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Old 03-18-07, 11:49 AM   #1
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Are everyone's cats & dogs ok?

Have you made sure their food is not on the recall list? I knew it before, but I had forgotten how vulnerable their little kidneys are. From the NY Times:


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UNION, N.J. (AP) -- Silviene Grzybowski became worried when her local pet store pulled the food she normally feeds her cat and posted an announcement saying it, and many other popular pet foods, had been recalled. Her cat, Smokey, hadn't been eating for days.

''The vet told us to buy her her favorite food, but I'm going to call the vet right now,'' Grzybowski said.

Menu Foods, the Ontario, Canada-based company that produced the pet food, said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold throughout North America under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was distributed by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.

An unknown number of cats and dogs had suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, the company said.

Two other companies -- Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. -- said Saturday that as a precaution they were voluntarily recalling some products made by Menu Foods.

Many stores that sold the affected brands frantically pulled packages off shelves.

Ron Finegold of Boynton Beach, Fla., said he noticed about a week or so ago that his family's 3-year-old cat -- who was regularly fed a variety of Iams cat food -- had stopped eating and did not appear well. He quickly took the animal to the veterinarian, who determined she was in renal failure.

He said he heard about the recall on the radio Friday night. He checked his trash, and found out he had given the cat some of the affected food.

''That's when I realized (the illness) had to be related,'' Finegold said. ''She won't be eating that stuff anymore.''

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods Web site, http://www.menufoods.com/recall. The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information -- (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708 -- but callers kept the lines busy for much of Saturday.

Menu Foods' chief executive and president Paul Henderson told the Associated Press on Friday that the company was still trying to figure out what happened.

He said that the company had received an undisclosed number of owner complaints that dogs and cats were vomiting and suffering kidney failure after eating its products. He estimated that the recall would cost the company, which is mostly owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, an estimated $26 million to $34 million.

Sarah Tuite, a company spokeswoman, has said the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, which has since been dropped for another source. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.

Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Julie Zawisza said it is still too early to determine what could have affected the food. Zawisza added that even if wheat gluten is the source ''it doesn't necessarily mean the wheat gluten per se. It could be another substance associated with the wheat gluten.''

The recall covers the company's ''cuts and gravy'' style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches from Dec. 3 to March 6.

In Omaha, Neb., Susan Balvanz said she sometimes feeds her five cats packets of sliced meat and gravy sold by Nutro Products, one of the brands affected.

''I've done so much research on pet food. It didn't surprise me but it scared me all the same,'' said Balvanz.

She said her 9-year-old cat, Boots, was especially fond of the food but seemed to have lost its appetite in the last few days.

At the Missouri Valley Veterinary Clinic in Bismarck, N.D., veterinarian Jacob Carlson has been referring worried pet owners to the Menu Foods web site.

''We've had a lot of calls,'' Carlson said, although none of his patients were sick.

The company said it makes pet food for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble Co.
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Old 03-18-07, 12:04 PM   #2
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Ours are fine, thanks for asking.

Their food isn't on the recall list, and I have evidence their urinary tracts work just fine.
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Old 03-18-07, 12:46 PM   #3
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Yep, They're all as ornery as usual.
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Old 03-18-07, 01:29 PM   #4
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Ours are okay, thank you for asking.
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Old 03-18-07, 06:18 PM   #5
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My dog's food is not on the recall list, but she is still nuts, just like the rest of the family.
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Old 03-18-07, 06:47 PM   #6
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Just checked the list. I'm happy to say, my dogs, and cats are safe. I didn't hear about this recall, so Thanks for posting it.

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Old 03-18-07, 07:02 PM   #7
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whew. not on the list. thanks for letting us. know.
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Thanks for posting that article - my dogs (Blade & Zoe, the GSD wonders) are fine, Fortunately, the product codes listed for IAMS don't match anything I have for them. Thanks again!
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Thanks for the heads-up. Our dog is on a diet of 1/2 dry dog food and 1/2 canned food. While both companies were on the list the actual products were not. However I'll be re-purchasing new food tomorrow. I'm sure that if there was a problem with the food symptoms would have appeared by now, however I don't want to take chances. Thanks again!
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Thank god, I've actually been giving the little guys Fancy Feast dry and the occaisional wet food; not on the list.
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Ours are fine, thanks for asking.

Their food isn't on the recall list, and I have evidence their urinary tracts work just fine.

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Our dogs are on IAMS but its dry dog food and I can't find where their food was recalled?? Both seem to be normal.
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i cant taste any difference
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Old 03-18-07, 08:58 PM   #14
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Our dogs are on IAMS but its dry dog food and I can't find where their food was recalled?? Both seem to be normal.
http://us.iams.com/iams/en_US/jsp/IA...ticleID=300003
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This story was just on one of our national TV news programs in Canada (CTV). One pet owner spent $5000 trying to save her cat only to get the news that her 6 year old cat has up to 10 months left to live. Very unfortunate.

On a side note, I have a feeling we'll be seeing some large class action suits against these dog food companies.
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Old 03-18-07, 09:26 PM   #16
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Donnamb.... My doggies send many thank you licks for posting the info.... they are happy their daddy does not buy fancy food for them...... they are ok and happy.....
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About 4 years ago Thor almost died from renal failure. The vet said he had all the symptoms of drinking anti-freeze, but we knew that there was simply no way that was the case. We never did determine what the actual cause was, but we did change his food based on a recommendation from the vet to compensate for the damage to his kidneys. I'm wondering if perhaps this has been a problem for much longer, but on a smaller, undetectable scale?
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About 4 years ago Thor almost died from renal failure. The vet said he had all the symptoms of drinking anti-freeze, but we knew that there was simply no way that was the case. We never did determine what the actual cause was, but we did change his food based on a recommendation from the vet to compensate for the damage to his kidneys. I'm wondering if perhaps this has been a problem for much longer, but on a smaller, undetectable scale?
I just read about something like this happening before. Could be. Is he 100% OK now?



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Old 03-19-07, 12:29 AM   #20
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Thank you Donna. My pet family members only eat the dry food.
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all my critters are ok. The manager of the local Raleys grocery store even called me back personally to let me know that the affected products had not passed through his store.
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Neither has moved in weeks, but that is just from the general laziness of old dogs and cats of any age.
They live off of dry food and leftover steak, so no worries this go around.
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Thanks Donna! I didn't see our cat's food on the list, so I think they are going to be ok!
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Thank you for the warning. My mother's cats are safe and healthy.
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One of cats threw up for 5 days. She was eating some of the food on the list. Ok now.
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