I was not only dumbfounded but infuriated when I learned from NBC News a few days ago that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) refused to vote in a resolution that would help discourage pet owners from feeding jerky treat products. They state their reason is that they “Don’t have the scientific proof to say ‘Don’t Do It!’ “ Puhleeeeez! You’ve got to be kidding me! The now 600 or so dogs that have died and the 4,500 illnesses suffered by dogs and cats that have without a doubt been linked to jerky treats since 2007 isn’t enough proof enough for them?
This is not only absolutely ludicrous thinking but it also encourages people to feed these deadly treats to their pets. I can hear the justifications in my head “If the AVMA won’t issue a warning then it must be ok to give these treats to our pets.”
All over the country there are vets and pet owners who have absolutely no doubt that the pets that got sick and/or died from this mysterious illness is a direct result of them having eaten these manufactured jerky treats. They know the jerky treats are at fault, the FDA keeps trying (thank you!) but just hasn’t been able to figure out exactly what in or what about the treats is causing the illnesses and deaths. Finding out the what and the why could take many more years and they may never have a definitive answer other than they know the problem lies with these treats.
AVMA warning or not, I can say without a doubt that we have enough proof and that there is no way that we will ever give these treats to our dogs. The risk of making our dogs sick or the potential of them dying from these treats is simply not worth it to us.
It was just over a year ago today that I wrote about the 2,000 sick dogs and the 500+ dead cats and dogs at that time and just a year later the numbers have risen!
The AVMA is a highly respected organization who’s veterinarian members are supposed to care about our pets! In my book they get a big fat F in the caring department. Because the AVMA won’t issue a warning the manufacturers are already working on putting the originally recalled (and now supposedly significantly enhanced) product back on the shelves. How can you be sure your enhancements won’t make my dog sick or kill it?
Interesting, isn’t it? Nestle Purina (who makes some of the recalled products) contributed $17,250 to the AVMA in 2012 alone. I’ll bet it wouldn’t take a whole lot of digging or smarts to unearth contributions from other pet treat makers. Is the AVMA selling out the people and the pets that trusted them and need them in order to rake in a few bucks? How many more dogs and cats have to get sick or die before you step in and do your job?
The AVMA has the power to help slow down this killer and instead they look the other way. They may as well hand deliver these treats door to door to every pet owner in America because their refusal to issue a warning is no different than giving their blessing to dispensing them.
There are pet owners and dedicated veterinarians from coast to coast who have seen and lived the devastation these treats can cause and who are trying desperately to get the word out to not feed these to your pets. In one simple statement the AVMA managed to trash those efforts. The best they’ll do is to remind people that these treats aren’t a necessary part of their diet. Now that’s real rocket science.
Are you as disappointed and angry as we are about the AVMA’s refusal to step with a warning? What would you like to see happen to help protect our pets? Are you going to feed store bought jerky treats to your family pet(s)?
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