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FDA asking pet owners to report illnesses from jerky treats

Posted by Kristi Palma  November 4, 2013 10:24 AM

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Jerky treats are making pets sick and no one can figure out why.

So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert asking for help from pet owners. If you've had a pet become sick after eating jerky treats, the FDA wants to hear from you.

According to the FDA, 3,600 dogs and cats have become ill from jerky pet treat-related illnesses in the U.S. since 2007. And about 580 of them have died. Read more in this Associated Press report.

Find out what else the FDA is doing to solve the mystery at www.fda.gov.

Also, here's what to look for if your pet has eaten jerky treats, courtesy of the FDA:
-- Decreased appetite
-- Decreased activity
-- Vomiting
-- Diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus)
-- Increased water consumption
-- Increased urination

Severe cases have involved kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder.

Read what pet expert Steve Dale has to say in this piece on Gadzoo, "Just say 'no' to jerky treats from China.'"

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