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These Dog Treats Can Be Harmful

The FDA warns that some chicken jerky treats made in China have sickened dogs. Knowing the origin of the treats requires a careful check of the label.

I thought everyone had heard about an FDA warning that chicken jerky treats from China are making dogs sick and can be fatal. The FDA says they can also be sold as "chicken tenders" or "chicken strips."

Yet when I was in the store the other day, I found them on the shelf. As I read the back of the package, I could see how people may not even realize the chicken treats are from China.

The larger words on the back of the package say “An American Company,” and in smaller letters in another corner were the words “Made in China.” 

This disturbs me.

On Dec. 1, 2011, Patch posted an article on a Gulfport pet owner who discovered the chicken jerky treats were causing his pets' illness. He began warning others of the risks, which are outlined by the FDA.

Some symptoms that pet owners may notice in their dogs are vomiting, diarrhea, decreased activity, bloody diarrhea, increased water consumption, increased urination and lethargy. The treats can also be linked to serious issues such as kidney failure and blood-sugar issues.

These symptoms can be associated with many things, so make sure you think about what your dog ate recently. Look at your dog's diet up to five days before the problem started.

You might be asking why there have not been any recalls. The FDA cannot actually identify a specific product as the problem. Since the FDA cannot pinpoint it, there is no recall. All the FDA can do is warn owners about
the risks and suggest that they take their babies to the vet – and read the labels.

Be careful not to lightheartedly skim the labels when you are buying dog treats. Even when the package says the chicken treats come from an “American company,” there is no guarantee the product was made in America.

Your dogs cannot choose the right foods for themselves; it is up to you to be a careful consumer.

Here are some more tips from the FDA.

Melody Urso February 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Good information, Shelly, as many people don't read the packaging when purchasing for their pets. They have no choice in the matter, so it's up to us to ensure they get the best possible quality. I never purchase anything for Jessie Made in China and, as you know :-), often make my own dog treats.
Stacy Rush February 27, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Great info Shelly. We have learned the same thing. Thanks for helping others protect their four legged family.
Rosie February 28, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Melody, can you make these??? I see a cottage industry here.
Cecilia February 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Julie, Just about any dog treat - except rawhide - that is avaiable can be made in your own kitchen. A food dehydrator is a great place to start for the chicken, turkey, or even prok jerky. Very few dogs have sensitivity to very lean pork - just an FYI. I make gluten free dog, vegan crunchy bisquits for mine using potato and bean flours. The possibilities are endless.....

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