Chicken Jerky Products

Animal guardians love to give their canine companions fun treats to chew on and/or eat.  Chicken jerky products have long been a favorite; however, recently the FDA has been experiencing increased reports of side effects and adverse reactions by animal guardians using these products.

The FDA said this is the same group of products that were also reported has having high numbers of adverse reactions back in 2007. While it is suspected to be due some sort of problem with the ingredients (which are largely made in China), the exact chemical or microbial causes have not been found as of yet. The FDA, however, recently released a report to warn those animal guardians who are using these products.

The FDA has received increasing reports of side effects from chicken jerkyk products for dogs.

Some of the symptoms seen include severe lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting/diarrhea, as well as organ and kidney failure.  If your pet is consuming these products and exhibiting any of these clinical signs, please discontinue use of these products and see your veterinarian immediately for supportive care for your pet.  I prefer all natural treats such as those made by EVO (i.e California Natural treats), PetGuard, Stella & Chewy’s, and PureBites.  For chewable fun, bullysticks are also helpful for canines to exercise their teeth and gums.

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5 Comments

  1. Any word on Duck Jerky treats from China?

  2. I just worked a craft show over Thanksgiving weekend. I had flyers about the recent 2011 FDA warning about Chinese chicken treats and was giving them out and educating anyone I could stop who answered “yes” to the question, “do you have a dog or cat?”

    A groomer I spoke with that weekend told me that she had a client whose dog just passed away from Chinese chicken. My dogs are my children, truly. I can only imagine how devastating that was for that family…

    If you’re looking for a REAL ‘American Made’ chicken treat, we started making our own Chicken Jerky after we ran across the FDA warning of 2008 about Chinese chicken treats making dogs sick or killing them. It turned into a cottage business and we now sell our TriPom Chews in 20 stores in the New England area. Our products are the only ‘Maine Made’, ‘American Made’, chicken jerky produced from whole, restaurant-quality chicken breasts containing NO Additives and NO Preservatives. We had to make them super wholesome as our 3 Pomeranians (our babies) taste test every batch for quality.

  3. There is a NEW article (December 28, 2011) on MSNBC which reports that the FDA is now saying that 353 dogs have gotten sick or died from eating Chinese chicken treats this year. The link is: http://on.msnbc.com/vKKHKK

    Personally, I think the number of dogs sick this year is well over one thousand from the number of websites I’ve visited where I have seen dogs that are ill or that have died being discussed. I am almost certain it is something the Chinese are feeding the poultry used for their treats.

    Did you know, according to Wikipedia and a New York Times article, that the Chinese fed Melamine to livestock? Melamine, as you may know, was the non-listed ingredient responsible for the pet food recall a few years ago. If you haven’t, you should search for \Melamine\ on Wikipedia and read the article.

    Melamine is a principal ingredient in making Formica countertops and causes kidney failure if eaten. The Chinese were also caught putting Melamine into kids’ milk and infant formula.

    The only truly safe treat is one that you make yourself or that you buy from a company you trust. We make and sell our own chicken jerky, TriPom Chews, and only buy from other \Mom & Pop\ sized treat makers that we have met or spoke with.

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  5. do you sell your chicken treats? if so, where? or how do you make them? are you familiar with 100% natural chicken nibbles?

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