been doing it for over 10 years and are the only USA company producing this all-natural super premium dog treat.”

    You don’t see these people with a need for people like Stern and Bernstein.

  15. menusux says:


    The question is raised as to why there are so many reports of illnesses and death on other internet message boards.

    “Moderator (jonathan)

    “Please, be a responsible Internet communicator and don’t pass on rumors, stick to the facts.”

    So I shall. The fact is that WT is made in China. The facts are that AVMA’s press releases of September 14 and September 17 refer to Chinese-made jerky treats without specifying that WT is not one of them:


    Jerky treats FROM CHINA could be causing illness in pets
    September 17, 2007

    “The AVMA staff has been in communication with veterinarians who believe certain brands of jerky treats FROM CHINA could be causing illness in pets.”


    September 14, 2007

    “The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recently been made aware of several complaints from pet owners and veterinarians that multiple brands of jerky treats MANUFACTURED IN CHINA have been making pets sick.”

    The fact is also that the FDA release of September 26 does NOT say that WT isn’t involved:


    September 26, 2007

    FDA Cautions Consumers about Chicken Jerky Products for Dogs

    The fact is that while said test results are referred to by WT, they have never been released to the public.

    The fact is that WT lists contacts in California, Nevada, and South Carolina

    The blog directs e-mail to an ADIPet address in SC,


    The website to a GMail one in SC:


    And the fact is that some sources say that WT’s been in business since 1998–others–since 2000–both longer than 5 years.


    Alan Lee Distributors Inc (Adi Pet Inc)
    27315 Jefferson Ave Ste J, Temecula, CA 92590-5609
    Also Does Business As:Adi Pet Inc
    Line of Business:Manufacturer/Distributor - Pet Products
    Year Started:1998
    State of Incorporation:CA


    Number: C2255895 Date Filed: 7/20/2000 Status: active
    Address: 930 TAHOE BLVD STE 802-531 INCLINE VILLAGE, NV 89451
    Agent for Service of Process: MICHAEL BLAINE BROOKS
    1445 E LOS ANGELES AVE STE 206-208 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93065

    All we have are RUMORS from their mouthpieces that WT is safe–no FACTS such as open test results to prove it.

  16. Katie says:

    Steve Stern - wasn’t he hired to do PR for ChemNutra??? way back when -


  17. menusux says:

    Waggin’ Train Contacts
    Blog Owners: Steve Stern (steve@sdsternpr.com) and Jonathan Bernstein


    Steve Stern
    Stern And Company
    Jonathan Bernstein


    “Stern And Company, a Las Vegas public relations firm, develops and implements strategic and highly defined corporate communications programs for its clients.”


    “Welcome to the Bernstein Crisis Management (BCM) website.”

    Yep–both of them were part of the CN Crisis Management/Damage Control Team–see the CN link above.

  18. 5CatMom says:

    Here’s another site with comments about the chicken treats. You’ll notice that Johnathan Bernstein was the first one to post.


  19. menusux says:

    This is straight from the WT blog entry:


    The CN Tag Team Twins–Stern & Bernstein.

  20. Rocky says:

    What about the packaging? Has it been tested for heavy metals?

    “In the pet supply sector, four of the five flexible PVC pouches tested with the XRF contained cadmium greater than 100 ppm.”

    Page 15, paragraph 3:

    California is trying to reduce the amount of heavy metals going into landfills.

  21. Jenny Bark says:

    ADI, I am an Itchmo reader so I think that gives me the right to answer your press release to us. You say you use facilities & safety protocols for human food preparation, by what protocols China or American? You didn’t say who checks on you & your place? You say you use real meat & chicken, who inspected it? Is it USDA inspected & passed human grade or garbage? I think if it was human grade you would have it on the pakage. On some of your food you use liver, what kind of liver? I think if you where proud of your real liver you would say what kind & grade on you pakages.

    Is your meat & chicken just like the fish you send over? How can any of it ever be any good when your air, water & dirt is so bad?

    You must be starting to really lose money if you have to blame pet parents. I really want to thank you & China thou because thanks to your crap you call food my family including our pets are eating a lot better.

    I’m sorry you feel pain because we don’t trust you. Guess what I & a lot of others will never trust made in China or distributed by. My kids & husband are eating jerky, it’s in my freg., made by me with USDA human grade meat & chicken with a USA Nesco dehydrator. Please don’t feel sorry for my dogs because my jerky is better than yours, easy to make & cheaper than yours and we can eat it too.

    You said you where lab tested by the FDA, as the posts have already said PROVE IT, SHOW US. I hate to break the news to you but guess what most of the American people have no trust in the FDA. Where do you live that you don’t know that?

    I don’t want to close this letter to you without some suggestions to take away your pain & give you something to do to feel better about yourself. Take the money you pay your pr & spin people and all the profit you made on us dumb Americans and do some good with it. CLEAN YOUR WATER, DIRT, AIR AND TREAT THE CHINA PEOPLE RIGHT, that would help the whole world. Stop stuffing so many animals in cages waiting to be killed. Stop killing dogs and eating them. Stop hurting cats untill almost dead before killing them in boiling water while still alive before eating them. Stop skining animals while still alive to get their fur for coats & clothes that we don’t want. Start doing what is right and in about 10 or 15 years we will start trusting made in China.

  22. Jenny Bark says:

    Menusux, 5CatMom & Rocky, THANKS for the links.

  23. menusux says:

    Another interesting note–while “Jonathan” (Bernstein) appeals for everyone to stick to the facts, the blogmeisters did nothing about the fallacy of this statement incorporated into their blog comments from Dogster:


    “Waggin’ train is made her(sic) in the United States with only US products.”

    No statements posted to correct this…..

    The statement continues:

    “My cocker spaniel sister Emmy was a victim of the menu foods fiasco with Nutro Ultra Holistic food, so our parents are very vigilant and cautious when it comes to our diet.”

    Bernstein and Stern know a lot about that, also having been the mouthpieces/Crisis Management/Damage Control people for ChemNutra, whose client for the “wheat gluten” (truly wheat flour) was Menu Foods.

  24. straybaby says:

    Rocky says:
    September 28th, 2007 at 12:36 am

    Rocky, you make an excellent point. it’s something that i think about. i’ve spent many years around pigments as an artist and am well aware of the hazards. years ago there was a book put out about the dangers of art materials. OY

    another thing about canned goods is lead sealed seams. especially products imported.

    and i’m seriously worried about our landfills after this past year’s events. talk about adding toxic waste on top of toxic waste . . . every freakin’ recall says trash the product or send it back. now i think we all KNOW what is happening with most of it . . .

  25. Carol says:


  26. Skittles says:

    I don’t know what brand of chicken jerky this post relates to.

    Jackie says:
    September 28, 2007 at 12:39 am

    “It has been determined that the problem with the chicken jerky strips is a mold spor ”

    Check out the rest of this of this post here (last post on page):


  27. Skittles says:

    Considering that the powers that be have been trying to shove irradiated foods down our throats (IMO), I thought this theory worthy of investigation. Possibly the reason for the hush-hush?


  28. purringfur says:

    SKITTLES: Thanks. A good read.

