Jerky Treats Warning
The FDA released a statement last week warning consumers of potential health issues linked to chicken jerky products, including those named chicken tenders, crisps or treats.
The cautionary note comes amidst 70 complaints from pet owners, who have reported up to 95 dogs have become ill after eating this type of treat.
Some of the dogs associated with these cases have died, but the statement was clear to indicate that it's possible some of the deaths are not due to the chicken.
Banfield, The Pet Hospital, provided the FDA with this preliminary information and says symptoms are gastrointestinal in nature, including vomiting, diarrhea and bloody diarrhea. Dogs demonstrating typical symptoms may also exhibit, “decreased food consumption, although some may continue to consume the treats to the exclusion of other foods; decreased activity or lethargy; vomiting; diarrhea. sometimes with blood; and increased water and/or increased urination. Some or all of these signs may be present in any individual.”
Blood and urine tests can also be taken to further flush out the symptoms. Most dogs seem to recover – but again, some have died.
It's recommended that consumers whose pets have eaten this type of treat cease to do so if any of the following symptoms appear; any decreased activity and appetite, increased water intake and urination, vomiting/diarrhea. If these signs go on for more than 24 hours, take your pet to a vet, immediately.
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