Jerky illness in dogs update

September 21st, 2015 at 9:54 am EST
Hello Friend,

The safeness around jerky for dogs persists, with dogs getting sick from jerky made in the USA. Meaning you need to be extra careful around what you are feeding your dog, cat.

My supplements have been used for over 5 years, been taken by thousands of dogs and cats.

There has been no serious adverse reactions reported with over 30,000 bottles consumed.

We have had some that don't like it ( mostly fussier cats..), some reported cases of vomiting/diarrhea ( usually too much was given), and some reported animals being allergic to the chicken flavored ingredient.

The ingredients in the supplements are carefully sourced, Human Grade, manufactured in a Certified GMP facility.

Thousands of dogs and cats are now experiencing natural pain relief from arthritis with the joint support part of my formula.

You can get your 50% OFF trial bottle, or renew your order here:

According to the FDA, there are still ongoing reports of Jerky treat illness in dogs.

The cause: still unknown

The following article is what is currently known:

American-made jerky tied to illness in dogs

Cases of acquired Fanconi arise despite treat-market shift
By: Edie Lau
For The VIN News Service

Dogs fed jerky-style pet treats labeled as made in the United States are turning up with a rare kidney disease that’s been associated with jerky made in China.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman confirmed Friday that the agency is “aware of complaints related to ‘USA’ made products.” Siobhan DeLancey of the FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine said: “We have found some of these products may contain ingredients from outside of the U.S. FDA continues its investigation into these, as well as other, jerky treats potentially linked to illnesses.”

Dr. Urs Giger, director of the Metabolic Genetics Screening Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, said his laboratory has diagnosed recent cases of acquired Fanconi disease in dogs that ate treats that ostensibly were not made in China or with ingredients from China.

Since 2007, the FDA has been receiving complaints of illness in pets, predominantly dogs, that ate jerky treats. The phenomenon became commonly understood as a Chinese-chicken-jerky-treat problem because most of the products were chicken-based and made in China. Until recently, virtually all chicken jerky for pets was imported from China.

FDA and other investigators have been unable to identify a contaminant in the implicated treats or other reason for illness. But public pressure led many companies selling treats to shift or establish manufacturing operations in the United States within the past year or two.

In February, the FDA reported that the rate of complaints it received involving jerky treats slowed between May and Sept. 30, raising hopes that the problem might resolve on its own. Whether that trend has continued since then is unclear; the agency has not posted an updated tally.

One thing is clear: Veterinarians still are seeing cases of jerky-related illnesses. Dr. Bonnie Werner, an internal medicine specialist at Animal Emergency Medical Center in Torrance, California, for example, is treating a 2-year-old Yorkshire terrier who was referred by her regular veterinarian. The dog was sick with vomiting and diarrhea for more than a week prior.

According to Werner, tests showed the dog had impaired kidney function and glycosuria — glucose in urine — which are signs that point to acquired Fanconi disease.

Werner said the dog’s owner was aware of the link between jerky treats and illness but thought that products made in the U.S. were safe. As a regular treat, the 5-pound terrier was given Spot Farms “all-natural chicken strips,” Werner said. The strips are described on the product website as made from “antibiotic-free chicken raised on family farms in Kentucky.”

The website also says that “all of the ingredients that we use in our products are certified fit for human consumption. Because all of the ingredients used in our treats are all natural, our treats are free of artificial colors and preservatives. You won’t find things like BHA, BHT, or any other chemical with strange abbreviated names in any of our treats.”

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Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. So what is causing the kidney disease in dogs secondary to jerky treat consumption?

Unlikely it's the meat to jerky process...just by drying out the beef/chicken you shouldn't be producing kidney disease. 

I suspect some lesser suspect additive to maintain freshness/extend shelf life...or something in the chicken itself IF the chicken is factory farmed, and hormone/antibiotic laden..

My suggestion  AVOID Jerky Treats all together

P.P.S.   Thousands of dogs and cats are now experiencing natural pain relief from arthritis with the joint support part of my formula.

And zero serious adverse effects with over 30000 doses

You can get your 50% OFF trial bottle, or renew your order here:

DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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