Petco Animal Supplies Inc. announced it has removed all China-made dog and cat treats from shelves at more than 1,300 retail stores nationwide, including Unleashed by Petco stores and online at, making it the first national pet specialty retailer to complete such a move, according to the company.

Petco announced in May 2014 that it would stop selling pet treats made in China by the end of the year. At that time, the Food and Drug Administration had been periodically cautioning consumers about a possible link between reported illnesses in dogs and the consumption of jerky products made in China.

“What we feed our pets matters, and this milestone supports the company’s steadfast commitment to putting our customers, partners, animals and the communities we serve first,” said Jim Myers, Petco CEO.

The company said its vendors had stepped up to provide “predominantly U.S.-made treat and chew alternatives.”