In a new blog post on PetMD, a Colorado, USA, veterinarian is warning pet owners about a possible link between chicken jerky products imported from China and illness in dogs.
At the end of 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration cautioned dog owners of a "potential association between development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products also described as chicken tenders, strips or treats." However, even after testing for microbial and chemical contaminants in the products, FDA has been unable to identify a specific cause for the illnesses. In November, FDA warned dog owners again of the potential link between illnesses reported in dogs and consumption of chicken jerky products from China, as cases of dog illness after consuming the jerky products are rising again.
The veterinarian says that dogs that have consumed the chicken jerky products from China and become sick often exhibit Fanconi syndrome-like symptoms, such as vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea (sometimes containing blood), lethargy, and increased thirst and urination. She also urges pet owners to file a report with FDA, which will help the agency in tracking the source of contamination.