Petco Pulls Jerky Treats from Shelves After Reports of Pets Dying

More than 1,000 dogs have reportedly died after ingesting tainted treats, and thousands more pets have become sick.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Petco is in the process this week of removing all China-made dog and cat treats from its shelves.

The company announced the decision Tuesday, after years of concern from pet owners who believe the treats are making dogs and cats sick, sometimes fatally.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning about toxic jerky treats, saying that as of May 1, more than 1,000 dogs have died as a result of eating tainted treats. The FDA has received more than 4,800 reports of jerky treat-related pet illnesses since 2007.

Nearly 2,000 new reports of illness have come since the FDA issued a warning in October 2013 about the potential dangers of treats made in China.

So far, the FDA has been unable to pinpoint why so many pets are getting sick and developing kidney-related diseases, the Huffington Post reported. However, the majority of cases appear to derive from consumption of a jerky treat that was imported from China.

In a report, the FDA said illness has been reported in pets within hours of eating jerky tenders or strips made of duck, chicken, sweet potatoes and/or dried fruit. Most of the implicated jerky treats have been made in China.

Signs of illness in pets have included decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and/or increased urination. Severe cases have involved kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder, according to the FDA.

View a list of recalled treats on the Humane Society of the United States' website.

Herc May 21, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Over a 1000 dogs had to die before the FDA does anything! SMDH
Ericus Alanas May 22, 2014 at 12:16 AM
Its getting harder and harder to find anything that isn't made in China, I have to order everything special.
Randy Wayne May 22, 2014 at 02:04 AM
The key is to not buy ANYTHING that is made in China that your pet eats. Read the labels! Petco, Meijer, Target and even Walmart sell made in USA dog products. If you buy the cheap Chinese garbage then eventually it will negatively affect your pet.
John Tips May 22, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Oh No - not more tainted products from China!


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