Jerky Treats From China… Beware!

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Chicken Jerky Tenders Treats- Dog Health Frederick MD Vet ClinicFor the last year or so, there has been a lot of debate about these Jerky treats imported from China. About a year ago, I saw a case of this myself. I had a dog who was only 2 years old who was having blood work consistent with kidney disease. We took the dog off these treats and it miraculously was cured of kidney disease. THAT WAS THE ONLY TREATMENT. I cannot believe these treats are still on the shelves.

Now, it has been learned, the treats contain DEET and amantadine. The treats have still not been pulled off the shelves although Petco claims they are going to stop selling them. We will see. Here is a link to a veterinary website with more information as well as a link to a News source.

http://www.vin.com/members/news/default.aspx?pId=210&id=6295069

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/05/contaminated-jerky-pet-treats-linked-to-at-least-1-000-canine-deaths-many-more-illnesses-103320.html

Please, whether they recall these treats or not, I DO NOT recommend giving them to your pets. There are several brands affected.

  • According to media reports based on FDA information gained through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests, the three most commonly affected products are Waggin’ Train (a product of Nestle Purina PetCare), Canyon Creek Ranch (a product of Nestle Purina PetCare) and Milo’s Kitchen (a product of Del Monte Corp.).
  • The FDA’s alert has been expanded to include chicken jerky treats, duck jerky treats and sweet potato jerky treats.

Karen R Pearson, DVM

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