I have seen so many "advice" ideas on here- some of them deadly for pets. A few things- please understand that seeking out medical advice on the internet for your pet is very dangerous- If you are concerned for your pet you can can call animal poison control or an emergency vet clinic and speak to a vet nurse who can advise you further with the resources you have. I have worked vet emergency for many years and have always seen many cases where the pet was given internet advice and became worse off. Don't assume that all animals react the same to all drugs, toxins or "home therapies". Many things can be affected by the animals breed, age and even species specific differences.
Please seek out medical care from people who have 8 years of training in physiology, anatomy, toxicology and pathology. I understand money is tight, but veterinary care is part of owning a pet and it's important that you take that responsibility when you first acquire a pet. I believe many illness have many treatment options, some homeopathic and some clinical- but it's important that you make the decision based on the best interest of your pet and with your family and your family veterinarian.
I have never seen anyone turned away from care unless they were beligerent or refused to pay exam fees or make minimal payments (interest free options available at almost all ER centers- just ask). So please seek out advice from a trained professional- we really do care and we have dedicated many tireless years of our lives learning things to help you and your pets!
(Aliso Viejo, Ca.)
Regarding your comment that waggin train chicken strips have chicken, vegetable glycerin and natural flavor? I think you should look up just exactly what "natural flavor" is. these flavorings are chemicals made up by scientists who are hired by companies to create a tasty have to have it again treat or food. Sure shocked me! one other note, what are these companies putting in our food??? Beware!!!! Barbara
Chicken Jerky Products
I just read the warning on chicken jerky products. We feed these occasionally and I'm assuming they're from China so this makes me nervous. However, I haven't seen ill effects from them. I use them in small amounts occasionally as a training treat.
One possible reason people are having trouble with them occurred to me. I know from my study of human nutrition and traditional diet (like those studied by Weston A. Price) that protein should never be consumed without ample dietary fat as that will deplete the body of fat-soluble vitamins. Also, minerals can't be absorbed properly without fat and vitamins A and D (real, pre-formed Vit. A, not beta-carotene, and natural Vit. D2--cholecalciferol-- not synthetic Vit. D2 or ergocalciferol). So I wonder whether sometimes people are feeding too much of these lean chicken strips and it is throwing off the fat/protein balance in their diets. For more information on this as researched in humans, see the Weston A. Price Foundation website (nonprofit educational site so I hope you'll publish the URL: http://www.westonaprice.org) and read about good fats and traditional diets. So adding extra fat when using the chicken strips could possibly help. It's not the fat that makes them fat, unless you're overfeeding food quantity in general, it's the carbs from grains, fruits, vegetables, which are biologically inappropriate for dogs. A little vegetable matter is ok, especially greens, but please don't feed your dogs grains or fruits.
(Woonsocket, Ri, United States)
Chicken Jerky Products
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Preliminary Animal Health Notification
December 19, 2008
FDA Continues To Receive Complaints about Chicken Jerky Products for Dogs and Cautions Consumers
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to caution consumers of a potential association between the development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products also described as chicken tenders, strips or treats. FDA continues to receive complaints of dogs experiencing illness that their owners or veterinarians associate with consumption of chicken jerky products. The chicken jerky products are imported to the U.S. from China. FDA issued a cautionary warning to consumers in September 2007.
Australian news organizations report the University of Sydney is also investigating an association between illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky in Australia. At least one firm in Australia has recalled their chicken jerky product and the recall notification stated the chicken jerky product was manufactured in China.
FDA believes the continued trend of consumer complaints coupled with the information obtained from Australia warrants an additional reminder and animal health notification.
Chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be
used occasionally and in small quantities. Owners of small dogs must be especially careful to limit the amount of these products.
FDA, in addition to several veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the U.S, is working to determine why these products are associated with illness in dogs. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. FDA has conducted extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified any contaminant.
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 which may occur within hours to days of feeding the product: decreased appetite, although some may continue to consume the treats to the exclusion of other foods; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; and 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.
The FDA continues to actively investigate the problem. 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 http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html in their state.
My cat was a beautiful long hair calico. Recently, she has been overgrooming and pulling her hair out, so we took her to the vet to be looked at. They gave her a cortizone shot to help ease itching as they thought she could have an allergy. It turns out my cat had a heart condition we were not aware of that the shot excerbated. She died within hours... Not even a full day had passed. We will miss her dearly.
(Mount Sterling, Ohio)