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Mon, Nov 5 | By Matt Van Hoven | 247

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… more ›

Pet Illness Spurs Need For Guidelines
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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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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Maybe owners would be more aware of how much they are feeding. If nothing else, dogs who get lots of treats get fat.

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

It certainly wouldn't hurt to have feeding labels. You can never be too safe with your pet.

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EddieP
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EddieP
6 years ago

I agree 100% about labeling.

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

Yes, treats and food should have labels and warnings also.

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

Manufacturers can tell the FDA the ingredients of the treats. If the FDA finds something else, that is the culprit. Its also possible the dogs were allergic to one of the substances present in the treat.

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Tami T.
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Tami T.
6 years ago

I think treats should have better labeling.

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Chewbacca
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Chewbacca
6 years ago

Some people need a guideline.

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

there should be labels

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

I'm still concerned about how little attention this is getting currently and how long it seems to be taking. Distance from the issue will cause us to forget how serious it really was!

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Rlhime
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Rlhime
6 years ago

Yes labels need to on the products. Also check with your animals vet to see what they recommend.

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Roxann
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Roxann
6 years ago

I think information like that should be printed on the product. Also consult with your pets physician to see what they recommend as well.

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

I can't believe that no major action has happened so far. The farther from the incident the further from folk's minds. Let's not forget and do something.

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Janicevarley
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Janicevarley
6 years ago

What concerns me about this is that there was no other work done to make sure the treats were safe--the FDA and treat companies were a little too ready to jump at "owner error." Would this be the same case if a bunch of children got sick?

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

Labels are good but only for those smart enough to get it. People still spill hot coffee despite the warnings!

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betty p.
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betty p.
6 years ago

So forgot about the non smart folks. Or those who don't care.

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betty p.
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betty p.
6 years ago

labels are good.

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Jessica R.
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Jessica R.
6 years ago

sure I think its a good idea to have labels. we have labels on our snacks dont we?

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Ed D.
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Ed D.
6 years ago

Dogs are more different from each other than people are. With sizes ranging from a few pounds to well over 200 pounds, and metabolisms to match, labels saying how much to feed a dog are pretty worthless. The secret is to watch your own animal's weight gain or loss and figure the adjustment yourself.

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Margene  W.
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Margene W.
6 years ago

Maybe it will help a lot of us not have such overweight pets when we see calories etx.of each treat.If they got sick it was probably that their stomachs could not break down the jerky fast enough and it comes out undigested,and there are SO many preservatives.

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Ed D.
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Ed D.
6 years ago

Mmm, well, giving a dog lots more protein than they're used to could throw off their digestion. They're supposed to be carnivores, but we give them food full of grain and other junk. So I can see a bunch of jerkey bothering a dog. But amount labels on pet food are worthless. The size of a dog doesn't say anything about its activity or metabolism, so feeding is something the human has to fine-tune to their own animals anyway.

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PackLeader1
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PackLeader1
6 years ago

I don't think labeling will change how people spoil their dogs. If they are stupid enough to over feed treats, then their to stupid to read the label

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Gracie88
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Gracie88
6 years ago

Many people lack common sense, so labeling is likely necessary...not that they'd read it.

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PRINCETON
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PRINCETON
6 years ago

Should be common sense to only feed a few treats to animals

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Ourstaff
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Ourstaff
6 years ago

I think that the treats should be labeled. If the dog is getting a treat a day it is part of its diet. It only takes a couple of cookies a day to make me fat.

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Katrina  J.
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Katrina J.
6 years ago

It really is easy to over treat them. Especially during training.

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Charlotte C.
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Charlotte C.
6 years ago

These treats should be more closely monitored and the labels might help keep some of them from getting sick.

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Kim W.
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Kim W.
6 years ago

Hopefully it wasn't anything bad in the treats that made the pets ill. It's definitely a good idea to put the labeling on but you still get people who will overfeed their pets.

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Dee
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Dee
6 years ago

That lady died from drinking too much WATER. How dumb can some people be? Do they think there are no limits??

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Makenna
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Makenna
6 years ago

about time i think it would be great

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CORIU
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CORIU
6 years ago

Feeding guidelines would be good, but what is causing the illness here? Is it just from overeating or is something wrong with the treats?