    Test to determine if Cesium 137 is in food:


    Katie & Menusux, good sluething on Chem-Nutra & treats connection. Thanks for the proof, Menusux!

  29. Judy says:

    Guys why is everyone upset? The FDA says it’s OK.


    I mean we know they were right earlier this year? Oh yeah anyone ever find out those last pet companies selling bad rice protein? Gotta protect the pet food companies.

  30. pat says:

    skittles, that was an excellent reference, and your theory has merit.

  31. Jenny Bark says:

    Skittles, THANKS for the link.

    Judy, boy do I agree with you. How would you like to be their kids, grandkids & etc to find out now & later what people really think of them? It’s so sad & all for $$$$.

  32. purringfur says:

    100% chicken = 100% chicken, right? Irradiation is supposed to kill viruses & bacteria, right? And not harm people or pets???????

    My dogs don’t get sick or get seizures when they eat 1 1/2 cooked chicken breasts. Ooops!!! Am I feeding them the equivalent of 6 or morechicken jerky strips per day, wayyyyy over the limit? I’d better stop then because my DOGS ARE THRIVING!


    Read the NEW REPORT from “Gregkg” about his 3 yr. old Lab/Shepherd mix “Misty” getting sick in August (liver levels, urinating repeatedly while sleeping) under “Chicken Jerky Strips from China” thread. HE WAS USING WAGON TRAIN [gregkg’s spelling of the treat]!


    Beautiful picture of Misty to look at too.

  33. highnote says:

    If they are so proud of their product then why didnt’ they say where it was manufactured, and where all the ingredients come from. They should show their tests they did on the product too.
    They could tell us where this chicken comes from because if it comes from China I just read an article about the bird flu and how it does not just stay in the lungs but goes into all of the chickens tissue. It was found in the reproductive organs. It was in the egg being formed from the Chicken. So it is in the eggs as well. Foreign made products made with eggs and shipped to this country would possibly be contaminated with the bird flu too. I do not know if the cooking process kills the virus. I have read if cooked it does but it is still pretty scary.
    Even if their chickens did not have bird flu, they are still raised in a filty environment and given products they should not eat. There is no telling what they have been fed all their life and what chemicals could be in them.
    They have been putting melamine in their cattle and pig food for years so there is no telling what they put in the chicken feed. It could possibly be a chemical that no lab is looking for.

  34. purringfur says:

    From what I understand, many chickens are slaughtered at around 9 weeks. Drugs have been developed to make them “market weight” (slaughtering weight) in just 6 weeks now. Imagine the garbage, drugs, fillers, & additives that can be given to a bird with the goal to make it larger as soon as possible… if it only has to live for 6 weeks till sale time!

    I’m buying a lot of free-range poultry later this fall. I can’t wait.

  35. mal says:

    Just did some reading on irradiation of foods..not a good thing IMO.

    Take a browse through these articles:

    Food Irradiation, Safety vs. Profits

    Your Right to Know: FDA Poised to Weaken Labeling on Food Irradiation

    “Chemical by-products called “unique radiolytic products” (URPs) are created in foods by irradiation. Some scientific studies carried out on URPs link serious health risks with the consumption of irradiated foods.

    Irradiated foods are less nutritious than fresh foods because radiation damages some vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids. Normal cooking methods and storage of foods will also cause nutritional losses, but irradiation plus cooking and storage decreases the nutritional value even more. Many vitamins are obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Irradiation has been hailed as an alternative to pesticides. However, at best irradiation might replace some post-harvest uses since pesticides will still be used in the field. Studies have not been done to determine the consequences of irradiating the pesticide residues commonly found in foods.

    Irradiation will not replace many additives commonly used in processed foods. In fact, some additives need to be used in combination with irradiation to control undesirable side-effects.”


    With all the GM, rBGH use, antibiotic use, growth hormone use, irradiation, etc..food has become a game of roulette as far as safety. Then throw in all the outsourcing of ingredients and production and OMG

  36. Concha Castaneda says:

    They need to stand by their product by eating it in front of media so we can see how much they trust their food sources. Nothing short of that will convince me! We make our own pet food now. I would eat it and smile. We are all eating the same at our house. If something happens to our fur babies, we will all go down together!

  37. 5CatMom says:

    I don’t use treats, but here’s a little U.S. company that makes treats in Springdale, Arkansas. Looks like they have an online store, too.


    “Most of the competing products contain ingredient statements that look like the side of a paint can.”

    LOL. They got THAT right!

  38. purringfur says:

    From what I read quickly, Cobolt 60, Cesium 134 & Cesium 137 are used to irradiate foods. Cesium 137 emits both beta & gamma rays, the gamma being used to irradiate food.

    The FDA even published a report on the antidote to Cesium 137 internal contamination, which is the antidote called Prussian Blue. Prussian Bue binds with the Cesium to some extent to detoxify.

    “Cesium-137 is a product of
    fusion and is found in the fallout from the detonation of nuclear
    weapons and the waste from nuclear power plants. Cesium-137 is one of
    the most common radioisotopes used in industry.”


  39. Anonymous says:

    From Public Citizen ­ a national U.S. non-profit public interest organization devoted to “protecting health, safety and democracy”. www.citizen.org

    Food Irradiation Q&A’s

    Question: Is irradiated food safe to eat?

    Answer: No.

    · Irradiated food has caused a myriad of serious health problems in laboratory animals that ate irradiated foods, including premature death, fatal internal bleeding, a rare form of cancer, stillbirths and other reproductive problems, mutations and other genetic damage, organ malfunctions, stunted growth and vitamin deficiencies.

    · Irradiation can lead to the formation of Unique Radiolytic Products (URPs), mysterious chemical compounds that have not been adequately identified or studied for their potential harm to humans. One such type of chemical, called cyclobutanones, was recently found to promote the cancer-development process in rats, cause genetic damage in rats, and cause genetic and cellular damage in human and rat cells. This chemical is a radiation byproduct of palmitic acid, a type of fat that occurs in virtually every food.

    · The World Health Organization did not follow its own recommendation to study the toxicity of URPs before proposing in Nov. 2000 that the international irradiation dose limit _ equal to 330 million chest x-rays _ be removed.

    · Irradiation leads to the formation of free radicals, which can set off chain reactions in the body that destroy antioxidants, tear apart cell membranes, and make the body more susceptible to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, liver damage, muscular breakdown and other serious problems.

    · Irradiation does nothing to remove the feces, urine, pus, vomit and tumors often left on beef, chicken, and lamb after processing in filthy and inhumane slaughterhouses. These conditions have worsened because government has allowed companies to increase the number of carcasses processed each hour by increasing conveyer belt speeds (more than 300 cows per hour and 100 chickens per minute). Public oversight of slaughterhouses has also been reduced.

    · Irradiation can spawn mutant forms of E. coli, Salmonella and other harmful bacteria, making them more difficult to kill.

    · Irradiation destroys vitamins, nutrients and essential fatty acids, including up to 80 percent of vitamin A in eggs and half of the beta carotene in orange juice. In some foods, irradiation can intensify the vitamin and nutrient loss caused by cooking, leading to “empty calorie” food.

