Poisoned Treats From China

I would be hesitant to give  your dogs or cats any type of jerky meat treats.  Unless the bag clearly states that ALL ingredients are sourced from the USA and made in the USA, you just can’t be sure.

May 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM ET  UPDATE:  Two of the nation’s biggest makers of jerky treats blamed for deaths and illnesses of thousands of pets have agreed to create a $6.5 million fund to compensate dog owners who believe their animals were harmed, according to terms of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit announced Friday.

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Waggin’ Train LLC reached an agreement with pet owners in several states who were seeking redress for what they claimed was suffering and death of pets who ate chicken and other jerky treats made in China.  Read the whole article here:  http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/jerky-pet-treat-deal-makers-agree-6-5-million-fund-n119021

Below is an article from MSNBC.  The brand names are FINALLY coming to the surface!  The FDA is letting this issue slide under the carpet and not doing a re-call, while some pet parents, just like you and me, are suffering the loss of their beloved family member or dealing with the permanent damage to their pets health!  At the end of the article, I will list some dog food brands that source some ingredients from China.

MSNBC REPORTS 3/14/12: 

3 BIG BRANDS MAY BE TIED TO CHICKEN JERKY ILLNESS IN DOGS, FDA RECORDS SHOW

Waggin’ Train Wholesome Chicken Jerky Tenders were among 13 Nestle Purina brand treats listed among 22 complaints being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration. The treats, made in China, have been tied to reports of illnesses and deaths in dogs.

By JoNel Aleccia

Stumped by mysterious illnesses in at least 600 dogs in the U.S., federal health officials have turned to consumers for help investigating problems possibly tied to chicken jerky pet treats made in China.

A log of complaints collected from pet owners and veterinarians contains references to at least three popular brands of jerky treats that may be associated with kidney failure and other serious ailments, according to internal Food and Drug Administration documents obtained by msnbc.com.

Of 22 “Priority 1” cases listed by the FDA late last year, 13 cited Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, both produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., the records show. 

Another three listed Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. The rest listed single brands or no brand.

Priority 1 cases are those in which the animal is aged 11 or younger and medical records that document illness are available, an FDA spokeswoman said. In many cases, samples of the suspect treats also are collected.

The report, obtained through a public records request, is the first agency indication of any brands linked to illnesses that have climbed since the FDA warned pet owners about jerky treats in November. That was the FDA’s third caution about the pet products since 2007.

Nestle Purina and Del Monte officials said their treats are safe and FDA regulators said repeated tests have shown no absolute tie to any brand or manufacturer.

“No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined,” FDA officials said in a statement.

The internal report, overseen by the FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak and Response Evaluation, or CORE, group, is one of several ongoing assignments in which FDA regulators are seeking jerky treat samples and medical records of dogs that may have developed kidney failure, liver disease or Fanconi syndrome, which can lead to serious illness and death.

The recent complaints were filed from October through December by people in cities from California to New York, but the agency will continue to accept them.

“We still invite owners and veterinarians to submit complaints and samples,” said Siobhan DeLancey, an FDA spokeswoman. “The more information we have, the more likely we can find a link.”

The move comes as the FDA is under growing pressure from consumers and lawmakers to address rising numbers of illnesses blamed on the China-made treats. Before the warning was issued in November, the agency had logged 70 reports of illnesses tied to the treats last year. Since then, more than 530 additional complaints of illnesses and some deaths have been filed, officials said.

Bella, a 2-year-old pug, died last fall after her owner, Robin Pierre, said she ate Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Treats.

Consumers who say their dogs were sickened or killed have launched at least three petitions demanding recalls of jerky pet treats made in China, including one begun in December that has more than 3,400 signatures from the U.S. and around the world.

At the slightest doubt, these products should have been recalled, especially knowing there was a link or at the very least a caution/warning label put on the packaging warning the consumers,” said Robin Pierre, a co-founder of “Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China.”

Pierre, 49, of Pine Bush, N.Y., believes Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Treats were responsible for the sudden death last fall of her previously health 2-year-old pug, Bella, who developed kidney failure.

“The last week of her life was nothing but misery and pain, separated from her family, she died all alone, in a cage, despite the fact that she had a family who loved her,” Pierre wrote in an email to msnbc.com. “She meant the world to me and my family.”

Ginger, a 14-year-old family dog, sparked one of three petitions after she developed kidney failure possibly tied to chicken jerky pet treats. Her owner, Susan Rhodes, 51, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., wants the treats pulled from the market.

More than 375 people have signed a petition launched last week by Susan Rhodes, 51, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. She believes her 14-year-old dog, Ginger, may have developed life-threatening kidney failure after eating chicken jerky treats. She was stunned to hear that consumer complaints alone can’t force the FDA — or a company — to recall potentially tainted products.

“That is just unreal. I am not happy with that,” Rhodes said.

For their part, FDA officials said the companies are free to enact a voluntary recall at any time.

Lawmakers call for action
Lawmakers, however, are demanding stronger FDA action. Ohio Democrats Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Dennis Kucinich in February called on the FDA to step up investigation of tainted pet treats.

In a response sent late last week, an FDA official told Brown the agency “continues to actively investigate” the reports and to pursue testing for chemical and microbiological contaminants.

On Monday, Brown called the agency’s response “inadequate” and urged prompt release of results of 153 pending tests on the Chinese-made treats.

“I will continue to press the FDA on this issue because Ohio consumers shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of their pet’s food,” he said in a statement.

Since 2007, FDA scientists have analyzed jerky treats for evidence of dangerous toxins, including heavy metals, melamine, melamine analogs and diethylene glycol, chemicals used in plastics and resins.

So far, they’ve found nothing convincing, a point emphasized by Keith Schopp, director of communications for Nestle Purina.  He noted that FDA officials also suggest that illnesses may be a result of causes other than eating jerky treats.

“Our chicken jerky treats are safe to feed as directed,” said Schopp. “The safety of our products — and the pets who consume them — are our top priorities.”

The company has a comprehensive food safety program in place, he said, including at manufacturing plants in China.

Pierre, who lost her dog, has little faith in pet food manufacturers — or in the FDA.

“Actions speak louder than words and there has been no action from them up until now,” Pierre said. “Waggin’ Train has hid behind the technicality that the FDA cannot find the link and the FDA has let them.”

Consumers can report illnesses to the FDA’s pet food complaint site.

