Jerky Treats Killing Dogs, Cats - 2013 Recall for Dog Food Treats
Jerky treats are killing dogs (and some cats) and after an earlier recall, the FDA is seeking more information on dog food treats that have been sold over the last few years that may have sickened pets.
Reports have revealed that the government believes that jerky treats have sickened more than 3,600 dogs and cats and killed at least 580 of them since 2007.
With almost 600 animals dead, the FDA is looking to try to find answers.
According to the FDA website, "more than 1,200 jerky pet treat samples have been tested since 2011 for a variety of chemical and microbiological contaminants, from antibiotics to metals, pesticides and Salmonella. DNA testing has also been conducted, along with tests for nutritional composition."
Most of the jerky treats implicated have been made in China.
Here's what to look for, according to the Food and Drug Administration website:
"Within hours of eating treats sold as jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes and/or dried fruit, some pets have exhibited decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption, and/or increased urination."
Some of the cases have have involved "kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. About 60 percent of cases involved gastrointestinal illness, and about 30 percent involved kidney and urinary systems."
The dog or cat may also collapse or start developing skin issues.
What should pet owners do?
The federal agency urges pet owners to be cautious about providing jerky treats.
If you ignore the warnings and still feed your dogs the treats and your pet becomes sick, the government agency warns to "stop the treats immediately, consider seeing your veterinarian, and save any remaining treats and the packaging for possible testing."
Watch the video below for more information or check out the FDA website page for the information here.
January 2013 recall.
Many possibly tainted jerky pet treat products were removed from the market in January 2013 after a New York state lab reported finding evidence of up to six drugs in certain jerky pet treats made in China, the FDA said.
According to the Christian Science Monitor:
Nestle Purina PetCare Co. recalled Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats.
Del Monte Corp. officials recalled their Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats.
Publix stores recalled its private brand Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats and IMS
Pet Industries Inc. withdrew its Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats sold in the U.S.
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