A story published Tuesday by MSNBC.com reveals that three main brands may be connected to illness in dogs that seems to be linked with chicken jerky.
Internal Food and Drug Administration documents obtained through a public records request included a log of complaints by consumers and veterinarians.
The complaints contain references to three brands of jerky treats that appear tied to serious illness such as kidney failure. At least 600 dogs in the U.S. have acquired mysterious illnesses that have puzzled federal health officials.
According to the story by reporter JoNel Aleccia, the complaint log lists 13 “Priority 1″ cases that cited Canyon Creek Ranch or Waggin’ Train jerky treats or tenders. Nestle Purina PetCare Co. produces both those products.
Three other complaints list Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, made by Del Monte Corp. The remaining complaints listed either single brands or no brands, the story reports.
Officials from both Del Monte and Nestle Purina maintain that their treats are safe, and the FDA has not found a definitive cause for a recall, according to MSNBC.com.
The story comes at a time when the chicken jerky scare has prompted Chinese pet owners to import more dog food from the United States, as reported in this story by Pet Pardons News.
For more information about pet food safety, check out this video by the FDA. It contains information about pet food regulations and tells you what to do if you think the food you bought is making your pet sick.
Or you can visit this link to report a pet food complaint directly.