Related stories:

Chicken jerky treats linked to mysterious illness, deaths in dogs

More dogs sick as FDA steps up scrutiny of chicken jerky pet treats

Dog Food Brands That Source From China/Asia or Internationally (which can mean China):

  • Solid Gold: Taurine in their food comes from China
  • Chicken Soup For The Dog Lover’s Soul: Some vitamins and minerals from China
  • Arthemis: Vitamins and minerals from China
  • Castor & Pollux Organics: Vitamins from China
  • Holistic Select: Vitamins and Glucosamine from China
  • Nature’s Recipe: vitamins and minerals sourced from “other countries” (which could be China)
  •  Weruva: ALL ingredients sourced “overseas”
  • Eukanuba: Ingredients sourced from “world suppliers” (which could be China)
  • Iams: Ingredients sourced from “world suppliers” (which could be China)
  • Natural Planet’s Organics: Vitamin/Mineral premix from Asia (which can mean China)
  • PureVita: Vitamin/Mineral premix from Asia (which can mean China)
  • NutriSource: Vitamin/Mineral premix from Asia (which can mean China)
  • Nutro’s: Some Vitamins and minerals from China
  • Innova:  Vitamins pre-mix component sourced internationally (could mean China)
  • California Naturals: Vitamins pre-mix component sourced Internationally (could mean China)
  • Evo: Vitamins pre-mix component sourced from Internationally (could mean China)
  • Nature’s Variety: Rabbit comes from China but they may be updating this ingredient soon.
  • Wellness: 6% of ingredients are purchased internationally ??????
  •  Blue Buffalo: Some vitamins/minerals from reputable foreign suppliers (which can mean China)
  • Science Diet: Ingredients sourced from USA and other countries which can mean China
  • Petcurean: 1/100th of one percent of  total finished diets are sourced from Asia (which can mean China)
  • Pup-Peroni: Ingredients sourced from U.S. and global suppliers (which can mean China)
  • Eagle Pack: Some Vitamins B’s and Glucosamine sourced from China
  • If you’d like me to review the treats you are using, just leave me a note! :)

32 thoughts on “Poisoned Treats From China

  1. I have enjoyed reading your comments. I have two Jack Russells, male-8 yrs old and female-3 yrs. I have been feeding them Blue Buffalo beef can and dry-life protection formula-chicken and brown rice. Some days they do not eat and other days they ate really good. I am also using some treats-Science diet prescription treats and Pedigree dentastix for their teeth. I am thinking from reading your comments that the science diet treats may not be good for them. What is your opinion of the food and these treats?

    • Hi Irene and thank you for your questions!
      I will group your questions together and put them in BOLD LETTERING on this post.

      I have enjoyed reading your comments. I have two Jack Russells, male-8 yrs old and female-3 yrs. I have been feeding them Blue Buffalo beef can and dry-life protection formula-chicken and brown rice. Some days they do not eat and other days they ate really good. I am also using some treats-Science diet prescription treats and Pedigree dentastix for their teeth. I am thinking from reading your comments that the science diet treats may not be good for them. What is your opinion of the food and these treats?

      Yes, you are correct….ANY Science Diet Product is questionable. They usually contain By-Products or an UN-Named meat source such as “FISH” (it should state WHAT fish is used, other wise it can just be waste from the fishing industry that was treated with Ethoxyquin on the ships) or “POULTRY” (WHAT poultry was used? Goose? Chicken? BUZZARD????)
      or “MEAT & BONE MEAL” – WHAT meat? This ingredient can actually be rendered companion pets from the shelters or vets offices! EEEEeeeekkkkkk! Why not try feeding The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Human Grade Products? There is no other pet food on the USA market that is legally allowed by the FDA to use the words “HUMAN GRADE” on their packaging or advertising. You can also add some fresh raw or cooked meat to it. The EMBARK would be a good product to begin with then you can rotate to the other varieties! (I add more water than is suggested on the box)
      Embark – Grain Free, High Protein Dog Food | The Honest Kitchen Store Locator: Where to Buy Honest Kitchen – Honest Kitchen Stores | The Honest Kitchen A 10# box RE-hydrates to about 35 pounds of food.

      If you cook your own dogfood, where do you buy the vitamins to use? I use to use different human grade products and the mufti-vitamin mix from Dr. Becker’s Book, but now I am using some absolutely WONDERFUL human grade, whole food products called “Feed-Sentials”. These can also be used for kibble or canned food fed dogs. I’ve listed them below for you.
      Sunday Sundae (Digestive Enzyme & Pro-Biotic Combo): http://ineedthat.corecommerce.com/Sunday-Sundae.html
      Feed-Sentials – K9 Nutrients( Multi Vitamins – combination of whole foods which provides a full spectrum vitamins with co-factors which amplify benefits): http://ineedthat.corecommerce.com/FEED-SENTIALS.html
      Sh-emp Oil (Combination of Herring Oil, Coconut Oil and Hemp Oil): http://ineedthat.corecommerce.com/SH-EMP-OIL.html
      Phyt-n-Chance (superfoods, which includes cleansing/detoxification, anti inflammation, and phyto nutrition supporting immune health): http://ineedthat.corecommerce.com/Phyt-n-Chance-K9-A-Highly-Concentrated-Antioxidant-Blend.html
      Power Of EA’s (a unique blend of natural, health enriching oils that are high in omega 3. It also provides a rich source of beta carotene, another anti inflammatory and complete, natural vitamin E from two separate ingredients which provide four tocopherols.) http://ineedthat.corecommerce.com/Power-of-3EA-s.html

      To Purchase From the USA: http://animalnature.net/animal-nature-product-listing.html
      phone: 412 723 2194 Jason @ Animal Nature

      I am printing out your treat receipes and am going to try them on my two dogs and see if they like them better. I am thinking they will because they both like meat. That is great that you are making your own healthy treats! Dog’s AND Cat’s really go for the LIVER LEATHER!

      Thank you so much for your questions! If there is any other product that I can review for you, please don’t hesitate!
      Best regards,
      Karen :-)

  2. Yudy Machado

    Hi Karen

    There are two questions I have. I have five cats which I feed The Honest Kitchen with ground raw chicken at nigh time. In the morning I give them Wellness grain free indoor formula. what do you know about these two companies?
    The second question is I give Wholelife Pure chiken as a treat to my cats which it says made in the USA Source in the USA. Would you please let me know about this tree products.

    • Hi Yudy!
      I really like how Wholelife Pure lists all of it’s USA supplier’s! I would buy their treats! :-)

      The Honest Kitchen products are the BEST food out there, second to feeding an appropriate raw diet. You can not go wrong with any of their products as they’re ingredients are ALL HUMAN Grade. They are the ONLY USA pet food company that is legally allowed by the FDA to use the words HUMAN GRADE on their advertising and packaging!

      It is so great that you incorporate some raw food into their diets!

      I use to recommend Wellness products all the time until they sold out to the Berwind Corporation. Quality of ingredients “usually” are lowered when this occurs. 95% of ingredients are sourced from the USA. 4% sourced from Canada. 2% are internationally sourced so that could mean CHINA.

      Hope this helps!
      Karen 😉

  3. Poili Gaiduk

    Hi, I have a 10 month old German Shepard she is allergic to 18 different things weeds,trees, grasses,insects and house dust mites. she is currently on shots.
    Right now she is on Prescription Diet Z/D, Hypo-treats ( for z/d, d/d and i/d). Free form fatty acid from DVM . Plus I feed her A real duck from Canada ( from the butcher ) and bone marrow also from the butcher.
    My question is: what is the best dog food for her…I checked out “the honest kitchen” and I think the only food I can use there is “preference dog food” because some other food has dandelion which she is allergic to.

