I just wanted to pass this along Hi there – It's Dr. Jon here. I wanted to give you an update on the recent deadly treat issue. You may have heard in the news today that over 600 dogs have died and over 3,500 so far are sick which is linked to jerky treats made in China, as per federal animal health officials (this was released 10/22/13). They have also identified that this affects cats – with more than a dozen being affected to date. Dogs affected have been of all ages, sizes and breeds. They believe the illness occurs after eating chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats made in China. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials are trying to determine the specific brands of treats affected and the causative agent. I received a letter from the FDA asking for my help. They want veterinarians that treat a pet they believed are ill due to jerky treats – to send any detailed information including blood and urine test results. Signs of illness can include Gastrointestinal upset in 60% of the affected pets and about 30% show signs of kidney failure or urinary problems. For more information – please read: Kidney failure in dogs Kidney failure in cats Gastrointestinal disorders in cats Signs may include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, increased thirst, increased urinations, lethargy, or weakness. Officials from the FDA are seeking help form pet owners and veterinarians to help figure out what and why this is happening. According to the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, testing for contaminants have not identified the causes for the illness. If you have had a recall, and you are concerned, please contact your veterinarian. I have a link to report a problem in your pet here. Here is a list of recent recalls: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/health-alerts-pet-product-and-food-recalls-by-fda/page1.aspx As daunting as it may seem, people are working very hard to isolate these issues, and resolve them quickly. For details on this newest recall – go to New Food and Treat Recalls. This is just a reminder for you to check the list frequently. I'd recommend that you review it each time you buy new pet food or treats just to be safe. I'll keep you updated as more information develops. Until next time, Dr. Jon P.S. Please forward this to a friend – I'd really like to get the word out. P.P.S. For some general information about dog nutrition, and why it is important, read the following article: http://www.petplace.com/commonly-asked-questions-about-cat-nutrition/page1.aspx.