FDA Renews its Warning on Chicken Jerky Treats

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This from the FDA's website:

FDA Issues Warning on Chicken Jerky for Dogs
BY NEWS DESK | NOV 20, 2011
Pet owners should be aware that chicken jerky products from China may be associated with reports of Fanconi-like syndrome in dogs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned.

The FDA issued the following alert:

Chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be fed occasionally in small quantities.

FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that 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. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist 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 the FDA have involved dogs that have died.

FDA, in addition to several animal health diagnostic laboratories in the U.S., is working to determine why these products are associated with illness in dogs. FDA's Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (VLRN) is now available to support these animal health diagnostic laboratories. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. FDA continues extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified a contaminant.

The FDA continues to actively investigate the problem and its origin. Many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky. Veterinarians and consumers alike should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their state or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
 

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Note: - This warning is about chicken meat sourced from China. Please look at the label on your treats. Costco sells large bags of these treats, and the chicken is from China, it is on the label.
 

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thank you jburgh
wicky did like those chicken jerky treats
but gave her some tummy problems
so she does not get them anymore
she loves regular jerky
people jerky
she shares with my granddaughter who loves the stuff also
go figure
every time I see my DGD eat jerky I keep thinking who's DGD are you?????
to me jerky is like scrapple or spam
 

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I've never tried the chicken jerkey...and I definitely won't try it now! It's funny that I read every label of things I give to my dog, but don't always do the same for myself.