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The Treat That's Killing Dogs By The Hundreds

Perk up your ears...


Got a dog or cat? Then perk your ears up. Jerky treats from China have led to mysterious illnesses in more than 3,600 canines and 600 pet deaths, according to an article in TIME.

Since the start of the year, 500 dogs and nine cats have reportedly died from the Chinese-produced chicken, duck, and sweet potato jerky treats.

But it's still not clear to the FDA, even after testing of 1,000 products and visits various manufacturers, what is contained in these jerky treats that is making the pets so gravely ill.

In January, New York state agricultural officials detected unapproved antibiotics in some of its dog treats, leading Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and and Milo’s Kitchen to voluntarily withdraw Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch, Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers, respectively, from the market.

Do you make your own dog treats? Best to start...