Despite a voluntary recall of jerky pet treats having been announced back in January 2013, many animals are still being affected by the dangerous product. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), jerky treats have been linked to illness among more than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007. Of the animals that fell ill, 580 died due to their illnesses.
In a public statement, the FDA said that more than 1,200 jerky treat samples have been tested for a variety of chemical and microbiological contaminants, along with tests for nutritional composition. However, the cause of the outbreak is still unknown.
According to the FDA, severe cases of pet illness have involved kidney failure, internal bleeding, and the diagnosis of a rare type of kidney disorder.
Some symptoms exhibited by pets exposed to the toxic treats include decreased appetite and activity, vomiting and diarrhea. Some pets have exhibited symptoms of illness just hours after eating chicken, duck and sweet potato flavored treats. Unfortunately, a complete recall of the products has not been made because there is not enough evidence to do a blanket recall.
The FDA is asking veterinary offices to track and provide detailed information on animals who they believe have been affected by the tainted treats, including providing the results of the affected animal’s blood and urine tests.
Each day the Food & Drug Administration announces voluntary and involuntary recalls on products that could affect consumers, and sometimes it includes those that may harm pets.
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