New Research Suggests the Treats We Feed Pets May Make Them Sick

New Research Suggests the Treats We Feed Pets May Make Them Sick

New research suggests the treats we feed our pets may be making them sick or worse.
New research suggests the treats we feed our pets may be making them sick or worse.

The FDA is investigating a popular pet treat tat's been linked to hundreds of dog deaths.  Some manufacturers are voluntarily recalling their treats until investigators get to the bottom of the problem.

It's a mysterious treat related illness that can be deadly for your pet. 

"The most severe symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea, but the real underlying problem causing the problem is kidney disease."

The Food and Drug Administration linked pet jerky treat products, most of which were made in China, to 580 deaths and more than 3,600 illnesses in dogs since 2007 but it's not just attacking man's best friend.  At least 10 cats have also fallen ill.

The FDA says more than 1,200 samples have been tested since 2011, looking for things like pesticides and salmonella.

"They have to not only narrow it down, to which product, but then which ingredient and then to see who many different products that one ingredient is in."

Investigators claim to be meeting with regulators in China to share it's findings but experts are still stumped as to what's making the animals sick. 

A last ditch effort, the FDA sent a letter to veterinarians around the nation Tuesday requesting a urine sample and blood work from all pets who consumed jerky pet treats.

"It's very important to educate veterinarians so that we can educate our clients and stopping them for eating the treats could reverse any damage that's been done."

Nestle Purina, Canyon Creek, and Corp's Milo's are voluntarily recalling their products. 

"If it's unhealthy and they're warning you against it, then no you shouldn't be giving it to them."
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