Almost 4,000 dog illnesses have been linked to jerky treats made in China. Some retailers are still selling the products, even though almost 600 dogs have died as a result of the ‘treats’. Despite extensive testing, the FDA has yet to link a compound (cause of the poisonings) to the illnesses.
- gastrointestinal illness
- kidney disease
- skin irritation
Although chicken is the most common ingredient, some also contain duck, sweet potatoes, yams and dried fruits.
The best treatment is prevention, so make your own treats or use Cheerios (oat based food), dried peas, kibble …the options are endless!
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Science Daily published an article on August 30, 2013 “A NOVEL LOCUS IDENTIFIED FOR GLAUCOMA IN DANDIE DINMONT TERRIER DOG BREED”
After many years of research, Professor Hannes Lohi in Helsinki, Finland has identified a locus for glaucoma in Dandies.
Astute Dandie breeders who use Optimal Selection to help make mating decisions, look at chromosome 8 and try to produce dogs with as much diversity on chromosome 8 as possible. Although this doesn’t prevent glaucoma, it may help reduce the risk. At the moment diversity on chromosome 8 will have to suffice until an actual marker is found for glaucoma in Dandies.
See additional information at PHYS.ORG and PLOS ONE.