    · Irradiation can lead to the formation of chemical known and suspected to cause carcer and birth defects, including benzene, toluene and methyl ethyl ketone.

    · Irradiation can corrupt the flavor, texture and other physical properties of some foods, leading to meat that smells like a wet dog, onions that turn brown, and eggs that are runny.

    · Irradiation kills beneficial microorganisms, such as the yeasts and molds that can help keep botulism at bay, as well as the microorganisms that create the aromas that tell us when food has gone bad.


    How much of our food and the ingredients used in pet foods/treats is irradiated?

  40. Skittles says:

    Interesting reading: Can you count how many of these foods have been recalled for some reason or another this year? Please take into account that this was written in 2001 but there is alot of info in this report. Too much to post…take a look:

    Hidden Harm by the Center for Food Safety and Public Citizen


    “Despite a growing body of evidence that
    cyclobutanones could be harmful to human health,
    the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never
    publicly acknowledged conducting a formal analysis
    of the potential toxicity of these chemicals in foods
    that the agency has already legalized for irradiation,
    including fruit, vegetables, beef, pork, chicken, turkey,
    eggs and spices.”

    “Neither has the FDA ever publicly acknowledged
    conducting such an analysis for foods that the
    agency is currently considering for irradiation 
    including shellfish and ready-to-eat foods such as
    frozen dinners, luncheon meat, baby food, pre-cut
    salads and snack foods, which, according to the
    National Food Processors Association, comprise 37
    percent of the typical American’s diet.”

    FDA: Irradiated Food Won’t Be Labeled as Such
    By Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience’s Bad Medicine Columnist

    posted: 17 April 2007 01:41 pm ET


    USDA’s “Risk-Based” Imports Mean More Irradiated U.S. Food
    July 18, 2007


    But hey, they say its okey dokey!

  41. JOE EDORE SR says:








  42. Kaycee says:

    Open comment to Jonathan Bernstein (Bernstein Crisis Management):

    Just curious. After reading your comments on numerous websites and forums (regarding the Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders debacle), do you EVER advise your clients that they should perhaps take the high road?

    A decent company would not try to defend themselves in such manner as they have hired you to do - if their product came up in so many places as being a culprit to ill or dead pets, they would pull the product and cooperate fully with the FDA and AVMA.

    This would lead to a much better situation regarding their reputation. As it is, my bet is that Waggin Train will fold in the next year due to their evasive tactics - and you, my friends, may very well go with them. Sometimes, you simply cannot defend the indefensible.

    For those who don’t know, Jonathan Bernstein is in the employ of Waggin Train in his capacity as a “Crisis Management” expert - http://www.bernsteincrisismanagement.com/

  43. Sandy says:

    My dog loves Waggin’ Train chicken jerky. He’ll do anything for these treats. When I gave him one from the current bag, he refused it at first. He’s never done that before! After a while he ate it, but looked like he was only doing it to please me. The next time I gave him one (not the same day), he started throwing up after he ate it. He had never thrown up from these treats before. Needless to say, I became alarmed and he has not gotten another one since.

    I called ADI. They did not take any of my info or ask me any questions. They did not ask how much of these my dog eats. All they did was tell me why their product is considered safe and that they don’t get their ingredients from the 3 companies involved in the recall. How do they figure that most people who are having problems with this treat are overfeeding, if they don’t even bother to take down any info or ask questions? My dog only ate one or two jerkys a week. Far from “overfeeding” for a 75lb dog!

    I only recall seeing one comment on one forums where someone mentioned feeding a lot of them at one time. It looks like they’re using that one person’s statement to apply to most of us.

  44. Sandy says:

    By the way, for those wondering what the “natural seasonings” in Waggin’ Train jerky are, they are: apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt.

  45. 3DogMom says:

    People are way too quick to jump on the blame wagon. A lot of dogs will eat anything they find, and owners are seldom aware of everything their dog is eating while they aren’t looking. I fed these to my first dog for over a year, one almost every day for her lunch snack. Last December, she had a complete blood workup after testing positive for heartworm. The vet said her blood work looked great. And she’s alive and well today. I still buy this chicken jerky, and still feel comfortable giving them to my dogs as treats. They eat Innova EVO dog food, occasional fresh berries, and have had all their immunizations. If they ever do get sick, I will not blame it on a random product. I will work with my vet to determine the cause beyond any reasonable doubt, and go from there.

    The only time my dogs have ever been sick is after eating some of the stuffing in their Christmas toys. Once that was out of their systems, they were fine.

    I appreciate this kind of information being published, and I hope lots of dog owners pay attention to it, but we need to be paying attention to every aspect of our dogs’ lives. Too many people are unaware of foods that are toxic to dogs (grapes, raisins, some nuts, onions, chocolate…) and probably don’t mention such little treats to their vets. It’s easy to overlook something your dog ate if you normally eat it. No big deal, right?

    Anyway, y’all do what’s best for you and your pets. If you’re concerned, talk to your vet and get some tests run. Either way, the results are worth it - if your pet is healthy, you know you’re doing ok. If the vet sees a potential problem (like liver or kidney failure) you can make changes right away to save your pet’s life.

  46. Michael says:

    I have Given the Waggin’ Train trats to my dog for a long time, IN MODERATION with on side effects what so ever. This is a treat not a substitute for regular food!!!! If yo don’t like the product, no one is forcing you to buy it! Personally I would recommend it to all my fiends!

  47. Chris Whitley says:

    Anyone who buys Waggin Train Jerky Treats is an absolute fool. They are irradiated with cancer causing agents. Would you eat anything that had been irradiated. See the little green symbol on the back of the packaging - that says it has been irradiated. That is not the only product that is irradiated - many dog jerky treats from China are.

    Don’t be smug and think it can’t happen to your dog. It can and it might.

    I have an 11 lb chihuahua and I gave her one of these treats daily (at bedtime). I truly wish I had done research when the Bestco product was withdrawn because I would not found out about Waggin Train too. Bestco (by Walmart) was withdrawn, Waggin Train wasn’t. I assumed it would never happen to Rosie. She has acquired Fanconi Syndrome - from the chicken jerky - and it may well have compromised her kidneys and shortened her life. She will almost certainly always have to have the special vitamins and supplements I have to give her due to having glucose in her urine always and we have to watch for urinary infections which are common on dogs with Fanconi Syndrome.

    So don’t sit there all smug and think it won’t happen to your dog. If these are so safe and are made with human grade meat at human grade factories why are they not suitable for humans? Any food that comes from China should be avoided!

    Any by the way, the average vet has no idea what Fanconi Syndrome is. It is a genetic disease in Basenjis. Other dogs can acquire it by eating something toxic. In this case Waggin Train Chicken Jerky.

    And why should a dog not eat two or three of these treats. What is it in them that make them unsuitable in large quantities?

  48. Chris Whitley says:

    Anyone who buys Waggin Train Jerky Treats is an absolute fool. They are irradiated with cancer causing agents. Would you eat anything that had been irradiated. See the little green symbol on the back of the packaging - that says it has been irradiated. That is not the only product that is irradiated - many dog jerky treats from China are.

    Don’t be smug and think it can’t happen to your dog. It can and it might.

