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First lawsuit on pet food recall

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chicago woman sued Menu Foods on Tuesday, alleging the pet food manufacturer delayed announcing a recall of 60 million containers of dog and cat food despite knowing its products were contaminated and potentially deadly.

Dawn Majerczyk, 43, said her orange tabby, Phoenix, fell sick last week just two days after he ate a single package of Special Kitty. It is one of 95 cat and dog food brands recalled by Menu Foods of Canada. Friday’s recall came two weeks after nine cats died during routine company taste tests of its products, the Food and Drug Administration said.

Petfoodrecall_2 Majerczyk said she took the 9-year-old cat to its first-ever veterinarian visit the day of the recall. The cat had lost six pounds in four days and was lethargic, dehydrated and nearly blind. She returned over the weekend to have him put down after his organs began to fail. Her suit, filed by Chicago attorney Jay Edelson, seeks class-action status.

“I want my vet bills and I want some compensation for what they did to my kids — and for the company’s neglect,” Majerczyk, a medical assistant in a dermatology office.

The company said it had not seen the suit and had no comment.

The FDA had no comment on the company’s delay in announcing the recall.

The FDA so far has confirmed the deaths of 13 cats and one dog that had reportedly eaten the company’s “cuts and gravy” style pet food. The wet food was sold throughout North America under store brands carried by Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway and other large retailers, as well as private labels like Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba.

The recall, which amounts to about 1 percent of the pet food sold in the U.S., will cost Menu Foods $25.5 million, the company said.

FDA has sent inspectors to company plants in New Jersey and Kansas. Most complaints stem from products made at the latter factory, though both received shipments of wheat gluten, identified as a likely source of contamination, from the same supplier, said Stephen F. Sundlof, the FDA’s chief veterinarian. The ingredient is a protein source used to thicken the pet food gravy. The FDA is screening pet food samples for substances known to be toxic to the kidneys, like toxins produced by molds.

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods Web site, 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.

FDA inspectors had never before visited the Kansas plant. The FDA warned the company following a 2004 inspection of its New Jersey factory after it failed to flag food made for zoo cats of the risk of mad cow disease if the product were fed to cattle.

On the Net: FDA pet food recall information: www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html 

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L.I. Couple Suing Menu Foods After Dog Dies

the article is on www.1010wins.com
this is law suit number 2..

Well, The Barf Diet and Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats books came in the mail today, and it seems that I need a meat grinder. I don't cook, and don't know anything about meat grinders. Are they easy to use? Are they dangerous? I'm hopeful this diet will work for my dogs, but maybe not so much for the kitties. I am going to pull it togehter this weekend and see what happens.

Hey Linda a woman in Valley Stream lost her German Shepherd 3 days after valenitnes day from eating Preferred Pet, that's the food Waldbaums sells, I used to buy some cans many months ago for my strays but not anymore. Was this the same woman? I saw it in the paper today, there were more from LI and the city who had dogs die as early as January, food dates were as far back as the end of December.

Rox is on Science Diet prescription weight loss but I picked up a small bag of Natural Balance weight control to see if she likes it, so far she does.

Keeping fingers crossed it's hard to change their food, I worry about the stomach not adjusting to it.

Hey Debbie,
I am so crazy with this recall.. The kittens are on science diet right now dry & wet food. I was feeding them the Nutro also, but more of the science diet. Next month they will be a year old. I am going to keep them on science diet but also look for another food to add to science diet...
I was a crazy person over the weekend checking the dates on the web site..
I am also going to try the natural blance when they turn a year old.. hope Roxie does well with the new food..
I think the article is about a women in either Merrick or Massapequa...

Debbie, mix the two together and slowly keep adding more of the new food. You probably already know that. Give her the yogurt for her tummy and she'll be fine. Give her a scratch behind the ears for me :-)

Hey Gail so far so good, I've been adding the new and old, made sure i read the bag before I completely changed. I may still put her back on the prescription, it seems to fill her more and it seems with the light you have to give more food and it's not filling her so I gave her boiled carrots with it. Yogurt really? good to know, Plain?
I thought I knew all I needed to know, you never know what you learn.

Linda check the website they may have a kitten one. If you like the Science Diet and they do keep them on it, that's why I may keep getting her the prescription till she drops all the weight. Winter put it back on again. Wellness make a good food also, see if they have one for cats, it has apples carrots barley. let me know what you find out.

Meat grinders can be dangerous if they are electric and you're not careful, but some mixers have grinding attachments...the counter top ones..Not cheap tho.

Another reason to boycott China. If you are facially deformed, they will not let you adopt a Chinese child:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,260391,00.html

Thanks for the grinder info Ruby. I bought an old school non electric one to start out and I'll see how it goes. I bought some Natural Balance biscuits, sweet potato and fish, and my dogs love them. My husband sampled one and he gave them the thumbs up too. If BARF doesn't work out, I'll start them on NB.

Jessa - What type of dogs do you have? Let me know how they like this menu please.

I assume you must live in New York since it seems BARF is only available in that area. What part of New York do you live in? Wish I lived there and could help look for Vivi. Tinkerbell and I would go out looking!

