NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - For many pet owners, giving your dog a treat, it’s a simple reward, but if your dog has recently become sick after you've fed them a treat, the FDA would like to hear from you.
“We have this thing call piñata and I just throw them up in the air, whoever is fastest, gets the treat,” said dog owner Jan Stenson of Northampton.
An FDA alert is warning pet owners about jerky treats that are made in China. Since 2007, the agency has received more than 3,500 reports of jerky-treat-related illnesses. In some cases, the pets have died.
“Mostly we try to keep her treats American; produced in the United States or Canada so we know where the ingredients come from,’ said dog owner Neal Robinson.
Veterinarians at the Northampton Veterinary Clinic say that jerky treats are much like Twinkies for dogs, and they recommend pet owners give their pets treats that are made with natural chicken, fish, or vegetables.
“Certainly using things like bits of raw carrots and healthy treats are a good thing to think about because many pets are also overweight because of all of the treats they are receiving,” said Lori Paporello, DVM.
Paporello says if you believe your dog became sick after eating a treat, you should look for these symptoms.
“The symptoms are vague, and they have to do with gastrointestinal disease, so vomiting, diarrhea, change in appetite and also with kidney disease,” said Paporello inside her South Street clinic.
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