    I have an 11 lb chihuahua and I gave her one of these treats daily (at bedtime). I truly wish I had done research when the Bestco product was withdrawn because I would not found out about Waggin Train too. Bestco (by Walmart) was withdrawn, Waggin Train wasn’t. I assumed it would never happen to Rosie. She has acquired Fanconi Syndrome - from the chicken jerky - and it may well have compromised her kidneys and shortened her life. She will almost certainly always have to have the special vitamins and supplements I have to give her due to having glucose in her urine always and we have to watch for urinary infections which are common on dogs with Fanconi Syndrome.

    So don’t sit there all smug and think it won’t happen to your dog. If these are so safe and are made with human grade meat at human grade factories why are they not suitable for humans? Any food that comes from China should be avoided!

    Any by the way, the average vet has no idea what Fanconi Syndrome is. It is a genetic disease in Basenjis. Other dogs can acquire it by eating something toxic. In this case Waggin Train Chicken Jerky.

    And why should a dog not eat two or three of these treats. What is it in them that make them unsuitable in large quantities?

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  50. Chris Whitley says:

    Yes, but this was the only one that I gave to my dog! Your treats caused Fanconi Syndrome in my chihuahua. I hear there is a lawsuit being brought against the company. I hope so!

  51. Alexandra says:

    I gave my dog this product over the weekend (only two pieces, one each day) and he broke out in a horrible rash all over his hind legs and now I have to take him to the Vet. I do not recommend giving this treat to your dog AT ALL!!!

  52. Karen says:

    I gave these treats to my dogs..I sure wish I had researched them first. One of my dogs broke out with a terrible skin rash on her back and legs, and ALL of them had terrible diarrhea. No more treats, and the diarrhea stopped.

    Wal Mart refused to refund my money. I usually only give my dogs Three Dog Bakery cookies, I will continue to do that. NO MORE chinese chicken!

  53. Bridget says:

    My dog loves loves loves these and has never had any problem with them. She has been eating them for at least three years. They are safe and healthy.

  54. Doug says:

    My dog loves these treats and so do my cats(if i break them small enough)and none of my pets ever got sick from them.

  55. Tom says:

    My dogs have 2-3 of these, depending on the size of the pieces, every morning and have done so for a couple years now. No problems whatsoever. They’re disappointed if they DON’T get them.

  56. Kara Menze says:

    These treats should not be sold in the USA.My dog just died from kidney failure and I blame these dog treats. They should be called dog posion.Its sickens me that our country buys anything from China haven’t they killed enough people and pets. I don’t know how you people sleep at night knowing that these products our on the shelves of local stores every where.

  57. Peggy T. S. says:

    I have given these treats to all five of my dogs (one of which is 12 years old) for over 3 years. All my dogs are active and healthy.
    They love the Jerky Tenders and look forward to getting them every morning.

    The ingredients are clearly marked on the package
    “Chicken breast fillet,seasonings.”

    That being said, I have to question the negative comments about this product causing any health issues.

  58. Susan says:

    I have been feeding my 3 dogs the chicken jerky treats for years and all my dogs are doing great. I was worried when I spied the made in china on the label. My dogs have not shown any signs of the sicknesses discribed by some of the other people that have written in. These jerky treats have a lot less JUNK in them as the ones I have had to buy to repace the REAL chicken treats!

  59. Terri says:

    I have not had any issues with giving the chicken jerky treats over the last 3 years until now. I have had three instances of vomiting immediately after feeding the chicken strips, with the same dog that has been receiving them for over three years as her treats. She has been to the vet with extensive blood, fecal and urine analysis, with no confirming source for her vomiting other than the treats. Ironically, one week after the vomiting began, she started showing symptoms of a bleeding disorder (twice), and again, after extensive blood, ultrasound and radiographs, we have no other suspect cause. Looking at the label, it says chicken breast filet, and “natural seasonings”. What is Waggin’ Train’s idea of natural seasonings, and I highly doubt they only use chicken breast filet as the meat ingredient. Again, why do we have to have our products made in China?


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  61. Kara Menze says:

    I warn people do not feed these posioness dog treats they will kill your pets.

  62. Fern Henley says:

    Is it true that FDA said that these delicious treats with lot #’s beginning with 94 are poisonous but other lots are ok?

  63. Joseph J. Cacciotti says:

    Hello, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been feeding my dog the chicken jerky tenders for the past couple of months. My only problem is he likes them to much, he gets maybe 2-3 per day depending how big they are. Now I’ve found you have an item called Freshies which are Chicken and Liver chewable bones. I found them at Sams club, but when I went back for more they were gone. Could you please tell me where I can find these amazing products, or can I order them from you on-line. They are like Jays potato chips he just can’t stop eating them.

    Joe Cacciotti
    Racine, WI.

  64. Fluffy says:

    This article does not specify which Jerky treats are mentioned and does not exclude WT.

    It’s nice to see that the FDA is empowered to “caution” us for 2 years and take no action in light of all the complaints. Of course they will not name names.

    Made in China = Poison

    I would guess their main ingredient in their secret flavorings is Melamine since it has been the habitual offender in all the recent poisonings and increases the protien levels for $$$.

    From the FDA

    Caution to Dog Owners About Chicken Jerky Products

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to caution consumers about a potential association between the development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products. The products—also called chicken tenders, strips, or treats—are imported from China. FDA continues to receive complaints of sick dogs that their owners or veterinarians associate with eating chicken jerky products. FDA issued a cautionary warning to consumers in September 2007.

    Australian news organizations report that the University of Sydney is also investigating an association between illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky in Australia. At least one firm in Australia has recalled their chicken jerky product and the recall notification stated the product was manufactured in China.

    What is FDA Doing?
    FDA, in addition to several veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the United States, is working to find out why these products are associated with illness in dogs. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a precise cause for the reported illnesses.
    FDA has conducted extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified any contaminant.
    FDA continues to actively investigate the problem. Many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky.
    Tips for Consumers
    Do not substitute chicken jerky products for a balanced diet. The products are intended to be used occasionally and in small quantities. Owners of small dogs must be especially careful to limit the amount of these products.
    If you choose to feed your dog chicken jerky products, watch the dog closely. Stop feeding the product if your dog shows any of the following signs, which may occur within hours to days after feeding the product:
    - decreased appetite, although some dogs may continue to eat the treats instead of other foods
    - decreased activity
    - vomiting
    - diarrhea, sometimes with blood
    - increased water drinking or increased urination
    Call your veterinarian if signs are severe or last for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to FDA have involved dogs that have died.
    Consumers and veterinarians should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods or treats to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator listed for their area at www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html.
    This article appears on FDA’s Consumer Health Information Web page (www.fda.gov/consumer), which features the latest updates on FDA-regulated products. Sign up for free e-mail subscriptions at www.fda.gov/consumer/consumerenews.html.

