Deadly pet treats: Information you need to know

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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:02 pm | Updated: 5:12 pm, Thu Mar 6, 2014.

SARASOTA, Fla. - The FDA continues its effort to find out more about a deadly batch of dog treats. Hundreds of dogs have died, but there are steps that can be taken to keep your pet safe.

This problem has been going on for years. Back in 2007 there was a massive recall of pet foods containing the ingredient "melamine", a chemical used to make plastic. But now various brands of jerky treats are possibly the cause of death for nearly 600 pets.

Dr. James Kurzydlo says, "We have been mentioning to our clients for a long time to avoid the jerky treats that are available to dogs coming from China."

We asked Dr. Kurzydlo, the veterinarian at Forest Lakes Animal Clinic, what symptoms to look for if a pet owner is concerned.

"There have been a number of dogs throughout the nation who have shown gastrointestinal problems, were it vomiting, diarrhea. Or also shown, urinal problems, were to have an increase in drinking, urinating, having trouble controlling their urine."

The FDA has received over 3,000 reports of pet illnesses related to the consumption of chicken or duck jerky treats, and they say finding answers is a priority.

"They're pro-active and they're looking very closely. They have, you might even say, forensic laboratories involved right now just trying to look for if there's a miniscule amount of a chemical that could be causing a problem. They're looking into it."

Dr. Kurzydlo says there are several pet stores in the community that provide pet food and treats that meet certain guidelines and are made in the USA.

Milllie Oberman, with Pet Supply Center, described the treats they sell. "They're far more inspected, and because they're made with things that are produced here in America without all of the additives."

Dr. Kurzydlo has not heard of any cases at this time in the community of Sarasota.

We went around the Suncoast to various pet stores in search of the tainted dog treat brands, but we couldn't find any on the shelves.

For more information on the complaints associated with the jerky pet treats, go to the FDA website.

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1 comment:

  • Marj posted at 11:02 am on Wed, Oct 30, 2013.

    Marj Posts: 1

    The vet, Dr. James Kurzydlo, quoted here speaks ungrammatically, with misplaced modifiers. This makes the Rebecca Vargas posting difficult to understand. What comes from China--the dogs or the jerky treats?

    Dr. Kyrzydlo may be a fine vet, but perhaps Vargas could have interviewed another vet, who speaks standard English. These quotes may embarrass Dr. Kurzydlo and Forest Lakes Animal Clinic.

    What happened to the vet's list of symptoms? Vargas should conclude her sentence even if the vet did not conclude his.

    What problem has been going on for years? The melamine, which does not need to be in quotes, problem is not the present problem.

    Where in the U.S. did hundreds of pets die from the jerky treats imported from China?

    What steps that Vargas says consumers can take should be taken aside from the obvious--not buying jerky treats exported from China and imported by the U.S.?

    Why is proactive hyphenated?

    What is Millie Oberman's title? Who is "they?" Is "they" the Pet Supply Center, location unknown? If so, "they" is a store," not a plural pronoun.


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