FDA: Cause of Pet Jerky Related Illnesses in Dogs and Cats Still Unknown

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:30am
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shared some upsetting news: Over the past few years, thousands of dogs and at least 10 cats have become sick after eating various forms of jerky for pets—and around 580 pets have died.

Some of the effected pets have grown ill within hours of eating the treats, sold as jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit, and primarily made in China. These pets have exhibited decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and/or increased urination.

The FDA has tested more than 1,200 jerky treat samples over the past few years, but has not determined the cause of the illnesses. If your pet has experienced these symptoms as a result of eating jerky treats, or to find out more information, please visit the FDA’s website. The FDA has set up a reporting form to lodge complaints about jerky pet treats.

For other pet poison emergencies, please contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) by calling (888) 426-4435. 

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I think is to late now because so many innocent rest in peace!


there just animals ya ive got a dog I love em but hes just an animal


So you are saying that you love your dog so much that if you KNEW something could kill it you would still give it to them right? You DO NOT love your dog very much!




what a moron, eat some jerky yourself!!


Brookie have some jerky...a lot of it!!


I guess you just look at him as a dog but if you pay attention he has ALL the same emotions as you do! I DON'T think that make him JUST a dog! He is a living, breathing emotional being!!! Just because he cannot talk does not make him any lower a being as you are! If anything his love is unconditional so I guess that makes him a HIGHER being that you are because you cannot love unconditionally! Can you?!


Very well said. You couldn't know how much I agree with you. They are worth their weight in gold.




Oh my God! You are disgusting!