UGA teams with USDA to track dog treat illnesses

UGA teams with USDA to track dog treat illnesses

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ATHENS, Ga. -

The UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, part of the College of Veterinary Medicine, will test sick animal samples as well as suspect jerky treats for potential bacterial pathogens.

The laboratories also will conduct autopsies on any dogs or cats that die after consumption of a jerky treat. The tests and autopsies will be performed at no cost as long as the criteria outlined below are met.

Pet owners with suspect cases should contact their veterinarian about submitting samples to the laboratories. Pet owners living in the greater Athens area may visit the college's Community Practice Clinic for consultation or contact the clinic at 706-542-1984.

Veterinarians or pet owners with testing questions should call the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at 706-542-5568 or the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory at 229-386-3340.

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