Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Carmel on the Case: Jerky Pet Treats Alert
Tonight, the Food and Drug Administration is asking the public for help in this case. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero, who first raised the alarm about the treats more than a year ago, has details.
WSVN -- Most of the jerky comes from China. The flavors, chicken, sweet potato, dried fruit and duck are all delightful treats to dogs and cats, at first, but to date those treats are blamed for making 3,600 pets sick and killing 580 of them. Among the sick, little Sasha.
Nancy Morrissey: "I found puddles of blood all over the floor and big clots, and the dog was crying and dragging on the floor, and I thought she was dying before my very eyes."
She survived, but the experts are no closer to knowing why Sasha got sick then they were in 2007, when reports first began connecting the jerky treats to sick and dying pets.
This despite the fact the Food and Drug Administration sent inspectors to five plants in China, and, the FDA says: "This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we've encountered." More than 1,200 jerky pet treat samples have been tested since 2011.
They are looking for things like pesticides and salmonella.
Dr. Darko Mladenovic: "The first think I ask when the dog has the vomiting or diarrhea or similar problems like that is, I'm asking where did they get their treats. Is it made in China?"
Mladenovic treated and saved Sadie, among others, who had close calls after eating jerky treats, and now he and veterinarians nationwide are being asked to help the FDA by reporting and in some cases sending samples when they treat dogs with symptoms of jerky poisoning.
Owners like the Cohens are also being asked to report to the FDA if their pets get sick. Their dog Charlie, almost died.
Randy Cohen: "The dog was so sick that I really thought I was going to have to put him to sleep. He was in bad shape."
The FDA says symptoms include:
-Diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus)
-Increased water consumption or urination
Most major distributors recalled these products earlier this year. But jerky treats from China can still be found on some store shelves.
FDA Pet Jerky Treats Alert:
Report Sick Pets: