May 1, 2012
Despite repeated warnings issued by the FDA, veterinarians are reporting new cases of dogs developing symptoms of kidney failure (Fanconi’s syndrome) similar to dogs who have been poisoned by Chinese-made chicken jerky treats, but this time they are being poisoned with a whole new class of treats: sweet potato treats imported from China.
While chicken jerky treats form China have dominated pet owners' concerns, it appears that sweet potato treats made in China are causing kidney problems as well. Some of the sweet potato treats looked at by the FDA in the past were apparently contaminated with a pesticide known as "phorate" - an organophosphate.
Treats currently being reported to the FDA by veterinarians for causing kidney failure known as "Fanconi syndrome" are:
Dogs afflicted with Fanconi syndrome tend to drink and urinate more than normal, may vomit and lose their appetite and have abnormal kidney blood values. In cases caused by treats, most recover with treatment if caught early.
At this time it is our recommendation to avoid any treats made from China. We are currently purchasing our clinic dog treats from Pet Wants in Finneytown. We have the dehydrated steak snacks made just for your pet. There are also many homemade dog and cat treat recipes online. Dehydrated sweet potatos, chicken, and good quality beef would be great options.
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