By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
Kansas City – The FDA is asking for the public's help
in an investigation into potentially harmful jerky treats. They have asked the
general public and their veterinarians to send any information they have if
their pet has become ill after eating jerky treats.
the FDA says they have received reports of 3,600 dogs and 10 cats becoming ill
from eating jerky treats in the U.S. Approximately 580 of those pets have died,
according to the FDA.
Most of the
jerky treats involved in the illnesses have been from China.
encouraging people to be aware of treats made from jerky tenders or strips made
of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit.
should take their dog or cat to a veterinarian immediately if they notice signs
of lethargy, decreased activity, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea
(sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption and/or increased
anytime your pet is exhibiting abnormal behavior or symptoms of sickness, take
him to your family veterinarian or nearest emergency veterinarian as soon as
possible," said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary
jerky pet-treat related illnesses should be reported online or by calling the
state FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.
information can be found on the FDA website by clicking here.