The Christian Science Monitor today reports that the FDA is asking for the help of pet owners whose dogs and cats have become sick after eating a jerky treat. The FDA has no idea why so many animals have gotten sick and died after eating these pet treats. They are asking that you report any sickness or death of your pet after eating these products to the FDA.
The majority of the deaths and illnesses prompting this jerky treat recall have been dogs, but a small amount of cats are included out of the 3,600 illnesses. The symptoms come on rather quickly after the pet eats one of the jerky treats:
Within hours of pets eating one of these jerky treats they can suffer from a decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting and diarrhea among other symptoms. These treats are sold under a variety of brand names as jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit. Most of these jerky treats were made in China.
The FDA reports that severe cases of sickness after a pet ingesting a treat have occurred, which involves kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. The companies below have voluntarily recalled their products.
The Jerk treat recalls include:
Nestle Purina PetCare Co. recalled:
Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats
Del Monte Corp. recalled:
Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky
Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats
Publix stores recalled their private brand of:
Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats
IMS Pet Industries Inc. recalled:
Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats sold in the U.S.
Other companies had removed their jerky treats from the store shelves when in January a New York state lab found evidence of up to six drugs in some of the jerky treats made in China.
You can read the entire FDA statement on the jerky treats recalls here on the FDA website.