The mystery of why dogs have been getting ill from eating chicken jerky treats is still ongoing. There have been no answers from the FDA, and more reports of dogs getting sick from eating chicken jerky treats continue.
In Longmont, Colorado, some veterinarians at a veterinary clinic said they have seen four cases of dogs showing symptoms after eating chicken jerky treats.
One pet owner, Johanna Ohlsson, said her dog, Emma, became sick and is still ill from eating Smokehouse brand treats, including chicken poppers, chicken tenders and duck tenders. Ohlsson said her six-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel started to eat less and drink more, and Emma lost five pounds in ten days after eating the treats.
Emma’s symptoms matched the symptoms of the 70 other dogs that have been reported ill from eating chicken jerky treats.
Ohlsson said she purchased the treats at PetSmart. A PetSmart spokesman said that even though the company puilled the Smokehouse brand treats in September, they later restocked them when there were no conclusions on what the link was between the treats and the illnesses.
The PetSmart spokesman stated, â€œIn all that extensive work, no one was able to draw a direct link between the treats and those sicknesses.” He added that people may be overfeeding their pets the treats which could cause the reported symptoms. Some pet treat manufacturers including Smokehouse will begin putting feeding guidelines on packaging next year.
Ohlsson said she never fed Emma more than the recommended amount of treats.
Emma is still sick, but she is doing better. She has certain days where she is doing well and others where she is extremely tired.
Source: Longmont Times-Call