    For More Information
    Preliminary Animal Health Notification

    Date Posted: December 24, 2008

  65. Hal Herrin says:

    Waggin’ Train Jerky Treats from ADI PET,INC.- Reno, NV, made in China

    Have been giving my English Springer Spaniel Waggin’ Train for 3-4 years, one per day until recently, she started getting 2-3 per day due to increased activity. She stopped eating her dog food, urinating every 5 mins, drinking every 2-3 mins, I mean a cup at a time. Vet tested her and she had high liver enzymes and thyroid condition. Did liver biopsy(surgically) and found very fatty liver and discoloration of same. It almost tore apart in his hand. She was radiating heat like crazy through her spine area, yet her temp was normal. Would not lie on her bed anymore, just on the cool tile or out on the breezeway cement. This was a comfort dog who just loved the couch or beds, any bed at all. After being out over $1,500 within the past 5 weeks, I will never again give my animals anything from China. This product used to say ‘Rancho, CA’. I suppose that the taxes were too high so they moved and now the packaging states, ADI-Pet, INC. Reno-NV. I suppose and know that the taxes are cheaper in NV, so…I guess they went one step farther and began to outsource/import and now they have a bunch of ’shit’ for a product, as it now shows it is made in China. When were first began buying these about 5 years ago, there was nothing which showed they were made in China. I urge everyone to never buy this product at any time. Sam’s Club supplied ours, but I’m sure they are sold at a lot of places. I do not care what they say, I know it is the chicken treats that caused her ‘near death’. She is on the road to recovery, thanks in large part to money well spent, a good vet, feeding by hand, force feeding with a syringe, patience, pills by the dozens, sitting up at night with her and cuddling and soothing her fears. China can go to HELL and so can ADI-PET, INC. Nothing they can say will convince me otherwise and I will go into Sam’s Club and write all over their display cases…’THESE ARE FROM CHINA, AND THEY WILL KILL YOUR DOG’!!!!!

    Hal Herrin

  66. Darla Place says:

    My husband bought these for my dogs and they loved them. Too bad they all got sick from them. I just called my husband and told him to stop feeding immediately. I will try to get my money back from Walmart. Do not buy products made in China!!!

  67. Victoria says:

    I have been giving my dogs these treats for about 3 or 4 years now they absoultely love them. I only give them one in the morning and a half of one at night. I have 4 dogs 1 bull mastiff 3 chichuaua. They sit and wait for me to give them their treats. I have a problem I cannot find it anymore. Where can I get some. Today is the last of my stash. Help Victoria

  68. Victoria says:

    Where can I get bags of chicken jerky tenders. I cannot find it any more.

  69. Heather says:

    I can not find them either!!!! My dog loves these! She has had them since she is a puppy and is 1. I’ve never had any problems with them. If anyone knows where you can buy or order them please let me know!!! thanks!

  70. Sandi Quinif says:

    I was giving my dogs these Waggin Train Treats and wish I had never made the purchase. I gave them to my 8 month old mini schnauzer, a piece of it got caught in his throat and I pulled it out. When I did, I found blood in my puppies mouth. Not realizing the damage that was done for several days! He stopped eating, drinking and being himself, the Waggin Train Chicken Tenders lacerate his throat and tonsils. He was slowly bleeding to death and is now anemic, and a has a very serious infection.

  71. Jon says:

    I bought these chicken strips at Costco recently and was happy that my dog enjoyed them so much. For a about 2 weeks with 1 or two treats per day, he was fine. Then one day, for reasons unknown, he had very bad diarrhea and vomiting. We just assumed he had gotten into something he shouldn’t have on a walk or our vet thought it could be giardea. Tests showed it was not parasitic. we put him on a restricted diet for several days which meant no treats or other foods except for a bland diet to settle his system. I had no reason to believe the strips had anything to do with his illness, but I slowly began giving him some of his regular treats again once he was back to normal (one type per day to isolate if any of the treats were the cause of his sickness). When I got to the day I gave him a chicken strip, he had diarrhea and was vomiting again that night. I stopped giving him the treats all together and he has been fine since then. I had only assumed he had a bad reaction to these treats and did not think anything of it. I was surprised to learn after doing a little research online that there are several people experiencing the same thing with this brand of treats. Seems like more than a mere coincidence to me. And as an Asian who works closely with Chinese factories (granted not food companies) I can attest that the level of control an American company has over Chinese factories is dubious at best. They are run as Chinese facilities, by Chinese and under Chinese guidelines, regardless of what the US partner company might publicly say. It is thoroughly unreasonable to expect a consistent level of sanitation that we are accustomed to in the US for human grade foods let alone pet foods from China. There is simply not the same level of concern for quality ESPECIALLY as it related to foods intended for animals, that we have here. If a batch of strips passes through the irradiation process at sub optimal conditions, there is NO WAY they will lose money and discard food meant for animals and are more than willing to accept the reality that some of the product may pass through below the standard that their customer may expect. Knowing what I know of Chinese factories, had I noticed that this product was made in China, I would not have bought it. Are all portions of this brand dangerous? Probably not. Is the chance that a significant amount of this product does not meet the standards required for this type of product? Almost undeniably. Buyer beware. Where there is smoke there is fire…

  72. Pita's Mom says:

    My nine year old Pom Pom has been eating these for a few years. I have never had a problem until the price more than doubled at Walmart so I switched to a “brand” sold at a pet supermarket that is also “made in China.” I didnt put two and two together but he had all the symptoms listed on the FDA warning. I agree with the masses in that anything “made in China” can’t be good due to the lack of regulations. Why is an “American” company doing it’s business overseas. Just on that fact alone…boycott this brand.

    And to add….. I came across this web site while looking for recipes online to make my own “chicken jerky.” I just purchased chicken breasts for $.98 per pound………bet I can make a healthy version of jerky with no “special seasonings” for less money.

  73. sharon says:

    My friends dog went into almost complete kidney failure recently he too was with the rash that most complain about he was eating 98% all Natural Waggon Train Chicken Jerky treats. its not the chicken itself but the way its processed says the vet with radiation which in time can kill your pet. I urge the manufacturers to do something about the was the treat is processed so more dogs dont have to die. its not just this brand there are others like Vitality chicken and so on.

    Please when is the maddness going to end how many pets have to die from treats there owners didnt know exposed them to radiationZ?

  74. Cristy Xtremedolls says:

    My dog almost died last week from these treats. PLEASE stop the maddness is right. It cost over $6,000 worth of vet bills to conclude it was these stupid treats. Thank god my dog will recover but there are others that may not be so lucky. His kidneys were in complete failure.

  75. blondie says:

    I have been giving my two small dogs Waggin Train Jerky Tenders for a couple of years and never had a problem until now…I just got home from the vet and they hopitalized one of my dogs. I have been up with him all thru the night because he just started having bloody diahrea as well as throwing up blood….bad!
    I don’t give them a treat everyday but when I do I usually break it in half…I had just fed them treats for the last two days…I know this has to be from the treats…I have got a hold of a bad bag..I will not give these treats EVER again…
    I just pray my little baby will be ok….I bought several bags of these at WalGreens back in December and just opened this bag a few days ago!

