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Nearly 600 U.S. Pet Deaths Now Linked to Jerky Treats from China

jerky blog editedThis week, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has now received around 3,000 reports of illnesses in pets related to jerky treats. This number includes 580 fatal cases. These reports date back to 2007.

Although several warnings have been issued from the FDA regarding jerky treats from China, the exact cause of the illness is still unknown. Testing has been inconclusive so far, with about 60% of reported cases involving gastrointestinal illness and around 30% involving urinary or kidney symptoms.

The FDA is encouraging veterinarians to report illnesses associated with jerky treats using a “Dear Veterinarian” letter. They have also compiled a Jerky Treats fact sheet for concerned pet owners to refer to.

If you notice your pet is experiencing decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption, or increased urination, it is advised to contact a veterinarian. Manufacturers are not required to include the country of origin on pet treat packaging.

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  • aga October 29, 2013, 8:06 am

    ….my advice, stay AWAY from these things! Especially the ones made in China! Instead, give your doggies lots of hugs and kisses and this will make up for ANY treat! o:)

  • Joanne Evans October 29, 2013, 8:18 am

    I have 3 little chihuahua’s , and i only give them yogart and melted low salt peanut butter treats, melt peanut butter and mix with vanilla yogart then freeze in 50 cent size circles, cut them up and your pets will love them. there are a lot of homemade treats/recipes that are safe and your pet will love. I stay away from store bought treats, since there is no way to know what is in them, and most come from China. .

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