FDA Investigates Why Jerky Treats Are Making Pets Sick

24 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

You might want to think twice about giving your dogs jerky treats these days, as the US FDA is still trying to find out a cause for all the jerky treats-related illnesses and deaths. The FDA has repeatedly received complaints about illnesses in pets, and since 2007 more than 3,000 pets have become ill and approximately 580 have died from eating jerky treats.

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To date, FDA has tested several jerky treats brands (manufactured both in China and the US) and has conducted more than 1,200 tests & screenings for Salmonella, metals, pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals and poisonous compounds to try and find out the cause for the illnesses, yet none of the tests uncovered the cause.

According to CVM (Center for Veterinary Medicine) Director Bernadette Dunham, DVM, Ph.D “this is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we’ve encountered,” and owners who fed jerky treats (chicken, duck, sweet potatoes and/or dried fruit) to their pets should look out for symptoms such as decreased appetite & activity, diarrhea, vomiting, increased water consumption & urination. Other pets were diagnosed with gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatitis and kidney failure.

FDA is determined to put a stop to these illnesses and would like to hear from pet owners whose pets became sick after consuming jerky treats. You can report any jerky treats-related illnesses to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator listed for your area, and beware of jerky treats until the FDA finds out why it’s making our pets sick!

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