The FDA is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs - also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats - may be associated with illness in dogs.
The FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China. The complaints have been reported to FDA by dog owners and veterinarians.
The FDA issued a cautionary warning regarding chicken jerky products to consumers in September 2007 and a Preliminary Animal Health Notification in December of 2008. After seeing the number of complaints received drop off during the latter part of 2009 and most of 2010, the FDA is once again seeing the number of complaints rise to the levels of concern that prompted release of our earlier warnings.
FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products:
- decreased appetite;
- decreased activity;
- diarrhea, sometimes with blood;
- increased water consumption and/or increased urination.
If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Consult your veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours.
Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.
Report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in Washington state (800-353-3965) or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints1.