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Beware!! ... Chicken Jerky treats!

March 12, 2012

 

As seen in the Hartford Courant, March 10, 2012 in an article written by Matthew Sturdevant, below are some excerpts about the risk of feeding chicken jerky treats to your dogs, and a link to the full article.
 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued cautionary statements about chicken jerky, which is made by more than a dozen different companies, at several points in the past 4.5 years. Last November, the FDA said chicken jerky products — sometimes marketed as chicken tenders, strips or treats — "may be associated with illness in dogs." Last year, the FDA had received 70 reports of ill dogs, possibly related to chicken jerky, up until its Nov. 18 advisory. The agency has received more than 530 reports since the November advisory — in less than four months.
 
The article goes on to say
 
In the FDA's November warning, it said consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products should watch for decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea — sometimes with blood, increased water consumption and/or increased urination. 
 
A dog owner who sees any of these symptoms after feeding their dog chicken jerky is advised by the FDA to stop giving the dog any more and to contact a veterinarian if the symptoms persisted for more than a day. A blood test may show kidney failure by increased urea nitrogen and creatinine and urine test may indicate Fanconi syndrome the dog, which is when glucose is urinated out rather than absorbed by the kidneys.
 
Town & Country believes that a ‘better safer, rather than sorry’ position in this case is the best option. There are so many options for dog treats these days, that most dogs can be easily convinced to try something different. 
 
If you have any question about good treat options for your pet, or if you have questions about having been feeding chicken jerky treats to your dog, please call the office at 860-645-1700 and our staff will assist you.
 
To read the full text of the article, visit http://www.ctnow.com/lifestyle/live-smart/hc-ls-chicken-jerky-dog-treat-20120310,0,5654475.story