Notices are traversing the internet about dangerous jerkey treats from overseas. Is the report an urban legend, or are jerkey treats really killing pets? It’s not an urban legend. Jerkey treats are dangerous.
Our vet, Dr. Karen Johansen of Three Rivers Holistic Veterinary Services in Madison NJ, sent an excellently written notice around via her client newsletter. As you will read at the end, this cause is personal for her. By permission, we are reposting most of it. Please read…
“DO YOU FEED COMMERCIAL JERKY TREATS TO YOUR PET? You may have seen the news report: the FDA has recently issued a warning to both veterinarians and pet owners regarding chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats. The agency said it has linked illnesses from jerky pet treats to 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007. About 580 of those pets have died. Pets can suffer from a decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting and diarrhea within hours of eating treats sold as “jerky tenders” or “strips”. Severe cases have caused kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder known as Fanconi syndrome. The FDA is now appealing to pet owners to send them more information on animals who may have gotten sick after eating the treats.
If you or anyone you know are feeding these treats to their pets, please stop!!!! DO NOT trust the packaging information on these treats. Manufacturers are NOT required to disclose where ingredients are originally sourced from. Claiming ‘Made in USA’ on their packaging only means it was packaged here, NOT that the ingredients came from the US. More information, including how to file a complaint, can be found on the FDA’s website: FDA.gov
**We at Three Rivers have a very strong opinion about the dangers of jerky treats….we recently said goodbye to Dr Johanson’s red and white Papillon Noli Canoli… Noli had been valiantly struggling with severe kidney damage since 2008 after ingesting tainted jerky treats***”
Raja and I feel that consumers are betrayed by unregulated packaging. Your cheerfully worded, English language package you find on the pet store displayer can say, “Made in the USA,” but the contents can be made anywhere in the world, in small factories, under unsanitary conditions, by unscrupulous manufacturers. It’s not moral, but that’s not the issue. We cannot track down these manufactureries and we cannot regulate them.
The safest thing we consumers can do is to avoid commercially manufactured jerkey treats categorically.
Let’s all help our pets live long, healthy lives!!!!
Raja apologizes for the delay in posts. He has been very busy. You can imagine how it can be for a traveling dog. He’ll be staying in town through the holidays and he’ll catch up on his posts and share some of his adventures. Right now he’s looking at ski destinations, but he’s still so undecided.