Kathleen, I have a Samoyed and Eskie. I'm skeptical about my cat liking BARF. Anyone can make BARF with recipes from the BARF book. A woman on my block BARFs for her dog, and a chronic skin inflamation went away. I'm in the Village near Washington Sq. Park. That's not as nice as the ones in Brooklyn or Queens, but it has a good dog run.

I may try to find the BARF book then. I thought you had to buy the stuff from the NY area. Thanks.

I had a Samoyed a long time ago. His registered name was Nicholas of Tararidge. He was such a beautiful and wonderful boy. Just loved him so much.

someone sent this to me & I wanted to share this everyone.. A little humor is needed..

Excerpts from a Dog's Diary"

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

"Excerpts from a Cat's Diary"

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Cretins! There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs. I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...

Sammys are wonderful but stubborn. When I was growing up, ours was named Thor of the North. We also raised pups for awhile. They were such cute bundles of white fluff. It was hard to see them go.

That was great Linda!

Sams are so great! Mine is a big marshmallow and very popular to boot. Strangers come up to him on the street and pet him. He was a rescue, found wandering around Poughkeepsie, NY.

Linda, all true!

My cat was taken to the vet in January for what was diagnosed as pnuemonia. It was lethargic, dehydrated, lost weight and could barely hold his head up. The vet put him on an antibotic. 3 weeks later he became ill again and died in February. At this time there was no recall. My 5 year old cat only weighed 7 1/2 pounds. Before I started feeding him Food Lion brand cat food, my cat was healthy and happy. He played with my Jack Russells everyday. Please somebody tell me what I should do next. My Sporty was my baby. I still find myself looking for him at bedtime. Thanks


Deanna: Link below to report what happened to your cats. So sorry!

http://www.petconnection.com/recall/

Report it also to the FDA. copy this link and file a formal complaint:

http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html

Deanna - Definitely report this. You may save someone else's animal. I'm so sorry. Losing my Booger within the last few weeks, I know the feeling. After almost 3 weeks I was finally able to open the door to that room again. I could not bear looking into that room and not seeing him sitting in his Pier One chair his Daddy bought, by the window, and enjoying the sunshine.

JESSA: What is your Sam's name and the Eskimo too? Are they registered? If so, what is the registered name for the Sam. I would love to see if ours might be related in their family trees. I need to check on Pam's - that name sounds so familiar to me.

Shelters, rescue groups, and humane societies, which often rely heavily on donated food to feed the animals in their care, have been hit hard by the pet food recall. I would ask that everyone who reads this post, contact their local agencies to see what can be done to help them out during this very difficult time.

Ranger is my Sam, he was a rescue, so his history is unknown, but he was trained when we got him. He knew sit, stay, down, shake, high five, speak. Clementine is my crazy little Eskie circus dog.

From the PetConnection.com database. 11:20 a.m. PT:

Total reports of sick or dead pets: 1715
Deceased pets: 845
Of those:

Cats, deceased: 500
Dogs, deceased: 345
As we’ve written before, these are self-reported numbers. But we asked people to check the food against the recall list, to list the food and give us the names of their veterinarians. The majority did all of this. We are not saying these are confirmed cases, by any means. But we have believed from the first that if nothing else these numbers show the tragedy is much bigger than the official reports.

And we’re starting to see confirmation.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has just post a report from the American Medical Center, one of the premiere non-university-affiliated veterinary hospitals in the world. From that report:

To provide information and guidance to veterinarians about the diagnosis, management and outcome of this form of acute renal failure, The Animal Medical Center’s Renal Medicine Service has reviewed all chemistry profiles obtained at AMC between March 17-20, 2007.

Owners of pets with azotemia [an excess of urea or other nitrogenous wastes in the blood as a result of kidney insufficiency] have been contacted to determine if the pets had eaten the recalled foods. During this time period 143 chemistry profiles were performed and 5% of pets who had a chemistry profile obtained in that time period have been determined to have food-related acute renal failure. At this time, AMC has identified 12 cases of food-related acute renal failure, 8 cats and 4 dogs. Age range was 2-14 years with a mean age of 7.4 years.

Based on this survey, we can provide the following limited information about food-related acute renal failure. All pets had at least one clinical sign of acute renal failure: 75% had anorexia, 50% had polyuria and polydipsia, 50% had vomiting and 50% lethargy. The course of the disease before presentation to AMC ranged from 1 to 60 days. Mean creatinine was 7 mg/dl with a range of 2.1-14.8 mg/dl. Mean BUN was 110 mg/dl with a range of 33-210 mg/dl. Three pets were diagnosed on an out-patient basis. Nine animals were hospitalized of which 3 (2 dogs, 1 cat) died or were euthanized despite treatment. Six were discharged from the hospital. Four of these were discharged with persistent azotemia. Our follow-up time is short and the long-term prognosis is unknown.

Summing it up: In three days, “the AMC … identified 12 cases of food-related acute renal failure, 8 cats and 4 dogs.”

Twelve cases. In less than than three days, in one (admittedly very large) veterinary hospital. And in the same proportions we’re reporting: 2/3 cats, 1/3 dogs.

