Created: 10/23/2013 6:34 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A warning for pet owners: the FDA is issuing an alert and investigating chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky, after dogs and cats all over the country have been sickened. Several Albuquerque vets say they've seen more animals sick from the products recently.
"Even barely touching them can be painful for them," said Acequia animal hospital vet Holene Meuser, who has been treating dogs for the illnesses.
The FDA has not been able to point at a specific brand that is making animals sick.
"I think that those ingredients go in all types of treats, and so they could be the store brand jerky treat as well," said Meuser.
Since 2007 more than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have been affected, and 580 dogs have died from the jerky treats.
Pets are vomiting, having diarrhea, not wanting to eat and even experiencing kidney failure.
"We need to have better regulations of anything we import as far as a food ingredient for dogs or humans," said Meuser.
Vets suggest not feeding your animals jerky treats right now. They suggest regular dog food as a snack.
If you do feed your pets treats watch them closely for symptoms. If your pet does get sick, save the treats packaging and report it to the FDA.
"They are part of our family and I treat mine as part of the family too," said Meuser. "So we want them all to be healthy and safe."