    • Hi Poili!
      I’m so glad that you are considering going off of the Vet Prescription diet. They definitely are not quality ingredients from that company!

      I think that Preference, to which you add your own raw or slightly cooked meat (ground turkey, beef & chicken from the grocery store) is a GREAT choice. Besides HK being a 100% Human Grade food manufactured in a Human Grade facility, it is the healthiest food (besides feeding TOTALLY raw) that you can feed! It is a balanced diet approved by AAFCO.
      You didn’t mention if she is sensitive to a particular meat. If not, the other HK choice I would recommend is
      EMBARK: All ingredients dehydrated: Turkey, organic flaxseed, potatoes, celery, spinach, carrots, organic coconut, apples, organic kelp, eggs, bananas, cranberries, rosemary extract*, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.
      You can also switch between the two food to give your girl what is called a “Rotating Diet” so that she will get the nutritional value of varied ingredients in the two foods.

      As for treats, go to my recipe tab and make some of the quick and easy steak (or pork or liver) treats!

      Unfortunate that she has to receive the shots. You may want to look into Oral Immunotherapy to replace the shots. http://www.vetrespit.com/pet-parents.html
      http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/oral-immunotherapy-good-news-for-treating-allergies-in-pets
      http://www.heska.com/Documents/Allergy/White-Paper,-Sublingual-Immunotherapy-for-Dogs.pdf
      http://allerpaws.com/pet-owners/

      Another avenue that you may want to pursue, to give you a better understanding of food sensitivities, is a saliva test, done at home, developed by the great researcher Dr. Jean Dodds. http://www.nutriscan.org/ This test measures antibodies to certain foods in dog saliva. High antibody levels indicate that the dog has a food sensitivity and intolerance to that food or foods. Food intolerance or sensitivity is actually quite common whereas food allergy is rare. In fact, food intolerance is the third most common sensitivity condition in dogs and often can be easily remedied with a change in diet. Dr. Jean Dodds, NutriScan tests for the twenty most commonly ingested foods by dogs to provide you with specific results as to your dog’s food intolerance’s or sensitivities. , NutriScan is novel and patented and is not testing for food allergies, but rather tests for food sensitivities and intolerance. These are different body immune responses. Food allergy is a more immediate reaction mediated by production of IgE and IgG antibodies. Food sensitivity and intolerance, by contrast, measures a more delayed body response to offending foods by measuring production of IgA and IgM antibodies primarily in mucosal secretions from the bowel.”
      NutriScan is split into two test panels, so you can order one or both. I’d order both.
      Panel1: Beef, Corn, Wheat, Soy, Cow’s Milk, Lamb, Venison/Deer, Chicken, Turkey, White Fish.
      Panel 2: Chicken Eggs, Barley, Millet, Oatmeal, Salmon, Rabbit, Rice, Quinoa, Potatoes, Peanuts/Peanut Butter.
      $130 for one panel (10 antigens), $250 for two panels (20 antigens). Vet Allergy test cost about $500 for 20 antigens. Check this page for test differences: http://nutriscan.org/the-nutriscan-difference/nutriscan-vs-skin-patchskin-prick-testing.html

      Hope these suggestions will help your little girl regain her health!
      Karen :-)

  4. Lisa

    I am horrified at what I am reading! The vet prescribed by dog to eat Science Diet – DD – duck/potatoe. Do you know anything about this produt?

    Thank you and this is a fantastic website! Lisa

    • Thank you Lisa!
      Yes, regular vets suggest this type of food all the time. Unless the vet is Holistically trained, they think these foods are good because the dog food companies TELL them it is! Vets have really no idea about real nutrition because when they have a so called “Nutrition Class” in vet school, the classes are taught by…..guess who???? Dog food companies!
      Here is a list/explanation of some of the ingredients in the Science Diet Duck & Potato:
      Potato, white potatoes, which are high on the glycemic index, causes a dog’s blood sugar to rise quickly. This should be avoided, especially for dogs with diabetes, because a spike in glucose requires the pancreas to release large amounts of insulin to lower blood sugar levels. Sudden fluctuations of blood sugar levels can lead to hyperactivity, nervousness, aggression and reactive or compulsive behavior in dogs. White potatoes feed yeast, and this can cause or intensify yeast infections. Dogs with arthritis should avoid white potatoes. Potatoes convert to glucose rapidly. High blood sugar levels result in the opposite effect one is trying to achieve with a no grain diet. A dogs diet should be designed to balance blood sugar as well as reduce inflammation. Researchers now believe imbalanced blood sugar is the root of inflammation, resulting in the manifestation of most disease. Modest to almost no real food value here.
      Potato Starch, more potato
      Duck, Duck, or any meat, in its original state is 80% water. Once cooked, the moisture is lost and it is only a fraction in weight of what it was originally. So not much is left!
      Potato Protein, and still MORE potato!
      Soybean Oil, Any type of Soybean contains estrogen and can play havoc with the endocrine system.
      Natural Flavor, UN-IDENTIFIED! This can be anything! From road kill to tumors and diseased animals
      Fish Oil, UN-Identified fish. ALL meat and fish should be identified such as Chicken or Salmon. This is mystery oil, left over from the human food chain which is undoubtedly, unfit for human consumption.
      Powdered Cellulose, this is Sawdust!
      Duck By-Product Meal, you NEVER want to see “By-Products” in a food if you are concerned about the quality. By-Products include the intestines and everything in them including feces and parasites!
      DL-Methionine, is a supplement amino acid. Per Dr. Aldrich, a pet food industry advisor: “The starting materials for production of DL-methionine are acrolein (a 3-carbon aldehyde) derived from propylene (a petroleum derivative), methyl mercaptan derived from methanol and various sulfur sources and hydrocyanic acid (HCN).”
      *Per Wikipedia: Acrolein is a severe pulmonary irritant and lachrymatory agent. It was used as a chemical weapon during World War I. It is, however, now outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention. Dermal exposure of acrolein to the eyes (0.3ppm in air) can cause severe irritation. Acrolein is not a suspected human carcinogen; no studies have been conducted on the carcinogenic effects of acrolein on humans, but studies on rats have shown an increase in cancerous tumors from ingestion.
      Their vitamins and mineral come from China.

      I would suggest feeding The Honest Kitchen DE-Hydrated food. A 10 pound box RE-Hydrates to about 35 pounds. It is 100% Human ingredients prepared in a Human Grade facility and it is the ONLY company in the USA that the FDA will allow to use the words “HUMAN GRADE” on it packaging and advertising. Here is their web site: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com This is only sold in pet boutiques or through the internet. Click on their location tab and type in your zip code to find a dealer near you.
      Let me know if I can help further or coach you through a change in foods.
      Karen :-)

  5. They are made in CHINA! Eeeeek! :-0
    Article: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/09/11/dogswell-recalled-dog-treats.aspx
    The following treats would be a healthy choice. Also, look on my “Recipe” tab on how to make your own!
    Treats
    Bravo Bonus Bites: are 100% all meat, and made from all natural, antibiotic-free, grain free meats and organ meat protein sources.
    Example: “Dry Roasted” Buffalo Liver: Ingredients Grass-fed buffalo liver.
    “Freeze Dried Treats” – Venison Liver: Ingredients Grass-fed venison liver.

