Unsafe Dog Treats

We recently purchased Hartz “Oinkies Pig Skin Twists” for Dogs. We gave our dog one of these treats and she had a seizure! She has never had one before and has not had one since. I read your packaging and see that these treats are MADE IN CHINA. I don’t know what toxins are in them, but we will never buy, use or recommend Hartz products again! I am aware that there are absolutely no controls on the absolute crap that comes from China! I can’t believe that Hartz would sell this poison from China! All I we can hope is that the word gets around and they will eventually be out of business!

29 thoughts on “Unsafe Dog Treats”

  1. I bought Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Bacon for my three Pomeranians. I really didn’t know about the recall on Oinkies or I would not have boughts them. Shame on Wal-Mart for selling these products!!! I now have one of my Poms in the hospital because of cluster seizures. They had to sedate her and put her on IV fluids. So far her bill is right at $600. I know her problem was caused by the Oinkies because that is the only thing different in her food/environment AND my male Pom also had a seizure but only had the one and recovered. Please be aware that these things can be POISON to small dogs. I will now never buy ANY pet food/snack at ANY store. I will make my dogs food/snacks myself because I can not trust what is on the market at this time…

  2. I had purchased Hartz treats from Walmart, for my Jack Russell, Raider. Thank God I was with him when he started to eat these treats, as I found wood/saw shavings in his treats! Needless to say, I contacted Hartz immediately and was told to return the item, which I did. In return they told me they would send me some coupons for more treats. I told them to keep them and go out of business. I will NEVER buy any Hartz products again and have spread the word to family and friends of our beloved pets!

  3. I honestly believe these treats (not really treats to me anymore) killed my sweet lab Joey. He ate two of them because my other dog Cosmo wouldn’t eat his. He became very sick (vets couldn’t seem to find out what was wrong with him (put him on baytril). He seemed to be getting better and than on the fifth night of being sick collasped and died. I will never purchase another hartz product or anything made in China.

  4. I purchased the hartz oinkies wrapped with bacon on Feb 8th 2013. Gave one to my 20lb pom/yorkie/chi mixed dog. This dog is like my baby. A few hours after eating this oinkie rawhide twist wrapped with bacon. He woke me up shaking & throwing up. He also has diareah really bad. The next morning he was weak and quiet. later in the day he felt better but didn’t have much of an appetite. I emailed hartz, they responded back within 24 hrs. They asked me to call their complaint line. When I called they asked that I send in the receipt & upc #. I also called the store where I purchased this dog treat. I will never buy hartz products again.

  5. I have a 2 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback that was diagnosed as having pancreatitis after repeated diarrhea and vomiting episodes over 2 months. I feel aweful for not figuring it out earlier, but about 3 weeks ago my mom mention the problems with Hartz and Waggin Train treats. My pup loved the bacon wrapped pig skin twists and I never even considered those as the source of the problem. I’m so upset with myself that he’s gone through this, but since I stopped giving him those he’s had ZERO problems.

  6. We bought Oinkies on Super Bowl Sunday and gave them to our catahoula/shepherd mixes. One had no reaction but the male has had 4 seizures since. I didn’t realize it could be the oinkies until today… Needless to say, they will not be having any more!! Hopefully that fixes the problem.

  7. We had same result from Hartz Oinkies with our Carren Terrier. I hope someone has the means to sue the crap out of Hartz. Thier treats come from China, need I say more!

  8. I bought Hartz Oinkies Original Pig Skin Twist for my 85 lb weimaraner. He is very fit and stays on a strict grain free diet due to his allergies, no table foods whatsoever. The day after he ate his first and only Oinkie Pig Skin he began vomiting with diarrhea. This continued for 3 days with accompanied depression, fatigue, and extremely rancid stools. He was diagnosed with Canine Pancreatitis and he had to stay on IVs for 2 days with a vet bill of $600. He is an inside dog and this is the only new addition to his diet. All signs point to the Oinkies…

  9. I bought Hartz original Oinkies Pig Skin Twists for my 2 dogs. A 90LB pit and a 70LB Redbone Coonhound. My Coon started having seizures shortly after eating them. My pittie had no problem so I didn’t really connect the twists as the cause of seizures. I hadn’t bought any for about 5 months, and I did again about a month ago. Well, my coon had no seizures during the time she didn’t eat these damn things and within a day or so of having one she had a seizure. I am now positive that these are the cause!! I took them back to Walmart and got a refund as well as explained to everyone in line how horrible this product is. I am also weaning my dog of the seizures meds shes been on to control the seizures from this product! Shame on you Hartz!!!!!!

  10. I purchased Hartz banana apple treats and my 10 year old golden retriever got sick twice after eating them (rarely throws up). I know it was the treats. I will never buy Hartz again.

  11. I had fed my female Lab i rescused some Onkie pigskin twist, and thought they had a strange smell. Well, a few weeks back my Lab had a seizure. The vet didn’t inquire about anything fed to her, she just informed me that I recently recused this dog and didn’t have any knowledge on possible pre-existing conditions. But now after viewing these comments it seems quite clear. This is no coincidence! These Onkies are dangerous to our pets.

