FDA warns of link between jerky treats and dog illness

FDA warns of link between jerky treats and dog illness

Dog owners who like to reward their pups for showing obedience, doing tricks, or just out of affection may be doing their four-legged charges harm if the reward is jerky. CBS Pittsburgh reports:

[T]he Food and Drug Administration is asking pet owners and veterinarians to contact them if their pet has become ill after eating jerky pet treats.

Several brands of the treats were removed voluntarily from store shelves back in January. The FDA has also sent a letter to veterinarians asking them to send in any materials or evidence that can aid in the investigation.

Since 2007, some 3,600 dogs have been sick and 580 have died from eating tainted jerky. One of the victims was Bella, a pug whose human parent, Robin Pierre, still finds it difficult to hold back tears when Bella’s name comes up. “She was 2-years-old. She was full of life,” says Pierre.

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