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FDA links hundreds of pet deaths to jerky treats

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WASHINGTON (WVVA and AP) – You may be able to help solve the mystery of what's killed hundreds of dogs across the nation.

The FDA is asking pet owners and veterinarians for information on animals who've become ill or died after eating jerky treats.

In a notice to consumers and veterinarians published Tuesday, the FDA said it has linked illnesses from jerky treats to 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007. About 580 of those pets have died.

The FDA says its Center for Veterinary Medicine has run more than 1,200 tests, visited pet treat manufacturing plants in China and worked with researchers, state labs and foreign governments but still hasn't determined the cause of the pet illness.

Scientists first thought an antibiotic residue found on the treats was to blame. However, they have ruled that out.

The FDA says pets can suffer from a decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting and diarrhea among other symptoms within hours of eating the jerky treats.

The FDA is asking vets to track and send detailed information about any animals sickened by jerky treats.

Click here for more information from the FDA

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