Chicken jerky products such as chicken tenders, strips, or treats for dogs are being investigated by the FDA for a possible connection to canine illness and death. In their press release titled, Caution to Dog Owners About Chicken Jerky Products they wrote, “FDA continues to receive complaints of sick dogs that their owners or veterinarians associate with eating chicken jerky products.” (Source: FDA)
The FDA wrote the chicken jerky products under investigation are imported from China. Askavetquestion.com reported from another source the FDA was investigating 353 cases of dogs becoming sick after eating chicken jerky products.
The FDA provided the following tips for dog owners using chicken jerky products:
- Do not substitute chicken jerky products for a balanced diet. The products are intended to be used occasionally and in small quantities.
- Owners of small dogs must be especially careful to limit the amount of these products.
- If you choose to feed your dog chicken jerky products, watch the dog closely.
- Stop feeding the product if your dog shows any of the following signs, which may occur within hours to days after feeding the product:
- decreased appetite, although some dogs may continue to eat the treats instead of other foods
- decreased activity
- diarrhea, sometimes with blood
- increased water drinking or increased urination
- Call your veterinarian if signs are severe or last for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to FDA have involved dogs that have died. (Source: FDA)
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