How do you feel about toys and treats made in China...?

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Cheese? PLEASE!
Barked: Sun Dec 4, '11 4:31pm PST 
Well, okay, I already know a lot of folks do 'ban' treats and toys from China...

I am trying to, but it is hard sometimes...Sometimes the dog will not eat or play with the Made in USA product...

I guess I just need to find what Made In USA products he really enjoys and stick with those...but those are awful limiting to begin with, let alone ones he will eat/play with, and I would like a bit of variety for him...but, obviously, the pup's health is top priority...

Are the toys and treats from china really that risky...?
What brands are 'safe' for dogs...?

The Dogswell thread the other day really got me thinking...

I did get the pup a toy from that JW-company, and it fell in his water dish and apparently popped right back out, and it left a blue dye on the tile flor....

Akita Pals- Always.
Barked: Sun Dec 4, '11 5:14pm PST 
I skip the stuff made in China but am investing in a food dehydrator to make jerky type treats since those are the pups favorites and I buy stuffies in bulk at yard sales,flea markets,and auctions and weed out the bad ones and wash the ones made here or places other than China and I wash all toys bought at the store or other places before allowing the pups to have them. It's hard to find things affordable that aren't made in China which is why I look through a box first to make sure there are safe toys before buying but have gotten literally whole boxes for 50cents and only had to throw away a few from each. It's very frustrating to do so much to get a healthy pup,feed them good quality food and then have treats and toys that can make them sick or worse. We bought several pricey rawhide products with made in USA and red white and blue all over the label only to read the bag and find out they were made in China by an American company or made here from raw materials produced in China.

Lookin' Pretty
Barked: Sun Dec 4, '11 5:42pm PST 
I don't care too much if a toy is made in China, but I will not buy anything edible that was grown or raised in China, for my dog.


Divas can get- dirty too !
Barked: Sun Dec 4, '11 5:51pm PST 
Here are a few sites for American made products:


http://www.konaschips .com/DogJerky.asp


http://www.micke yspetsupplies.com/


http://www.ruf fdawg.com/


http://www.westpawdesign.co m/

Adopt me! I want- a forever home!
Barked: Sun Dec 4, '11 5:55pm PST 
I wouldn't automatically discount something simply based on the country of origin. Check out the company that sells them, if they're getting their ingrediants from a factory in China(or elsewhere) that uses inferior products, then the company will be rife with recalls and such. If that's the case, don't buy any products from that company, even if it's an American based company.

If my memory is correct, American based dog food/treat companies have had plenty of recalls as well. shrug We can't boycott everything.

If you're really worried about treat safety, buy a dehydrator and make your own, you'll save money and have peace of mind. wink

Akita Pals- Always.
Barked: Mon Dec 5, '11 6:07am PST 
Food dehydrator is already on it's way.According to the place it was ordered it was shipped Friday. I don't know of any way to make rawhides with it but pups will be fine with multiple flavors of jerky.

I am the Sock- Bandit!!!
Barked: Mon Dec 5, '11 6:32am PST 
I don't even trust non-edible products coming out of China. Look at all the lead paint they put on children's toys...like they're going to care more about the health of dogs? It's not only lead paint, Chinese products have all kinds of trace toxic chemicals. They still don't know what substance was in the chicken jerky yet. Who would've thought a few years ago that they would add melamine to up protein content in children's formula, candy and dog food, and add antifreeze (various forms of glycol) to make things like toothpaste sweeter. They put that as sweetener in cheap dog treats, too.

Yes, I can live without Chinese made products. Other than electronics,winkbut my dog doesn't use those. I have no trouble sourcing nicely made in the US toys, for dogs and children. (I won't buy Chinese made products for children, either) There are more and more companies making things in the US for pets all the time, not just assembling Chinese made materials, but making the whole product. 'Pet supplies' is a great, stable market even in this past recession. I love Kong and Westpaw designs just to name a couple. Although I haven't bought from Westpaw in awhile, so not sure if they've changed their manufacturing supply chain. You can find nice handmade stuff on etsy, too.
Savannah Blue Belle

A Heart of Gold!
Barked: Mon Dec 5, '11 6:47am PST 
Just don't buy them. At all.

Member Since
Barked: Mon Dec 5, '11 6:57am PST 
Well then, that eliminates Kongs and Nylabones.frown
Kelly - In Ever- Loving- Memory

I was born to- run
Barked: Mon Dec 5, '11 7:13am PST 
I refuse to buy anything edible made in China.

My guys aren't big on toys so that isn't a dilemma thankfully.
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