Dog treats are causing an unknown illness, leaving many questions among pet owners.
According to documents obtained by msnbc.com, the FDA has linked at least 3 brands of dog treats to a mysterious illness that is killing dogs in the U.S.
The FDA says that the three brands of jerky type chicken treats for dogs are from China and may be associated with kidney failure and other serious canine health consequences. So far the illness has been found in 600 dogs nationwide.
The three brands in question include, Waggin’ Train and 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 records obtained by msnbc.com show.
The FDA noted symptoms to watch out for if you have given your dog any tainted treats. They include, decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination.
Though nationwide complaints have been coming in about the treats since last October, the FDA does not know how the treats are causing the mysterious illness. “No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined,” FDA officials said in a statement. Those with concerns or questions should take their dogs to a veterinarian, states the FDA’s website.
“At the slightest doubt, these products should have been recalled, especially knowing there was a link or at the very least a caution/warning label put on the packaging warning the consumers,” said Robin Pierre, a co-founder of “Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China.”