Jerky Treat Danger – Top Warning Signs According To The FDA

We were so sad to hear about all of the dogs and families affected by the chicken jerky pet treats made in China. As of September 16, 2012 NBC news reported that at least 360 dogs and one cat have reportedly died in the U.S. after eating these treats. Claims of illnesses connected to the products have topped 2,200 according to veterinary officials. The FDA just released the first summary of reports of pets deaths tied to the treats and it strongly suggests that owners may want to avoid the products all together.
“The FDA is reminding pet owners that jerky pet treats are not necessary for pets to have a fully balanced diet, so eliminating them will not harm pets,” agency officials said in an online report.
Most of the reports were related to treats made of chicken, including chicken tenders and strips. The FDA also warns consumers about treats made of duck & sweet potato and products with chicken or duck jerky wrapped around dried fruits, yams or sweet potatoes. Chicken jerky dog products currently under watch include, but are not limited to, Nestle Purina’s Waggin’ Train and the company’s Canyon Ranch jerky treat product line, as well as Del Monte Corporation’s Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats.

According to the FDA, the common signs that a pet has been adversely affected by ingesting the chicken pet jerky treats according to product-related complaints received include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased activity
  • Diarrhea, with blood sometimes
  • Increased water consumption
  • Increased urination
  • Vomiting, and
  • Death

The FDA says that if these symptoms occur, immediately stop feeding your animal the treats and contact your veterinarian if the symptoms persist after 24 hours. You can find more detailed information on the FDA’s website by clicking here.


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