According to PBS, there have been at least 580 pet deaths that are now linked to pet jerky tenders and strips. This has been an ongoing problem since 2007! 3 days ago, on October 22, 2013, the FDA issued an update, describing the problem and urging pet owners and veterinarians to look for certain symptoms in their pet after eating treats sold as jerky tenders or strips. And it isn’t always just chicken!
Some additional culprits have been jerky tenders or strips made from duck, sweet potatoes and/or dried fruit. “Most of the jerky treats implicated have been made in China,” according to the FDA. Some moderate symptoms to look for are:
- decreased appetite
- decreased activity
- diarrhea (occasionally with blood or mucous)
- increased water consumption
- increased urination
While we hope this doesn’t happen to your pet, severe cases have involved kidney and urinary systems (~30%), gastrointestinal bleeding and illness (~60%) and a rare kidney disorder. The balance included collapse, convulsions and skin illnesses! This is still going on – since 2007 – and no one really knows what is causing the problem(s)!
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, better known as Dr. V, the prolific veterinarian, mother, intrepid adventurer, big time dog person and pet blogger at Pawcurious.com wrote an amazing post yesterday dealing with this issue. She says it’s 100% preventable. How?
- Make your own Jerky. (She even included her video describing how to make it!)
- Use fresh alternatives like baby carrots or apples
- Read labels. Obsessively. If it’s got products from China or you’re not sure, don’t buy!
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