Jerky Treats

Jerky? No thanks! Because of a recent news story, pet owners around the country are throwing away what was once a popular dog treat. Do you have reason to worry? Find out, and discover what you can do to help others!

On October 22, 2013, the news announced that nearly 600 pets have already died after eating a popular jerky treat made in China and sold under major brand names in the U.S. If you notice the following symptoms in your pet after eating jerky, you should call your veterinarian immediately. Danger signs include: vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption, and decreased activity level. These signs can lead to kidney failure, Fanconi syndrome (a specific kind of kidney disease) and gastrointestinal problems.

With more than 3,600 more animals showing signs of illness, some of the treats have been recalled, and officials are looking deeper for the source of the problem.

The pet brands that have been recalled include:

  • Nestle Purina Waggin’ Train
  • Nestle Purina Canyon Creek Ranch brand
  • Del Monte Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky
  • Del Monte Chicken Grillers Home-style Dog Treats
  • Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats
  • IMS Pet Industries Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats

If you have these pet treats, throw them away or return them to the store as soon as possible.

The animals that have been affected are dogs of all breeds and sizes, along with ten cats. The pets became ill after eating chicken, duck, and sweet potato jerky treats. Martine Hartogensis, Deputy Director for the federal Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, stated “To date, testing for contaminants in jerky treats has not revealed a cause for the illnesses….We still are extensively testing treats for a number of things.”

Can you help?

Federal officials are asking for any help they can get, including from owners and veterinarians. They ask for the vets to supply blood and urine tests from the animals who are still sick. For the pets that have passed away, FDA officials ask the animal doctors to examine the body tissue in the animal. Any information that owners can give those researching the matter would also be helpful. To report problems with jerky treats, please visit the FDA’s consumer safety portal.

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