Montgomery Family’s Dog Recovering After Eating Jerky Treats Tainted With Deet & Amantadine

A local dog became ill after eating the infamous jerky treats we have all read about. We are so happy Buddy is on the road to recovery.  Tests revealed that the treats Buddy ingested included the chemical Deet (active ingredient in many insect repellents) and Amantadine (used as an antiviral drug used to treat Avian Influenza).
Here is Buddy’s story:

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We feed Baylie no rawhide or jerky after learning our lesson the hard way with one sick little puppy being rushed to the ER in the middle of the night. Please do your due diligence when it comes to “Made in the USA” treats as well. Read closely as some treats packaged in the U.S. by well-known brands may have ingredients manufactured outside the U.S.
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In an update posted May 16, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also announced that it had detected amantadine in some pet treats made with chicken imported from China, and noted that during the past six months, the agency received some 1,800 reports of illness related to pet treat consumption. About 4,800 jerky-related complaints of illness have been received by the agency since the issue surfaced in 2007 in the United States. The problem has appeared in Canada and Australia, as well.
Reports to the FDA “involve more than 5,600 dogs, 24 cats, three people and include more than 1,000 canine deaths,” the agency said. The agency also stated that about 60 percent of the cases report gastrointestinal liver disease; 30 percent, kidney or urinary disease; and the remainder, a variety of other signs, including convulsions tremors, hives and skin irritation. Of the kidney and urinary cases, about 220, or 15 percent, tested positive for Fanconi syndrome, a rare condition that has come to be associated with jerky consumption.

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According to the FDA, pet owners should be aware that manufacturers do not need to list the country of origin for each ingredient used in their products, so packages that do not state on the label that they are made in another country may still contain ingredients sourced from China or other countries that export to the U.S.

Please you join us and err on the side of caution and refrain from feeding your dog pre-packaged jerky treats.  There are so many quick and easy recipes for homemade, human grade dog treats you can prepare for your dog.  There are better alternatives to  indulge and reward your dog other than pre-packaged treats.

WSFA, Channel 12 News Montgomery Alabama