FDA says pet jerky treats from China causing pet deaths

By: Ashley Park Email
By: Ashley Park Email

ADA, OK -- Texoma Pet owners should think twice before giving their pet a jerky treat.

The FDA announced at least 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have gotten mysteriously ill from eating a pet jerky treat over the last 6 years.

Over 500 dogs in the U.S. have reportedly died.

"I want to feed them the best I can to keep them as healthy as possible, but knowing that these treats, that obviously sound good so you wanna give them to them to your dogs, makes them sick without anybody really knowing, makes me really nervous," said pet owner, Ashton Grose.

Stephanie Rollins, a Veterinarian at Arlington Animal Clinic in Ada says she's already treated one sick dog.

"Our client came to us saying that she was worried that her dog was getting sick from the jerky treats, and so we did the blood work, and now she makes her own chicken jerky, but we're pretty sure that that one came from eating the jerky treats," Rollins said.

The chinese manufactured jerky treats are sold under a variety of brand names and are made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes, and dried fruit.

The FDA has performed over 1,200 tests but still hasn't determined what causes the illness.

"It's caused vague sickness that causes anything from being lethargic and not eating well to vomiting and diarrhea and could possibly lead to kidney problems and kidney failure and death," said Rollins.

Pet owners are now skeptical about giving their furry family members a treat they thought was safe.

"Before buying it I'm gonna check the label like we do for ourselves, you know we check ingredients and stuff, thats what I would do for him," said pet owner, Ricardo Delgado.

Rollins says symptoms can show within four to six hours of giving your pet a jerky treat.

Some brands have been recalled, but Rollins recommends pet owners to stay clear of any that is still for sale.

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