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  •  Reports only cover fraction of dogs that got sick. (3+ / 0-)
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    KayCeSF, Ice Blue, Scioto

    I know because two of my dogs got sick from the jerky treats and our vet did not report it to anyone. I had to do the research myself and report their illness myself to the regional office of the FDA. I begged the vet to report my dogs' illness (they both got acquired Fanconi syndrome) to the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, but he would not do it and the ACVIM wouldn't take the report from me. And I know for a fact that mine were not the only dogs our vet treated for jerky treat poisoning. But I was the only person from my town of 225,000 people to report jerky treat poisoning to the FDA up to the time of my call.

    How many owners of dogs that got sick from jerky treats made the connection between the illness and the treats? Heck, my vet didn't make the connection. I had to print out a warning from the ACVIM and stick it under his nose before he would consider that I might be right about the treats being the culprit. How many dogs died without their owners ever figuring out why? And even if the vet figures out what caused the dog to get sick, what is the rate at which vets report the cases they've seen to either the FDA or the ACVIM?

    This is like reports of outbreaks of salmonella or listeria. You know that a whole lot more people got sick than were reported to the CDC, so too with reports of jerky treat poisoning to the FDA.

    "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

    by Involuntary Exile on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 02:49:32 PM PDT

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