Chicken Dog Treat Warning

In January of 2009 I passed along this article from the Washington Post regarding chicken jerky dog treats:
“The Food and Drug Administration continues to caution consumers about a potential connection between dogs becoming ill and the consumption of chicken jerky products (also described as chicken tenders, strips or treats) imported from China.
The FDA issued a warning in September 2007 but does not have the authority to demand a recall. At least one firm in Australia has recalled its chicken jerky product, and the recall notification said the chicken jerky product was made in China.
Symptoms include decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood) and increased water consumption and urination. Although most dogs seem to recover, some reports indicate that dogs have died from renal failure. The poison has not been identified.
Veterinarians and consumers should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA consumer complaint coordinator atwww.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html, in their states.”
These treats are still causing illness and death in dogs and the FDA has not been able to identify the contaminant.  The FDA is concerned about a potential link between the treats and kidney problems in dogs and has published the following warning:
“The following signs may occur within hours to days of feeding the products:  decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination.  If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product.”
If you purchase chicken treats please check if they are made in China before feeding them to your dog.  Do not wait for symptoms of illness to appear.  Since there is no recall it is up to us to spread the word.  Please forward this to all of your dog loving friends.

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