You may have recently heard a considerable amount of news with regards to the ongoing investigation into pet illnesses in North America with a possible direct relation to jerky treats that are manufactured in China. So far, most of this news has come from the United States, including a detailed response from the Federal Drug Administration on the matter.
Here is what the FDA had to say:
“As of September 24, 2013, FDA has received more than 3000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, nearly all of which are imported from China. The reports involve more than 3600 dogs, 10 cats and include more than 580 deaths… While FDA has not yet identified a cause for the reported illnesses, the agency, together with our Vet-LIRN partners, continue to perform testing to help identify cases and examine both animal tissue and product samples associated with the cases. FDA also continues to work with the manufacturers and distributors of the treats and China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to investigate potential sources of contamination or causes of illness in pets.”
FDA Releases Progress Report on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation
October 22, 2013
The FDA also released this Fact Sheet on Jerky Pet Treats to coincide with their autumn update.
So what about Canada?
Has the same scenario been playing out here as well?
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the national association and voice for the veterinary profession in Canada, has recently released an update on the Jerky Treat investigation as well as a caution to both vets and pet owners.
Use these releases to educate yourself about what treats your pets are eating and whether they are ultimately healthy for consumption. The fact that they are still available for purchase in Canada indicates that buyers must be diligent.
If you have any questions about these reports or about what are the best treats to offer your pet, contact your local veterinarian today.