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Are U.S.-Made Jerky Treats Now Making Dogs Sick?

By Michael Leaverton - Source: http://www.dogster.com/

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After years of warnings and complaints against jerky treats made in China — and the decision of Petco and PetSmart to finally pull the products from store shelves — we thought we were through with the jerky-treat mess.

It turns out, we’re not. Jerky treats made in the U.S. are also now making dogs sick. Vets at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine are diagnosing dogs with acquired Fanconi disease after they ate jerky treats made in the U.S. and got sick, according to Vin News Service.

What’s behind it? Well, the working theory is that while the jerky treats themselves are made in the U.S., some of the ingredients involved in making them are from outside the country.

Siobhan DeLancey, of the FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, said, “We have found some of these products may contain ingredients from outside of the U.S. FDA continues its investigation into these, as well as other, jerky treats potentially linked to illnesses.”

One of those suspected companies is Spot Farms, which is currently facing inquiry after a two-year-old Yorkshire Terrier turned up sick after eating the company’s jerky treats. Dr. Bonnie Werner, an internal medicine specialist at Animal Emergency Medical Center in Torrance, California, says the dog has acquired Fanconi disease, according to Vin News Service, and said she has been in contact with the company.

As incredible as it sounds, it seems like some companies are touting made-in-the-U.S. jerky treats — and benefiting from all the negative press that China-made treats have been receiving — while using ingredients from other countries. And the companies might not even know it, as they could be buying their raw ingredients to make the treats from other U.S. companies who are using foreign-made ingredients.

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Bulldog eyeing a tasty treat by Shutterstock.

Read the rest at: http://www.dogster.com

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