Dog Owners Warned About Chicken Jerky

FDA continues to receive complaints about products, cautions consumers.

Posted: December 23, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Chicken jerky imported to the United States from China continues to be the source of complaints from dog owners and veterinarians who maintain that these products are making pets sick, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

The FDA first issued a cautionary warning in September 2007 alerting consumers about the potential association between illness in dogs and these products, also described as chicken tenders, strips, or treats.

In Australia, recent reports that the University of Sydney is also investigating a link between sick dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky has led to at least one firm recalling their chicken jerky product. The recall notification indicated that the chicken jerky product was manufactured in China.

The FDA on Friday released a statement that said, “The continued trend of consumer complaints coupled with the information obtained from Australia warrants an additional reminder and animal health notification.”

In addition, the FDA said that chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are meant to be used occasionally in small amounts. Consumers who choose to feed their dogs these products are advised to watch for the following symptoms:

* Decreased appetite, although some may continue to eat the treats but not other food.

* Decreased activity or lethargy.

* Vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes with blood.

* Increased water drinking and urination.

Scientists have not determined a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. The FDA said it continues to investigate the problem. 


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Chris   Hanover, PW

2/4/2009 11:13:11 AM

In January 2008 my chihuahua became ill with "acquired Fanconi Syndrome". This is is aquired by ingesting a toxin. Since I home cook for her I knew it was the Chinese Chicken Jerky - the majority of which was Waggin Train. She had to see a vet that could do a special blood gas test and had to go on a protocol developed for Basenjis (as Fanconi Syndrome is genetic to that breed of dog). My own vet had no idea what it was - it was only me looking up her symptoms on the web (which basically was really excessive drinking, peeing and very high level of glucose in her urine) that I realised what it was.

With the help of Dr. Gonto and his protocol (various supplements and minerals - vast amounts each day) that Rosie now has no glucose in her urine and I am hoping that she has recovered. But time will tell if her kidneys are damaged or

Rosie was one of the lucky ones - she didn't lose her life through greedy commercial practices.

I will never again buy any food product from China. It's about time that American Companies started making their products in their home country!

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Jenny   New Oxford, PA

12/29/2008 7:12:19 PM

WOW! GO CRAIG from Brooklyn NY!!! I too am fed up with the crap coming out of China! Quite frankly, I am fed up with all of the dog food recalls! Now dont get me wrong, I'm glad the companies catch the contaminates, but what the heck is going on here? Why are there so many, and where is quality control before the dog food/treats become contaminated?

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Craig   Brooklyn, NY

12/26/2008 4:55:18 PM

First, I am now completely fed up with the total lack of ethics on the part of Chinese manufacturing firms. Whether it's melamine in dog food, melamine in candy sold to HUMANS worldwide, to lead in paint on toys made for HUMAN children. The utter lack of respect the Chinese have for ANY form of life is disgusting. The ONLY saving grace for the Chinese is the fact that their government puts a bullet in the head of those responsible. It's too bad that thousands of people and animals have to die before the responsible individual(s) actually get that bullet to the head; which they so richly deserve. / Now second, what the heck does ''Let's hope for the best, and not for the worst'' mean? The correct phrase is ''Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.'' And the MEANING (in this case) is to assume ANYTHING made in China and sold as food is poisonous, and should be avoided like the plague!

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Michele   Freeport, IL

12/23/2008 8:35:26 PM

I'm saddened to read that yet again our pets are at risk due to recalls.Me and my dog are just happy that they are so quick to catch the mistake and warn consumers.

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