WASHINGTON – Federal regulars said they are still investigating what is in jerky dog treats that sickens some pets and ends up killing others.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the jerky treats in question are mostly imported from China.
As of May 1, the FDA said it has received about 4,800 reports of pet illness related to these dog treats.
The reports involve more than 5,600 dogs, 24 cats, three humans and include more than 1,000 canine deaths.
The FDA said they are working with laboratories across the U.S. to find the cause but they still don’t know what is making pets sick.
So far researchers have tested for a number of common culprits including Salmonella, molds, pesticides and other possible toxins.
Officials have even examined the dogs’ bodies to see if they can figure out the cause but didn’t have enough evidence to come to a solid conclusion.
Because there’s no specific cause, the agency has not announced a recall but has urged pet owners to closely watch their animal companions after feeding them jerky treats.
Animal owners who suspect jerky treats are associated with their pets illnesses are urged to report symptoms to the FDA.