US : Jerky treats linked to deaths of 1000 dogs
US : Jerky treats linked to deaths of 1000 dogs

US : Jerky treats linked to deaths of 1000 dogs

Over 1000 dog deaths may now be linked to toxic jerky treats according to the Food and Drug Administration.

And the agency says since 2007, there have been almost 5000 complaints of pet illnesses related to the treats.

From the complaints, the FDA has been able to breakdown symptoms:

Approximately 60 percent of the cases report gastrointestinal/liver disease
30 percent kidney or urinary disease

The remaining 10 percent of complaints including various other signs such as neurologic, dermatologic, and immunologic symptoms
About 15 percent of the kidney or urinary cases also tested positive for Fanconi syndrome, a rare kidney disease that has been associated with this investigation

The FDA has been studying this issue since 2007, but still hasn’t been able to identify a specific reason pets are getting sick. They’ve now asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help.
The FDA offers this advice when it comes to your pet:

Signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the jerky treat products are decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and/or increased urination.

Severe cases are diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal bleeding, and kidney failure or the resemblance of a rare kidney related illness called Fanconi syndrome.

If your pet has experienced signs of illness, please report it to FDA.

Unfortunately, the sicknesses are isolated to one particular brand or manufacturer. However, a common link appears to be that they are mostly imported from China.

Links to consumer complaints filed with the FDA:



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