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Karen S.
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Karen S.
6 years ago

Pet treats should definitely have guidelines for safety!!

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Makenna
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Makenna
6 years ago

we have the fda rules when it comes to our food its about time they did it for us pet owners

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BJ
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BJ
6 years ago

Where have you people been? There were treats, jerky and rawhides placed on the recall list as far back as May 2007. I would suggest you go to www.fda.com and check out the recall on pet foods and products. You can even be placed on a list for them to notify you in the event of another recall.
Like to read some articles on the overall recall go here www.bjdarnell/animal crackers/recallcol.html.

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Nurse4u92
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Nurse4u92
6 years ago

Snacks should have guidelines...how many to feed your pet based on weight,etc.Also, most treats do have ingredients listed,but a lot of the info is Greek.Are we sure it's not the ingredients themselves that are making pets sick ?

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Nguarraci
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Nguarraci
6 years ago

I haven't heard about this before. What type of jerky treats made the dogs sick? I give my dog jerky treats all the time!

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Bigertrain62
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Bigertrain62
6 years ago

not good

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Maxinerauh
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Maxinerauh
6 years ago

treats should definatly have labels but maybe they should also be made so that they dont have the ability to kill..

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Furls
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Furls
6 years ago

They must be eating lots of jerky. At any rate, I think that the info. would be helpful.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
6 years ago

Every kind of dog food should have some sort of lable for excessive feeding. Treats should not be part of a regular diet and some people forget that and they wonder what the lumps are by their hips (fat-love handles) or wonder why the knees of their pets are messed up. Too many treats would make a dog ill-not the right nutrition.

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Amanda V.
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Amanda V.
6 years ago

i dotn think they should fallow this product on the market. That is obserd to think i can kill my pet by feeding it.

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Sarahbell
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Sarahbell
6 years ago

Why would we jump to label changes? Why not figure out what is causing these deaths? Is it the product or is it overconsumption?

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JOEB
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JOEB
6 years ago

IT SHOULD LIST THE INGREDIENTS SO A OWNER CAN MAKE A WISE DECISION ON HOW MANY SHOULD BE GIVEN OUT.

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Lambrhondal
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Lambrhondal
6 years ago

From what I understand, the FDA is not doing an adequate job of overseeing food for human consumption, so I do not think their involvement will help with animal food or consumption. It looks like the route to go is to have the manufacturers do the testing and list the actual ingredients by percentages. Then have a paid animal humane group follow up on what the manufacturers are stating. By all proability, these treats are imported like almost everything else that US shelves house!!!

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Muskrat
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Muskrat
6 years ago

Illness from eating jerky Treats raises ared flag to me, since jerky treats were on the recall lists a while back as being some of the products which could be contaminated and cause death in dogs. I remember because I had Dingo Jerky Treats on ahnd at the tiem; Dingo said I had to return them to the seller and the seller said I had to return them to Dingo; Dingo's phone lines stayed busy and, ulimately I just had to throw them away (I had a good supply of them) and take the financial loss. So, is this issue about overfeeding treats or could it be about contaminated food products?

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RedHeadRule999
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RedHeadRule999
6 years ago

you know i disagree so your saying that if i feed my dog 300 bacon strips and ym dog dies that they should take it off the market that would be stupid how about you just dont overfeed your dog

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Furls
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Furls
6 years ago

These pets must be getting lots of treats! At any rate, it is a good idea to provide the information. Whether owners use the information will be on them.

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Lauriebill
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Lauriebill
6 years ago

I bet the owner of the oversized dog-is oversized too. =D =P

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Tammyg
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Tammyg
6 years ago

Feeding guidelines on treats? Would not have thought they were necessary but maybe they are. After all, there is a reason for stupid instructions like "do not use while sleeping" on hair dryers. Some people need explicit instructions.

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RareFrog
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RareFrog
6 years ago

I think that if you are feeding anything to your pet it should have proper labeling of ingredients, serving size, and even what size of dog to feed them to. Small dogs might not be able to chew and swallow certain treat made for bigger dogs and big dogs might choke on small treats. LIke human food, dog food has calories and fat and without knowing these quanities a person would over feed a pet.

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Katlee
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Katlee
6 years ago

I do think all the things made for us to feed our pets should be labeled properly. Why exactly has this stuff been left on the market when it is making animals sick?

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