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Veterinarians urge caution about giving pets jerky treats
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

Veterinarians from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are urging caution after the Food and Drug Administration issued a request for members of the general public and their veterinarians to send any information they have if their pet has become ill after eating jerky treats.

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Since 2007, the FDA says they have received reports of 3,600 dogs and 10 cats becoming ill from eating jerky treats in the U.S. Approximately 580 of those pets have died, according to the FDA.

Most of the jerky treats involved in the illnesses have been from China.

Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are encouraging people to be aware of treats made from jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit.

Additionally, people should take their pet to a veterinarian immediately if they notice signs of lethargy, decreased activity, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption and/or increased urination.

“As always, anytime your pet is exhibiting abnormal behavior or symptoms of sickness, take him to your family veterinarian or nearest emergency veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. 

Potential jerky pet-treat related illnesses should be reported online or by calling the state FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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