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Toxic Jerky Pet Treats

“FDA has been actively investigating consumer complaints about jerky pet treats causing illness in dogs and in some cats. As of Sept. 24, 2013, over 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have reportedly become ill from eating jerky pet treats.” (Source – FDA Newsroom bulletin)

Some of you may have heard about the latest in a long line of investigations into the safety of products sold in the United States but made in China. To me, the most disturbing thing about the latest warning is that it is so reminiscent of the many other pet health crises that have come from Chinese imports.

There are four points we would like to emphasize in relation to the latest problem – toxic jerky treats from China.

1. The actual cause of illness is still under investigation. We don’t know what is causing the harmful effects.

2. Signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products are decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption and/or increased urination. Severe cases are diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal bleeding, and kidney failure or the resemblance of a rare kidney related illness called Fanconi syndrome. Although FDA has reports of more than 580 deaths, many pets have recovered. (see FDA source cited above)

3. If you suspect that your pet is sick as a result of eating these treats, call us immediately so we can start appropriate treatment. In addition, the FDA recommends that pet owners should hold on to any unused portion of the product in its original container for at least 60 days, in case FDA calls to request samples for testing. Owners should place the container inside a sealable plastic bag, if possible. (1-800-877-8339)

4. Buy American! Not that we have a perfect track record of product safety, but for many reasons, pay the extra and buy “made in the USA” products when ever you can!

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