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(Scroll down for video) Petco announced that it is no longer selling certain dog treats after they were suspected of sickening and killing thousands of pets.
A spokesperson for the company said on Monday, that it has removed all remaining dog and cat treats made in China, from its website and stores across the country due to concerns that they may have sickened thousands of pets and killed more than 1,000 dogs.
Petco is the first large pet retailer to pull Chinese made treats from its stores. Meanwhile, PetSmart Inc. said on Monday, that it plans to have the treats removed from shelves soon.
The Food and Drug Administration of the United States (FDA) receiving more than 4,800 complaints about diseases of domestic animals, including deaths, after pets ate chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats, which were made in China.
Symptoms can occur within hours or days after eating the treats, the FDA warned, and may include decreased appetite or activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and increased or decreased urine.
In severe cases, pets can be diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney failure.