Chicken Jerky and Dog Health

Chicken jerky and dog health are back in the news.  Back in September 2007, consumers were warned by the Food & Drug Administration that chicken jerky products may cause illness in dogs.  

As the number of consumer complaints declined, the FDA reduced its investigation of this food.

But over the last 12 months, the complaints regarding chicken jerky are on the rise again.  Chicken jerky is also sold as chicken tenders, strips, and treats.  The chicken jerky had been imported from China. 

So the FDA is warning pet owners that chicken jerky imported from China may cause illness in dogs.

Why are pet food vendors importing chicken jerky from China? 

What is their top priority when it comes to feeding dogs?  Is it the health of the dogs they serve?  Or is it their bottom line – their profits? 

There is no question about this.  They buy chicken jerky from China because it is cheaper.  Therefore, it increases their profitability. 

Providing high quality food to our dogs and cats is very low on their priority list.  What a shame!

I have said this before.  I will never feed my dog food from a vendor that has had food recalled in the past.  This goes for food recalled in 2007 up until today. 

My dog deserves much better and so does yours.

I buy healthy dog food, treats, and supplements from the same company for the past 7 years.  None of their products have ever been recalled.  All of their ingredients are purchased in the United States from vendors that have long term relationships of 10 years or more.

I read an article that discusses the topic of chicken jerky and dog health.  It’s entitled “Just Say No to Chicken Jerky Treats from China” by Susan Thixton.  Here is a quote form the article:

DA 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 complete article can be found here.

Ms. Thixton does an excellent job of laying out these issues.

I would like to hear any comments you have on this topic of chicken jerky and dog health.  Thanks.

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