The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has continually warned pet owners that some pet jerky treats are potentially making animals and humans sick, and worse yet, they may even be responsible for killing some dogs. On Monday an article published by the Huffington Post reported that the FDA now says the treats are still an issue, and the death toll continues to rise.
The Huffington Post reports that the FDA recently issued updated information about the continued threat of these so-called toxic jerky treats. The report says that there have been approximately 1,800 additional cases reported to the FDA since October 2013. In all, the FDA says there have been more than 4,800 complaints involving 5,600 dogs, 24 cats, and three humans, and there have been more than 1,000 deaths linked to the treats.
There are a wide rage of symptoms reported in pets who have gotten sick from these treats. Some of the major issues include gastrointestinal/liver disease, kidney or urinary disease, neurologic, dermatologic, immunologic symptoms, Fanconi syndrome, and a rare kidney disease.
While the general warning refers to these treats as “jerky treats,” the new FDA's report give more detail on what owners should be on the lookout for. The report says that nearly all of the 4,800 cases reported involved the consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, most of which were reportedly imported from China.
The FDA has reportedly formed a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and reached out to veterinarians in order to better track and understand what this ongoing issue. Together they are reminding pet owners that treats aren't a required part of a pet's diet, and are asking owners to consult their veterinarians before introducing a new treat to their pet.
If you suspect your pet has eaten a tainted jerk treat, you should contact your veterinarian. Additionally, if your pet is showing signs of illness you should seek medical care at once.