Local veterinarians are urging caution after the Food and Drug Administration issued a request for members of the general public and their veterinarians to send any information they have if their pet has become ill after eating jerky treats. "It's important to heed that advice," said Doctor Michael Schaden, Opposum Pike Vet Clinic & Animal Hospital, Frederick. "I think the trick is that owners should check with their veterinarians to make sure that the treats that they are giving are appropriate," continued Schaden.
Since 2007, the FDA says they have received reports of 3,600 dogs and 10 cats becoming ill from eating jerky treats in the U.S., and approximately 580 of those pets have died. Most of the jerky treats involved in the illnesses have been from China. "It's a common denominator. It seems like everything that has contamination comes from China," Schaden said.
Potential jerky pet treated related illnesses should be reported online or by calling the state FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator. Please visit