  76. Haley says:

    First of all I would never buy anything that was made in China ESPECIALLY a food product for my pet. Some of you people (Peggy) are so naive. Just because the ingredients says “Chicken breast fillet,seasonings”, does not mean that that is all the ingredients. If you know anything about commercial dog food then you would know that they obviously do not put “euthanized cats and dogs, roadkill, feces, etc.” on the label. But that is the truth. If you feed your dog commercial dog food, you are feeding them dead dogs that have died of a variety of diseases or have been killed. If you don’t believe me, just search for “The truth about commercial dog food.” But even not knowing that, you should know NEVER TO BUY PET FOOD PRODUCTS MADE IN A CHINA. Look how they treat dogs in China. It’s sickening and heart-breaking. What makes you think that they would care about making healthy treats for dogs. They are dirty and have no compassion for animals, just greed for themselves.

  77. Tara Smith says:

    Even though I had read there were issues with this product, I continued to give these treats to my dog (bought from Costcos) over the past few years because he loved them so much. What a mistake. I am writing this from a vet hospital now where my dog is in serious condition from kidney related illness. He has matched exactly all the symptoms that are listed on the FDA’s site (http://www.fda.gov/cvm/ComplaintsChicJerky.htm) warning about this specific product. They have him on IVs with tons of drugs at this hosptial and I am a mess. As I have no children, my 5 year old young dog is like my child and I have never been so upset. Please take example from me. My dog has never have a health problem before. He was young, healthy and happy. If your dog seems fine and is eating these treats, you are lucky now, but chances are your dog will get sick with kidney illnesses eventually. Don’t wait until you are in my situation spending thousands on care hoping if your dog will survive. I can barely forgive myself for ignoring these warnings and am upset that this product with all of the complaints STILL has not been recalled. Also if your dog is sick, please do complain to the FDA (http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html) as these complaints will get this product off the shelf.

  78. Ginny Cobb says:

    My dog will only eat Jerky tenders, and he loves it. I will buy as long as they make jerky tenders.

  79. andrea palacio says:

    i’m so saddened by all these nightmares you are having with your dogs and i want to thank you all for writing in. my doxies have loved
    chicken jerky for years. when the info about the jerky treats made in china came out i think in 2007, i called and actually spoke to someone at wagon train and they assured my that their products were never made in china. just in the past month though, we refilled our stock of the wagon train jerky treats at sam’s and just one treat gave them horrible diarrhea. i thought maybe the treat was just too rich for them, so i waited a few days and gave them each about a 1″x1″ square piece. they STILL got diarrhea. i’m finally researching to see if anyone else was starting to have problems with the wagon train jerky treats, and i see all this. and sure enough… the bag now says it’s made in china! what is wagon train thinking? they didn’t make the product in china when the warning about china’s products came out, but now they do?? they deserve a huge backlash from dog lovers at the very least. i do plan to write to the fda as well.

  80. Paula says:

    Pongo was poisoned by Waggin Train Jerky Bites! She has both liver and kidney damage. She just spent 6 days in ICU at Ohio State Vet Hospital. Recovery is ongoing and I have no idea yet if she will survive.

    DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG ANYTHING MADE IN CHINA OR BY WAGGIN TRAIN. If WAGGIN TRAIN can’t determine the toxin causing this poisoning, then they need to stop importing this POISON from China and they need to stop passing it off as a safe product!

    I want to know where and how I sign up for the Class Action Lawsuit against this company! How many more pets need to die? paula

  81. Lisa says:

    It so wonderful to have the internet how else would we be aware of china posioning are best friends an children to. WHY ISN”T THIS INFORMATION ON CNN NEWS !!!! Instead of all the other shit they report. My best friend Zeus has been eating this chicken jerky treats he has size in his favor because he is a rottweiler - so for a year I’m thinking I’m giving him a healthy treat.I had noticed changes in his stool an couldn’t figure it out til recently. TO THINK I HAVE BEEN POSIONING MY DOG. My heart goes out to all those who have lost there loved one. You would see me on CNN news if my dog passed. I would kill for my dog. What is this world coming to. I am sooooo pissed. $It all is about the almighty dollar $. What about a classaction law suit or nuclear bomb pointing to china. Where’s Erin Brocovitch for christ sake.This goes undetected because our pets can’t tell us how sick they feel. You have to have a keen eye for subtle to severe signs.I worked in the vet. field an consider myself very aware of changes in my pets. I couldn’t figure it out til I got on the internet. Amazon.com I was about to order 3 large bags of waggon train chicken strips an just so happened to read the reviews an to think this has been going on since 2007. Our pets generate billions of dollars !!!! WTF

  82. TERRY says:

    i have been giving these treats to my Pom for years. She loves them. I never worried about the cost doubling.She has never had any of these symtoms. But I love her to much to take a chance anymore. I will find something else to treat her,

  83. Gail says:

    I have been giving these treats to my Rat/Fox Terrier for a year now. He loves them and has never had any problems…yet. I am going to check into making them myself. I’ve read too many negative post and I just can’t chance it.

  84. Lisa says:

    I say we picket in front of any store selling this crap. With signs an the media needs to be involved. Thats how the masses will know. I have been putting 2 & 2 together an it makes sense. Like a couple of weeks ago my dog Zeus who is a rotti had a accident in the basement. He was so sad an upset because he pottied in the house. It was not a pretty sight. Blood mixed with mucus. Very unusual. So now I know. China SUCKS. an we have made this country china USA. And it’s a damn shame

  85. Justine says:

    After reading these comments I am petrified! My 7 week old chihuahua/cairn terrier puppy is in the animal hospital now and has been for 4 days… they arent finding anything wrong with her so I began researching myself… And because Ive only had her 3 days before this incident I had an idea it had to be either the food or treats she was given because I keep her in a playpen and when shes out I am always right there with her. I am calling my vet to tell him about my findings… She did fine for about the first 3 days on the treats but on the 4th night I spent all night up with her because she wouldnt stop vomiting, so i brought her to the vet at 8am… she has no appetite… her diarrhea is a mucus… and the only thing that stopped her from vomiting was the anti nausea meds being administered… once they took her off of them the vomiting started back up and she still has very little to no appetite at all! Hopefully I didnt wait to long to look all this up and if this is the problem causing her illness I hope its not too late…has anyone experienced hair loss along with these symptoms? The only test he hasnt done is bloodwork (they are a little backwards but the quickest vet i could get her in) and they are doing the xrays today, if anyone who has experienced this would share there story with me Itd be appreciated, Im running out of options as to whats wrong with her… my email is lildevil_1003@yahoo.com… Thank You So Much (BTW I am throwing these treats out and never ever ever getting sumthing made in China again! )

  86. Cindy Eckstein says:

    Our two cockapoos love the waggin trail chicken wraps and jerky. They have never had a problem up until the past week when they both have diarrhea and vomiting. I looked on the package and both say Made in China. I will try to take them back (one to Sams Club and one to Walmart). If nothing else, we will just throw them away. Our two dogs mean way too much to us to have them sick. Why can’t something be done about this? What can we do?

  87. Carl West says:

    I have a 6 month old german shepherd that had a recent visit to the vet, all was well the next week i buy these waggin train checken jerky things from Sam’s and in a few days she starts vomiting one or twice a day, i had no idea why! after taking her off those treats and having to stabilize her insides with chicken and rice and a very bland diet for several days the diarrhea and vomiting is gone and she is feeling much better! I truly believe the treats were the cause! another visit to the vet on monday should tell the tale! This really infuriates me!

