FDA Investigating Tainted Pet Treats Linked to 1,000+ Deaths

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(CNN)-

Are toxic dog treats behind more than a thousand pet deaths? The FDA has received 4,800 complaints from pet owners and veterinarians about complications from eating jerky treats since they started keeping track in 2007.

The FDA complaints are from animals who ate chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats from various brands of pet snacks. There does not appear to be a geographic pattern to the cases.

Affected dogs reportedly had symptoms of diarrhea, coughing up blood and increased water consumption. Veterinarians say animals can die within a few days of showing these symptoms.

So far, investigators have not been able to pinpoint what ingredient in the treats is causing the illnesses and deaths. They admit the ingredients in the treats could be sourced from anywhere. They are doing further testing on a variety of treats to get more information.

To read more information about the FDA’s investigation, click here.

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