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Jerky Treats a No-No for Pets

The Food and Drug Administration warns that you should closely monitor your pet if they eat jerky treats.

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The F.D.A. reports that during the last six years 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have developed illnesses from consuming the treats.  So far, 580 pets have died .

The government agency says the problem appears to be related to chicken-based and duck-based jerky.  Most of those products were imported from China.

The F.D.A. has not mentioned specific brands of jerky treats.

Symptoms from the treats include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and sluggishness.

If you’re a pet owner it’s advisable to feed your pet non-jerky treats.

 

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