FDA says 500 dogs killed by jerky treats

JoNel Aleccia of NBC News reports some 500 dogs and nine cats may have died after eating chicken jerky pet treats made in China, according to updated complaints logged by federal veterinary health officials.

A new tally of reports filed with the Food and Drug Administration shows the agency has received 2,674 reports of illness involving 3,243 dogs, including 501 deaths. The agency also has received reports of Purina-Waggin-Train-Yam-Good-Treatsnine illnesses in cats, including one death, the FDA said.

That’s up from an estimated 2,200 reports of illness, 360 dog deaths and one cat death reported last summer. So far, though, FDA has not been able to confirm a link between the treats and the ailments. 

The new figures come less than a week after two of the largest retailers of pet chicken jerky treats issued voluntary recalls of several popular brands after New York state agriculture officials detected unapproved antibiotics in the products.

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. recalled its popular Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats, and Del Monte Corp. officials recalled their Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from shelves nationwide.

  • T. S Redding, III d.V.M.

    This has been going on for months with no action from government or the companies marketing these pet treats. I have read reports in veterinary magazines that FDA inspectors were allowed to inspect the Chinese factories producing some of these treats…but were refused permission to send samples to independent labs. FDA does not seem to feel they have legal authority to ban importation of pet foods even when Chinese officials blocked independent testing for suspected contaminants!

  • Margaret Lynn Stein

    My Doberman died about three years ago. at that time I fed him the waggin jerky treats. I bought a bunch of bags of the treats because they were on sale at Walmart. He was about 4 years old and died in his sleep. I’m sure more dogs have died from this that have not been counted