If you came here to report a pet, please: Use the database. We can’t count your pet if all you do is leave a comment.

We’ll release new numbers at 6 p.m. PT today.

Update: vetcetera has a thoughtful read on the limitations of self-reported data and what our numbers might really mean.

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Pet-food recall: Thursday-morning numbers
From the PetConnection.com database. 6 a.m. PT:

Total reports of sick or dead pets: 1529
Deceased pets: 769
Of those:

Cats, deceased: 460
Dogs, deceased: 309
As we’ve written before, these are self-reported numbers. But we asked people to check the food against the recall list, to list the food and give us the names of their veterinarians. The majority did all of this.

To us, this means that although the death toll reported here will never match any “official” FDA number, it strongly suggests the numbers will grow far higher than what has been released so far. Some of these pets probably died from something else, but those numbers are more than offset, we believe, by the numbers of pets who died eating tainted food who will never meet any official standard, because they died before the recall was announced, and the cans and pouches they ate from have long ago been send to the landfills, their batch numbers unchecked.

I got an e-mail from someone this morning who said we were fueling hysteria. I don’t think we are. I think we’re reporting something that was on its way to being pretty much ignored: “A recall? 10 pets? Oh, that’s not so bad. Next story.”

Which, by the way, is exactly what Menu Foods was hoping for. They dropped their news release late on a Friday, the day when smart businesses and politicians always report bad news, in hopes that by Monday, the impact is lessened, or the story even forgotten. Further, they put their news release out to the business press, in hopes that the recall would be seen as a business story, like the recall of an MP3 player with a bad battery.

The team at PetConnection has decades of combined media experience. We know how this works. And it might have worked. The food would have been recalled, and the dead pets mourned without their owners every imagining what the real story might have been.

Except … except … in addition to hundreds of anecdotal reports from pet-lovers that were flooding the Internet, we became aware that veterinarians were alarmed. Nearly every veterinary practice we know has a pet affected by this. That would put the number far higher than what we have now, even if you figure that many of those pets are at the vet’s for other causative factors, such as ingesting anti-freeze.

Fueling hystery? We don’t think so here at the PetConnection.com. We admit to fueling something else, though: A fire under the rumps of some complacent entities. We hope in the memory of those pets who have died and the people who loved them that we will see changes in inspections and labeling that will help to prevent this from happening again.

That, my friends, is citizen action at its best.

We’re now working on stories offering you options for feeding your pets, now and in the future. Many have asked about home-prepared diets, and we’ll give you some information to start your research. But we also do believe there are and will continue to be high-quality commercial products from good companies, and in the days to come we’ll write about those, too.

If you came here to report a pet, please: Use the database. We can’t count your pet if all you do is leave a comment.

This was just posted on the Pet Connection blog and I copied it here: DRY PET FOOD PROBLEMS:

I know it does feel good to say it’s only the WET food that we should be worried abuot. Please, think again, my pet, a 3.5 year old Airedale Terrier in perfect health just died this Monday from acute Renal failure. Less than 24 hours after I heard about the recall. Troble is my pet and others were only eating DRY FOOD. IAMS lamb and rice, in the green bag. This is really serious, because we have been mislead before and now we are becoming complacent and relying on what the offenders have to say. The DRY pet food market is about 6 times larger than the wet and would cost these companies dearly. I know of at least 50 cats and dogs that have become deathly ill from Dry pet foods. They are scatered mostly across the eastern US but 6 cases are from California. http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/dogs_keep_dying_from_toxic_food_9676 This is not new news… http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Jan06/dogs.dying.ssl.html
Check out these links.

God love all these poor souls.One dog sick from this WAS too much.I fear what to feed my dog and cat.I imagine more news to come.....

Hi Sheila M,

Earlier in the evening I spoke with Menu Foods (866)463-6738 and the rep was adamant that dry foods are not at all a problem. I inquired if the possibility exists that whatever has contaminated the indicated wet foods could still turn up in dry foods and I received a resounding: "NO! The problem is completely limited to wet foods."

It's possible that the Airedale who died of acute renal failure as alleged in the Pet Connection post, may have gotten into something else that was toxic which caused the renal failure. Even breathing certain paint fumes and solvents can cause renal failure. The only way to know for sure if this dog died due to a contaminant in dry foods would be for the owner to have a postmortem performed.

The Pet Connection blogger claims to know of "at least 50 dogs and cats that have become deadly ill from eating dry pet foods." I have to question her source(s?) for this info, as I have not been able to find anything reliable to back such a statement.

The two links you posted are indeed not new, they are over a year old and are totally unrelated to the current dog food crisis.

I think we all need to bear in mind that there will be dogs and cats that will be afflicted with acute renal failure during this period and the cause will not be from manufactured foods, it will be a result of ingesting or exposure to other toxins, diseases, infection and old age.
Please check out any info thoroughly before passing it along.....
A crisis such as this is quite frightening and so I think it would behoove all of us to not fuel more fear unnecessarily, as it is our pets who could suffer in the long run from us making fear based decisions. e.g. Older pets in particular may not tolerate extreme changes in a diet they have always done well on. Certain breeds no matter what their age develop serious aliments from high protein diets.
Just my thoughts...

