Pet Illness Spurs Need For Guidelines

November 5, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | 247 comments
Tags: illness, treats, dog, fda

Following complaints from dog owners concerning the safety of pet treats, some manufacturers are adding labeling that recommends how many treats to give your pet.

The need for change piqued when 70 dog owners issued complaints to the FDA after their pets became ill from eating jerky style treats.

In response, some manufacturers are adding the labels because they think owners may be overfeeding their animals.

The FDA has so far been unable to determine what about the treats caused nearly 100 animals to become ill – and with no clear result, manufacturers point to owners.

But some say the labels are premature since there's no definitive evidence that overfeeding is to blame, either.

Labels aren't currently required since treats are not part of a dog's regular daily diet – and are more like snacks than anything else.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
4 years ago

If people took the time and effort to actually look at the list of ingredients in all of the popular pet food treats/snacks, if they had any sense at all they simply wouldn't buy them. Junk!

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

I wouldn't buy treats that would kill my pet if it ate too many. What if it got ahold of the bag behind my back and ate them all?

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