Warning About Chinese-Made Dog Treats

Blog reader Mary Kay felt so strongly about an issue facing dog owners that she sent us this email:

I was wondering if you could to a public service to pet owners everywhere.
On your blog, could you please run a story about the FDA warning regarding
the use of Chicken Jerky Dog treats made in China? It amazes me how many
people do not know of the warning and stores are not pulling the products
from their shelves since there has not been any official recall. Meanwhile
hundreds of dogs have gotten sick and hundreds have died. Many others could
probably be linked to the treats but people just thought their pets were old
and that’s why he/she got kidney failure, etc.

There is a grass root effort to get all Chinese dog treats ban. go to the
group page Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China! on Facebook.

Thank you for your consideration.

The problem with Chinese-made dog treats first surfaced in 2007, when the American Veterinary Medical Association released a Media Alert, stating that “The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recently been made aware of several complaints from pet owners and veterinarians that multiple brands of jerky treats manufactured in China have been making pets sick.” Last fall, the Food & Drug Administration updated that warning and “cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs.”

You can learn a lot more about this important warning on the Pet Pardons blog.

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