I finally reached Menu foods yesterday and the person who answered identified himself as someone who cannot answer specific questions but would have someone call me. When I told him my dog eats Nutro Natural Choice Dry and I want to know if it is manufactureed at the same plant as the wet foods this is what he said. "since your dog did not die or get sick you will be at the bottom of the list for a callback!!!" Nutro has a recorded message that says basically what we have been told so far.After much research I am in the process of gradually switching Harry to Solid Gold Dry.I think this pet food recall is just the tip of the iceberg and we're only given the least amount of information that the pet food industry can get away with.

Margot - both of my dogs were on Nutro and so is my mom's dog. That's a very poor response to give worried pet owners.

I just heard this on the news. It was a rodent-killing chemical that was found on the wheat that had been imported from China that was the cause of this dogfood fiasco.

I agree Pam. However after more checking at the Nutro site, I found out that their dry food, and Bisquits are manufactured at their own plants in Ca. and TN and are NOT manufactured at the menu plant. All my anxiety could have been avoided if They told me that instead of giving me that dumb respose. Nutro now has voice mail directing you to their site.

Marogt - i can't believe that was the response. now, as i have said before, they could serve their stinking food on a gold platter and i will NEVER buy anything from Menu foods.
all of those poor babies.....
my heart goes out to those how have sick ones and WORSE from these money grubbing morons.

We were all on the dry dogfood, too. Thanks for checking further, Margot.

They have identified what it is in the food that is killing pets.

March 23, 2007 — ABC News has learned that investigators have determined that a rodent-killing chemical is the toxin in the tainted pet food that has killed several animals.

A source close to the investigation tells ABC News that the rodenticide, which the source says is illegal to use in the United States, was on wheat that was imported from China and used by Menu Foods in nearly 100 brands of dog and cat food.

Watch "World News" for full details on the extent of the poisoning.

A news conference is scheduled for this afternoon by experts in Albany, N.Y., where scientists at the state's food laboratory made the discovery a week after a massive recall of 60 million cans and pouches was issued.

The chemical is called aminopterin.

What investigators can't say so far is whether this is the only contaminant in all of the recalled food.


There is some good news according to the source. Knowing the chemical should aid veterinarians who are treating animals that have been sickened by the pet food.

Aminopterin is used in the United States in, of all things, a cancer drug, according to the source.

Rodent-killing chemical from China, no less. Not a surprise.

I took my cats in this morning for precautionary blood tests. The vet told me that yesterday he had two two-year-old cats come in to the clinic with acute kidney failure. They didn't make it.

This is another reason to boycott China. We will boycott when our pets are dying. How much confidence can we have that our dry pet food is safe if wheat products are used too in these products and the wheat is shipped from China. Rat Poison -disgusting.

OVERSEAS STRIKES AGAIN I SEE!
You would thing that these compnay would check the wheat for any toxins, before they start mixing them with other food..
I cannot stand corporate america- they are all greedy...

POLITICS SUCK. ANYONE CAN BE BOUGHT AT THAT IS AWFUL.
go on the abc news website - now up 241 deaths???
the stories are heart wrenching!!!!!!!

I posted the links as a reminder that we cannot be lax and think that the dry food is safe. Dry can have just as many problems. Even though the current crisis does not include dry, things may change. I tossed all dry that contained anything wheat in it yesterday. My pets deserve my best efforts.

According to petconnection.com the numbers are as follows, with them expected to climb.

From the PetConnection.com database. 3/22/07 11:20 a.m. PT:

Total reports of sick or dead pets: 1715
Deceased pets: 845
Of those:

Cats, deceased: 500
Dogs, deceased: 345

I hope MENU Foods is made to pay dearly for what they have done or should I say what they didn't do.

I just read Pet Connection too. They haven't updated numbers for today but listed 1,000 have died to date. Tragic. How can our country allow poisoned wheat into the U.S.?

I'm shocked at how little media coverage there still is on this story! It wasn't raised on our local news this morning.

Aren't the vets able to reverse the effects of rat poison - Vit. K or something? I adopted a dog that got into rat poison and the last owner rushed her to the City Pound in distress and a vet on duty saved the dog's life so isn't there help for these pets that haven't died?

China is really bad. They will mislabel and ship products to make a buck and not care what or who it kills - person or animal and have been doing it all over the world - but this is the first deaths that I know of in the U.S.. Maybe they thought it wouldn't matter - afterall just our pets.

I have some good news to what started out as bad

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) -- A 24-year-old man has been arrested, suspected of killing a 17-year-old girl's pet dog and leaving it at her front door in a gift-wrapped box.

The man, who is expected to be arraigned Friday, was being held on suspicion of terrorist threats. Police said he may be charged with animal cruelty.

"I think I can sleep a lot better now," said Crystal Brown. "It will make me feel way safer. Now we can walk around the whole block."

Crystal was devastated last month when Chevy, her 4-year-old Australian shepherd mix, went missing.

