Dog and cat owners, the Food and Drug Administration needs you. They are trying to determine why dogs and some cats are getting sick and dying after eating various forms of jerky imported from China. They are looking for any information that will lead to figuring this out.
Their website pleads that if your dog or cat has become ill after eating jerky treats to contact the agency. Here is the link for more details and the agency’s contact number: 240-276-9300. You may also shoot them an email at: AskCVM@fda.hhs.gov
Since 2007, consumers have reported illnesses involving 3,600 dogs and 10 cats. Approximately 580 of those pets have died.
Be aware that severe cases have involved kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding and a rare kidney disorder. About 60 percent of cases involved gastrointestinal illness, and about 30 percent involved kidney and urinary systems.
If you notice these symptoms or any other strange behaviors, take your pet to the vet.