FDA Warns About Jerky Treats Killing Dogs

Pets seem to love them, but the FDA says it has linked jerky treats to sickening thousands of dogs and a handful of cats.

The FDA says it has reports of jerky pet treat-related illnesses involving 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. since 2007. Approximately 580 of those pets have died.

The cause of the illness remains elusive, despite the FDA conducting 1,200 tests and visiting jerky pet treat manufacturers in China.

The FDA is asking anyone whose pet suffers from an illness after eating jerky treats to contact the agency, or have their veterinarian contact the agency.

The FDA says pet owners should look for the following symptoms within hours of eating the jerky treats: exhibited decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption, and/or increased urination.

Severe cases have involved kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. About 60 percent of cases involved gastrointestinal illness, and about 30 percent involved kidney and urinary systems, according to the FDA.

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