Two weeks after the dog disappeared, a gift box addressed to Crystal was found at the front door of a house she shares with her grandmother.

Inside, Crystal found Valentine's Day candy and a garbage bag containing XXXXXXXXXXXX.

Police said the man they arrested lived a few blocks from Crystal and may have had a romantic interest in the girl.

The case drew widespread media attention. The television show "America's Most Wanted" posted the case on its Web site, and donations pushed a $2,500 reward offered by the Humane Society of the United States to $20,000.

I always thought it was some "male" trying to get even and so glad they caught the creep!

China cracks down on pet ownership in its own country but it knows we are such wackos for our furry friends that it will ship tainted wheat to make a buck in the US. I am well aware of world trade and the global economy but I still get bugged by the fact that alot of the grain we raise in the US gets shipped out and we have to import grain from who knows where.

MAY BE charged??? sheesh!!!!!
glad to hear he was caught and hopefully the inmates will make him a woman soon :)
what a disgusting vile piece of crap!!!!!!!!

Oh that's terrific they caught the creepy jerk that killed that girl's dog.

If this doesn't make more people sit up and realize how harmful it is to rely so heavily on China, I don't know what will.

it says on AMW, that sleezebag is being arraigned today so everyone say your prayers to have him get what he so rightly deserves!!!!!!
John Walsh rules!!!!!!!!!!

If someone killed one of my pets like that, I would not stop until I had killed them.

Preferably in the same manner.

DITTO.

Is this had to happen, thank googdess it happened in MN

HSUS states that animal cruelty laws are different in each state. Forty-two states have felony provisions for the worst types of animal cruelty. Luckily, Minnesota is a state that has a rare provision to their animal cruelty law. The provision states that any individual who is found guilty of cruelty or torture to dogs and cats, and does so to threaten, intimidate, or terrorize another person, may be sentenced to prison time for no more than 4 years or to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both. The provision enforces the highest penalty for animal cruelty in the state.

On Pet Connection people are blogging that their pet died from products not on the recall list -

"URGENT!! Ol’Roy HEARTY CUTS IN GRAVY 13.2 OZ Can. NOT ON LIST YET BUT KILLED MY DOG!! I’m trying to report it so it will show up on the list before another pet dies from it!! "


So everyone, please be so careful. I would make a mistake on the side of caution if it were me.

I hope this creep gets both penalties to the maximum allowed.

Good!!!! i wish they would add a "0" to the "4" as far as the prison sentence but one step at a time. 4 years is a long time to be someone's bitch in a jail cell.
couldn't happen to a nicer fella.

There's a lot of blogging on the Pet Connection site that if you have any quesitons or concerns take a peek. The recent concern - was the wheat put in other products - not just wet and gravy and can we trust Menu to tell us the truth about other possible bad products? Since they waited more than a month after knowing there was a problem with the wet?

Just a suggestion but if any of you can buy food that is not on the list and drop it off at your nearest shelter that would help some of the homeless animals. I'm sure they are all hurting from this also. I've already dropped off bags of Wellness food that I had.

That's what I was thinking Darlene but 4 years could be a long time if you become someone's "love interest."

Happy to hear they found the vile bottomfeeder. Here's hoping he gets the max.

Here's some more deaths from items not on the recall list:

I firmly belive it is not just wet food products that were contaminated. My dog only ate dry Ol’ Roy kibbles chunks and chews and Ol’ Roy bacon strip dog treats, from Wal-Mart, and DIED!! I want a list of EVERYTHING Menu Foods manufactures, not just what was recalled. How can I find this??

sheilaM, These are self reported stats, correct? There are so many variables at play here, not every animal death has to do with the food. These reports need to be placed in perspective, I think anyway.

I meant put in context, not perspective.

Hey there everyone !!! I have missed you guys and my computer still is not working, further more, my direct tv went out like 2 weeks ago and they can't come to install a new box until next week... being omish isn't such a bad thing :) but glad to hear that we are aware of this recall but animals have already died and it's really sad... Well it's starting to warm up and I hope Vivi is seen soon hello to all of team Vivi!!! Keeping the faith.... and hope you are all well!!!!!!

RE: DRY FOODS and MENU FOODS

Yes, it is absolutely correct that Menu Foods only manufactures wet and moist pet foods; however, as the source of the contamination–wheat from China–was secured by Menu Foods by a third-party supplier, it is entirely possible that other manufacturers, including including makers of dry pet food, used the same wheat supplier or some other supplier who also imported from China. I would caution everyone to check their pet food’s list of ingredients for ANY wheat product (whole wheat, wheat flour, wheat bran, wheat gluten, etc.). At this point, there is no way of knowing just HOW MANY DIFFERENT manufacturing end-users purchased the tainted wheat from China.

What I want to know is why our Gov't pays farmers not to produce wheat and then we go and import it from another country. Our Gov't sucks and our pets have paid the price.

The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center has just released more information:

Aminopterin, a toxin found in some rodenticides available outside the USA, is a folic acid antagonist, i.e. it disrupts the body’s ability to utilize folic acid. In animals, this can result in loss of appetite, diarrhea and weight loss. It may also cause leucopenia, which is a reduction in white blood cells, as well as birth defects.

