Jerky has always been a popular treat for dogs, but now the FDA has implied there may be a link to kidney damage! While the matter is still under investigation, it’s advised that all dog parents stop giving their dogs jerky immediately until there is more information.
According to the FDA,
Jerky pet treats are not required as part of a complete and balanced diet for your pet. If you choose to feed jerky pet treats, watch your pet closely. Signs that have been reported in association with JPT may occur within hours to days of feeding the jerky treat products are decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption and/or increased urination. Severe cases may be diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal bleeding, and/or kidney failure or the resemblance of Fanconi syndrome.
If your dog shows any symptoms, report it directly through FDA’s Safety Reporting Portal or to your local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator. Please provide them with the lot number of the jerky treat product, if you can, as this helps them identify the right product to send for testing.
Additionally, remember to adhere to all COVID-19 set out by the CDC despite vaccine administrations. We are still early in the vaccination process and it is not yet clear how much of an impact they will have on controlling the spread of this pandemic. These rules apply to those who have been fully vaccinated as well. Be sure to wear a mask and maintain a social distance of at least six feet.
Stay away from crowds as best as possible, and do not assemble in poorly ventilated areas. If you want to know more about how you can protect yourself and your family, feel free to visit the CDC website for more details.