Perreux calls out to our owners and supporters to think twice about feeding your Frenchie raw chicken after a new study, led by the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, found that the consumption of raw chicken meat increases the risk of dogs developing a paralysing condition called acute polyradiculoneuritis (APN) by more than 70 times.
Acute Canine Polyradiculoneuritis (Coonhound Paralysis) is already a widespread disorder which affects the peripheral nervous system and can come on suddenly. It is a disease that causes damage to the nerves themselves, as well as to the myelin which is this fatty white stuff surrounding nerve cells insulating them electrically allowing rapid transmission of nervous impulses.
The cause until now has been unknown, believed to be an immune-mediated or auto-immune process (white blood cells attacking the nerves). This is the first time a study has proved increase risk from feeding dogs raw chicken meat.
Until more is known about this debilitating and sometimes fatal condition we are advising our owners and followers to immediately stop feeding raw chicken of any kind to your Frenchie. Chicken necks are never an advisable snack, treat or food for Frenchies because of their restricted oesophagal opening.