Since 2007, the Food and Drug Administration has been investigating claims concerning pet illnesses related to chicken jerky treats, most of which appear to be manufactured in China. Since September 2013, the FDA has received approximately 3000 reports of pet illness with 580 deaths.
The FDA is advising pet owners to avoid any type of pet treat that has been manufactured in China. While some pet treats are not manufactured in China, ingredients in the pet treats may have come from China. Therefore, it is advised to avoid any type of jerky treat especially chicken jerky. Specific brands that have been linked to some of these pet illnesses include Milo’s Kitchen, Canyon Creek and Waggin’ Train.
If your dog develops an illness related to a pet treat, you may notice signs of vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, lethargy, increased drinking and increased urination. If you observe any of these clinical signs, please contact your veterinarian immediately. Blood work and a urinalysis maybe recommended to evaluate liver and kidney function. Changes in liver and kidney function have been the most common findings related to these types of pet illnesses.
The FDA is also emphasizing that treats are not a required component of a balanced diet. However, we recognize the importance of the human-animal bond and rewarding your beloved pet. Recommendations for treats include baby carrots, green beans or treats known to be manufactured in the United States by reputable distributors. If you have any questions or concerns about the treats you are offering your pet, do not hesitate to call and ask a member of our veterinary staff.
Links to additional information regarding the FDA investigation of jerky pet treats can be found at: