FDA issues warning about jerky treats for pets

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This week, the FDA issued a new warning about many different brands of chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats that have killed close to 600 dogs since 2007.

ATLANTA -- Veterinarians have seen troubling symptoms for years, but they haven't been able to convince the FDA to issue a formal recall of jerky treats for pets.

"It's a difficult thing for owners," said Dr. Duffy Jones, who practices at the Peachtree Hills Veterinary Hospital. "They love their dogs and hate to think they caused disease by giving them treats."

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This week, the FDA issued a new warning about many different brands of chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats that have killed close to 600 dogs since 2007.

Jerky treats have also been linked to illnesses in 3,600 dogs and 10 cats during the same five-year period.

One common factor, according to the FDA, is that most of the treats have been made in China.

But federal investigators have not been able to isolate the ingredient that's making so many pets sick.

There was a voluntary recall in January by the manufacturers of three brands: Waggin Train, Canyon Creek Ranch and Milo's Kitchen.

But pulling those products from store shelves did not put an to illnesses.

Symptoms include include vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption or urination.

The FDA wants the owners of sick pets to see a vet and hold on to any unused portion of the product in its original container for at least 60 days in case it's needed for testing.

"Owners should place the container inside a sealable plastic bag, if possible," the FDA said in a letter to veterinarians.

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