Stop Feeding Your Pet Chicken Jerky From China
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report indicating that chicken jerky products from China has been adversely affecting dogs.
Small dogs are most susceptible to the symptoms which include:
- decreased appetite, although some may continue to consume the treats to the exclusion of other foods;
- decreased activity;
- diarrhea, sometimes with blood; and increased water consumption and/or increased urination.
To date the FDA and associated scientists have been unable to ascertain the cause of the illnesses. Neither chemical nor microbial testing have identified any contaminant.
Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.
Blood tests may reveal potential kidney failure and urine tests could show increased glucose a sign of Fanconi syndrome. However, most dogs will recover with only some dogs developing fatal symptoms.