Tampa, FL -- The Food and Drug Administration is asking pet owners for help them in solving a mysterious outbreak of illnesses related to jerky treats.
About 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have been sickened in the U.S. since 2007 with jerky-related illnesses and nearly 600 pets have died. More tests are need to identify a cause.
"The FDA needs continued submissions of samples of both jerky treats that are making pets sick and submission potentially of blood samples and urine samples tissue samples of animals that get sick and or die from possible jerky treat complications," said Bluepearl Veterinarian Anthony Ishak.
Dr. Ishak confirms that most of the cases stemmed from chicken jerky treats made in china but says that it doesn't mean those are the only treats hurting animals.
"US law does not mandate that US pet manufactures say where their ingredients came from so even if you have a jerky treat that says made in America that doesn't necessarily mean that all of the ingredients were made here," explained Ishak.
Many of the chicken jerky treats have already been taken off of the shelves of local pet stores.
If your pet becomes sick after eating a jerky treat you should call your veterinarian immediately.