FDA Warning: Dangerous Dog Treats! Spread the Word!!…..

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Our precious little Arie is doing great now!!

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I started giving Arie All Natural Chicken Tenders/Jerky dog treats (Details in the video below). She loved them!! She waited for her treats everyday between her regular meal.  Gradually, I noticed she wasn’t interested in eating her food and her stomach was upset.  When she threw up I became worried something was wrong so I kept watching her for a few weeks.  I never thought her appetite loss was due to dog treats until I found this FDA warning completely by accident!!   Kevin and I checked her treats and to our shock, they were made in China! These treats, made in china, are making dogs sick, causing kidney failure and killing some dogs!!  I want to get this message out to every dog owner!! Check treats, toys, food, rawhide….. DO NOT buy anything made in China.  They do not regulate their products to the standards we do.  Many products could contain arsenic and other dangerous chemicals!!!

Symptoms

Decreased appetite

Decreased activity

Vomiting

Diarrhea, sometimes with blood

Increased water consumption and/or increased urination

*If your dog shows any of these symptoms take them to the vet for further testing right away!

*Read the packaging carefully!! Some treats are made in China but packaged in the U.S.

Arie’s pet sitter Laura, owner of Laura’s Furry Friends is great!! She was kind enough to take Arie to the vet for us as soon as I found the warning!  We did a news story for Fox 59 viewers that day to get the word out.  Many other dogs are showing symptoms. Some have even died!!  Pass this link to every pet owner you know…. many people don’t know what symptoms to look for and many think these treats are healthy just like I did!! Here’s Fox 59′s Kent Erdahl and Arie:

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November 18, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs. In the last 12 months, FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China. These complaints have been reported to FDA by dog owners and veterinarians.

FDA issued a cautionary warning regarding chicken jerky products to consumers in September 2007 and a Preliminary Animal Health Notification in December of 2008. After seeing the number of complaints received drop off during the latter part of 2009 and most of 2010, the FDA is once again seeing the number of complaints rise to the levels of concern that prompted release of our earlier warnings.

Chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be fed occasionally in small quantities.

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 that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products: decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; 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.

FDA, in addition to several animal health diagnostic laboratories in the U.S., is working to determine why these products are associated with illness in dogs. FDA’s Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (VLRN) is now available to support these animal health diagnostic laboratories. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. FDA continues extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified a contaminant.

The FDA continues to actively investigate the problem and its origin. Many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky. Veterinarians and consumers alike should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their state or go to the FDA Complaint Site by clicking here.

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Kimberly LaChatNovember 30, 2011 - 1:40 am

My yellow lab has been sick and losing hair and on top of his paws looks like a hot spot. He acts like he has flees but does not have any.

Mark LandisNovember 30, 2011 - 10:25 am

our puppy seems to be OK with these, but we have opted not to feed them to her any longer. We are instead using them in Holiday Chicken Balls, and sending them to the ex-wife under a different label.

We will monitor her behavior, and note any changes, other than her habit of chasing an imaginary tail,( which we wrote off to its increase in size.)

As an aside, we no longer require any further shipments of collected Rocky Mountain Spotted ticks, as it seems her venemous blood kills the ticks on bite

TriPom ChewsDecember 14, 2011 - 10:10 pm

I’m so sorry to hear what happened to your little girl, but happy to hear she’s doing better!

I just worked a craft show over Thanksgiving weekend. I had flyers about the recent 2011 FDA warning about Chinese chicken treats and was giving them out and educating anyone I could stop who answered “yes” to the question, “do you have a dog or cat?”

A groomer I spoke with that weekend told me that she had a client whose dog just passed away from Chinese chicken. I can only imagine how devastated that family must be…

If you’re looking for a REAL ‘American Made’ chicken treat, we started making our own Chicken Jerky after we ran across the FDA warning of 2008 about Chinese chicken treats making dogs sick or killing them. It turned into a cottage business and we now sell our TriPom Chews online and in 20 stores in the New England area. Our products are the only ‘Maine Made’, ‘American Made’, chicken jerky produced from whole, restaurant-quality chicken breasts containing NO Additives and NO Preservatives. We had to make them super wholesome as our 3 Pomeranians (our babies) taste test every batch for quality.

We offer a healthy, SAFE alternative treat to ones that are making dogs sick or killing them. Pet Parents are looking for an ‘American Made’ treat they can trust. We are just trying to get the word out too…

TriPom ChewsFebruary 7, 2012 - 10:02 pm

Update: U.S. Senator Calls FDA on the Carpet with Chinese Jerky Treats. On Feb. 6, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown sent a letter to Commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, urging the FDA to promptly pursue efforts to find the contaminant in these pet treats and ensure that they are pulled from store shelves. Click here for the article. If the link doesn’t work or is not present, Google “Senator Brown FDA China” to find it. As individuals and as a business (TriPom Chews) that makes SAFE, real ‘American Made’ chicken jerky, we educate people on the dangers of Chinese treats and commend, and fully support, Sen. Brown’s efforts. Contact your Representatives in Congress at Congress.org. Together we CAN make a difference and keep our pets SAFE.

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