    Bravo Training Treats: Made from 100% muscle and organ meats and real Vermont Cheddar Cheese. Contain no grains, fillers or unnecessary additives of any kind. Perfectly sized to be held between two fingers for easy hand-to-dog feeding.
    Example: “Turkey Bites” – Ingredients: Turkey thigh meat.
    Example: “Trail Mix” – Contains the following – Ingredients: Turkey Bites: turkey meat Buffalo Bites: buffalo heart Hot Dogs: beef*, water, sea salt, celery juice and/or celery powder, sodium lactate, spices, Onion powder, garlic powder, paprika. *beef used was never administered antibiotics or growth hormones. Vermont Cheddar Cheese: Pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzyme. Usually available at “Pet Supply Plus” chain stores. Find a location: Pet Supplies Plus : Home Page

    The Honest Kitchen Treats Locate a store: Where to Buy Honest Kitchen – Honest Kitchen Stores | The Honest Kitchen
    Beams: a natural dehydrated fish dog treat! They’re made from pure, wild-caught Atlantic Catfish* skins, from the clean ocean waters of Iceland, dried into savory, chewy sticks. They’re guaranteed to satisfy the pickiest of pups and are the perfect treat alternative to dried chicken snacks or bully sticks. Beams, like all our products, contain no Chinese ingredients!
    Nuzzles: made with duck & cherries.

    Charlee Bear Treats: “Where do you source your ingredients? Our Charlee Bear Treats are manufactured in the USA and all of our ingredients are sourced in the USA as well.”
    Example: Liver Treats Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Poultry Liver, Garlic Powder, Salt.
    NOTE: ALL Charlee Bear Treats contain Wheat Flour. The Cheese & Egg contains Yeast.
    Charlee Bears can also be purchased at Pet Supply Plus

  6. Ivory Li

    Hi Karen, we feed our 10 lb Shi-Tzu Precise Holistic dry crunchies for dinner and Milk Bone treats as well as Pur Luv chicken & sweet potato sizzling strips (with USA Flag on bag) and GNC pets Hip-tastic hip & joint. We love our little boy and want to give him the best start in life. We want to make sure we are feeding him healthy snacks. Do I need to change his diet? What about Dogswell hip and joint apple/chic flavor.

    • Ivory Li

      What about Dogswell hip and joint treat called Happy Hips.

    • Hi Ivory and thank you for your questions!
      I am sorry to have to share this info with you about the products you have chosen. But you are not alone! Most “Pet Parents” just do not know what the ingredients are that are in what they feed their dogs/cats. Below, I’ve tried to outline some important facts for you. Please read the ingredient info on the Dog Food Dilemma tab-go to Dog Food Brand Review (info about Beneful and then at the bottom of the dog food brand list) and read EVERYTHING on the labels of what you purchase.

      Don’t be fooled by advertisements on bags of treats or food that says: USA MADE…OR has a USA flag on it. “The US imports more pet food and ingredients from China than anywhere else by far. China’s market share reached 70% of vessel imports in 2011; it continues to grow. US manufacturers buy China’s goods, mix it together here, and call it USA Made” b/c they manufacture it HERE! It MUST also say “SOURCED FROM THE USA”, not just MADE in the USA!

      Also, remember that the words “Natural” “Healthy” “Holistic” etc., are JUST WORDS! The words are not “regulated” by US. Most of the ingredients that are in these are anything but! They just make the consumer THINK they are telling the truth!

      PRECISE: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate), Barley, Salmon Meal, Lamb Meal, Dried Egg Product, Flaxseed, Citrus Fiber, Natural Flavor, Fat Product (natural source of omega-3 DHA from algae), Lecithin, Chicken Cartilage (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Dried Kelp, Peas, Dried Apples, Dried Carrots, Dried Cranberries, Dried Blueberries, Chamomile, Dandelion, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric, Menhaden Fish Oil, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086, Chicory Root (a source of Inulin), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Biotin, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, DL-Methionine, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Folic Acid, Selenium Yeast, Calcium Iodate.
      Dried Egg Product: Eggs rejected for human use are turned into powdered or liquid for use by the pet food industry.
      Also, condensed information from “Poultry Science Association”: “acidified egg liquids are treated with 92% equivalency of 3.4 N NaOH after which egg meats were cooked and incorporated into a specialty pet food formulations.” NaOH is sodium hydroxide, commonly known as caustic or LYE….a CORROSIVE! Per ingredients101.com: Pasteurized, spray- dried whole- egg solids, produced from eggs that do not meet the USDA standards for human consumption
      Fat Product:
      ANY Un-Named/Unidentified ingredient should always be avoided. It can come from almost anywhere
      • Dead, dying, diseased, or disabled farm animals
      • Slaughterhouse waste
      • Dead zoo animals
      • Meat by-products
      • Road kill
      And WORSE! Rendered fats could even be sourced from companion animals from shelters, clinics, farms and zoo’s!
      http://www.lcanimal.org/index.php/investigations/investigations-in-the-field/rendering
      DL-Meth: So if methionine is found in meat and fish pet food ingredients, why would the supplement DL-Methionine be added to pet foods? “For diets that contain minimal amounts of meat proteins, are heavily weighted to vegetable proteins like soy or are low calorie foods diluted with inert ingredients such as cereals and cellulose, there may be a need for supplemental methionine.”
      Dr. Aldrich also states some pet foods add DL-Methionine “to help promote the palatability of the diet, as cats have been reported to have an “appetite” for methionine.” (or could it be that cats have an ‘appetite’ for meat?)
      How is the supplement DL-methionine made? More from Dr. Aldrich…“There are numerous companies and locations around the world that produce DL-methionine commercially; and there are hundreds of patents that describe the subtle nuances regarding DL-methionine synthesis and purification. The starting materials for production of DL-methionine are acrolein (a 3-carbon aldehyde) derived from propylene (a petroleum derivative), methyl mercaptan derived from methanol and various sulfur sources and hydrocyanic acid (HCN). Acrolein and methyl mercaptan are reacted to form a relatively stable intermediate, 3-methylmercaptopropionaldehyde, known as MMP. The MMP is then reacted with HCN to form a rudimentary mix of DL-methionine and contaminants which is further refined through clean-up steps.”

      PUR LUV: Example of one of their treats: Ingredients: Brown Rice Flour, Pregelatinized Corn Flour, Oat Flour, Potato Starch, Brown Sugar-can cause hyperactivity or diabetes! Barley Flour, Chicken, Carrot, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Pumpkin, Vegetable Oil, Insulin, Salt, Poultry Digest, Tocopherol (a preservative) and Peanut Extract
      Poultry Digest:
      First of all, it is UN-Named….It could be from anything with feathers! From chickens to buzzard road kill! It’s partially digested food and bird feces and that comes from the slaughtered bird’s intestines. The organs are pulled out then the matter from the intestines are squeezed and used for this. It is also labeled as a “natural flavor” or “palatability enhancer”.

