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Another warning about chicken jerky treats

A new warning has been issued about health-related problems involving dogs eating chicken jerky products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says in a media release that it continues to receive complaints about dogs becoming ill after consuming chicken tenders, strips or treats imported to the United States from China.

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This is the second time the FDA has issued a cautionary warning. One was issued in September 2007. Scientists have been unable to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses, and the FDA has conducted chemical and microbial testing but has yet to identify a contaminant.
The FDA is advising consumers who feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their pets for the following symptoms which may occur within hours to days after the feeding: decreased appetite, although some may continue to consume the treats to the exclusion of other foods; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; and increased water consumption and urination.
Owners should consult their veterinarian if these signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure and urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Most dogs appear to recover, but some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.

Reports about dogs becoming ill after eating chicken jerky treats prompted an Australian company to recently announce a voluntary recall. Kramar Pet Company is voluntarily removing Supa Naturals Chicken Breast Strips after receiving 15 complaints about dogs becoming ill with Fanconi-like Syndrome after eating the treats. The product was manufactured in China.


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