The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) first sent out a media alert last week about consumers complaining about multiple brands of China-made jerky treats making their pets sick.
Now, on the AVMA website, the organization has posted Frequently Asked Questions page about their alert for pet jerky treats.
Here are some points from their FAQ’s:
- The AVMA does not know what brands are affected because they are not conducting the testing of the products.
- They will not know when the brand names will be released by the FDA. As of now, there have been no recalls.
- They are not sure what is causing the illnesses. They said “product testing is a time-consuming process, and cannot be rushed.”
- The AVMA said the illness being found in the pets appears to be a transient Fanconi syndrome. Cats are being more commonly affected than dogs, and small dogs may be more affected than larger dogs. This may be because cats and small dogs are more sensitive to the causative substance or they are more likely to be fed the types of food in question.
- Reported symptoms of the illness have been vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy, and depression. The majority of the pets demonstrate a temporary illness that can be treated. Long-term therapy is not likely to be necessary.