      Milk Bones: Ingredients: preserved with BHT = BHA and BHT have both been found to cause cancer in laboratory animals, and even the US DHHS says they are unsafe for consumption!
      propyl-gallate= can cause stomach and skin irritation, liver damage, kidney damage and has the potential to increase your chances of having cancer.
      artificial color includes (from CSPI) “Yellow #5: May be contaminated with such cancer causing substances as benzidine and 4 aminobiphenyl (or chemicals that the body converts to those substances).
      Red #40 From CSPI: “Red 40, the most
      widely used dye, may accelerate the appearance of immune system tumors in mice.
      The dye causes hypersensitivity (allergy like) reactions in a small number of consumers
      and might trigger hyperactivity in children. Considering the safety questions and its non essentially, Red 40 should be excluded from foods unless and until new tests clearly demonstrate its safety.”)

      GNC Hip & Joint: IMHO, GNC is a company simply in it for the $$$$, producing low quality supplements, whether human or pet products. GNC was even close to selling it’s company to Bright Food Group Co. from CHINA! But the sale fell thru in 2011. So that indicates to me that their ingredients could COME from CHINA!
      Other Ingredients: Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bacon Flavor, Beef Liver, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Silicate, Cellulose (This is SAWDUST), Fish Oil (UN-identified Fish), Gelatin (Fish-UNidentified), Hydroxypropylcellulose (another derivative of SAWDUST), Magnesium Stearate, Maltodextrin, Microcrystalline Cellulose (still MORE Sawdust!), Pork Liver, Pork Skin, Collagen, Povidone, Silicon Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Tertiary Butyl Hydroquinone(OH Boy! see below), Tocopherols
      TBHQ is an acronym for the word tertiary butylhydroquinone… a fat preservative added to a dog food to increase its shelf life. TBHQ is also used to stabilize certain explosive compounds… and to make varnishes, lacquers and resins. TBHQ has been found to produce pre-cancerous stomach tumors in laboratory animals… and it can cause damage to a cell’s DNA.What’s more, further studies have found that prolonged exposure to TBHQ may lead to other types of cancer, too.TBHQ has been found to produce pre-cancerous stomach tumors in laboratory animals… and it can cause damage to a cell’s DNA. Feeding any dog the same artificial preservative on a daily basis certainly qualifies for what could be called long term exposure.

      I would highly suggest the following for your baby:
      Food: The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated dog food – 100% HUMAN GRADE ingredients processed in a HUMAN GRADE facility per the FDA rules: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com , or ACANA GRAIN FREE: http://www.acana.com

      Treats:
      Bravo Bonus Bites: are 100% all meat, and made from all natural, antibiotic-free, grain free meats and organ meat protein sources.
      Example: “Dry Roasted” Buffalo Liver: Ingredients Grass-fed buffalo liver.
      “Freeze Dried Treats” – Venison Liver: Ingredients Grass-fed venison liver.

      Bravo Training Treats: Made from 100% muscle and organ meats and real Vermont Cheddar Cheese. Contain no grains, fillers or unnecessary additives of any kind. Perfectly sized to be held between two fingers for easy hand-to-dog feeding.
      Example: “Turkey Bites” – Ingredients: Turkey thigh meat.
      Example: “Trail Mix” – Contains the following – Ingredients: Turkey Bites: turkey meat Buffalo Bites: buffalo heart Hot Dogs: beef*, water, sea salt, celery juice and/or celery powder, sodium lactate, spices, Onion powder, garlic powder, paprika. *beef used was never administered antibiotics or growth hormones. Vermont Cheddar Cheese: Pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzyme. Usually available at “Pet Supply Plus” chain stores. Find a location: Pet Supplies Plus : Home Page

      The Honest Kitchen Treats Locate a store: Where to Buy Honest Kitchen – Honest Kitchen Stores | The Honest Kitchen
      Beams: a natural dehydrated fish dog treat! They’re made from pure, wild-caught Atlantic Catfish* skins, from the clean ocean waters of Iceland, dried into savory, chewy sticks. They’re guaranteed to satisfy the pickiest of pups and are the perfect treat alternative to dried chicken snacks or bully sticks. Beams, like all our products, contain no Chinese ingredients!
      Nuzzles: made with duck & cherries.

      Charlee Bear Treats: “Where do you source your ingredients? Our Charlee Bear Treats are manufactured in the USA and all of our ingredients are sourced in the USA as well.”
      Example: Liver Treats Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Poultry Liver, Garlic Powder, Salt.
      NOTE: ALL Charlee Bear Treats contain Wheat Flour. The Cheese & Egg contains Yeast.
      Charlee Bears can also be purchased at Pet Supply Plus
      Supplements: Purchased from the following: http://www.thewholisticpet.com or a http://www.animalessentials.com/#product_categories or joint supplement (mussle dog) by https://www.musseldoghealth.com/Mussel-Dog-Benefits.dtm#order

      If you need personal direction in re-vamping your baby’s diet, please feel free to just ask! I’d love to help you!
      Karen 😉

  7. bryna

    What about pupperoni? I know the bag says distributed in san francisco but where are they manufactured?

    • Some of the ingredients are “Internationally” sourced which can mean China!
      Federal regulations require a product to list the country of origin if it has been produced outside of the United States or one of its territories: Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Samoa.
      I’m pretty sure that you don’t want to feed these or some of the other popular treats! Try Zukes or other NATURAL treats without chemicals which are loaded with toxins. Look on my “Trick OR Treat” tab.

      Pup-Peroni – By Del Monte: Ingredients: Beef, Meat by-Products, Soy Grits, Sugar, Liver, Salt, Propylene Glycol, Garlic Powder, Caramel Color, Natural Smoke Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (used as a preservative), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), Red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), Onion Extract.

      Propylene Gycol: A cousin to ANTI-FREEZE! According to Dr. Wendell Belfield, DVM, states that propylene glycol (a pet food ingredient closely related to anti-freeze) causes destruction of red blood cells. According to Kevin Woodward in the book “Veterinary Pharmacovigilance,” propylene glycol is toxic to dogs, cats, horses, cattle and other animals.

      Onions: Highly toxic. Kills red blood cells in dogs/cats. Leads to anemia, weakness and breathing issues.

      SOY GRITS: Soy is an estrogenic and can wreak havoc on your dog’s endocrine system. Soy contains a natural chemical that mimics estrogen, the female hormone Cheap Filler. Left over from the human food chain. No nutritional value.

      RED #40: From Center For Science In The Public Interest: “Red 40, the most-widely used dye, may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice. The dye causes hypersensitivity (allergy-like) reactions in a small number of consumers and might trigger hyperactivity in children. Considering the safety questions and its non-essentiality, Red 40 should be excluded from foods unless and until new tests clearly demonstrate its safety.”

      Meat by-Products.
      The FDA determined this ingredient to be a probable source of pentobarbital, a lethal drug used to euthanize animals. This pet food/pet treat ingredient more than likely contains rendered euthanized companion animals and the lethal drug used to kill them.