  12. What’s wrong with these people? Doesn’t Hartz get the message??
    We gave Hartz Oinkies to our Chaweenie and within half an hour she was having an allergic reaction! Her jowels swelled up and she was very uncomfortable. WE gave her Benadryl which seems to help but, a day later, her throat is still swollen and we are seriously considering taking her to the vet! Hartz – you haven’t heard the last from me!

  13. I have a 65lb Bassador (Basset hound/ Lab), He’s been eating these Oinkies for 4 years and loves them. Then about 10 bags ago he wouldn’t touch one or two of them out of every bag. I called Hartz & the kid asked me for the upc from the bags, he said none of those had been recalled. He sent me a coupon, well,needless to say I have bought my LAST beg of treats from Hartz. I don’t want my beby ending up sick or worse like any of the rest of you poor folks. So sorry to hear Walmart & Harts are heartless people :( I finally found a pet store that 90% of their food & treats are Made in America.

  14. This morning we decided to give our boxer Layla an Oinkie pig skin twist to keep her occupied and not wake the other dogs or children in the house. She chewed it and enjoyed it as she has other bones in the past. This was her first ever pig twist. Approximately 45 minutes later I noticed swelling near her left eye. I didn’t think much of it, took a shower and come out to find her eyes swollen and her covered in little bumps. I called my vet’s emergency line and I was instructed to give her Benadryl until the office opened. I did so and as soon as the office open, I took her in and she confirmed she was having an allergic reaction. At this point we were unsure what could be causing it and the vet thought it would unlikely be the pig twists. After a shot and pills for the next couple days and a $59.00 bill, we were out the door.
    That afternoon, Layla was in the care of my teenage son. Another dog of mine had a pig twist buried in his cage, Layla found it and started chewing it. When I arrived home, I found Layla with her eyes VERY swollen and again bumps on her body. I am 100% convinced she is allergic to this product!! I will be requesting a refund!!

  15. King was given a oinkie treat on 2/22/14 and on the morning of 2/23/14 he was very sick. He has had diarrhea all day and vomiting. I have an appointment with the vet on 2/24/14 in the am. I pray he will survive. He was not sick at all prior to giving him the treat. I will never give my dog or cats anything from Hartz, How can you sell these things knowing they are causing illness and death in our beloved pets.

  16. I bought oinkies pig skin treats stuffed with bacon at Walmart yesterday and gave my 4 mo old pup one last night. He’s been sick all night and all day, vomiting and listless.

    I assumed if a treat was unsafe it would not be for sale.

    I’ve learned better now.

  17. I bought my 1 yr old yorkie the original Hartz Oinkies and she has vomited, had bloody diarrhea and been extremely weak since eatng apreox a third of one treat. I know it had to be what has made her sick. She hasnt been herself at all since. Shes always spunky and fun loving. It makes me furious to see all these comments and no one has pulled these crappy things off the shelves! It has been terrible to see my dog feel so bad. Please, whatever you do, do not buy these treats. If you have, return to the store or throw them in the garbage!!

  18. My seemingly healthy 4 year old dog passed away suddenly 3 days ago after finding out the day before she was in kidney failure. Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, etc. Complete shock to us. I just now found these Oinkies in the drawer and sure enough made in China. I’m beside myself right now with guilt. I sure hope this wasn’t the cause of my dog’s sudden kidney issues. Never again will my surviving dog get any treat I haven’t made myself. I am absolutely sick over the possibility I fed my dog poisoned treats.

  19. We fed our pomeranian just one of the Oinkies wrapped in bacon. He quit eating, and vomited just a tiny bit, hardly any. He then seemed fine but two days later, my husband found him lying on the floor in a seizure and he was in a coma by the time my husband could drive just two miles to the vet. The vet hooked him up to fluids. His kidneys were working full blast but he was not recovering. He seized and died that night. Our hearts were broken. Nothing else had changed in his home, food, etc. except for buying him these treats. This dog belonged to my handicapped child. It has been extremely difficult for all of us. Our pom was just 2 weeks short of his fourth birthday and he had never had any health problems.

  20. I am so in shock right now reading these comments have literally made me pale and sick. I am terrified and disgusted with the dirty Chinese scum that have no hearts. I dont know what we expect from China though, because CHINESE PEOPLE EAT DOGS. I am so scared I havent given my dog this specific brand I dont think. But I literally just gave my Chihuahua a twisted treat and it resembles the Oinkies. I took it from her after 15 minutes cuz I noticed this awful strong chemical like smell. I decided to Google it and I found this site. I am now thinking there is poison in all bones and dog treats. I think we should all agree to just give our dogs chew toys instead. TOYS THAT WERE MADE IN AMERICA obviously. Cant trust anyone. I am so saddened to hear about all of the pups that have had seizures and that have passed away. I will pray for you all..and please do the same for my dog Milly because I now fear something will happen to her.

