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Chicken Jerky May Cause Sickness in Dogs
Chicken Jerky May Cause Sickness in Dogs

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, chicken jerky dog treats made in China are once again causing sickness in pets.

Citing an FDA warning issued in November, the AVMA said it has received reports from the Canadian Veterinary medical Association of illnesses similar to the cases reported in 2007.

While the specific cause of the problem in 2007 was never pinpointed, the FDA says reported cases of illnesses in dogs given chicken jerky treats made in China are on the rise again.

Chicken jerky, which may be called jerky, chicken tenders, chicken strips or chicken treats, will be clearly labeled somewhere on the packaging if they are made in China. A casual check of chicken jerky treats at two Macon grocery stores revealed that about half of the chicken jerky products are made in China, even if the company that distributes the treats is American.

The FDA has not issued a recall at this time, and simply suggests giving only small amounts of chicken jerky, if you wish to give it to your pet at all. The FDA warning states that most dogs recover, but some have died.

If your dog eats chicken jerky treats, watch for symptoms of adverse reaction. The symptoms may appear within hours or within days and include decreased appetite or activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), increased water consumption and/or increased urination.

If symptoms appear, stop feeding the dog chicken jerky at once. If symptoms become severe, take your dog to the veterinarian immediately. Blood work may show kidney failure or Fanconi syndrome.



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