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FDA Issues Dog Treat Warning

December 2, 2011 by Jillian at Tails in Featured, Home with 7 Comments

chicken jerky dog treatsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently issued an urgent warning concerning chicken jerky dog treats made in China.  These treats may be linked to a foodborne illness though the root cause of the problem has not been identified. However, it is reported a number of dogs have already become ill after consuming these treats.

Veterinarian, Lance Blackburn said in regards to the situation, “There are animals getting sick from an unknown cause. The FDA has tested the jerky treats; they are unable to find any contaminants. They are unable to find any infectious agent. So at this point, unfortunately it’s an association and we don’t really have a true cause and effect.”

“[This situation] creates the uncertainty and creates the anxiety of how can we certify foods that are free from item X, if we don’t know what item X is.”

A concern was first noted in 2007 after 150 complaints of dog illness linked to chicken jerky products.  Since that time the number of complaints has declined, but is recently climbing once again.  The FDA states it is currently investigating 70 known cases of possibly related to the Chinese chicken products.  The FDA is advising pet owners to check labels and avoid products imported from China.

Signs and symptoms pet’s experience are decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, increase of water consumption, and/or increased urination.  If you suspect your pet may be affected please speak to a veterinarian immediately.  Early treatment usually leads to a full recovery. If the cause is found to be a bad treat the FDA should be notified.

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7 Comments

  1. Roger StoneJanuary 20, 2013 at 6:34 pmReply

    Our dog was very sick and vet didn’t know what was wrong with him. He had two IV’s and lots of medicine. He had been eating the Waggin’ Tail treats and now after the things we have heard, we think that might have been his problem. Guess after what one of the people said, it wouldn’t do any good to call Waggin’ Tail as they wouldn’t help them and more or less blew them off.

  2. Tell Stores it's NOT Okay to Sell Deadly Dog Treats | TailsInc.comApril 9, 2012 at 12:25 pmReply

    […] We’ve all read about the dog treats that are killing dogs–they’re dying from kidney failure, liver failure and other illnesses after chicken jerky treats from China are being sold by major pet food companies like Nestle Purina. […]

  3. KenMarch 7, 2012 at 4:43 pmReply

    An FDA document leaked this week from a confidential source within the US Congress details the chronological timeline of tests that the agency has performed on chicken jerky treats since 2007 – tests which many pet owners say have ignored some of the most potentially lethal substances possibly responsible for the rash of pet illnesses and deaths.

    Read the report at: http://www.TriPomChews.net/fda-tests-jerky-treats

  4. Jeff ArmentroutFebruary 11, 2012 at 12:30 pmReply

    My dog recently went through an illness where he would not eat, move much, puked quite a bit, and was this way for several days. He finally started acting like himself after about a week.

    Upon looking in the cabinet after reading this article, I found that the treats I had for him were infact made in china and were chicken based. They were more of the long, skinny type rather than the jerky looking kind.

    The ones I had were the Wal-mart brand…………. They are history.

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  6. ChelseaDecember 2, 2011 at 4:22 pmReply

    My dog was horribly ill for over a week for unknown causes. I spent nearly 1,000 dollars at the vet in ONE WEEK trying to make her better. Today when I saw the FDA warning, I checked my dog’s chicken jerky treats made by Waggin Tails and after many phone calls discovered they are in fact made in china. The company was not sorry for my dog’s sickness and basically blew me off. I highly advise everyone to avoid Waggin Tails products!!!!

  7. christine petersonDecember 2, 2011 at 4:12 pmReply

    My dog ate these in December 2010. She was so ill we thought she would die. We did not connect the treats and illness until hearing this year. We had countless tests run with no conclusuve results. She still has digestive complcations.

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