Dog Owners Warned Over Chicken Jerky

Pet News. From the Editors

Food & Drug Administration, Maryland, United States (September 27th 2007)

Consumers are being warned of a potential association between Chinese-made chicken jerky products and development of illness in dogs. The products can also be described as chicken tenders, strips or treats and more than 95 animals have been reported as experiencing illness that their owner associates with eating such products.

The Food and Drug Administration has conducted extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified any contaminant, and is therefore unable to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. So far, they have ruled out melamine, one of the chemicals that led to the massive pet food recall this spring, and various bacteria such as Salmonella.

The AVMA has learned that all complaints have involved jerky treats from China.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital,  has presented data that suggests an association between exposure to the chicken jerky products and signs of gastrointestinal illness (vomiting, diarrhea and bloody diarrhea). Affected dogs have typically displayed decreased food consumption; decreased activity or lethargy; vomiting; diarrhea and increased water consumption and/or increased urination. Some or all of these signs may be present in any individual. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). The FDA’s statement says that "most" dogs that have been reported so far survive the illness. 

The FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch the dogs closely for any of the symptoms described above. While a list of brand/product names of affected treats is not yet available, the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) has learned that all complaints have involved jerky treats from China. We recommend that pet owners use their best judgment in this matter.

I guess the big questions are:

When are we going to realize that we need to cook for our pets and realize that the propoganda of feeding your dog "dog food" to keep them healthy is just that? 

 And secondly, when are we going to stop buying Chinese?  How many American pets, infants, children etc must become ill or die before we say no more?!?

Buy American…  Create Jobs Back In The U.S.  Insist On Safe Products.  And Buy Less, But Better or Healthier If Necessary.  One Toy That Is Safe and Made Well Is Better Than 3 or 4 That Use Lead Paint or Other Toxic Materials.

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I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place".
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