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Deadly Dog Treats: Jerky from China May Kill

Deadly dog jerkyAt Vetco, we want to make sure that you are kept up to date with all the news that is important to your pets health.  There is a potentially deadly kind of dog treat out on the market. Jerky treats made in China are causing very serious illness and, in some cases, death, in dogs. There have even been a few human cases of illness, in instances where people ate the affected dog treats.

The FDA announced that some dog treats from China are deadly. The dog jerky (brands unspecified) have caused:

  • Gastrointestinal Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Urinary Disease
  • Fanconi Syndrom

The jerky is made from chicken, duck and sweet potato, though the FDA is cautioning against all dog jerky. So far 1000 dogs have died and 6000 have gotten sick. The FDA is warning about feeding your dog any jerky product that contains ingredients from China.

Treats are great to give to your dog but they are not a necessary part of their dietary health.  If you are giving your dog jerky treats, we recommend that you stop until this issue has been resolved. There are many great alternative dog treats that you can give your dog that will promote healthy teeth and breath, as well as a great and yummy reward.