The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on November 18, 2011, to customers about the consumption by their dogs of chicken jerky products. The FDA stated that the products, also sold additionally as chicken tenders, treats, or strips, could be associated with illness among dogs. The warning came after an increase in the number of complaints the federal agency had received over a 12-month period of illness associated with the consumption of chicken jerky products originating in China.

When feeding their pets chicken jerky products, consumers should closely monitor them looking for the following symptom — decreased appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, increased urination, and increased intake of water — and contact a healthcare professional if symptoms persist longer than a 24-hour period or become more severe.

While the cause of the illness among pets who consume these products has not, as of yet, been determined, the FDA is working to determine this. In the meantime, the agency suggests that pet owners limit the amount they feed their pets, as chicken jerky products are only intended to be fed to pets in small quantities.

To lodge a complaint with the FDA or to report a case of illness,

consumers can call their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator

or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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