FDA Warns of Pet Illnesses Related to Jerky Treatsthe daily dish
You may want to monitor your pet's health extra closely if it loves to eat jerky-based treats. The FDA has warned that some jerky pet treats have been linked to pet illnesses, with 3,600 dogs and 10 cats falling ill due to jerky in the last six years. Of those cases, 580 have resulted in death, according to CNN.
No recalls have been issued, as the FDA has not singled out one particular product or brand as the cause of this strange outbreak, although the problem seems to be related to chicken-based and duck-based jerky, and most of the treats implicated were made in China.
"This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we've encountered," said veterinarian Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.
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The FDA recommends that owners who feed their pets jerky treats watch their pets closely for signs of illness. Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite and sluggishness.
Owners who would rather stay on the safe side may wish to feed their pets any of the countless, non-jerky-based pet treats available. As another option, owners may choose not to feed their pets treats at all, as they are not a necessary component of a healthy pet diet.
The FDA asks that owners whose pets do get sick from jerky treats submit samples of the treats so they can learn more about this issue.
For more information, please refer to the FDA's fact sheet about jerky pet treats.
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