The FDA in association with the American Veterinary Medical Association requested increased vigilance from veterinarians throughout the world for potential toxicity associated wth jerky treats. This potential concern inolved chicken, duck, and sweet potato treats made in China. Although there have been reported deaths, no definitive toxin has been identified, and no death has been confirmed to be due to eating the treats. Substances such as DEET (the common ingredient in mosquito repellant), low levels of an antibiotic and amantadine (a human antiviral medication) have been found in some samples. The most common clinical signs associated with potentially tainted samples include gastrointestinal signs or signs associated with kidney disease; however the known contaminants are not likely to be blamed for these signs.
The doctors as Catawba Animal Clinic feel that since jerky treats are not a necessary food source, our clients should avoid feeding treats made in China especially jerky treats. Regardless of exposure to jerky treats, it is always important to seek veterinary help if your pet exhibits vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in water consumption or urination.