PLEASE DO NOT FEED YOUR DOGS AND CATS JERKY TREATS–READ THIS ARTICLE FROM NBC NEWS!
First published May 16th 2014, 8:44 am by JoNel Aleccia
Pet Treat Mystery: More Dogs Dead, 3 People Sick, FDA Says
Pet jerky treats, mostly imported from China, are now linked to more than 1,000 deaths in dogs, more than 4,800 complaints about animal illness, and, for the first time, sickness in three people who ate the products, federal health officials said Friday.
But Food and Drug Administration officials say they still can’t identify a specific cause for the reported illnesses or deaths, despite seven years of testing and investigation.
“The agency continues to caution pet owners that jerky treats are not required for a balanced diet and encourage them to consult with their veterinarians, both prior to feeding treats and if they notice symptoms in their pets,” FDA said in a statement.
The humans who consumed the treats included two toddlers who ingested them accidentally and an adult who may have been snacking on the questionable products, which include chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats, an FDA official said.
“The agency continues to caution pet owners that jerky treats are not required for a balanced diet and encourage them to consult with their veterinarians.”
The agency has received about 1,800 new reports of illnesses and deaths since its last update in October, some involving more than one pet. The numbers now include 5,600 dogs and 24 cats.
The companies have consistently said that the treats are safe to feed as directed and they’ve emphasized that, despite extensive testing, no specific cause of illness has been linked to the products.
“It’s quite sad when you see it dawn on the people that they’re trying to reward their best buddy there and then now they’re the ones who have been making them ill.”
It is your pet, you be the judge whether it is safe or not. Me, I am not taking chances with my furbabies lives.