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FDA issues warning about jerky treats

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

For the past couple of days, Tortuga's owners said she hasn't been herself.

"She has been a little restless the past couple of days and a loss of appetite," Hali Sofala said.

After doing some research, Sofala discovered the culprit might be Tortuga's jerky treats. Like many warnings she saw, they came from China.

"They're just a standard $2 a piece, just a really quick meat treat," she said.

Since 2007, more than 3,600 dogs have been sickened and nearly 600 have died.

It's been somewhat of a mystery, but the FDA said there is a common link, jerky treats from China. Something in them causes intestinal issues and kidney disease.

"They're trying hard to find out the cause of this, they've done a lot of testing on it, and still haven't found a specific cause for it," Dr. Kimberly Ehlers said.

A formal recall has not yet been issued, and the problem may span a variety of brand names. Things to look for: jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes and/or dried fruit.

Some veterinarians are recommending that you stay away from treats that were made in China and give your dog something made in our own backyard.

The FDA warns within hours of eating a tainted treat, your pet could show a loss in appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, they may even drink more water.

The scare is enough to make pet owners like Sofala be a little more cautious.

"There's no way for her to pick out her own food or to make sure that she's eating things that are healthy, so it falls to us," she said.

If you notice any abnormalities with your pet,  you should see a veterinarian right away.

For more information go to http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm371413.htm

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