FDA Warns Pet Owners of Tainted Jerky Treats
The FDA is warning dog and cat owners to stay away from jerky pet treats made in China in the wake of nearly 600 dog deaths.
Within hours of eating jerky treats made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes and/or dried fruit, some pets “exhibited decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption, and/or increased urination.” Severe cases also involved “kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding and a rare kidney disorder,” while others reported symptoms including “collapse, convulsions or skin issues.”
In a message posted on its official website, the FDA asks veterinarians to provide the federal agency with any case information relating to jerky treats. The FDA does not know what exactly is causing the illnesses and urge vets to keep their clients up-to-speed with the situation.
While the FDA does not pinpoint any particular brands, five retailers, including Nestle Purina and Del Monte, recalled their respective lines of jerky treats from store shelves this year, according to NBC News.
If your pet starts showing symptoms after eating pet jerky, get to your vet right away and visit the FDA website for more.
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