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October 29, 2013
by BPPH Staff

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently requested that veterinarians be on the lookout for cases of jerky treat toxicity in dogs and cats and has also requested our help in collecting data and blood and urine sample in suspected cases.  Since 2007, there has been a lot of buzz in the news, and within the veterinary world, about the toxicity of pet jerky treats that come from China.  A kidney disease syndrome can occur and although standard treatment does not work, simply stopping the treats seems to resolve the problem.  A marked drop in cases was seen when jerky treats were pulled off the shelves earlier this year due to finding antibiotic residues in the treats.  The decline in cases is attributed to the removal of a large amount of treats from the market and not the antibiotics, which are not highly suspected as the cause of the toxicity.  The toxic component/contaminant is unknown at this time, but:

  • If you do have a pet that is being fed jerky treats, please stop them.
  • If you have a pet with symptoms of increased urination and/or drinking, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, etc. while on these treats, stop them and contact us immediately.
  • Refer to the FAQ sheet below provided by the FDA.