  21. I bought Oinkies treats for our two pits one 52lbs the other 60 lbs, and since eating them both our dogs have become sick with severe diarrhea and rancid gas. No seizures in our dogs, and hopefully nothing to follow. We bought the pig skin twist rawhides from a local Walmart. It’s amazing to me that this product is still being sold after all the issues they are causing!

  22. Our beloved lab Vegas died 3 days after receiving an oinkie as a Christmas present from our neighbors! The pain and suffering he went through is devastating to all of us! Vegas unfortunately died on December 28th, 2014! These “treats” do not break down in the stomach! DO NOT GIVE THESE TO YOUR DOG!!!!

  23. My Pom/Maltese is in the vets office right now after eating two and a half of these in a span of two months or more. He’s been vomiting all the time, bloody stool, depressed, tired. My baby might not make it through and I’m pissed at the fact they’re still selling these, I fed him the original pig skin twists and I’m regretting every minute of it

  24. I have been trying to figure out what is wrong with my lab since yesterday as she is exhibiting an allergic reaction to something. I do use the oinkies but her brother has shown no ill effects and he litterally eats one daily. Well the female usually ignores them but ate one two days ago and has been broken out in hives since. These comments have helped me to figure out that is probably the oinkies. Why don’t they pull these things from the market!

  25. Hi. My mom has been giving my dig some Hartz dog treats. They are called Hartz Tasty Rewards Soft Combo Rolls With Real Bacon And Cheese Flavor. Has anyone have a problem w/ these?? I seem to, I believe. My MOM has been giving these to her for a while now. More so last year. My dog’s eyesight and hearing has been going since. Yeah, so she is 14 now (female yorkie), but she has only been acting this way ever since we were giving her these treats. We started giving these to her late last year. My dog has since then, starting to lose her eyesight, and then COMPLETELY lost her hearing! We heard shortly after about Hartz being bad for dogs. After hearing this, I took her off of the treats. Her health has GREATLY improved since! Her eyesight, unfortunately, never came back, but her hearing has! ‘Like she never went deaf! :) But THEN, my mom switched her back on the Hartz treats, and now her hearing has DRASTICALLY went down and now she is more tired than ever! ;( My mom used the stupid excuse that “she has been noticing my dog’s hearing loss fir a while no.” BS! My mom HATES the dog bc she has to make an extra effort to watch her now bc she has to take my dog potty every two hours or so! She has threatened to kill the dog before bc of it. My mom’s a KOOK and is NOW willing to put her on the treats that we had previously BOTH agreed to take her off of!! She puts her claim out w/ the angry excuse that she is the one who “visits her 10-20 times a day.” BS! I see my mom on her laptop almost 24/7!! It’s like, so bc I’M in my room a lot of the time (but ‘come out here and there), that I don’t see my mom visiting my dog once in a while?? Ha! And, when I mean, ‘visit my dog,’ I mean bc we had to section her off in the kitchen so that she can find where her food and water bowl is. She no longer is allowed to walk around the house. But anyways, whether my mom likes it or not, I am TAKING HER OFF OF IT!! >:( But yeah. I looked at the ingredients and where the treats were made….: You guys claim that these are made in China and that one of the ingredients is saw dust, but, on the bag, it says that it is made in the U.S.; and I don’t see saw dust in the ingredients…. But I still see a negative change in my dog….. Has anyone ever had such an experience w/ this specific dog treat?? Please get back to me on this. But regardless, I’m just giving you guys a head’s up about it. :/

  26. I am so mad! I have been giving my door pig ears thinking they are safe and my dog has been to the vets twice. Eyes bulging and bloodshot. No energy. Not eating well. Bringing him back in tomorrow. The only change was giving him these treats. going to make homemade dog treats from now in. I don’t trust any of them.

  27. Has anyone initiated a class action lawsuit against Hartz or retailers of these products for injury caused by Oinkies yet? I would appreciate the contact info if available.

    My Lab had a seizure shortly after eating one. As our vet indicated a dog “treat” wasn’t likely the cause, we didn’t throw them out. Almost two months later, I gave him another. No treats in the interim, as the vet suggested weight loss. Shortly after that second Oinkie, he has now had a second seizure.

    I’m blessed, he’s alive, but no other pet should go through this. I’ve bagged up the Oinkies in their original packaging, sealed them in airtight packaging, and contacted my vet.

    Class action info?? Please…
    Michele, Zeke, and family

  28. A couple days ago I was filling up my car with gas and some spilled on my hands. So, of course, I washed them and didn’t give it a second thought. Then, days later my hands have that same gassy smell and I couldn’t figure out why and then I realized I just gave my dogs Oinkies so I smell the bag and that was it. I always felt there was something off with them but couldn’t put my finger on it. I have no doubt they are treated with something toxic for that “real smoked flavor.”

  29. My baby has epilepsy. Its really hard to watch him seize. After his second one for the week, I wondered why the hell he had them so close together as he never has. So I was searching the net and came over this. Oinkies are and have been one of his favorites. So I was thinking he ate one tonight. And come to think of it he had one the other night when he seized as well. I’m wondering if this had been his issue the whole time. I’m feeling so guilty thinking that I have been feeding my best friend, my heart, poison.

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