Dog treats from China have again made the news and, once again, it is not something to be happy about. Product recalls of merchandise from China are familiar these days, from toys and plastic wares to food and pet treats. The current cause for alarm to pet owners is because of reports that their pet’s favorite chicken jerky has made them ill.
A very similar incident occurred last March of 2007, when pet foods were found to be tainted with melamine. This resulted in a recall of pet foods suspected of contamination.
The Latest Contamination Issue
The current problem faced by the FDA and veterinarians concerns a new wave of contaminated products coming from China in the form of chicken jerky pet treats. The past year, pet owners have reported and consulted with their vets that their pet’s treat seems to be the cause of illness.
Chicken-flavored pet foods marketed as “strips,” “treats” and “tenders” are making dogs suffer symptoms like lack of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, increased urination and/or water consumption. More and more pet parents have reported that such symptoms have occurred after their pets have eaten such a treat. However, the total number of reported cases was not enough for the FDA to issue a food recall.
The FDA: Unknown Cause
Because of the rising number of dogs suffering from poisoning, the FDA did studies to determine the real cause of the problem. While the warning they gave did not provide a solution, they remind pet owners to take their pets to the vet as soon as any symptoms develop because there have been some reports of death.
If you see any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should notify your vet so he can run tests to determine whether there is kidney failure or some other syndrome that needs immediate medical attention. Veterinarians will provide medical care for your pet, and of course any remaining treats should immediately be removed.
If your pet has been feeling lethargic after eating some chicken jerky treats, you can also report this to the FDA. The FDA website allows for fast reporting of chicken jerky poisoning; the site also has links to the Easy Reporting Portal of the FDA as well as to the State Consumer Complaints Coordinators.
To be on the safe side, you may wish to refrain from getting pet foods or pet treats from China.