Is your pet at risk? Certain pet treats are making dogs and cats sick.
Hundreds of died and thousands have gotten sick after eating chicken jerky treats made by Nestle Purina, Del Monte and two other companies.
The treats were made in China. They are still on store shelves.
The FDA is trying to figure out why animals are getting sick. The problems started six years ago.
Mary McClanahan shares her home with two dogs. And she's very aware of the pet treats at the center of the FDA investigation.
'I've seen them in stores. I've never bought them. They don't serve the purpose I need for training.
But thousands of other owners have purchased the treats, sold under the Nestle Purina 'Waggin' Train' label, Del Monte and other brands.
The FDA says 600 pets have died after eating the chicken jerky treats. More than 3,600 have gotten sick.Since 2007, the FDA has issued three warnings about the chicken jerky products. But they have not issued a recall because so far scientists have not been able to determine a precise cause for the reported illnesses.
"We are trying to do our best on behalf of the consumers and pet owners and try to solve this in any way we can," said Martine Hartogensis, a veterinarian with the FDA.The owner of Dog House Pet Health Centers in Fresno says pet owners should try to buy food and treats that are produced in the United States.
"If they come from countries like China you want to stay away from that because you know what they're doing, they're spraying the meat they're spraying the corn and the wheat," said Muriel Perkins, owner of Dog House Pet Health Centers.
Mary McClanahan tries to buy the best for her dogs, but knows she has to be watchful of what she gives them.
"In all the years I've owned dogs, I could easily purchase something that isn't safe," McClanahan said.
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