  88. Cynthia says:

    These treats killed my dog. She has had only ONE treat per day for over 4 years, for a 50lb dog that is far below the recommended number of treats. The vet can find no other reasonable cause for her renal failure, she was only 5 1/2 and tested negative on everything else that it might have been, any kind of toxicity, bacteria, leptospirosis, all neg. She was always fed high quality food and woke up each morning just waiting for that damned chick strip. The vet says whatever is in them is in such minute quantity that it tests as “safe” but over time will cause the renal system to fail. We battled this for two weeks, IV fluids, meds, my feeding her by syringe, everything. I woke up this morning to my very large, strong fiance crying, he had found her under my desk, she looked like she was sleeping. She was the best dog ever, loyal, my protector, and now she’s buried. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop feeding these to your friends. I failed her. I never noted the Made In China, or if I did over the years I checked the website and believed them. I should have known better. If anyone is doing anything to get these things off the shelves please contact me at cynthia@wireyourworld.com

  89. Madelyn says:

    I have been giving the chicken jerky snacks to my two dogs for about a year. My Minn Pinn is about 17 lbs. and my mix is about 65 lbs. About two months ago my Minn Pinn got diarrhea and since he was the only one ill , I never related it to the chicken snacks. Last week he got sick again with horrible diarrhea, drinking a lot of water, urinating more. The diarrhea was so bad it was only a clear mucus. I took him to my Vet and $500. later said it was something he ate. Than my larger mix started with the same symtoms, thats when I new it was the snacks. I had purchased a Waggin Train Brand called Meat Blast from Sams Club along with the regular chicken jerky. I only gave 1 snack a day. My mix breed is doing fine after $200. of meds. , but my Minn Pinn is still having complications and I don’t know if he will recover. I called Waggin Train Brand and the lady said she would have customer service call me back , five days later and I’m still waiting. They sounds guilty to me. If anyone knows of a class action suit to put them out of business please contact me @ madelyn22@att.net

  90. ADELE FLORENDO says:

    Why didn’t I read this site sooner? If I had, my pomeranian Sofia would probably still be alive. I had been feeding these to my 2 other dogs and have had no problems noticed (now that I look back, their diarrhea and vomiting may be caused by it). We gave this to Sofia, too, when we had her shipped here in March 2008. As she was always hungry, though, she always had more than the other dogs, maybe 2-3 treats per day. Last week, she suddenly looked so lethargic, did not come when called, could not walk and just wanted to hide. Had no appetite, which was unusual, so we took her to the ER on Sat afternoon. After a few tests, they found her to have renal failure. We were shocked as we did not have a clue. We were willing to do a kidney transplant or dialysis (which would have cost about $20-30k) but my vet said she was too far ahead that it would be hard to treat. So we made the difficult decision to take her home and be put to sleep. The most devastating decision we have ever had to make. She was such a good little dog and died too soon. Why aren’t these treats recalled yet???? How many dogs need to die??? We need a class action lawsuit - this won’t bring my sweet Sofia back but maybe they can at least reimburse the $5200 in bills we racked up to treat her.

  91. Julie says:

    I recently had my mother visiting with her shih tzu. We have two dogs a shih tzu mix and a yorkie. Many of the treats that we give them and THEY LOVE are the Wagon Train brand. While she was here my Shih Tzu became quite ill and began to vomit for 12 hours. She spent the night at the vet. Labs didn’t produce any toxicity and her symptoms were not acting like enteritis as previously thought. She was allowed to come home. By this time the Yorkie was vomitting and quite sick and my mother’s dog was also sick. At this point, our Shih Tzu got worse and continued to vomit and was taken back to the vet. Basically we were told that he didn’t know what was going on and she was not doing well (she would likely die). Within 2 days at the vet she luckily returned home somewhat better. Fortunately, we had all the dogs on a boiled chicken diet and they all improved. I have $1400 worth of vet bills. Then I began to think about when the illnesses started and thought of looking up the treats and here I am. I want to look up who we make complaints to as this is totally wrong and unacceptable. My dogs will live on freshly cooked chicken and turkey. I feel blessed that we didn’t lose one. I am sorry for those that have.

  92. Jodi says:

    Two years ago I bought these for my diabetic dog since so many other dog treats have corn syrup or sugars. No problem at first but by about her 3rd bag, she became so sick with liver problems she had to be hospitalized for 4 days. I threw out the jerky treats and now she gets NOTHING that has a “Made in China” label and is doing well. Recently, a co-worker that has a small dog said her dog was acting as though he didn’t feel well. He has been eating, as she described it “a dried chicken thing” that her son had bought for the dog. I told her to look at the label and if was made in China to get rid of them immediately. I’m not sure if they were the WT brand or not, but sure enough, they were made in China and since getting rid of them, her dog’s okay.
    Today I picked up a bag of WT treats to look at the label & at first I thought the products were being made in the US - lot of stuff about the company being US owned and operated but there, in small print, off to the side was the “Made in China” mark - VERY misleading. Before, the “Made in China” was in much much larger print and easy to see.

  93. John says:

    My chihuahua Ozzy is hooked on the chicken jerky and also the wrapped Yams. he always looks forward to his treats but will only get them after he eats his dinner. He has been eating them for over 2 years and loves them like your ad says. the only side effect he has had is Diarrhea if he eats too much at one time. We are happy with your products and wish you could make newer ones like chicken wrapped banana chips.

  94. Nancy says:

    I almost lost my 2 boxers last week and it looks like the brand of chew bar I had was the problem. Waggin’ Train brand from COSTCO.

    I’ll share the story and you can draw your own conclusions.

    Yana is a 3 year old spayed boxer, Buddy a 7 year old neutered boxer.

    Both dogs were previously very healthy. They were given a chew bar each Friday night. Saturday morning Yana was off her food and a bit hunched. Onset of fresh blood in stools and illness was very sudden. Yana deteriorated within hours and almost died - was on a drip at the vet clinic barely conscious Saturday evening and through the night. Buddy became off colour a little later and the blood appeared in his stools on the Sunday.

    The lab tests ruled out salmonella and other bugs so vet concluded poisoning.

    I feed natural food and has searched the property - no hint of a source of poison from those quarters.

    Then I googled the name of the chew bars she had fed both dogs the night before: Waggin’ Train brand from COSTCO (made in China).

    I found several discussion boards where people described the same symptoms as my two boxers had. This seems more than a coincidence.

    Apparently this brand is the biggest seller of dog treats in the States and they’re still being sold in NZ.

    We need to get this product out of our country.

  95. D. Scarpellino says:

    Well, I had my Jack Russel hospitalized today and the vet thinks the cause is the chicken jerky tenders. I ahve been feeding according to the directions as he loves these treats. He is passing blood through his bowels and vomiting blood. He had a similiar episode several months ago and I stopped the treats and he recovered after getting IV fluids and antibiotics. I do not trust anything that is made in China as they have no regard for human beings much less animals. They will add whatever is needed to increase profit margin. I am afraid that I will not longer be buying in Waggin’ Train products that are made in China. When they come back to the U.S. I will consider it.

