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Adverse Effects
UK pet owners warned over cheap jerky treats from China

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Pet owners have been warned to use jerky treats sparingly and avoid cheap versions from China, vets have been advised.

The warning follows confirmation of 25 UK cases of pets experiencing adverse effects after eating jerky treats in an online registry set up by the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS).

The registry was established last year after reports of pets in the USA, Canada and Australia developing Fanconi syndrome following the consumption of jerky treats (VR, May 14, 2016, vol 178, p 510). It provides a central point to collect data on cases of illness associated with jerky treat ingestion in the UK.

Fanconi syndrome is a proximal tubular disorder and clinical signs are variable including lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, polyuria, polydipsia (PU/PD) and weight loss. However, PU/PD is the most common clinical sign.

The clinical course, treatment and outcome of Falconi syndrome are variable and there are many causes, not just ingestion of jerky treats. In many dogs that have eaten jerky treats, the problem will resolve once they stop eating the treats.

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