Warning Over Jerky Dog Treats As Vets See Poisoning Cases In The UK

21 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.

Jerky Dog

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:

Makers of Venison Sticks and Bites, Chicken Sticks and Beef Fillets fwbeef

“All our Venison is wild British Venison and our Beef and Chicken is born and bred in Poland and packed in Yorkshire.”

Soopa Pet
Makers of Papaya, Sweet Potato, Coconut and dental sticks

“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.”

Makers of our rawhide, also make jerky treats

“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”

Follow These Simple Tips For Keeping Your Dogs Safe

  • DO only buy dog treats made in the UK or EU
  • DO check the ingredients. Jerky should only ever contain one ingredient - 100% meat. No added preservatives, sugar, salt or glycerol.
  • DON’T buy any dog treats made in China or the US (as most of these are made using Chinese ingredients)
  • DO buy your dog treats from reputable pet shops
  • DON’T buy them from supermarkets, this is where you will find a lot of treats made in the UK from very cheap ingredients
  • DO question the big pet stores as to where their treats come from, many sell US made treats using Chinese ingredients
  • DO contact the dog treat company if you’re unsure of any ingredients
  • DON’T buy treats from them if they aren’t 100% forthcoming in where they source ingredients from
  • DO ask us anything about the treats we sell. We know where all our ingredients and those of our suppliers are sourced.

Gail Pollard
Thursday, 29 June 2017  |  13:22

Thank you so much for this information , will be passing link on to all my dog walking buddies .

Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  13:30

Thanks Gail, the more people who know about this the better.

Val McAllister
Thursday, 29 June 2017  |  13:41

Thank you so much for posting this and keeping us informed. Most of our treats are bought from my itchy dog but occasionally I'll get a packet from the supermarket in between orders.....well not anymore!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  13:30

*gasp* a supermarket, Val. Wherever you shop always check the list of ingredients and the country of origin.

Scruffs Dog Bed
Saturday, 1 July 2017  |  0:57

Thanks for posting - we'll be extra careful now!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  13:31

Always pays to read the label.

Linda Dietiker
Sunday, 2 July 2017  |  0:10

Need to find myitchydog.co.uk products in the US ???

Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  13:32

Hi Linda

We now post to the US. Up to 2kg tracked and signed for. Help yourself to treats. If you want to order more than 2kg get in touch with us and we'll get you a delivery cost.

Sunday, 2 July 2017  |  0:13

How can I get these products in Us??? Itchy dog products???

Linda Dietiker
Sunday, 2 July 2017  |  0:19

Need help in buying my itchy dog products in US???

Miranda Dyson
Sunday, 23 July 2017  |  9:22

My dog has been diagnosed with Fanconi syndrome after eating dried duck and chicken treats - she has been given 3 brands so not sure which one or all have caused it but here they are: digby's diner prime chicken fillets (sold by Jollyes), Wagtastic chewy chicken strips, Pet Munchies chicken strips. I suspect the culprit is Digby's Diner as the chicken is sourced in China (easy to miss as in small print). My advice would be to avoid all brands sold in pet shops unless you are absolutely sure of the ingredients.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017  |  11:44

Hi Miranda

I'm so sorry this has happened. Please make sure your vet has reported this so the treats can be looked into. Pet Munchies are also made in China, not sure about the Digby's Diner though.

All the very best from us here. x

Julie Pert
Saturday, 16 September 2017  |  10:36

Happy with Ekoneem neem oil, she had sore cyst in between toe. She did get antibiotics, which worked, but this is stopping her licking at paw.

Charlotte White
Tuesday, 14 November 2017  |  22:54

Hi, ive just read your article and i had no idea that this had been happening! I have a 6 month old puppy and have been buying him treats i thought were healthy but it appears that some were made in China! As a result I've binned them, im fairly strict on how many he can have and when so he doesn't have many but i have a fair amount of Armitages Good Boy treats which are apparently made in the UK but i don't know where their ingredients are sourced from so i wondered if you knew anything about this? Any advise would be gratefully received. Thank you and thank you for your articles they have been totally enlightening if not slightly worrying!

Monday, 20 November 2017  |  11:42

Hi Charlotte

We don't sell Armitages so I'd give them a call or email them to ask where they source their ingredients.

If you're looking for healthy dog treats made in the UK or EU then we recommend buying them from us at My Itchy Dog as we know where everything is sourced.


H Clark
Monday, 5 February 2018  |  11:14

Hi, can anyone tell me if there dog has been poorly from pet munchies chicken Training treats..as this has only just come to my attention, my dog has had 3 bouts of gastroenteritis almost like once monthly and the vets at a loss she thought it was going to be pancreatitis but thankfully we got the all clear..we feed decent food.. and the only thing I am now left looking at is these treats I thought was decent..😳.. itís the 100%natural label that gets you and I am so angry they are made in China ..I thought they was made in the uk..
Sorry for my rant ..Iím at a loss this morning as my young dog is ill again.,
Thanks helen

Tuesday, 6 February 2018  |  11:09

Hi there

You would need to ask the VPIS the veterinary poisons information service if any have been reported.

Glycerine isn't bad in itself but the jerky treats causing Fanconi syndrome being traced back to treats made in China is why we're only stocking dog treats made in the UK at My Itchy Dog. We make very good dog treats in the UK and don't see any reason to have them made in China.

If you're worried just stop feeding them the treats you're worried about and move over to Feelwells meat jerky which are made here.

H Clark
Monday, 5 February 2018  |  11:17

Continuing from earlier post.
re pet munchies..
My point is they contain glycerin.which I have only just noticed.
So they are not 100% natural .

Tuesday, 6 February 2018  |  11:10

I hope your dog gets better soon.

Susan Hough
Monday, 31 December 2018  |  9:34

Are the Good boy chicken twisters bad for my dog

Monday, 21 January 2019  |  13:46

Hi Susan

We don't stock these treats. However, for a great, healthy, single ingredient treat, take a look at our Pure Sticks range. They come in chicken and a range of other flavours: https://www.myitchydog.co.uk/pure-chicken-sticks-dog-treats-50g.html