Aminopterin is closely related in chemical structure and mechanism to a drug called methotrexate, which is used to treat some cancers, both in humans and animals. Renal failure has been reported in human patients receiving methotrexate. We do not know if aminopterin can cause renal failure in pets.

Based on these findings, the ASPCA does not recommend any change in treatment of animals affected; animals currently being treated for kidney failure suspected to be related to the ingestion of the contaminated food should stay on such treatment. Please follow your veterinarian’s advice.

It is unclear at this point in time how this toxin came into contact with the affected food. The ASPCA will continue to analyze the data on calls the APCC receives (which number between 400-700 daily on a wide range of substances), and release any new information it finds immediately.

Margot - NAFTA is one reason (North American Free Trade Agreement). Our farmers are forced to plant less so we can import more.

This was posted on the Pet Connection Site:

People this is not just Menu Foods. I had to put Belgian Shepard to sleep March 5th. She first had kidney failure 7 days before and with treatment, IV fluids, and antibiotics her blood test kidney levels had improved. I continued feeding her Alpo Chicken Slices w/gravy thru treatment and after. Her improved blood tests were taken March 3rd and her severe relapse was March 5th. The Vet could not believe how quickly she had a relapse it was as though she was poisined. I called Purina about this and they instanlty denied it and would not record my info. Obviously they are more concerned about being mentioned with Menu Foods and want to keep their name in good standing. Well I and my family knows the truth especially now that the toxin has been found. Im curiuos where did and does Purina obtain their wheat from? I will never again loose another pet to something this irresponsable. Considering the way Purina showed no interest in my story and automatically denied any involvement of my dead dog I will feed my other dog only baby food and Home Made dog foods from here on out and check ingrediants to make sure wheat is not one of them. Wake up people Menu Foods is the name these Brand Name Pet Food mfg’s want to be blamed so you will continue to trust the names IAMS, Purina, Fancy Feast, etc… These mfg’s outsourced the mfg of dog and cat foods to other unknown companies who are not monitored by anything other than theirselves. Till the FDA restricts these MFG’s and the MFG’s they outsource to no pet is safe period.

Rat Poisoning causes bleeding - where's the bleeding? What's this about Folic acid - is this some special type of Rat Poisoning?

Sedona, go away.

You need a nice pill. Try the Pet Connection and see how it works!

Live Footage now on the Report by the Dept of AG on pet poisoning:

http://www.9wsyr.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=193689

The FDA (Cornell University) is only testing food samples given by Menu Foods and they have not tested the raw products yet. They have tested other samples not given by Menu that have tested clean. This is from the feed.

The Rat Poison was developed in 1950. Banned by EPA as a Rodenticide, cannot determine if it is being used anywhere. They have no idea how it got into the food product. Not legal to use in the U.S. as rat poison.

They can't speculate how the poison got in the food.They have done very limited testing. Just now testing the various ingredients.

Sheila M,

This is NO evidence that the rat poison came from wheat produced in China! CNN just did an update to this story and IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW THE FOOD BECAME CONTAMINATED!!
AND there have been NO reports of dry foods being contaminated and nothing at all that indicates the rat poison contamination came from wheat. In fact I haven't found anything that verifies that Menu Foods even imports the wheat they use in their products.
The dry food contamination was a totally different issue that occurred way over a year ago. That has no bearing at all on the current crisis. You are just muddying up this isssue with your false statements and private agendas IMO and that can ultimately do more harm than good.

Good Diane. Keep posting your objections about being cautious and tell everyone to not worry and use products with wheat. That's fine. It's your opinion and your right to see things differently. If I error, it is on the side of caution. And if one does not error for caution, then what recourse do you have? OOOpps made a mistake. Sorry.

The full story is not known and since we pet lovers do not know the entire scoop, I am posting thoughts to consider from first hand experience and concerend pet store owners.

We are all adults and capable of reading information and taking what we wish and not listening to the rest.

Our pets are like are children. Who among us would not err on the side of caution with our child? So, you disagree. Go ahead and disagree. Post your opinions for all to read. That is the way we do it in America.

I for one stopped using a Dry Dog Pet Food with Wheat by Nutro, saving it, and at lunch bought two big bags of Natural Balance. Why, to err on the side of caution. If we discover after some more investigation that all dry is safe indeed, then what have I lost? I saved the old food, can still use it, and my pets certainly won't be any worse off for my care.

I just want to know more. Seems reasonable to me.

This is from ABC News:

Investigators, meanwhile, are looking into whether the rat poison came into the United States on an ingredient used in the recalled food. ABC News has learned that Menu Foods bought wheat gluten, the only ingredient changed in its plants, from China. That possibility raises questions about the safety of pet and other food products in the United States.

The chemical can cause kidney failure in dogs and cats, said Donald Smith, dean of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, during the conference.

Scientists at the state's food laboratory in Albany, N.Y., made the discovery a week after Menu Foods issued its recall.

"This is one step in a long process that will lead us to know what has happened and how it has happened," Smith said.

