The FDA has issued a warning about the possible danger of feeding pets chicken jerky from China. This follows Australia recalling Chinese chicken jerky. Australia recalled KraMar Supa Naturals Chicken Breast Strips after it was link to dogs falling ill. If this issue with chicken jerky sounds familiar, it’s because this is a repeat of the same problem a year ago.
The FDA warns that feeding your dog chicken jerky from China may result in illness and sometimes death. Signs of illness include:
- decreased appetite
- decreased activity
- diarrhea (sometimes with blood)
- increased water consumption
- increased urination
If your dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding them chicken jerky. If any of the symptoms above are severe or last more than 24 hours, get your dog to a vet immediately to check for kidney failure and Fanconi syndrome. Scientists don’t yet know what is causing transient Fanconi syndrome in affected dogs.
Fanconi syndrome is more commonly seen as a genetic disease found in Basenjis affecting the kidneys. The cases of Fanconi syndrome linked to jerky treats are acquired not inherited.