      Karen

  8. Carol Shannon

    Hi Karen

    My dog is on a raw food diet called “Raw Dog Hawaii” which only uses organic grown seasonal veggies, organic eggs and hormone free chicken & beef and all ingredients come solely from Hawaii so I feel fortunate to have the ability to purchase this high quality food for my little dog. My question is about “Trail Mix” dog treats by Milk Bone, and Milk Bone Soft and Chewy Chicken Dog Treats which say “Distributed by Del Monte Pet Foods”. I use them for training purposes but I worry that it may contain ingredients from China or elsewhere. It does not say anywhere on the package that it was made or manufactured in the USA. Do you know anything about these products?

    • Some of the ingredients are “Internationally” sourced which can mean China!
      “Made in the USA” means they were assembled here…..or “MANUFACTURED”. It does NOT mean the ingredients were purchased FROM USA suppliers. Federal regulations require a product to list the country of origin if it has been produced outside of the United States or one of its territories: Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Samoa.
      My question to you would be, if you are feeding this high quality, organic raw food, why are you giving your dog sub-standard treats made with sugar, propylene glycol and BPA?
      Sugar – causes hyper-activity and could lead to diabetes
      BPA – Is a carcinogen or cancer-causing agent!
      Propylene Glycol: is a second cousin to ethylene glycol, which is ANTIFREEZE! According to Dr. Wendell Belfield, DVM, states that propylene glycol (a pet food ingredient closely related to anti-freeze) causes destruction of red blood cells. According to Kevin Woodward in the book “Veterinary Pharmacovigilance,” propylene glycol is toxic to dogs, cats, horses, cattle and other animals.
      Go to my “Au Natural” tab and make your Fur Baby the Steak Treats – a high value natural treat for training. You dog will be much healthier for it.
      Best regards,
      Karen

  9. charlene townsend

    is pup-peroni original beef flavor one of the dog treats that is made from china.

    • Yes, some ingredients are “Internationally” sourced which can mean China!
      I’m pretty sure that you don’t want to feed these or some of the other popular treats! Try Zukes or other NATURAL treats without chemicals which are loaded with toxins. Look on my “Trick OR Treat” tab.

      Pup-Peroni – By Del Monte: Ingredients: Beef, Meat by-Products, Soy Grits, Sugar, Liver, Salt, Propylene Glycol, Garlic Powder, Caramel Color, Natural Smoke Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (used as a preservative), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), Red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), Onion Extract.

      Propylene Glycol: is a second cousin to ethylene glycol, which is ANTIFREEZE! According to Dr. Wendell Belfield, DVM, states that propylene glycol (a pet food ingredient closely related to anti-freeze) causes destruction of red blood cells. According to Kevin Woodward in the book “Veterinary Pharmacovigilance,” propylene glycol is toxic to dogs, cats, horses, cattle and other animals.

      Onions: Highly toxic. Kills red blood cells in dogs/cats. Leads to anemia, weakness and breathing issues.

      SOY GRITS: Soy is an estrogenic and can wreak havoc on your dog’s endocrine system. Soy contains a natural chemical that mimics estrogen, the female hormone Cheap Filler. Left over from the human food chain. No nutritional value.

      RED #40: From Center For Science In The Public Interest: “Red 40, the most-widely used dye, may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice. The dye causes hypersensitivity (allergy-like) reactions in a small number of consumers and might trigger hyperactivity in children. Considering the safety questions and its non-essentiality, Red 40 should be excluded from foods unless and until new tests clearly demonstrate its safety.”

      Meat by-Products. The MEAT is not named! Could be road kill or shelter animals! The FDA determined Meat By-Product ingredients to be a probable source of phenopenatal, a lethal drug used to euthanize animals. This pet food/pet treat ingredient more than likely contains rendered euthanized companion animals and the lethal drug used to kill them

      I’d change treats!
      Karen

  10. Great web site. Plenty of useful info here. I’m
    sending it to several buddies ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And certainly, thanks to your effort!

    • Thank you SO much!
      I hope that the info I’ve provided will help your Fur Babies!

  11. Arline LIPPIN

    What about Milo’s chicken meatballs? My dogs love them and they are supposedly made in the US.
    I have not read of any problems with this product. (Or do you know of any similar product to recommend?

    • Personally, I would never purchase anything made by this company! Or ANYTHING from the grocery stores or chain stores like Walmart, Costco etc. “Made in the USA” means they were assembled here…..or “MANUFACTURED”. It does NOT mean the ingredients were purchased FROM USA suppliers. There’s no way to assure a consumer the ingredients weren’t sourced from a foreign producer because label laws do not mandate it! That is how these “trillion dollar” companies suck people in! They don’t tell the whole truth! According to PetfoodIndustry.com, in just the month of February 2011, 70 percent of pet food ingredients imported to U.S. pet food manufacturers came from China! I’ll bet the percentage is higher now in 2013!
      “The New York State Department of Agriculture discovered traces of unapproved antibiotics used on chickens that made its way into the Chinese-made food products including Purina’s Waggin’ Train, Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats, and Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers resulting in a voluntary RECALL of the products. These are also the items that are under suspicion for causing kidney damage/failure and even death in a large number dogs.” So Milo’s Kitchen is NOT trustworthy!
      It is VERY easy to purchase chicken breasts and pot roast on sale, slice them kinda thin, lay the slices on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam, and pop them in a 200* oven for a few hours to dry out or dehydrate. Then, divide the meat into several baggies and pull one out to thaw when you need it! Also, once the meat is dehydrated they will actually stay in just the frig for several months without freezing! Take a look at my Recipe tab for the Round Steak Treats. Super easy and much more cost effective than buying a 5 ounce package for $7! For a $4/per pound piece of meat you’ll get about 500 small pieces that you can freeze and take out when you need them! You can also use the same round steak recipe to do Calves Liver! You’ll just have to blot with paper towel to soak up the juices. Making it yourself takes a little time but this way, you know EXACTLY what your dog is eating!
      If you want to purchase treats, check out Bravo dehydrated treats or the 6 treats that The Honest Kitchen makes http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/products/smooches/ which are 100% human grade ingredients.
      If you’d like me to review any treats you find, please let me know!
      Karen :-)

  12. Emily Jones

    Heard anything about Snausages, Beggin’ Strips, or Milkbone? My dogs love those.

    • Hi Emily,
      Thanks for the question! 
      Here’s what’s in those treats.

      SNAUSAGES:
      Ingredients:
      Wheat Flour, They’re cheap fillers in pet food and a buildup of them in your pet’s body can cause an allergic reaction.

      Soy Flour, (or any Soy product) Per Dr. Karen Becker: “Soy is estrogenic and can wreak havoc on your dog’s endocrine system.” Soybeans and/or soy products are not clinically proven to be safe for pets to consume. Soy products are fat-free (defatted) soybean meal and is a primary, low-cost, source of protein for animal feeds: Soybeans also contain potent enzyme-inhibitors. These inhibitors block uptake of trypsin and other enzymes which the body needs for protein digestion. Our pets definitely do not need any interruption with their digestion systems! Soy contains a natural chemical that mimics estrogen, the female hormone.

