As the dog jerky treat death toll reaches nearly 600 dogs and cats, we continue to emphasize the importance of monitoring what you give to your furry friend. The FDA is now asking for assistance from veterinarians and pet owners alike in helping to solve why these imported treats continue to sicken and hospitalize our pets. Since 2007, 3,600 dogs and cats have been sickened, with 580 dead. As you can see, something needs to be done.
The imported pet foods responsible for this epidemic have all come from China. What has made this dilemma even more difficult to solve, is that pet food manufacturers are not required to divulge the country of origin for each particular ingredient used.
Each case is similar, within hours of consuming said jerky tenders or strips, the pets become ill. Typical symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite and activity, and increased water consumption. Many pets have even experienced kidney failure and death.
The FDA has already completed 1,200 tests and made multiple visits to the manufacturing centers in China, all to no avail. They have since resorted to asking pet owners and veterinarians for blood, tissue, and urine samples from pets that have gotten sick, even offering to cover the costs.
For now, the best course of action is to just avoid jerky treats entirely. Administration of such foods to your pet is unsafe at this point in time, which makes it a perfect opportunity to try out some healthier, all-natural treats you know are guaranteed safe. This blog has a few fantastic ideas to get you started.