The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association recently notified us that several veterinarians in Canada have reported dogs with Fanconi syndrome-like disease that may be associated with the consumption of chicken jerky treats manufactured in China. This mirrors the incidents reported in the United States in 2007 that were investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Once we heard about the reports, we immediately informed more than 19,000 AVMA members who have opted in to receive email alerts about animal and public health issues. We consider this type of outreach a valuable member service. If you would like to receive similar notifications, we urge you to sign up for our newsletters and alerts by going to My AVMA and clicking on the “Subscribe to receive veterinary newsletters and updates” link. While you’re there, you will also see a full list of the other member newsletters and AVMA alerts that may be of interest to you.
The AVMA has not received any recent reports from U.S. veterinarians about potential toxicities from chicken jerky treats, and we cannot determine at this time whether this problem has recurred or is ongoing in the U.S., or if it is isolated to Canada. There have been no recalls of any chicken jerky treat products associated with the Canadian complaints, and we are unaware of the brand names of the products involved. We are staying on top the issue, however, and are posting updates as information emerges.
Please remain vigilant and report to the FDA any cases of Fanconi syndrome-like disease that may be associated with the consumption of chicken jerky treats. And be sure to check our website and our blog on a regular basis to stay informed about veterinary news and what’s happening at your AVMA.