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Toxic Jerky Treats Now Linked to More than 1,000 Dog Deaths

dog begging jerky blog editedThe 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.

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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Christina T May 27, 2014, 7:18 am

    Animals are still being poisoned. Somehow this needs to be stopped , thank you for keeping this information out. No consumer demand is the one way to make a point

  • Sally Bahner May 27, 2014, 7:33 am

    This has been going on for more than seven years and there has been plenty of publicity. When are people going to get smart and stop buying this trash? The FDA and manufacturers are toothless, so it MUST be up to pet owners to protect their pets. There are plenty of safer alternatives.

  • Linda D May 27, 2014, 10:48 am

    I have been trying to boycott anything coming from China and it is very difficult! My Sparky likes bacon and Cheese Beggin Strips and I don’t know for sure if they are made in China, but I am trying to get away from chemicals in our foods as well as his. I have been making him homemade treats from brown rice, bacon and cheese and he loves them just as much. I am having trouble finding raw hide chews (sticks) that are not made from China…any suggestions? Thanks

    • Miss Vicky June 17, 2014, 6:38 am

      Buy a dehydrator for about $60 and buy good quality chicken, slice and put it on the dehydrator. My dogs and my clients dogs LOVE IT, its safe and CHEAPER than the poison these companies are producing and betraying our trust with. SAY NO TO CHINA!

  • dmarie May 27, 2014, 11:44 am

    As a pet parent, I am outraged at finding out about these products still being sold and the fda not doing enough to ensure the safety of the products they appove. No parent should lose their beloved furbabies due to the negligence of the FDA not stopping all of these products from being sold especially when they have known since 2007 and now in 2014, the safety of our pets, obviously does not matter or all of these products should be pulled by the FDA, pet parents we need better legislature to product our beloved family members, FDA is worthless and should have taken measures to ensure safety so this would never have happened,.
    loving mommy of 3 doxies.

  • Linda Gail June 17, 2014, 6:30 am

    Linda D, you might try bully sticks. They are supposedly made from natural beef, not beef hide and fully digestible. They are sold in pet stores but best prices are online. There is one particular online company that sells them in a multitude of sizes and quantities and they profess theirs to be 100% Natural, Free-Range, Grass-Fed, No Additives, No chemicals, USDA approved and human grade processing, free of hormones & antibiotics as does Vet Depot who also sells them. Not sure who manufactures the ones for Vet Depot and seems they are out of stock or on back order through them right now. The other online store say’s theirs are manufactured in in North America, South America & India. Anyway, most dogs love them

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