(KFVS) - Hundred of pets have died and thousands more sick after eating a brand of jerky treats, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Veterinarians say they see lots of animals with kidney issues they believe might be linked to jerky treats with chicken or duck.
The FDA investigation has captured the attention or Heartland pet owners and veterinarians. The FDA warns jerky pet treats may cause illness in dogs and some cats. As of September 24, 2013, over 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have reportedly become ill from the treats.
Local vets like Dr. Sean Byrd at Skyview Animal Clinic say they aren't surprised. Dr. Byrd said he sees plenty of pets with kidney issues he believes could be linked to jerky treats.
Vets like Dr. Byrd and the FDA say many of the treats in question appear to contain chicken or duck.
Many of the products are made or manufactured in China, according to the FDA and vets in the Heartland.
So far the Food and Drug Administration has taken thousands of reports and tested more than 1000 samples, but they're still having trouble linking the problem to a certain ingredient.
There's also multiple brands in question.
Sick pets show symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and no appetite.
Dr. Sean Byrd says he's long believed jerky treats caused problems because he sees so many pets with kidney issues.
He says pet owners don't need to panic, just see a vet if you think your animal is sick, and it's probably a good idea to stop giving your animals jerky treats .
"Just because they've got it or have been exposed to it does not mean they're going to die, the body has a way of healing itself," said Dr. Sean Byrd, Skyview Animal Clinic. "Right now I would stop using the treats if you're concerned and log on to the FDA site to see if the brand you have is on there. If it is throw it out. There's a lot of them listed in the different consumer reports."
Jerky treats have not been recalled all together, though many have been taken off the market. Some companies did so voluntarily.
There are healthy treats out there your vet probably has some on hand.
Remember cats have also become sick.
Meanwhile, if you think your pet is sick the FDA wants to hear from you as they continue to try to figure out the cause of the problem.
The FDA released the following information:
"Waggin' Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders and Milo's Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp were on the list of suspects. If you are feeding treats, please research to make sure it is not on a recall list. Remember, treats are not an essential part of the diet, and no high quality pet foods have currently been implicated."
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