The FDA is alerting dog owners that certain kinds of beef dog treats may contain high levels of beef thyroid hormone. This is the second warning this year.
The thyroid hormone comes from ground livestock gullets, cuts of meat from the cow’s throat. The thyroid gland of a dog can be sent into overdrive when these parts are used to make dog treats. Continued exposure to tainted treats can lead to rapid breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, heart damage, and even death.
The current recall involves lots of Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers and Milo’s Kitchen Grilled Burger Bites with Sweet Potato and Bacon. The Steak Grillers products come in 10-, 18-, and 22-ounce bags and carry “Best If Used By” dates of 11/15/2018 and 4/26/2019. The UPC codes on the packages are 0 79100518227, 0 79100518234, and 0 79100527762. The Grilled Burger Bites come in a 15-ounce bag and carry a use-by date of 11/19/2018. The UPC code on affected Burger Bites package is 0 7910052126 5.
If you have any of those treats, J.M. Smucker, the company that makes them, recommends that you stop feeding them to your dog. If you have questions or want a refund, you can call 888-569-6767.
So far, the FDA has received reports of three affected dogs tied to the current recall. If your dog has any unusual symptoms like been super thirsty lately, been urinating a lot, been restless, lost weight, or had a rapid heart rate, then contact your vet straightaway.
Last March, the FDA warned about Blue Wilderness Wet Food for Adult Dogs and Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs. Certain lots of those products were also recalled after reports of illnesses in dogs.