According to the FDA, more than 360 dogs and at least 1 cat have died from ingesting jerky treats made in China during the last 18 months. There have been 2,200 reports of illness related to the treats including the number of deaths. Every state has been affected in addition to numerous Canadian provinces. It’s an epidemic that needs to be publicized and fixed before the lives of more innocent pets are affected.
Almost all of the reported cases result from a jerky treat derived from chicken, though there have been cases linked to ones that contain duck and potato. Unfortunately, no recalls have been made as the FDA continues its investigation into the matter. No definitive cause has been discovered, nor has there been any indication of contaminates in the treats. Despite the lack of scientific evidence showing what is causing the illness, the number of sick pets is proof alone that something must be done. This leaves us, as pet owners, to make sure we are aware of the threat that is lurking on the shelves of our local pet stores.
Safety warnings have been issued but, as always, not everyone can be made aware. Make sure to inform all pet owners that you know about the danger of feeding their pets jerky treats manufactured in China. Jerky treats are not considered to be part of a balanced diet for pets, therefore, their inclusion is unnecessary. If you need some ideas about healthy foods that make great pet snacks, Dr. Mahaney has an excellent article that you can read here.
For more information regarding the jerky treat health warnings, visit the FDA website.