In the closing months of 2008, some Sydney veterinary specialists began treating small and medium-sized dogs with unexplained acquired Fanconi-like syndrome. Signs included lethargy, loss of appetite vomiting, polyuria and polydipsia.

The specialists submitted a short report to the Australian Veterinary Journal describing a suspected link with a pet food treat with ingredients sourced from China.

AVA members were alerted via email (3 December 2008) and asked to report any similar cases to the specialists to enable further investigation of the syndrome.

The AVA member alert was forwarded to a journalist who published the story in the Adelaide Advertiser, which started a national media storm from early that morning.

That evening, the company issued a voluntary product withdrawal which remains in force.

AVA media release  – 10 December 2008

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