Jerky-style pet treats have sickened over 3,600 dogs, with 580 deaths reported to the FDA by October of last year. The treats, sold as jerky tenders or strips, are made with chicken, duck, sweet potato, or dried fruit. The FDA recommends avoiding jerky treats altogether but, if you dog is exposed, seek medical attention for symptoms like increased water drinking, decreased appetite or activity level, increased urination, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Avoid treats with a “Made in China” label on the package. But remember that a jerky treat labeled “Made in the USA” may have been formulated with ingredients imported from China. Consumers can find pet food safety information and updates from the FDA here.