Are Jerky Treats Safe?

Pet owners are advised to be careful when feeding their pets jerky treats from China. The FDA is investigating numerous cases of dogs falling ill after eating jerky treats. Products are being tested for bacterial, chemical, or metal contamination but so far, no definitive causative agent has been found. Symptoms include decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood), or increased thirst/urination. These symptoms can start a few hours or a few days after consumption. Discontinue feeding the treats and call us at Golf Glen Veterinary Clinic if symptoms persists for more than 12-24 hours so that the appropriate supportive care can be initiated.
For more information:
• CBC Marketplace segment airing Friday September 28, 2012 at 8:00pm
• http://www.ovma.org/pet_owners/pet_health/chicken_jerky_treats.html
• http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ProductSafetyInformation/ucm319463.htm

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