The cases of dogs becoming ill after eating jerky treats made in China continue to be investigated. The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine are all analyzing the cases of affected dogs.
Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.
Richard Goldstein, a veterinary kidney specialist and professor at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said the dogs are showing symptoms that a typical animal hospital may see once or twice a year. He described them as “Fanconi-like syndrome” symptoms.
Goldstein added that suddenly, veterinarians have seen three cases in a week. Based on tests of affected dogs, there has been damage to a specific area of the dog’s kidneys.
Fanconi’s syndrome is an inherited disease that affects the kidney’s ability to function. The proximal renal tubules of the kidney do not properly reabsorb electrolytes and nutrients back into the body. This disorder affects 10% or more of Basenjis. Norwegian elkhounds, Shetland sheepdogs, and Schnauzers are also predisposed to this disease.
The FDA is testing various samples of pet jerky treats for contaminants, but so far, the agency has not detected any toxins.
Kurt Gallagher, a spokesman for the Pet Food Institute, said they were not aware of any problems with dog or cat treats.
Source: USA Today
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