FDA still searching for answers on jerky pet treat products

Since the first report on chicken jerky products for dogs in 2007, veterinarians and pet owners alike have been concerned with the potential for some of these treats to cause illness in their beloved furry friends.

While FDA continues to search for answers on what exactly is causing this association between jerky pet treat products and animal illnesses, they’ve asked for our help.  If you have treated or are currently treating dogs or cats that you suspect are ill because of these treats, the FDA needs to hear from you.

As much as we wish there was a CDC for animals, there isn’t.  So the FDA, together with veterinarians and pet owners, is doing its best to determine the exact cause of these illnesses.  It’s important for pet owners and veterinarians to report potential cases to the FDA with as much detailed information (history – including nutritional history and concurrent illnesses; diagnostics; treat samples, lot numbers, bags; etc.)  as possible so that it can respond appropriately. Encourage your clients to write down a thorough exposure history including all foods, treats, medications, etc. their pet has ingested.

Remember, treats are not necessary for pet health or nutrition. FDA has made a fact sheet (PDF) available to aid in the investigation and reporting. As veterinarians, we can all do our part by alerting pet owners to the on-going investigation and informing them of how to report complaints for these or any other FDA regulated products. For more information, visit http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ProductSafetyInformation/ucm360951.htm  and http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm371413.htm.

2 thoughts on “FDA still searching for answers on jerky pet treat products

  1. All these Jerky treats should be taken off all store shelf’s until this investigation is complete! There is far too many animals becoming violently sick or dying due to these foreign treats. We as the pets advocate all need to stand together for our beloved pets. Only treats made in Canada and the USA should be found on shelf’s in our stores! My dog was recently put down due to violent illness due to Jerky treats and bad dog food. She was apart of our family for 14 years and a very healthy dog until ingesting these products. If I killed an animal on purpose I would be charged and dealt with so why are the stores aloud to carry these treats, there is a lot of people out there that are not aware of the dangers of these treats! Please help out all the animals from torture from these treats and band them!