      Corn Syrup, THIS is SUGAR and the 4th ingredient! Hyper-activity! Sugars of any kind, promote tooth decay, diminish immune function, and can aggravate illnesses such as diabetes.

      Propylene Glycol, cousin to ANTIFREEZE which is poisonous to animals. The Material Safety Data Sheet from the Department of Commerce provides the following warning regarding ingestion of propylene glycol: “May cause gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Low hazard for usual industrial handling. May cause emoglobinuric nephrosis (which is oliguric renal failure: defined as an abrupt or rapid decline in renal filtration function or decreased output of urine). May cause changes in surface EEG.” http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/HTMLdocs/PropyleneGlycol.htm

      Animal Fat, Ingredient determined by the FDA to be most likely to contain euthanized animals including euthanized cats and dogs from shelters. NO animal described here. Could be ANYTHING picked up off the road, or diseased.

      BHA, a human carcinogen or cancer-causing agent! According to the National Institute of Health, BHA in the diet has been found to consistently produce certain types of tumors in laboratory animals. BHA enhanced stomach and urinary bladder carcinogenesis. Causes squamous-cell carcinomas in stomachsancers of this type are among the most lethal and fastest acting.

      Chicken By-Product Meal, These are ground parts from poultry carcasses such as feet, heads, feathers, intestines, necks and undeveloped eggs and can included any rendered materials including cancerous and diseased tissues

      Red 40, From CSPI: “Red 40, the most-widely used dye, may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice. The dye causes hypersensitivity (allergy-like) reactions in a small number of consumers and might trigger hyperactivity in children. Considering the safety questions and its non-essentiality, Red 40 should be excluded from foods unless and until new tests clearly demonstrate its safety.”

      Yellow 5, From the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI): “Yellow #5: May be contaminated with such cancer-causing substances as benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl (or chemicals that the body converts to those substances). From the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI): “Yellow #5: May be contaminated with such cancer-causing substances as benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl (or chemicals that the body converts to those substances).

      Yellow 6, From CSPI: “Yellow 6 caused adrenal tumors in animals, though that is disputed by industry and the FDA. It may be contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals and occasionally causes severe hypersensitivity reactions. Yellow 6 adds an unnecessary risk to the food supply.”

      Blue 2, From CSPI: “Blue 2 cannot be considered safe given the statistically significant incidence of tumors, particularly brain gliomas, in male rats. It should not be used in foods.”

      BEGGIN STRIPS:
      Ingredients:
      Ground wheat, see above same as wheat flour

      corn gluten meal, is inferior grain-based protein used to boost protein percentages in kibble. It is what is left over after the choice part of the corn is used. GM (genetically modified corn) can also be used. This is the second or third ingredient listed in most of the Purina products which means it is one of the main ingredients instead of meat and it’s nutritional value for pets is little to none.

      wheat flour, same as above

      ground yellow corn, usually by-products and rejects of the human food industry—cereal grain leftovers classified as “unfit for human consumption.” Corn has been linked to many dog ailments such as allergies, joint swelling, BLOAT and there have been some cases of aflatoxin contamination associated with corn in dog food. Corn metabolizes in dogs similar to the way sugar metabolizes in humans. It’s like feeding a child food that is high in corn syrup. The dog may experience energy rushes, crashes, hyperactivity and a hard time concentrating. Studies have also shown that high doses of corn can inhibit serotonin in the brain.

      sugar, Seriously? Sugars of any kind, promote tooth decay, diminish immune function, and can aggravate illnesses such as diabetes.

      meat, Commonly known as “Mystery Meat” – determined by the FDA to be most likely to contain euthanized animals including euthanized cats and dogs from shelters.

      soybean meal, a soybean product – see above

      BHA, see above

      blue 1, http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm169530.htm “FDA alerted healthcare professionals of several reports of toxicity, including death, associated with the use of FD&C Blue No. 1 (Blue 1), associated with serious complications such as refractory hypotension, metabolic acidosis and death.”

      red 40, see above

      yellow 5, see above

      yellow, see above

      MILK BONE:
      Ingredients:

      Wheat flour, see above

      beef bone meal, per Wikipedia: It is a by-product made from beef parts which are not suitable for human consumption and used in pet foods.

      corn flour, Usually by-products and rejects of the human food industry—cereal grain leftovers classified as “unfit for human consumption.” Corn has been linked to many dog ailments such as allergies, joint swelling, BLOAT and there have been some cases of aflatoxin contamination associated with corn in dog food. Used in processed animal foods, a filler added to provide dietary fiber, bulk or some other non-nutritive purpose. NOTE: Pet food companies can also use Genetically Modified Corn without declaring it on label.

      sugar, REALLY??? Sugars of any kind, promote tooth decay, diminish immune function, and can aggravate illnesses such as diabetes.

      dried digest of poultry by-products, unsavory and inedible leftovers deemed “unfit for human consumption”. can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except quality skeletal muscle (real meat).
      cooked bone marrow – NO named meat from which it came

      BHA, see above

      BHT, Promoted urinary bladder carcinogenesis. Could be a promoter of thyroid carcinogenesis.

      brewers dried yeast, Per E-how.com: RISK: Some dogs are allergic to yeast, and dogs that are allergic to other foods are likely to be allergic to yeast as well. Low quality yeast is especially likely to cause allergic reactions. While b-yeast is a source of B Vitamins (biotin) and trace minerals (zinc, proteins and amino acids) sometimes, brewer’s yeast supplements are made from by- products left over from brewing beer. Several references feel the effects of brewer’s yeast for dogs may include bloating, gas and indigestion.

      red 40, see above

      Hope this helps! Check out my “Recipe” tab for alternatives to these treats. The “Steak” treats are really eazy peazy to make! :)
      Best regards to you and your Fur Baby!
      Karen

  13. Sunny

    My mom is feeding her dog “Fresh Pet” which she gets from the refrigerator section in Albertsons. Is this something to be concerned about?

    All the best,
    Sunny

    • Hi Sunny!
      Thank you for the question!
      Although your Mom is heading in the right direction for your little fur baby, Fresh Pet does have a few questionable ingredients. Check out my ingredient definitions a the bottom of my Dog Food Brand Review for these items: Carrageenan, Sodium Sulfate, Copper Sulfate. If you have a “Pet Supply Plus” chain near you or a Doggie Boutique, see if they carry “Nature’s Variety Instinct” which would be a better choice. Two very high quality raw diets are Darwins http://www.darwins.com or Steve’s Real Food http://www.stevesrealfood.com
      Please feel free to send me other questions! :-)
      Regards, Karen

  14. Cindy Luzzi

    Ever heard anything negative about Flint River? FlintRiver.com
    It’s human grade, never had a recall, and does not use any products from China. It’s the only food I have found my dog to like. Also, what is great, is that you can order sample packs to see which flavor your dog likes before buying a large bag.

