Making healthy choices for our pets is important for them and it gives us a sense of fulfillment. Just when you thought the delicious jerky treat that your dog loves so much is safe; Some new reports have surfaced contradicting that. Mysterious illnesses, and even death are now being reported The cause may be your dog’s favorite treat.
The Food and Drug Administration now has a new warning for dog owners surrounding chicken jerky treats, chicken tenders, and chicken strips. At least seventy dogs have become ill after consuming chicken jerky products imported from China, according to FDA officials. What may surprise you is that in 2010 fifty-four reports of dog related illnesses were reported regarding this issue. This is disturbing news considering the numbers have climbed in the last year. Some pet owners and veterinarians s claim that some dogs have died from the chicken jerky treats.
Please take this as a serious warning.
What is so alarming about this report? This is not the first time such an eye-opening report was released. In 2007 and 2008 the FDA released a warning cautioning dog owners about chicken jerky treats. There was a reported 156 illnesses in 2007. The complaints dissolved and now the complaints have returned.
FDA officials say that have not been able to determine the cause of these illnesses involving the chicken treats. A plethora of chemical and microbiological testing has failed to turn up a specific contaminant. To add to the already-baffling news, officials have not identified a specific brand of treats. They note that the reports of illness have not conclusively been tied to chicken jerky products.
I don’t know about you, but I am confused. The FDA released a report cautioning owners about chicken jerky treats while the reports of dog illness have not be definitively tied to the products.
Time for me to make a few phone calls!
I care about dogs. I care about my readers and their dogs! I will do my absolute best to find out as much as I can. If reports are coming in about illness and death after eating certain imported dog treats, I have one question; Is there an investigation being conducted? If chemical and microbiological testing was conducted and these horrible events are still taking place, there has to be answer. I have a list of questions prepared and will do my best in getting to the bottom of this. I will keep you updated. I am not sure how far I will get, but the effort will be put forth.
The latest news is that dog owners and vets are reporting that animals may encounter a a range of illnesses within days or hours of eating chicken jerky, including kidney failure and. Fanconi syndrome is a condition characterized by low glucose. Symptoms may include a loss of interest in playing, going for walks and the dog’s usual activity. Other symptoms include a decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and increased urination.
If dogs show any of these signs, stop feeding the animal the chicken jerky products, FDA officials said. If signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours, seek veterinary help.
Though FDA officials say that most dogs have recovered, this is not a green light to give them these treats. My personal advice is to stay clear of these imported chicken treats until there are more answers.
Stay tuned for more details!