(PETS/DOG FOOD RECALL) U.S. pet store Petco has just announced they will no longer sell their popular Jerky and Rawhide treats for dogs and cats. The decision was made after several dogs and cats became deathly ill after consuming the products.

The treats are made in China and have proven to be dangerous for pets since 2007, when the first account of illness was reported by a distressed pet guardian.

The U.S Food and Drug Administration has received a total of 5,000 complaints from concerned customers over the past seven years. However, the decision to pull the treats was initially determined by Petco in May 2014.

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Petco and PetSmart are removing all Chinese-made treats from their stores. Photo credit: clickondetroit.com

When asked to make a statement about why this particular decision was made, Petco’s chief executive said, “We believe this is the right thing to do.”

The treats proved to be extremely popular for Petco, bringing the company 30 million dollars in sales since the product’s initial release.

Previously, the pet treats were removed from store shelves for testing in October 2013, when the number of pet deaths was resting at 600 cases.

After some testing, health professionals were unable to identify any single ingredient that may have negatively impacted pets. Due to this lack of an explanation, pet stores around the world eventually returned the products to their shelves.

The cause of the deaths and severe illnesses is still unknown. However, it’s evident the treats are too risky to continue selling.

Photo Credit: Waggin' Train via Walmart.com
Photo credit: Waggin’ Train via Walmart.com

Petco is the first account of a pet store choosing to no longer sell the Jerky and Rawhide treats. And within the first week of the new year, the treats were reportedly no longer sold at Petco stores.

Petco’s known competitor PetSmart has also decided to stop selling the treats, announcing that they will remove the products from their shelves by March of this year.

Pets who have consumed this product in the past are said to have experienced symptoms such as lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Please consult your veterinarian if you have witnessed your pet displaying any of these symptoms after consuming these products.

Recalled treat products include the following brand and product types: Nestle Purina’s: WAggin’ Train Jerky Treats or Tenders, Nestle Purina’s: Canyon Creek Ranch Jerky Treats or Tenders, Del Monte Corp’s: Chicken Griller Home-Style Dog Treats, Del Monte Corp’s: Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats, Publix Stores brand of Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats, and IMS Pet Industries Inc.: Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats.

— Sabrina Clinkenbeard, exclusive to Global Animal