Skip to comments.Chicken jerky treats linked to mystery illnesses, deaths in dogs
Posted on 11/21/2011 4:18:34 PM PST by khnyny
Chicken jerky treats may be to blame for dozens of new reports of mysterious illnesses and some deaths in dogs, prompting a renewed warning for pet owners by the Food and Drug Administration.
At least 70 dogs have been sickened so far this year after reportedly eating chicken jerky products imported from China, FDA officials said. Thats up from 54 reports of illness in 2010. Some of the dogs have died, according to the anecdotal reports from pet owners and veterinarians.
FDA officials say they have not been able to find a cause for the illnesses. Extensive chemical and microbiological testing has failed to turn up a specific contaminant and officials did not identify a specific brand of treats. They note that the reports of illness have not conclusively been tied to chicken jerky products, also sold as chicken tenders, chicken strips or chicken treats.
The new warning follows previous FDA cautions about chicken jerky treats in 2007 and 2008. But after a high of 156 reports of illness in 2007, the number of complaints dropped. Now, it's rising again.
Dog owners and vets are reporting that animals may be stricken with a range of illnesses within days or hours of eating chicken jerky, including kidney failure and Fanconi syndrome, a condition characterized by low glucose.
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If the chicken parts are so bad that they cannot be made into a mcnugget, then it may not be fit for dogs.
Chicken Jerky Treats ping.
So far it looks like they are bad for some dogs.
Likely no data on odd cats who discovered they were tasty.
They were a gift for Mason dog, who never ate any but died anyway.
The cats found them and proclaimed them acceptable. They're still eating them.
Like an hour ago.
From another source:
Sorry to hear about Mason, I was wondering about him just a couple days ago. Probably because some n00b resurrected an ancient thread and I saw a post by Flyer.
I was buying my Basenji chicken jerkey treats from Milo’s Kitchen. He loved those things! It was like crack for him! I noticed that they were made in China. Other Milo’s Kitchen treats are made in the US, but he doesn’t like the other flavors. I’ve looked at other brands of chicken jerky treats, and they all seem to be made in China. Basnejis are especially prone to Fanconi syndrome, so I stopped giving them to him. I also noticed that he was having a lot of asthma attacks when he ate them.
He lived a long time and enjoyed his retirement in the country.
He died in his own yard, well fed and loved, uninjured and not lost.
I say he won. That’s a win.
It makes me angry as I think my dog was affected. Noticed some negative symptoms and I stopped giving him the “treats” as I thought they didn’t agree with him.
As Americans, we also need to know where our people food is coming from - personally, I want nothing to do with any food product imported from China - I don’t care how cheap it is...
Our doggy got sick when we gave him some kind of meat jerky treats from China.
Now give our dog only stuff made in the old USA.
So folks, just wait until all of your medical products are made there. Yip freakin eee.
Dogs are cool
You did right by him and Jim. Thanks.
My dog’s been eating the chicken jerky strips from Costco for years with no ill effects that I’ve noticed.
I’m sorry about the loss of your dog, but it sounds like he had a great life and was very well loved. You’ll see him again.
If there was ever a better thread for this video, I ain’t seen it.
Chickety China, Chinese Chicken!