Chicken Jerky and Dog Health –Updated Health Issues Today

Chicken Jerky and Dog Health – The health issues related to chicken jerky treats for dogs have been reported in this blog in prior posts.  Unfortunately, these dog health issues are not improving.  Instead they are getting much worse. 

The health problem is apparently related to chicken jerky dog treats imported from China.  Many of these treats are resulting in dogs becoming severely ill or even dying soon after eating this food.

The number of these occurrences are actually increasing significantly rather than decreasing.

The problem with imported chicken jerky goes back to consumer complaints in 2006 and 2007.  That issue was never resolved by the FDA.

The FDA has not been able to identify the cause of the health problem or its source.  Perhaps it is not a top priority for them.

Dog owners must monitor their pet’s health very closely.  They should look for signs of “decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea; increased water consumption and/or increased urination.”

A recent article discusses chicken jerky and dog health.  It is entitled “Hundreds of reports of sick dogs come flooding in as FDA issues warning about pet treats imported from China” by Jonathan Benson.

Here is a quote from the article:

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still reportedly trying to pinpoint the cause of an illness outbreak affecting an increasing number of dogs all over the country. According to a recent warning issued by the FDA, dog owners need to be aware of the source of their pet treats. Many chicken jerky treats imported from China have been making dogs severely ill.

Just a few weeks ago, we reported on 70 known cases of dogs becoming severely ill or dying from chicken jerky treats imported from China (…). But that number has spiked to more than 350 after the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine issued a new warning to pet owners to beware of the Chinese imported pet treats.

“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; increased water consumption and/or increased urination,” says the FDA warning (…).

At this point, regulators have been unable to identify a specific brand, or even a specific contaminant, that may be responsible for causing the illness. However, the warning follows several others dating back to 2007 and 2008 when the FDA issued similar warnings about chicken jerky treats that were making dogs ill, an anomaly that remains to be solved.

The entire article can be read here.

The article goes on to say that dog treats and other pet food products are somewhat questionable at best.  The source of this food is not clear.  Much of these ingredients may come from foreign countries.  Pet food companies are not required to disclose this information.

Although many of the most popular dog foods and treats were recalled in 2007 because of problems with imported ingredients, most pet food companies are probably continuing to buy some ingredients from other countries in order to lower its costs.  This puts our pets at risk.  But does anyone care?

My very strong recommendation is to buy the best quality dog food, treats, and supplements from Life’s Abundance.  All of their pet food, treats, and supplements are produced domestically.  That means that none of it is imported from foreign countries.  None of its products have ever been recalled.

If you have any questions about this, please call Scott Hubbard toll free at 877-878-4036 or email me at  I wish everyone the very best.

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