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Chinese Dog Treats May Be Linked to Dog Deaths

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MISSOULA - Pet owners have reported more than 1,000 dogs have died after eating jerky pet treats from China.

The FDA has received about 4,800 reports of pet illnesses that may be related to the jerky treats since 2007.

FDA information shows most of the reported illnesses involved the dogs' stomachs and kidneys.

Pet owners reported their dogs had decreased appetites and activity, vomiting, diarrhea or increased water consumption after eating jerky treats.

"And we're hoping that the FDA has stronger regulations moving forward because hundreds of pets have died," said Humane Society Executive Director Lora O'Connor.

O'Connor said pet owners should closely examine all ingredients in their pets' food and treats, and where those products are made. She said at the shelter, employees only give animals food and treats made in the U.S., and she urges pet owners to do the same.

"We believe that all pets, whether they're in homes or in shelters should have nutritious, safe food and treats."

Even local kids attending a Humane Society day camp learned the difference between a safe and unsafe treats for their pets.

"We have an opportunity to show the kids how important it is to feed your pets safe food," O'Connor said.

The majority of the Chinese jerky treats in question include chicken, but sometimes are made of duck or sweet potato and can be wrapped around dried fruits. O'Connor said there are much healthier and safer treat options for pets.

"In the shelter, we typically use a lot of peanut butter and hot dogs for training," she explained.

The illnesses have been linked to multiple brands of jerky treats found all over the U.S., which are currently being tested for contaminants by the FDA.

"You see pet food on the shelves, you know, in larger chains and you assume that it's safe and it really isn't," O'Connor said.

FDA officials even inspected a treat manufacturing facility in China in 2012, but found no evidence linking the treats to pet illnesses in the U.S.

For now, FDA and Humane Society officials urge pet owners to immediately report signs of pet illness after jerky treat consumption to a veterinarian.

The FDA continues to test for salmonella, metals, pesticides, antibiotics and other contaminants in the Chinese jerky treats.

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