Aminopterin is not registered for use as a pesticide in the United States, and it has been known as a potential source of birth defects in humans.

Interestingly, trials are under way to test the chemical's effectiveness in the treatment of certain types of cancer.

ABC News first reported that the rodenticide may have been present in the wheat that was imported from China and used by Menu Foods, according to a source close to the investigation.


So we all just make the best judgment we can about these things don't we? At least we have the information available on which to make decisions.

VIN advises the below to their vets on the food recall:

"Do not repeat rumors, gossip or innuendo. This does not serve the public or our patients and clients. The reality of the current situation is that we do not know what the cause and extent of the problem is. If questioned by reporters, clients, or anyone, resist the temptation to speculate about or repeat information that you are not confident is accurate.

Only canned and pouch foods appear to be affected. Dry foods are not manufactured by the same process, and are manufactured at different facilities. There is no indication that dry foods are affected. The recall is restricted to canned and pouch foods."

Yes that is true. So far only wet and pouched food. Very true indeed. And there are so many unanswered questions. I suppose you are advising everyone to follow the advise of the government in such matters and other experts (Vets) instead of our experience. That is a course of action one can take. Very True indeed.

Here’s a link to the raw footage of the press conference. In it they say they are STILL open and manufacturing food at both plants.
http://www.9wsyr.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=193689

Sheila: Natural Choice small bites manufactured by Nutro does not contain wheat or corn. This is not to say I am completely satisfied with the info I have received. Where money is involved true answers are not always forth coming. I think we have to make the best informed decisions we can with the information we have.

"I suppose you are advising everyone to follow the advise of the government in such matters and other experts (Vets) instead of our experience."

Mainly I'm trying stop any fueling of hysteria with rumors and unfounded information. That's the worse thing to do in a time of crisis.

This issue will result in many lawsuits, probably a class action as well. There will be folks that have dogs and cats that died or are ill from other causes that will try and jump on this bandwagon to get their vet bills paid, and that's why I'm not quick to accept the claims of strangers on message boards.
Some of those message board claims could also be from immature people or kids getting a kick out of fueling this thing.
Just like certain folks get kicks from fueling unpleasant things here, that element exists in other places on the web.

Back a claim of renal failure from eating a particular tainted food with a verifiable postmortem and I'll believe it, anything else is hearsay.

I also have an issue with scaring folks away from using dry foods at a time like this. Some pets could become very ill from sudden radical food changes, especially older pets.

BTW: The BARF diet is not for everyone, you really have to know what the you are doing with that diet. While I've know many folks who swear by it, I've also known a number of folks who ended up with dogs that needed surgery to remove impacted bones in their guts. Another problem occurs when the dog needs surgery, dogs on the BARF diet produce much higher amounts of stomach acid to break down the bones and raw foods when they have been on it for a long time.....when they need surgery this can cause some to burn out their stomachs due to the pre-surgical fast and recovery period. It alarms me that folks are jumping on the BARF bandwagon out of fear that no commercial food is safe without really looking into if this is the best diet for their pet's needs. In addition BARF is a fairly high protein diet, certain breeds do not do well on high protein diets and end up with crystals in their urine and kidney stones.
Just my thoughts...

Diane - i feel like a simpleton....
good to hear about that though. Luna cannot be on a protein diet - found that out today. it's always good to go with your gut sometimes. what's good for some isn't good for others.

know what's funny????? here alot of us still are trying to help each other after everything.
THANKS, VIVI :)
nite, nite

Posted by Betty and Michael. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 'HOLY IS HE!"

It is time to step up in faith. The world has reached a point that we must truly keep our eyes on our Heavenly Father and His word. Home land Security is looking into this outbreak of poisoning. Hold your babies close to you. Pray over them every day. We cannot afford to not have the shield of God's protection over us and our families. I strongly suggest that we all read Psalms 91 over our families every day.

I Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and of a sound mind.

Good morning Daddy God. We thank you for the life you have given to all of us. Calm all of our fears Daddy and give us your wisdom. Fill each and every one of us with your Holy Spirit to guide us. Give us your wisdom in the care of our babies and families. Surround all of us with your faithful angels with their swords drawn, ready for battle to protect us. We lift all of our little ones up to you for protection and glorious health and blessings. Thank you for your care over Vivi. We are very grateful to you for protecting her and for providing for her. How she needs you and how we need you to lead her to the safety and love of a rescuers arms. When we think of her beautiful little face and the spirit of life that radiates from her, our hearts long to see this little baby come home. Bring her into safe harbor Daddy. We love you and we trust you. Thank you for showing us your ways and thank you for increasing our faith with each day we are surrounded by your love and presence. You are the care taker of our souls and the healer of our hearts. Heal Vivi's heart so that she will not be afraid anymore and will come to human companionship when your army approaches her. Speak into her heart Daddy and lead her safely home. Please help Cocoa's family Daddy God. They need you. Hold them in your arms and comfort them with your love and knowledge that Cocoa is safe in your arms. Comfort and strengthen Gina as you continue your healing grace in Madison. Touch her Jesus. We love and adore you. We honor and praise you!! Protect your creatures from the tainted food Daddy. Lead us to know what to feed our babies so they will remain healthy and strong. Show us the way Daddy. Protect and deliver all of your creation from the abuse and hatred that covers our world. Let your Glory flood this earth for all to see. In Jesus's Name!!

