On Oct. 22, 2013, the FDA updated its website to continue warning all pet owners to avoid feeding their pets jerky treats that are manufactured in China. The warning pertains to all jerky treats; chicken, beef, sweet potato, duck, and other vegetable jerky. Pet owners are advised to read the labels on pet treats before purchasing any product. The FDA is working to determine exactly why 580 pets have died from these treats and why thousands of others have become ill.
In my Examiner article, FDA says jerky treats made in China pose health hazards to pets, I explained that several manufacturers of pet treats recalled their products. Several of those brands can still be found on shelves, so be sure to check your labels carefully. The FDA said in its recent update that it will be working with Chinese officials to determine the exact cause of the pet illnesses. Until that time comes, the FDA is asking all pet owners and veterinarians to report any illness or deaths that might have been caused by the feeding of jerky treats.
Symptoms of sickness include loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, increased water consumption, watery or bloody stools, and increased urination. In 60 percent of reported cases, pets had gastrointestinal problems, 30 percent of the cases had kidney failure or illness, and the remaining 10 percent had skin, convulsions or other problems.
Lynda Altman loves animals and is “mom” to three rescued dogs; Izzy, Sophie, and Romeo. She is very concerned about pet health issues. Prior to the birth of her 4th child, Lynda owned an exotic pet business. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.