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.