An ongoing illness borne from dog jerky treats has killed nearly 600 dogs and made thousands of others sick since 2007, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The treats, sold as jerky tenders or treats, are made from chicken, duck, sweet potato and fruit. The majority of the treats were made in China.
Scientists found traces of salmonella, metals, pesticides and antibiotics in the treats but can't pinpoint the cause of the illness.
Researchers do know affected pets usually become ill within hours of eating the treats and symptoms range from decreased appetite and activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and increased urination.
Paul DeMars, a veterinarian at Oklahoma State University, said this is not a new issue affecting pets.
“This issue has been known by the veterinary profession since 2007,” he said. “The news release was to make the public aware of the progression in the investigation, not to document a new problem. These cases have occurred over the past 6 years, not just in recent weeks.”
The worrisome issue is that in all these investigations there has been no discovered cause.”
Veterinarian at Oklahoma State University