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Vets tell pet owners to avoid jerky treats

Rochester, N.Y. - Pet owners are urged not to buy chicken jerky treats made in China. These treats have sickened thousands of dogs and some cats across the country. Close to 6-hundred dogs have died from kidney or liver problems after eating these treats.

The products are still on store shelves, because the FDA hasn't found what is making the pets sick or determined which products are to blame.

That's why local Vets are urging pet owners to avoid any dog or cat treats that aren't made in the USA.

"If they don't say where they were made, don't buy them," said Dr. Todd Wihlen, of the Pittsford Veterinary Hospital.

Wihlen treated a dog a year ago who suffered severe gastrointestinal issues after eating chicken jerky. He also had kidney and liver problems but did survive.

Dr. Wihlen said if you suspect your dog got sick from these treats, have them tested and treated right away.

Adrienne McHargue said both of her dogs got sick a year ago and she said it was scary. She's angry these treats are still for sale on store shelves. She said some people don't know they could make their pets sick.

Dr. Wihlen said he urges pet owners to avoid all chicken jerky treats, just to be safe.

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Washington Times