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FDA Issues Warning To Pet Owners About Jerky Treats

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by Shannon Royster

MT. JULIET, Tenn. – The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to pet owners about a mysterious outbreak of illness and deaths that may be linked to jerky treats.

Pet owner Sarah Murphy said she thinks the world of her two year old Dalmatian mix, Sally. When she heard about the FDA warning pet owners about the possible dangers of pet jerky treats, she was thankful she never treated Sally to them. She said she sticks to healthy snacks only.

"She eats like a special food that doesn't have gluten in it, said Murphy. "The treats have to be special and natural and not unknown ingredients."

Something about the ingredients in the jerky treats has been sending pets by the thousands to the vet and has killed 580 of them.

"About 60 percent of the cases are having gastrointestinal upset," said Dr. Noel Lucas with Blue Oasis Pet Hospital. "That includes vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and increased water consumption."

Dr. Lucas said the alert does not specify a brand, but it does includes chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats.

"We're really recommending that pet owners avoid jerky treats altogether," she said. "They're just not safe, and we don't know why they're not safe."

The FDA has been investigating this treat related illness but have yet to determine the exact cause. Right now, officials said they only know the tainted treats are from China. It was not a requirement for the country of origin to be listed on the packaging.

Dr. Lucas said your best bet is to steer clear of the Jerky.

"There's so many other options out there for pets to consume healthy treats," said Dr. Lucas.

Murphy said she hopes the treats she's feeding Sally is one of them, so she never has to worry.

"(It is) alarming for sure because it makes you wonder about other stuff as well," she said.

If you do feed your pet jerky treats and he or she becomes sick, stop the treats immediately, and contact your vet and save the rest of the treats and its packaging for possible FDA testing.

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