I recently had a friend that told me about his dog that got sick eating jerky treats. As it turned out, these jerky treats were made in China. Their vet told them that their dog didn’t necessarily get sick from just eating one jerky treat, but it was the amount of jerky treats they fed him that caused him to get sick. Now, it’s not like he went on a jerky treat bender like some of use might do with a can of Red Vines watching American Idol, but regular feeding of the treats did build up enough to cause sickness. So regardless of where or what treats you feed your dog, make sure you keep an eye on him for any change in mood or behavior. Catching the illness early is what can save your dog’s life.
Symptoms to look for
Know what healthy looks like
You should know how your dog looks and acts on a day to day basis.
Some signs of an illness will be present in the way your dog looks. some of these signs can be:
- Change in weight
- Red or swollen eyes
- Constant scratching
- Bald spot, lumps, open sores
Even though your dog can look fine physically, their behavior(or change in it) can tell you that something is wrong. Some things to watch out for is:
- Vomiting, couching, sneezing
- Will not eat or drink
- Excessive sleeping, shaking, unequal balance
If you notice any of these symptoms that just seem to appear suddenly, you need to take your dog to the vet immediately. Without a proper diagnosis, your dog’s unusual behavior can turn deadly quick. Especially with small dogs because of their smaller body mass, an infection can grow and spread at a quick rate. If your dog does develop these symptoms, try and recall when it changed. Knowing that you just recently fed your dog a jerky treat can help your vet narrow down what could be causing the sickness.