The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released another warning about the danger of jerky treats produced in China. The number of dog deaths related to toxic treats surpassed 1,000 as of May 1, 2014.
According to the FDA, more than 4,800 reports of illnesses related to jerky treat consumption have occurred since 2007, and it appears the issue is an ongoing problem. Authorities have not yet been able to pinpoint what exactly is causing the kidney related disease, but the majority of cases do seem to be linked to jerky treats imported from China.
If your pet experiences a decrease in appetite, increased thirst, vomiting, or diarrhea after consuming a jerky treat, consult with a veterinarian immediately. Jerky treat related illnesses can be reported to the FDA by calling 1-888-INFO-FDA.