CONSUMER ALERT: FDA issues illness advisory for chicken jerky treats for dogs
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The FDA has issued a third advisory in four years for a company that produces dog treats after an increased number of complaints from consumers.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the advisory on Tuesday, Nov. 22 about chicken jerky treats that are imported from China. The companies included in the advisory are Waggin Train, Canyon Creek Ranch, and Milo’s Kitchen. These products are sold in Louisiana.
The first complaint was issued in 2007 after nearly 100 dogs got sick from the chicken product. Since then, at least 14 died from ingesting grain from China that was tainted with melamine, a chemical that can make products appear to have more protein.
The FDA says that a urine test performed on sick animals shows that by eating the treats, the animals glucose level increased, and blood tests revealed indications of kidney failure. However, they do state that most of the animals who become sick do recover.
Signs of illness include decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood), increased water consumption and/or increased urination. They say if your dog shows signs of any of these symptoms and they persist for more than 24-hours, pet owners should consult a veterinarian.
Consumers are asked to report suspected pet illnesses. Click here to make an online report.