Chicken Necks - a good idea ??


For years, veterinarians have been recommending pets chew raw chicken necks to reduce the incidence of dental disease. An article recently released by researchers at Melbourne University Veterinary School suggests that this may not be a good idea. Recent research suggests that feeding chicken necks can lead to a rare but potentially fatal type of canine paralysis. The study found that the consumption of raw chicken meat increased the risk of developing the paralysing condition of Acute PolyradiculoNeuritis (APN) by 70 times.

It is a rare but very debilitating condition where the dog's hind-legs first become weak and then may progress to affect the front legs, neck, head and face. Some dogs may die from the disease if their chest becomes paralysed. Most dogs eventually recover without treatment but may take up to 6 months or more in some cases. It can be difficult for owners to nurse their pet until the condition gradually improves

APN is the canine counterpart of Guillian-Barre syndrome (GBS) in humans. The bacteria Campylobacter was considered a trigger agent in up to 40 percent of GBS patients, which is present in under-cooked chicken, unpasteurised milk products and contaminated water.