Jerky treats have been an extremely popular treat for pets due to their high protein composition and low in fat, and dogs love them. In addition, the fact that the list of ingredients is generally very short (chicken and some flavors) allows people to feel good about giving their dogs something “natural”. The FDA does not believe that amantadine contributed to diseases because the known side effects or adverse events associated with amantadine do not appear to correlate with symptoms seen in cases related to dry meat for pets. I took her back to the vet because she started urinating everywhere and she has all the above symptoms.
The vet gave me tramadol but he didn't warn me about the candy, which I told him I was giving him, but he gave me a prescription for his food because he isn't eating. The FDA continues to monitor FLS-positive dogs to determine how long FLS markers remain in the urine after discontinuing dry meat pet treats. While most dogs that tested positive for FLS survived and their FLS appeared to resolve once candy was eliminated from the diet, it's important to note that most of these cases also received veterinary care, including hospitalization, intravenous fluid administration, etc. The FDA continues to work with laboratories across the country to investigate the causes of reported diseases in pets that could be related to the consumption of dry pet candy.
After the FDA released updates on the CVM on its research on Jerky Pet Treats pet treats (indicated by the arrows in the graphic above), the agency received an increase in public reports. Some dogs suffer from kidney failure and die, while others only have increased thirst and urination and recover completely within a few weeks of stopping eating chicken jerky treats. Dogs that get sick from dehydrated treats often suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhea, often accompanied by evidence of liver damage. Fortunately, as long as strangers, friends, and neighbors don't give your dog treats, the problem is easy to avoid.
The objective of the study was to compare the foods eaten by sick dogs (cases) with those eaten by dogs that did not get sick (controls), in order to determine if exposure to dehydrated pet treats is associated with illness. We know that the most frequently reported illnesses and deaths, but not always, are related to dehydrated pet treats from China. To date, testing for contaminants in pet candies containing dried meat has not revealed the primary cause of symptoms reported in pets. After completing a health risk assessment, the FDA believes that the disease reports it has received are unlikely to be due to the presence of antibiotic residues in dry meat products for pets.
Of course, the FDA could simply ban dried chicken candies, but so far it has refused to do so, supposedly because the adulterant, contaminant, or cause of the problems is unknown.