The reason I bring attention to this issue again is that dogs are still getting ill!
Our vet has seen cases and my friends at Vets Toronto recently had a case also. Part of the problem is that as of this time no recalls were issued and no contaminant(s) identified.
However, FDA continues to caution against feeding chicken jerky products (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) imported from China.
This problem, in fact, started in September 2007 when FDA issued first cautionary warning. The problems persists.
If you ask me, it's just not worth the risk.
I find it curious that no brands or products were mentioned or pulled.
Chicken jerky products from China is rather vague for my taste.
I checked out the jerky treats selection at PetSmart to get a better picture. Their website features total of 6 chicken jerky products (those that are clearly identified as chicken jerky treats for dogs)
The following state on the package that they were made in USA
- Blue Buffalo Jolly Joints Chicken Jerky Dog Treats
- Blue Buffalo Tranquility Natural Jerky Dog Treats
- Blue Buffalo Exuberance! Natural Jerky Dog Treats
- Wellness Pure Rewards Jerky Snacks for Dogs
The following two chicken jerky products, while featuring wholesome American names, were in fact (as per product information) made in China:
- Milo's Kitchen Home-Style Chicken Jerky Dog Treats
- Canyon Creek Ranch Peanut Butter & Jerky Dog Treats (yes, this one has chicken in it even though it's not part of the name)
I am not saying that these two products are those causing the problem. What I am saying is that you need to look at the small print on the back of the package to find out where was the product really made.
While it isn't clear what the problem is exactly, there clearly is one!
So please, exercise caution, and read the product information carefully. Consult your veterinarian if your dog develops any of the following symptoms after being fed chicken jerky product:
- decreased appetite
- decreased activity
- diarrhea, sometimes with blood
- increased water consumption and/or increased urination
Better yet, make your own jerky treats, we do.
Doggie Stylish published some recipes for home-made dog treats, such as How To Make Homemade Liver Jerky Dog Treats and How To Make Homemade Turkey Jerky Dog Treats.
American Harvest dehydrator is a good way to start.
It's your dog's health!
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