Two major national pet stores are pulling all dog and cat treats made in China off of their shelves as years of complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pile up that jerky treats from China were possibly making pets sick.
Vice President of Merchandising for Petco John Sturm said they are voluntarily removing these products after consumers voiced concerns.
Another major pet food retailer, PetSmart, is pulling Chinese-made jerky treats from its stores in the U.S.and Canada.
The treats have been linked to more than 1,000 dog deaths and nearly 5,000 other pet illnesses.
The FDA said it’s still working to determine the exact causes of the illnesses.
While the products won’t actually disappear from PetSmart shelves until March of 2015, Petco plans to pull the products by the end of this year.
Summer is almost here, and that means the weather is going to start getting hot! Remember to keep your pet nice and cool this summer to avoid the dangers of heatstroke. Animals and people are susceptible to heatstroke, and it can be caused by overexertion and lack of proper hydration in hot weather. We recommend giving your pet a cool place to relax—with plenty of breezes, or even a/c—and plenty of fresh water to drink. And don’t forget: never, ever leave your pet in the car in the summer! Just leave them home where they’ll be more comfortable.
If your indoor cat likes to play in potting soil – be sure to put them on a parasite preventative because 15% of potting soils harbor round worm! Roundworms can be a health risk for humans so bring in a fresh fecal sample to be tested and get your pet is on a parasite preventative today!
Warm weather means the return of mosquitoes and the heartworm disease that they carry. Because a single bite from a mosquito could transmit the deadly heartworm parasite to your pet, it’s important that your pet stay on a heartworm preventative at all times. We can’t prevent the mosquitoes from biting, but we can prevent their harmful effects. We would love to discuss heartworm prevention for your pet!