The FDA has issued a caution against chicken treats for dogs. These morsels, also sold as chicken tenders, chicken jerky, and chicken strips, may be associated with severe to fatal illness in dogs.
The bulletin was issued after a noticeable increase in consumer commentary around this type of dog food. Both veterinarians and private dog owners have been steadily bringing these complaints forward since October, 2010.
Two earlier warnings
An original caution was issued in September of 2007 and then again in December of 2008. The number of complaints dropped, and the FDA thought the warning had been heard. Since there are so many new complaints, a second warning was issued.
Many of these products are produced in China and a caution is issued to check the country of manufacture. This is an ongoing problem for the FDA. Domestic products are regulated, even within pet foods, but many supplements are produced out of the country. And sadly, China has a long history of food and toy gaffes that have proven fatal to American and Australian consumers. And, in China, there is no requirement to warn consumers when an ingredient changes, even if the ingredient is dangerous.
These treats are not meant to be the sole component of a pet’s diet, but a supplement only. Watch for treats produced domestically as a better option for your loved pet.
In the interest of our furred friends, DogFoodAdvisor has published a list of what to look for within a few days of feeding your pet these treats:
- Decreased appetite
- Decreased activity
- Diarrhea (sometimes with blood)
- Increased water consumption
- Increased urination
if you see any one of these symptoms in your pet, please get a blood test. Most dogs recover, but more than a few have not.
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