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Consumer Alert: Pet Jerky Treats Could Make Your Animal Sick

Recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous reports from consumers and veterinarians about thousands of dogs and cats getting sick from jerky treats. The FDA would like to hear from you if your pet has also experience illness because of a jerky treat.

According to the FDA:

To date, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has conducted more than 1,200 tests, visited jerky pet treat manufacturers in China and collaborated with colleagues in academia, industry, state labs and foreign governments. Yet the exact cause of the illnesses remains elusive.

Minor symptoms of the sickness caused by the treats include increased water consumption and/or increased urination. Extreme cases have lead to kidney failure and gastrointestinal bleeding. Although some jerky treats were removed from the market in January 2013, there are still others on the market. The FDA urges pet owners to be cautious before feeding jerky treats to their pets.

Learn more about jerky treat safety from the FDA.

The Benefits of Adding a Pet to Your Home

You often hear about the health benefits of eating well, or staying active, but your emotional health is equally important. During times of tragedy, animals are often brought in for people to pet or play with, and there is good reason:  having a pet can help with your emotional stability and happiness.

Here are some tips and resources on why adding a pet to your family could be a great idea.

The comfort and companionship of a pet can make you healthier. According to the CDC, having pets is known to help control blood pressure, cholesterol levels and feelings of depression.

When looking for a pet, consider adopting from a local shelter or rescue, and save an animal’s life that otherwise may not get the chance at a happy home. You can contact your local government to find out about shelters near you, and find out more about owning wildlife as pets, pet insurance, emergency preparedness for pets and much more.  

Of course, adding a pet to your family is exciting for kids, however, there are also some important things to remember when you bring an animal into your home. If you have younger kids, make sure your pet has been acclimated and is accepting of young ones. It’s also important to keep your pet healthy so that in turn you and your family stay healthy too. By practicing good hygiene around your pet, and keeping them up-to-date on shots, your family will also be protected.

Many people consider their pet a member of their family, so remember to keep an eye on them as you would anyone else. You can find consumer information from Answers.USA.gov about pet food, what toys are dangerous to your pet, and some good questions to ask your veterinarian about pet medicines.

 

Image description: This dog’s owner made sure a pet life jacket was included in her emergency supply kit.
Learn more about how to make sure your animals are cared for during an emergency.
Photo from the Department of Homeland Security

Image description: This dog’s owner made sure a pet life jacket was included in her emergency supply kit.

Learn more about how to make sure your animals are cared for during an emergency.

Photo from the Department of Homeland Security

Prevent Errors With Your Pet’s Medicine

Just as medication errors can happen with humans, they can also happen when medicines are prescribed for your pet. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine started taking a closer look at errors and ways to increase the safe use of medicines for pets.

Pet prescriptions are usually filled at human pharmacies, but veterinarians sometimes use different language than doctors, and something as simple as an abbreviation could cause your pet to receive a different medication than what was intended. The FDA suggests you ask important questions before leaving your veterinarian’s office, such as:

  • What is the name of the drug? What is it supposed to do?
  • How much of the medication should I give each time?
  • How many times a day should I give it?
  • How should I store it?

Learn more about how to prevent pet medicine errors.