FDA CAUTIONS ABOUT CHICKEN JERKY PRODUCTS FOR DOGS
The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings about certain jerky products causing illness in dogs. According to a November 18, 2011 update, the FDA has seen an increase during the past 12 months in the number of complaints from dog owners and veterinarians involving the consumptions of chicken jerky products from China. Symptoms reported include: a decrease in appetite, a decrease in activity, vomiting, diarrhea, and increase in water consumptions and urine output. Extensive testing has been done on these products, but a causative agent has not been found. Owners can report any illnesses associated with pet food products at www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
The American Veterinary Medical Association posts details about pet food recalls at www.avma.org/petfoodsafety/recalls.