Pet owners continue to file complaint reports on chicken jerky dog treats following media attention and government reports associating chicken jerky from China with recent illnesses in dogs.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 600 complaints in just the first five-and-a-half months of this year.
Since FDA hasn’t yet determined a cause or source of the illnesses, despite continued testing, pet owners and consumer advocates stepped up their demand for answers early this spring.
Media attention also alerted some pet owners to the fanconi-like symptoms that dogs are reported to experience when sickened by whatever could be in the chicken jerky. VIN says the increase in reports could also be due to an increase in awareness.
No company has issued a recall for their chicken jerky treats, including Nestlé Purina, with which we spoke in April.
Reported symptoms match those of Fanconi Syndrome, identifiable by the following:
diarrhea, sometimes with blood;
increased water consumption; and/or
If your dog shows any of these symptoms, discontinue feeding the chicken jerky treats and contact your veterinarian.
If you suspect your pet may have been sickened by contaminated food, you can report it to FDA here.
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(Via VIN, Photo via -theuntoldstoryofemilyy)