FDA warns of dog jerky tied to illnesses, death

FDA warns of dog jerky tied to illnesses, death

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by Frank Mungeam

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Posted on May 22, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:21 AM

A group of popular dog treats could be sickening and even killing dogs all across the country, yet the Food and Drug Administration says there’s nothing it can do.

Since November, more than 900 dog owners have reported illnesses to the FDA. The symptoms range from vomiting and diarrhea to kidney failure and even death.

Pauli Klingonsmith of Wheeler, Oregon says both her dogs, Dixie and Max, died after eating jerky treats. When she rushed Max to the vet, the first thing he asked was if she’d fed him any jerky treats.

Klingonsmith says the vet told her six dogs had already been brought in after eating the treats, and one had died.

Klingonsmith sent her treats to the FDA to be tested. The FDA says it has collected samples from across the U.S. but has not been able to determine a definitive cause for the illnesses. Without a cause, the FDA can’t issue a recall because regulations don’t allow for products to be removed based on complaints alone.

Three of the brands of dog jerky most reported by owners were Waggin’ Train, and Canyon Creek Ranch Brands, and Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style dog treats. But the FDA warns against any jerky treats from China.

The dog jerky products are widely available, including Fred Meyer, Safeway and Costco. Manufacturers have insisted their treats are fine and the illness is unrelated, and have refused a voluntary recall.

More: FDA caution letter and list of reported dog jerky products

Also: Submit a report to the FDA

KGW Reporter Abby Gibb contributed to this story.

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