National Animal Poison Control Helpline Warns of Poisoning Hazard Associated with Jerky Treats

I used to worry about the name of my website, Poisoned Pets.

I didn’t want people to think I was an alarmist, or worse, a Drama Queen.

In fact, I worried so much about it, I turned my website into a girly-pink confection to soften the dark message that pets are being slowly poisoned by the pet food industry.

But today, I received confirmation that I am on the right path.

Relieved, I was pleased to see that a respected medical organization dedicated to treating humans and animals alike for poisons, the Pet Poison Helpline, agrees with me – that jerky treats for pets are as dangerous as poison!

In fact, they went as far as to use an exclamation mark (unheard of in medical circles), in exclaiming their pronouncement in no uncertain terms:

Stay Away From Chicken Jerky Treats!

For the past few years, there have been warnings about chicken jerky treats made in China.

When ingested, clinical signs of malaise, lethargy, vomiting, excessive or decreased thirst or urination, weight loss, etc. have been seen due to Fanconi-like syndrome (when one loses too much sugar or glucose through the bladder).

Untreated, this can result in kidney failure and death.

In the meantime, we advise staying away from any food, treats, products, toys, etc. that are made in China!
Please click here for the most up-to-date information issued by the FDA regarding this cautionary update.

Now, I doubt very much if the highly respected group of veterinary toxicologists at the Pet Poison Helpline would be referred to as that crazy bunch of hysterical Drama Queens.

In fact, they are probably the most qualified group of doctors to handle pet emergencies involving toxins.

I didn’t know this, but they are the only poison control with board-certified veterinary internal medicine (DACVIM), emergency critical care (DACVECC) specialists, and veterinary toxicologists (DABVT, DABT) – which is imperative if your pet is critically ill from a potential poisoning.

The Pet Poison Helpline’s parent company is licensed by the Boards of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy, and it is the only health care practice operated poison control service to provide professional medical and toxicological advice for humans and animals alike.

Now maybe the pet food industry can divert their attentions away from shaming and ridiculing pet food safety advocates like myself, and concentrate their efforts at discrediting the world’s largest industry poison control center instead.

So there.

Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and advisor to AAFCO. Help support her work by making a donation today.

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