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Springfield Vet Warns to be Mindful of Jerky Pet Treats

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Dr. Sherry Himmelstein has had some calls from clients whose pets were recently hospitalized with stomach issues, worried that bad jerky might have had something to do with it. 

“According to the blood work, probably not. There’s some sort of syndrome that’s a rare sort of kidney disease that’s been associated with the toxicity of these products, but the FDA isn’t really sure what the toxic agent is,” said Dr. Himmelstein.

2007 was when the FDA first started recalling the bad beef pet snacks, which came from China.

It’s now been expanded to include chicken, sweet potato, and yam.

Brands like Nestle Purina, Canyon Creek, and Corp’s Milo are voluntarily recalling some of their jerky products.

“Avoid any of the semi-moist and jerky type products. In general, they’re more of the junk food in the dog treat world. They tend to have more preservatives, more fat, and I tend to encourage people instead to go for the hard, biscuit type products. I think it’s better for their teeth,” Dr. Himmelstein added.

If your pet fancies jerky, you might want to watch out for certain symptoms.

“Obviously, any signs of not eating, vomiting diarrhea, an increase in thirst or increase in urination, definitely should pay attention to that,” noted Dr. Himmelstein.

If you think your pet is experiencing any of it, make sure to call your vet.

The FDA tests the jerky treats for chemical contaminants, metals, and salmonella. Inspections of Chinese facilities that produce the products did not identify the cause of illness.

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