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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.

rcarol February 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM
It would have been nice if you'd have mentioned the brand names of these harmful chicken treats.
Ann Lawson March 06, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Wow! That is really scary. You just don't know where your foor or your pet's food comes from. I guess it is safer to purchase treats that are made from natural ingredients. Ann Lawson http://www.creativedoggytreats.com
Shelly Maslak March 07, 2012 at 01:47 AM
It really is frightening. I try to get them treat with natural ingredients...Too bad you are in IL. I would come visit your shop!
Barbara Fafard March 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM
We lost an 11 mo. King Charles puppy and almost lost our six mo. Cavalier puppy to these treats in 2007. After our Lacie died (taking part of our hearts with her). I contacted breeders around the nation about them and found out hundreds of dogs were getting sick or dying from them. I does not matter the name of company because it appears that these companies are buying their product from the same manufactor in China. The bags always makes it appear that it is made here but in very small print it says product of China. After spending $9,000 trying to save Lacie, we had to say good-bye to our sweet angel puppy. Please spread the word. I hate to think of more dogs getting sick and dying.

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