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FDA Warns Of Dangerous Pet Treats – What To Watch For

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Hundreds of pets have died and thousands have become ill after having jerky treats.

The FDA has issued a statement about the treats and continues to look for answers.

As of September 24, over 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have become sick after eating jerky pet treats.

Over 580 pets have died.

The treats are called jerky tenders or strips and are made with chicken, duck, sweet potato, dried fruit, or combinations of those ingredients.

The FDA is currently running tests and warns pet owners of what to look out for.

FDA.gov says:

Signs that may occur within hours to
days of feeding the products are decreased appetite, decreased
activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus),
increased water consumption and/or increased urination.
Severe cases are diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal
bleeding, and kidney failure or the resemblance of a rare kidney
related illness called Fanconi syndrome.

If your pet does become or has been ill, the FDA is asking that you save the unused portion of the treat in a plastic bag for at least 60 days, in case the FDA needs samples for testing later.

Report an illness to the FDA.

File a consumer complaint.

Read the FDA’s full statement.

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