    Unfortunately, Flint River doesn’t make a chicken jerky treat (my dog’s favorite treat), and I was devastated to find out the chicken jerky treats I had been buying were made in China, and had to go to two pet stores to find chicken jerky that was made in the USA. I found one, Colorado Naturals.

    • Hi Cindy!
      Here is my review on Flint River:
      Flint River is a “grain heavy” instead of “meat heavy” food. Since dog’s are carnivores’, you would like to see at least 3 meat sources in the top 5 ingredients. The flours and rice that they use are highly processed products leaving little nutritional value to the food…..just fillers. They use canola oil in most of their products which is controversial for a dog’s health. They use Bonito Flakes in some of their products (which was a new one on me…LOL). Of all the dog foods I’ve reviewed over the years I have never seen this item on an ingredient label! Bonito Flakes come from the Bonito fish which is harvested by Japanese fishery companies, so it is imported. The other imported meats are: Duck Meal from France, Lamb from New Zealand, and some bones and beef items from Brazil.
      But the biggest No-No imho is that their products contain Sodium Selenite and Copper Sulfate which you can read about on the Brand Review pages.
      Kashel Associated Industries makes the Colorado Naturals as well as Nature’s Deli who just had a couple of big recalls recently, so for me, the jury is still out on this product. It is SUPER easy to make your own Chicken Jerky! Just purchase boneless chicken breasts, cut them in thin slices with scissors, put them on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam, and pop them in the oven at 175* to 200* for about 2 hours to let them dry out! You can also do the same with pork chops! Sprinkle with a little garlic salt or powder for extra added flavor.
      The place to purchase honest to goodness chicken jerky is from Tri-Pom Chews in MA. I’ve emailed with Ken & Autumn about their product and they make it right in their own kitchen! This is a quality product! They also carry the “Maine Made” stamp of approval, which is an honor there! http://tripomchews.net/
      Best regards,
      Karen

  15. Jeff

    Hi. I’m wondering about Purebites dog treats. I bought the chicken, cheese, whitefish, beef liver, and trail mix versions. Their site is http://www.purebites.com.

    Their faq says the items are sourced from the states. Does this mean, without a doubt, that the meat/fish come exclusively from the states?

    Thanks

    • Hi Jeff,
      Thanks for the question!
      I don’t have a bag available to me to read the back panel, but if it is making this statement somewhere on the bag it should be fine. Take a look at my Recipe tab for the Round Steak Treats. Super easy and much more cost effective than buying a 5 ounce package for $7! For a $4/per pound piece of meat you’ll get about 500 small pieces that you can freeze and take out when you need them! You can also use the same round steak recipe to do Calves Liver! You’ll just have to blot with paper towel to soak up the juices.
      Pure Bites Cheddar and the White Fish package claim “100% Pure USA Made” and the others say “100% Pure USDA Inspected” so I assume that US ingredients are shipped to Canada to be manufactured, since they say some are made in USA and some in Canada.
      The Shrimp for cats come from the Indian Ocean and only says “100% Pure”.
      Bone Appetite’ to your Fur Babies!

  16. Lorrie Godsey

    What foods would you feed your dog these days. I have newfies and a lab who were on TOTW and since they had recalls switched to California Natural. Now my newfie won’t eat the food. Something has to change with this stuff. help!

    • Hi Laurie,
      You are SOOOO RIGHT!!!
      I’ve fed my dogs raw food for the past 17 years. Personally, I just buy ground meat, or grind it myself, mix it with organs and vegetables, add oils and vitamins and I’m done. Feeding raw can be inexpensive if you do a lot of searching for meat and items and possibly coop with others, though it is a little time consuming. BUT you have the satisfaction of knowing EXACTLY what your dogs are eating. It’s definitely a commitment, but worth it to me.
      You have BIG dog’s, they eat a lot and the cost is high for you, so I’ll offer 4 scenarios for you. I looked at all the prices on doggiefood.com so that prices would be similar.
      BTW: Make sure whenever switching foods do it slowly. About 1 to 2 weeks depending on the dog.
      *My first choice would be The Honest Kitchen dehydrated brands. This is because they are 100% Human Grade Ingredients, made in a 100% Human Grade kitchen. They are the ONLY pet product that can bear the FDA seal of “HUMAN QUALITY”. I feed this myself if I run out of raw food. Being dehydrated, a 10 box (Dehydrated) for around $80 makes about 35 pounds of food, so that would be roughly $2.29 to $2.40/lb. This is more than you are paying for your Calif. Natural, BUT, for me, the assurance of a HUMAN GRADE product outweighs the poor ingredients used by the dog food companies and the problems with their manufacturing plants being clean. Unless these plants carry an APHIS or similar type rating, they don’t even clean the machines between runs of other brands of dog foods. So I opt to not have my designer coffee’s several times per week to save some $$$! LOL You could also add raw or slightly cooked meat to the HK. I have the ratio’s from Kat Pennik at HK if you are interested.
      *Orijen/Acana would be my next choice. Acana is the cheaper of the two. It has a 60/40 blend called Grasslands which is about $3.64/lb and the regular variety that is more carb heavy is about $3.20/lb. Orijen is 80/20 and approximately $4.36/lb. Don’t forget that you would be feeding less cups than the Calif. Natural as this has more protein, but I don’t know how long a bag would last you. Some dogs do not do well on the Orijen and get diarrhea, while other thrive on it. So it depends on the dog. You could have one that does great on it and one that doesn’t. From what I’ve heard, there are less instances of diarrhea with the Acana than the Orijen.
      *Although I hate the big corporation Proctor & Gamble, they own Natura, and you are already on the Natura products. Maybe you should try Karma Organics, with its limited ingredients. It IS grain/carb heavy. Ingredients: Organic Chicken, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Oats, Organic Barley, Organic Rye, Organic Pea Protein, Organic Flax Seed, Yeast Extract, Organic Carrots, Organic Beats, Organic Sunflower Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Organic Broccoli, Dicalcium Phosphate, Herring Oil, Minerals, Salt, Direct-Fed Microbials. It’s approx $3.14 per pound. Your Calif Natural is about $2.00/lb.
      *A completely different direction, if your dogs are ok with grains, is to feed a human grade oat/Rye based food and add your own meat. It’s called SoJo’s Original by Sojourner Farms. It runs about $2.00/lb BUT YOU NEED TO ADD MEAT to this. So 1/lb would make approx. 5 lbs once you add the meat to it. Ingredients: Rolled Oats, Rye Flakes, Barley Flakes, Ground Pecans, Natural Calcium Carbonate, Kelp, Carob Powder, Parsley, Basil, Alfalfa. They say a 10# bag (with meat added to it) will last about 6 weeks for a 25-50 pound dog. For me personally, I would add a multi vitamin to this. A 75-100 pound dog would eat 2 cups of Sojo’s + 1 cup of meat daily. 1 cup of meat = 1/2 pound, if you want to figure it out per week or month.
      It’s cheaper to order directly from the company than over the net and shipping is free. http://www.sojos.com/products/dog-food/sojos-original-dog-food-mix
      So those are some suggestions to ponder! Shoot me some other questions if you like!
      Regards, Karen

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