Oct. 23, 2013
Jerky is a popular snack for dogs and cats, but some jerky treats are making thousands of pets sick. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning Tuesday about the treats.
The agency says since 2007 it has linked near 4,000 illnesses and almost 600 deaths in cats and dogs across the country to jerky treats. According to the FDA, the symptoms kick in within a few hours after animals eat the treat.
"The main thing people start to notice is their dog drinks a lot more water, and urinates a lot more frequently. You can also see loss of appetite and vomiting," said veterinarian Dr. Geri Carlson.
The FDA has run more than 1,200 tests, but still hasn't determined what in the jerky is causing the pet illnesses, but believes the snacks are from manufacturers in China. The agency is now asking pet owners and vets to report any problems their pets have after eating jerky treats.
"I think it's horrible if they are giving out treats that are making pets sick. I love my pet and I wouldn't want nothing bad to happen to him," said dog owner Jerry Wood.
Dr. Carlson says if you think your pet has symptoms to bring them to your vet, and to keep your animal away from jerky.