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Warning Over Jerky Dog Treats As Vets See Poisoning Cases In The UK
19 CommentsWednesday, 28 June 2017 | Kate
Pet owners have been warned about the risks of feeding jerky treats after vets have seen the first cases of poisoning in the UK.
Fanconi Syndrome, a rare condition associated with jerky treats, has previously been reported in the US, Canada and Australia as far back as 2007, but there have been no reported cases in the UK, until now.
The Veterinary Poisons Information Service has opened a case registry for UK vets to report cases of suspected poisoning where jerky is implicated.
Which Particular Jerky Treats Are Making Our Dogs Sick?
The Jerky treats implicated are made in China, mainly from chicken, some duck (particularly when the meat is wrapped around vegetables or fruit), sweet potato and yam.
What Are The Symptoms I Need To Look Out For?
Fanconi Syndrome causes kidney damage and can be fatal if not treated quickly. Symptoms include: excessive urination, excessive thirst, reduced appetite, weight loss, and lethargy.
The cause of the illness is unknown but it has been linked to jerky dog treats made in China.
Please take your pet to the vet immediately if they have eaten jerky treats and become unwell in the following hours or days.
My Dog Loves Jerky Treats - How Do I Avoid Making Her Sick?
A dog treat producer only has to disclose where the treats are made, not where the ingredients came from to make them. So always choose treats made in the UK or EU made from ingredients sourced in the UK or the EU. If you’re unsure ask the company who makes them, or ask us.
Where Do The Ingredients For My Itchy Dog’s Jerky Treats Come From?
Firstly NONE of our dog treats, or any of the brands we stock are made in China. Not the jerky, biscuits, fish treats or bones. None of them.
All are sourced in the UK or EU, including the ingredients to make them with the exception of three treats: Sweet Potato, Papaya and Coconut, which are all sourced in Vietnam in a facility that only makes human grade dried fruit and vegetables.
After the food poisoning scandal in the US in 2007 didn’t go away we made the decision to never sell anything made in China for the UK or the US market ever again. Since then there have been numerous outbreaks in the US, Canada and, to a lesser extent Australia.
We asked all our brands where they source the ingredients to make their treats, here are some of the responses:
“All our Venison is wild British Venison and our Beef and Chicken is born and bred in Poland and packed in Yorkshire.”
“The ingredients are sourced from Vietnam and the treats are manufactured in a human grade facility there with strict quality control in place. There is nothing added to our chews as they are naturally dried without preservatives, chemicals, sugars etc. so there is no possible risk of contamination. Our sticks and Bites are manufactured in Ireland with ingredients sourced from Ireland, the UK and the EU.”
“Rest assured our raw materials are sourced within Europe and we do not buy anything from China at all. We only use reliable suppliers that are all checked regularly by ourselves to ensure they are adhering to guidelines etc. We don’t sell anything that we aren’t happy to feed to our own dogs”
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