Recently we diagnosed a dog with the kidney disease called Fanconi syndrome. This disease can cause protein and glucose to be lost in the urine and if not caught early enough can lead to renal failure and death. This dog was given a Duck Jerky Treat called Golden Rewards which was purchased from Walmart. The bag states this product it was made in China. Back early in 2015 and 2016 this problem was reported with jerky treats specifically made in China. The FDA sent out a warning and there were some recalls, but the exact cause of why these treats were causing the issue was not found.
There has been an increase in cases of Fanconi syndrome being reported lately. These cases again are linked to jerky treats mainly manufactured in China. It is our recommendation at Tiger Tails Animal Hospital that you do not feed any jerky treats to your dog unless you know they are locally manufactured, or you have made these yourself. Be careful with any products that are not properly packaged (sold individually) as you don’t know where they are made, and bacterial contamination (Salmonella) has been report with individually sold products such as pig’s ears recently.
Clinical signs of Fanconi can be anything from weight loss, lack of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, drinking more water than normal and/or urinating more than normal. Many times, though dogs show no clinical signs until there is significant damage to the kidneys
If you are currently feeding jerky treats, I recommend you stop immediately. If there is a statement on the package that says the treats were manufactured in China or if the package does not specifically state that the product was manufactured in the US (ie the statement on the package is “packaged in the US”) we recommend you have your dog examined by a veterinarian, especially if they are showing any of the above clinical signs. You veterinarian may recommend bloodwork and a urinalysis to insure there are no issues