As pet lovers everywhere have heard, lately over 600 dogs have lost their lives due to one Jerky Treat or another that has been produced in China. This is not right! The FDA agrees and is looking hard at this matter but is stumped as to what the real issue seems to be!
The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) is collecting data from pet owners that have sick pets after eating Jerky Treats. They are also constantly getting data from veterinarians who are treating the pets. Besides this course of action, they are repeatedly issuing alerts to consumers about any reports that they have received concerning the illnesses and/or deaths of the canines.
Since 2007, 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. alone have been involved one way or another. Approximately 600 have died as a result of consuming these treats!
The FDA is not the only ones looking into this dire issue. Their Center for Veterinary Medicine is also involved and has conducted greater than 1,200 tests, visited Jerky Treat manufacturers in China and is collaborating with colleagues in the academic arena, industry, state labs and foreign governments. They are determined to get to the bottom of it as they realize just how important dogs are to their families – even being considered the ‘furry family member.’
The scary thing is though that no one can quite get to the bottom of the issue as to why the dogs are getting sick and some are dying. So the FDA is expanding their horizons and reaching out to even more pet owners and licensed veterinarians in hopes that they can find an answer soon. Everyone involved wants to get to the bottom of the problem! The more we all hear about it on the news, the more afraid we become.
One thing that can be done right away is to stop feeding canines any Jerky Treats made outside of the United States. Use only products manufactured here in the USA. If it costs a little more, then so be it, but at least the dog will be safer from some invisible harm yet to be determined!
Currently though the plan of action for the FDA is to continue collecting data, blood, urine and tissue samples from veterinarians from the sick or dead dogs. They will also request the owners’ permission for further analysis of the canine patients. The FDA promises to cover the costs, including shipping, of any of the tests requested. It is their way to show the public that they are wholeheartedly looking into the matter and want it resolved right away as to allay any future sadness families could have by losing their pooch!