As I was reading the newest edition of The Whole Dog Journal today, I was reminded of the dangers of some dog treats, particularly chicken jerky and semi soft treats imported from China. The first issued warnings were in 2007 from the FDA and frankly, nothing has changed. Warnings are still on their website available to the public. Additional information can be found at http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm092802.htm
Since those warnings, I find myself looking at the small print on the back of dog treat packages for the country of origin, and if I see China, it goes back on the shelf. And, you do have to be careful because sometimes “packaged in USA” is in big print and “made in China” in very tiny print.
Perhaps circumstantial, but I have had a couple of pet sit client dogs with ongoing diarrhea while their owners were gone when I was following the instructions to give the pups a “treat” each day. When the treats stopped, so did the stomach upset. Enough said.
To quote from the article Jerky Treats (and others) still Making Dogs Ill, The Whole Dog Journal, September 2012:
“All of these treats have been associated with a type of kidney failure in dogs called acquired Fanconi syndrome. Affected dogs may show any or all of the following signs:
*Vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes with blood
*Blood tests may show signs of kidney failure”
There are plenty of wholesome treats on the market for our dogs. My pups love baby carrots, frozen green peas, fresh or frozen green beans, chunks of sweet potato or apples in addition to some treats that I pick up from the pet store shelves. I’m not a fanatic and my dogs do occasionally get some “junk food”, but I admit I’m very careful about where the products come from.