To date, the FDA has not been able to pinpoint the ingredient(s) in chicken jerky that causes illness.
Dogs who have consumed any chicken jerky products which include treats, chicken tenders or strips, and show any signs of illness should see a veterinarian immediately. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood), lethargy, loss of appetite, increased thirst and urination (signs of kidney problems).
The FDA lists the following product complaints from pet owners and veterinarians associated with illness: Waggin Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, products of the Nestle Purina Pet Care Co.; 3 of Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats, products of the Del Monte Corp. These are just 2 brands, but others have been listed as well.
The FDA asks that anyone whose dog is ill and has consumed chicken jerky products should report the incident to them and send a sample of the product if possible. With more complaints aired and samples of the products, the FDA has a better chance of finding the cause of illness.
Pet owners are starting petitions to demand a ban, recall and warning labels placed on chicken jerky products imported from China.
If you have any chicken jerky products imported from China, please do not feed them to your dog. You can also help prevent illness from spreading by asking the pet store where you shop to remove any of those products from their shelves.
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