What to Do If You Have a Jerky Treat Complaint

November 10, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  released a document explaining how to report complaints about jerky pet treats.

With all the articles I have written about the dangers of feeding those treats to pets, I hope that readers have stopped giving them to their dogs and cats.  But just in case you have done so and your pet experiences an adverse reaction to them, here is what you should do.

Obviously, your first phone call is to your veterinarian for treatment.  He or she knows the procedures to follow to submit the case to the FDA.  Ask him or her to fill out a report on your behalf.  The FDA will want a complete dossier on your pet, and the information that they will find the most helpful will include:

Your Pet’s Info…

Species (dog,cat)
Age, weight, breed, pregnant, spayed/neutered
Previous health status of pet
Any pre-existing conditions your pet has
Whether you give your pet any other foods, treats, dietary supplements or drugs
How much of the suspected product was consumed from the package
How much of the product you still have
Clinical signs exhibited by your pet (such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy)
How soon after consuming the product the clinical signs appeared
Your veterinarian’s contact information, diagnosis, medical records for your pet
Results of any diagnostic lab testing performed on your pet
How many pets consuming the product exhibited clinical symptoms
Whether any pets that consumed the product are not affected
Whether your pet spends time outdoors unsupervised
Why you suspect the pet food caused the illness

Product Description…

Exact name of the product and product description (as stated on the label)
Type of container (e.g., box, bag, can, pouch, etc)
Product intended to be refrigerated, frozen, or stored at room temperature
Lot number
Best by, best before, or expiration date
UPC code (bar code)
Net weight
Purchase date and exact location where purchased
Results of any lab testing performed on the pet food product
How food was stored, prepared and handled

If you have any other questions, go to this link: www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/Safety/Health/ProductSafetyInformation/ucm372484.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery


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