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Chicken Jerky Treats for Dogs: Another warning by the FDA

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Chicken Jerky Treats for Dogs: Another warning by the FDA


Margaret Saiki


Over the past few years the FDA has been investigating incidences of chicken treats manufactured and imported from China causing illness in dogs.  First reported in in 2007, dogs eating these chicken treats developed signs “Fanconi syndrome”. Fanconi  Syndrome is gluocosuria (glucose in urine) in the face of either normal blood glucose levels (euglycemia) or hypoglycemia (low glucose levels in the blood). Signs of this disease include lethargy, vomiting, decreased appetite diarrhea and alterations in thirst and urination.

Unfortunately, no one has been able to find any component in the treats that would cause the disease. The FDA has noted 70 reports of Fanconi-like Syndrome associated with chicken jerky treats in 2010.

FDA Recommendations:

Chicken treats should be given in small amounts and should not be a major part of a pets’ diet.

Watch for: “Signs of decreased appetite, decreased activity, increased water consumption, increased urination, vomiting and/or diarrhea.”

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 Update 11.20.12 China refuses FDA sampling of jerky treats



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