FDA Asks Dog Owners For Help With Illnesses Linked To Jerky : Shots - Health News : NPR
The Food and Drug Administration has a mystery on its hands.
Thousands of dogs and at least 10 cats have become sick after eating various forms of jerky for pets over the past few years. Some 580 animals have died, the agency says. But it’s not sure why.
Some of the cases have been diagnosed as “kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder,” the agency said. Overall, a little less than two-thirds of the cases have been some kind of gastrointestinal illness. Nearly a third have “involved kidney and urinary systems.”
The FDA released a summary of complaints potentially tied to jerky treats, including quite a few from this year.
The FDA wants your help. “If you have a dog or cat that became ill after eating jerky pet treats, the Food and Drug Administration would like to hear from you or your veterinarian,” the agency said in a statement posted to its website Tuesday. You can report information to the FDA online here. (click through for entire story)