By now the majority of dog owners have probably heard of the illness and death surrounding chicken jerky treats made in China. Purportedly, nearly 1,000 dogs have fallen ill or died so far in connection with these products and yet they are still found in stores all across the country. I write this article today to try and reach the pet owners who have not yet heard or do not know the severity of the risk associate with Chinese chicken products for pets.
The situation is so serious that the FDA has issued a cautionary statement warning of the risk in consumption by pets of chicken jerky treats imported from China. The FDA urges pet owners to use caution with regard to chicken jerky products, stating that if pet owners choose to give their pets these products to look for the following warning signs and to contact your veterinarian if these symptoms persist beyond 24 hours.
There is increasing pressure building for the FDA to take action. Currently, the FDA’s website states that ‘scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses… and that, ‘unless a contaminant is detected and we have evidence that a product is adulterated, we are limited in what regulatory actions we can take’. 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 that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products, and to contact your veterinarian if these symptoms persist beyond 24 hours:
- decreased appetite;
- decreased activity;
- diarrhea, sometimes with blood;
- increased water consumption; and/or
- increased urination
How to know if the products you purchase for your pet are Made in the USA.
By law, products NOT manufactured in the USA – must print that on the label…however… the manufacturer can print this using the smallest size print possible and/or place that information in a place you’d never see it. Look carefully – sometimes that information is hidden.
And finally one more thing about us. Not only are Ark products manufactured in the USA – but the manufacturing facilities are (depending on the product) either USDA/APHIS registered manufacturing facilities or FDA/OTC facilities.
We take our responsibilities very seriously.
After reading this, it is my hope that pet guardians will choose not to take the risk with their beloved pets and choose pet products that are made in the USA. We as a company feel strongly about both the quality of products made in the USA and the fact that we don’t outsource our workforce.