Nestlé Purina continues to sell chicken jerky manufactured in China though its subsidiary Waggin’Train, LLC, even though the FDA has repeatedly cautioned consumers of a potential association between the development of severe illness and even death in dogs from the consumption of these Chinese made dog “treats.”
FDA Repeats Warning
In a November 2011 update to it’s 2007 warning, “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to caution consumers of a potential association between the development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products also described as chicken tenders, strips or treats. FDA continues to receive complaints of dogs experiencing illness that their owners or veterinarians associate with consumption of chicken jerky products. The chicken jerky products are imported to the U.S. from China. FDA issued a cautionary warning to consumers in September 2007.”
“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 which may occur within hours to days of feeding the product: decreased appetite, although some may continue to consume the treats to the exclusion of other foods; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; and increased water consumption and/or increased urination. If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.”
Contact the FDA If Your Dog Gets Ill From Chicken Jerky
The FDA continues to actively investigate the problem. Veterinarians and consumers alike should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their state.
If your dog has gotten ill or died from chicken jerky made in China, immediately notify the FDA.