Poison Pet Treats From China Fatal to Dogs
FDA has become aware of an increasing number of illnesses in pets associated with the consumption of jerky pet treats. Most of the reports involve jerky products sourced from China. The majority of the complaints involve dogs, but cats also have been affected.
This week, the agency has linked at least 3,600 illnesses to dogs and up to 10 cats. Alarmingly, 580 dog deaths are attributed to jerky pet treats from China.
The FDA has received reports of severe cases have involved kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder.
Based on pet owners’ complaints and reports, the products involved include chicken jerky (treats, tenders, and strips), but others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, or yams.
This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we’ve encountered.” -Bernadette Dunham, veterinarian and head of the FDA vet medicine center.
To gather even more information, FDA is reaching out to licensed veterinarians and pet owners across the country.
This is an ongoing investigation and the FDA urges caution when giving jerky pet treat products from China to your pet.
What should pet owners do? Check your treat bags to see where they originated. If you do provide them and your pet becomes sick, stop the treats immediately, see your veterinarian, and save any remaining treats and the packaging for possible testing.