  96. Leslie says:

    I stopped feeding these once I learned that irradiation was used to make the treats and that they were manufactured in China. Costco took back my opened bag and refunded my purchase price in full. Since stopping the treats, my dog has not had any issues of stomach upset. He is a large dog and was only getting 2 jerky strips, at most, per day…and not necessarily every day. He did really like these treat…who am I kidding, he LOVED these treats…so I was on a mission to find jerky treats made in the USA. I struck gold today when I discovered treats made by Homemade Doggy Dinners (http://www.homemadedoggydinners.com/). Check them out, the company has a sound philosophy, they tell you what they use to season the chicken, the chicken is from the US only and the treats are dehydrated (rather than irradiated) in CA. I’m sold and have already ordered a bag so that my dog can give me his opinion. Hope this helps!

  97. Sandy says:

    What I can’t understand is that with all our pets becoming so ill and sometimes dying why is there no way to identify what it is about this product that is poisoning our dogs. Are people reporting these incidents and has anyone had the treats lab tested and if so what were the results? Has anyone reported their experience to Waggin Train? Also has anyone had problems with the rawhide meat blasts? These are the Waggin Train cigar shaped chews that have dried liver stuffed in the middle. These are the culprits that made my dogs really, really ill. After reporting my experience to the supplier, importer and manufacturer, Waggin Train (give them their due) had the treats tested but they came back clear, however, I am 100% certain they made my dogs seriously ill. So I have to ask, “what are they NOT being tested for?” Any feedback is really welcomed.
    For all you people that feel like you can confidently say these products are safe I can assure you, you will NEVER say that again if you feed a bad batch and YOUR dog is the one to suffer excruciating pain, bloody diarrhoea and vomiting and possible permanent kidney damage, or at the worst – death, all for a treat. Like many people I had been feeding the chicken tenders and the rawhide treats for years without any problems – my dogs loved them too and would still eat them if I was fool enough to give them any. But when that day comes and YOUR dog becomes seriously ill like mine did you too might then join the growing band of pet lovers that know for CERTAIN ‘Made in China’ dog food, especially treats, is a sure way to poison your precious pets.

  98. H K says:

    I have three cocker spaniels that have always loved Waggin Train Jerky Tenders. However, the last bag that I bought has made them all sick with diarrhea and vomiting. One of the dogs was ill for 3 days; she appeared to be running fever, would not eat and had numerous bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. The other two were not as sick. They are all fine, however we are disappointed in Waggin Train. They have provided a quality treat for years. I will not buy them again. Aug 2009. Can’t read the lot # for sure; looks like CA 606.

  99. Erin says:

    My dog absolutely loves these. He’s been eating them for years. We buy them in the big bag from Sam’s club. Recently he got very very sick. Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy. Not himself. We weren’t sure at first that it was the treats so we cut everything out and only fed him rice and ground beef. The next day he was getting much better so not thinking, we started giving him the chicken treats again to try to get him to eat more. BIG mistake. The next day he started up again. Back to vomiting and diarrhea and it was even worse this time. There is not doubt in my mind that it was these treats. Never again will I feed them or allow anyone I know to buy them without informing them about his experience. A week after this all started and he’s back to his normal energetic self. NO more chicken strips for him!

  100. Paula says:

    Please contact the FDA with your reports! This is very important to ensure they continue to investigate the problem. They will ask for your Vet reports and the Lot Number from the product bag.


    We’ve had the Waggin’ Train Jerky Bites tested by the largest food testing lab in the US. Without knowing what to test for, the lab cannot identify the problem. Apparently, this is the same issue the FDA is having.

    We’ve contacted a consumer advocacy group because Waggin’ Train has failed to respond to any of our correspondence. we were advised to contact the Governor of Georgia (home of Waggin’ Train) and to file suit in our local court (this does not require a lawyer, just contact your local court for instructions). paula

  101. Jillian says:

    I have been feeding these treats to my dogs for about a year. I use them for training while on walks, therefore my 92 lb. standard poodle gets one a day and my smaller dogs get half of a treat per day. I’ve never had any problems and they love them. Yesterday, however, they got into the bag and ate almost the whole 1 lb. 8 oz. bag! They spent the entire night and today vomiting with bloody diarrhea. I called my vet and was advised to give them Immodium and Pepcid with a chicken/rice diet. I feed my dogs only grain free, high quality dog food. I thought I was taking good care of them by feeding them these treats that are supposed to be human grade 100% chicken. I feel terrible that only tonight did I think to do some research and stumbled across this site. I will be taking my dogs to the vet first thing in the morning and throwing out the other bags of these treats. I will also be contacting the FDA. I’m sure that everyone here loves their dogs as much as I love mine and I’m so sorry to read these horrible stories…all for a dog treat. I thank you, however, for saving mine because I now know not to feed them anything from China.

  102. Barbara says:

    I have been feeding my dogs these also for a few years but my dogs are both sick from these treats… I have thrown the treats out because there is definitely something wrong with them. my dogs only get a 1 or 2 treats at a time, well that is when the vomiting and diarrhea started. both are still sick as of yesterday….

  103. Daniel says:

    For me, these dog treats are highly suspect. We own a relatively calm dog when it comes to food, even with steak fresh of the grill, but when it comes to these treats he goes into a frenzy in an unhealthy way. He is a greyhound over 12 years old and he will not stop barking at the cabinet door where we store these treats. Let me say, he doesn’t even like chicken that much. The fact that this ingredient profile is basically just “chicken,” I believe these treats are HIGHLY suspect. There MUST be some kind of chemical additive causing my dog to go insane over these things. This is NOT a shill for the product. I will be throwing it out after reading about the cases of bleeding diarrhea and vomiting. On top of the fact that these things are made in China, coupled with the extremely short ingredient list, I am near to the point of complaining to the FDA. I can, to a certainty, tell there is something affecting my dog in an abnormal way.

  104. Steph says:

    A friend of mine introduced me to these treats for my dogs (4 of them-Cairn Terrier, Miniature Poodle, Shiba Inu/Shepard, and Pomchi). The Poodle was the first to display bloody stools and vomiting. Started to have arthritic symptons, lethargy and vomiting. Flag was raised, because nothing changed from their diet except Waggin Train. They all eat the same food, and the only treats they got were Milk Bones before the Chichen Tenders. All dogs when crazy whenever I approached the the Waggin Train bag. The Poodle was not much interested in Milk Bones, but loved these tenders. Noticing these bloody stools, I stopped giving them tenders daily. Gave it to them once a week and every time bloody stool! My Cairn didn’t care much for them, but she’s 15 yrs. My Pomchi had her first taste when she was nine weeks (long term effect, not known yet). Loves them, but will never have another one. We all have to get on the wagon and shut this company down. Start right now. “Do not buy anything for your pets that is “MADE IN CHINA”!

  105. Austin says:

    these chicken treats almost killed my Maltese. She is about 9lbs and after about 500.00 she lived, but with damaged kidneys and a bad stomach. She will never be the same. I cannot believe these are back on the market. This happened around spring 2007. I did report this to the FDA. These treats splinter and pearce their intestines and get hung in the digestive tract. My dog too became so addicted to them she would go days with eating anykind of regular premium dog food (about 15 kinds tried). Stop using them!!!

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