The Federal Drug Administration has issued a warning about jerky pet treats imported from China.
The agency last issued a warning in October, and since then there have been 1,800 new reports of dog illnesses.
Most reports involve products coming from China. All of the reports include reported illnesses in 5,600 dogs, 24 cats, and three people.
There have been over 1,000 dog deaths connected to the jerky.
Reports from the FDA show problems across breeds and sizes.
The problems with the treats are not specific to one brand, the FDA cautions, but seem to primarily come from chicken and duck treats, mostly imported from China. Compounding the problem for pet owners, companies do not have to list country of origin for the treats.
The FDA advises dog owners to only feed their pets jerky in small quantities and only occasionally, if at all.
If owners continue to feed their dogs treats, then look out for the following symptoms:
* Decreased appetite
* Decreased activity
* Diarrhea, sometimes with blood
* Increased water consumption and/or increased urination
If any of these symptoms appear, stop feeding the dog the jerky treats. If the symptoms continue for more than 24 hours, contact a veterinarian.
You can find out more information on the FDA's website here.