Pet food warning, holiday returns, guns sales

December 28, 2011 3:28:29 PM PST
In consumer news, what you need to know about holiday returns, plus, some alarming news for dog owners. Warning for Pet Owners

This year the FDA has logged at least 353 reports of dogs getting sick due to chicken jerky products (also sold as chicken tenders, or treats), all imported from China.

That's up from 70 reports of illnesses and some deaths received in 2011 before an updated warning was issued in November.

The FDA has not yet been able to identify the source of the problem or a specific brand or type of treat.

Officials say simply to avoid giving pets any chicken jerky treats imported from China. They also say to get your dog to a vet immediately if you notice decreased appetite or activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and urination.

Also report suspicious illnesses to the FDA's pet food complaint site.

Shorter Return Periods

If you're planning to return a holiday gift- beware! Some retailers have shorter return periods especially when it comes to electronics.

At Target, many electronics must now be returned within 45 days, down from 90 days last year.

Toys R Us has the same return period for electronics and if the items are opened, you can't return them at all.

Walmart has reduced its return period for some items including cameras to just 15 days, but the clock didn't start ticking until December 26th.

Spike in Holiday Gun Sales

Electronics and toys weren't the only hot holiday gifts this year.

Shoppers bought record numbers of guns, too.

The FBI reports a record-setting number of background checks for the month of December - 1,534,414 so far. And almost half a million checks were done in just the last six days before Christmas.

We can't tell how many guns have actually been bought because buyers often take home more than one. But we can tell you only 1.3-percent of the background checks results in people being denied.

The FBI did not offer a theory on the reason for the spike in gun sales.

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