Nothing’s official, so don’t freak out too much about this, but a few brands of dog jerky could actually kill your dog.
The FDA is investigating complaints collected from pet owners and veterinarians that call out at least three Chinese-made brands of jerky treats in reference to mysterious illnesses in at least 600 dogs, including many deaths, according to documents obtained through an msnbc.com public records request.
The brands are Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, both produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. The FDA is no stranger to dog jerky warnings. The department has warned the public three times since 2007, most recently this past November. But now, there is a brand name attached to those warnings.
In response, Nestle Purina and Del Monte officials have said their treats are safe. They even claimed that repeated FDA tests have shown no tie to any brand or manufacturer. But the FDA is still looking for a link. A spokeswoman for the department said they are still taking complaints and samples from owners and veterinarians to hopefully find some kind of link.
Owners are already convinced. There are already three different petitions circulating that demand recalls of jerky treats made in China. One that started in December has more than 3,400 signatures from around the world.
U.S. lawmakers have also jumped on the bandwagon, as some are pressing the FDA to release the results of their tests on the jerky. But until the FDA finds some kind of definitive link to the illnesses, the jerky treats will still be on shelves.