Luke 15:4
What man of you having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness; and go after that which is lost until he find it?
Daddy God, continue to speak to and lead all we have brought to your throne to the safety and love of home with their families. Help us to find them Daddy God. Vivi, Biggie, Sniffles, Rags, Faithful, Little Aussie, Mommy, Daddy and Baby Girl pup, Apple Riley, Holly, (bring her out of the desert to safety) , Precious Hosanna, Buddy, Annie, African Grey, Patterson, pointer, Jack Russel, Grey Tabby, Bowdee, Yorkie, Shimi, the cemetary strays Buttons , Black Afghan Hound, Lola, Vern, Zoey, Saffie, Axel, Brewster, Hopey, Max, and Missy. Bring them home to their families filled with love, joy and warmth.
Isaiah 53:4-5
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes, we are healed.
Holy Jesus, continue to touch our little ones with your precious healing power, CJ, Dante, Felice, Max, Little McGee, Murphy, Mylie, Barbaro, Gunner, Linus, Kiva, Ellie,(restore all that had to be taken), Morgan, Little Andi, Nicki, Dude, Brandy, Tucker, Lexie, Isabella,Twin Kittens, Bowen, Heather, Doogie, Clarus, Prince, Star, Skeeter, Scout, Tigger , Ezmeralda, New Foundland, Tank , Billy, Lilly, Auggie, Sparky, Meeko, Barney. Joey, Skittles, Zoey, Diva, Merlin, Magic, Briar, Fluffy, Cubby, Awmee, injured bird, Trevor, little Rachael who has stomach upsets like little McGee used to have before you touched him, Piper, Winnie, Mercy ,Rocket Spit McGee, Scrappy and Jethro. Continue your miraculous healing grace in our brothers and sisters, Madison, Gina, Baby Girl, JL, Lance, Pam, Chris, Pat, Jacque, Darlene, Kim, BJ, Rose, Mary Ann, Kathleen, Abby, Renee, Renee's uncle and cousin, Lois, Gail T. Button's owner, Joyce, Gail's mom, Julie, Sabina, Kathy, Amanda, Ann, Pam, Chrissy Sharon's dear friend, Jill, little Rachael, Irene, Sharon's mom, Cindy, Tara and Tommy. Continue to protect beloved Israel and America as they battle terrorism to keep us free. Shelter them and give them victory. Protect the innocent and lead them to safety and provision. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Bring justice for Otis, Otto, and Boxer Puppy. Bring Freedom and deliverance for Duke. Give them righteous Judges who will honor your creatures Daddy God and bring Duke home to his mommy where he is meant to be. Help us to raise all the funds that are needed, for you are our provider. Help those who are looking for employment to find the place you want their light to shine. Increase and bless them Daddy. Fill our lives with your glory as we work and watch for your Son Jesus, our Savior. Flood this earth with your glory and power for all to see. Bring Vivi home Daddy God. Let this be the day Daddy God....Let this be the day INDEED...In Jesus's Name we pray....Amen

When you were born, you were crying and every one around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and every one around you is crying. Dr. Joseph Crock DVM

Everyone, I don't know how I missed this baby whose parents had to have him euthanized yesterday, we've been on so many posts the last couple days--it just slipped my attention. I've also tried to scroll past a few anonymous postings.)

A PRAYER FOR MURPHY
Let us sing to the Lord a new song;
a song for all the creatures of the earth.
Let us rejoice in the goodness of God
shown in the beauty of all things.
This we know: every living thing is yours and returns to you. As we ponder this mystery
we give you thanks for the life of Murphy and we now commit him into your loving
hands. Gentle God: fragile is your world, delicate are your creatures, and costly is your
love which bears and redeems us all.
Holy Creator, give us eyes to see and ears to hear how every living thing speaks to us of
your love. Let us be awestruck at your creation and daily sing your praises. Especially,
create within us a spirit of gratitude for the life of this beloved Murphy who has lived among
us and given us freely of his love. Even in our sorrow we have cause for joy for we
know that all creatures who died on earth shall live again in your new creation. Amen.

I'm totally losing it people; I have a lousy headcold and now I'm confusing animal names--that should be a prayer for COCOA---NOT MURPHY.

Don't worry Sharon I'm loosing it too. Didn't even know Kathleen adopted a dog. Because of the trolls I'm just scrolling the blog and missing what my friends are posting. Also been so concerned with the recall. I think I'm finally straightened out with the recall since I feed Harry dry Nutro.

Hope you're feeling better, Sharon. It's been confusing trying to keep track of any news. I posted on the first topic about Cocoa. Thanks for the prayer.

Please, please, please don't be fooled by the wet food only recall. My dog had to be put to sleep after she became ill with the exact same symptoms three days after Valentines Day. She has only eaten Hill's Prescription K/D DRY Food for the past five years. This is expensive food from her veternarian. Watch for all signs of lethargy and discoloration in your pet's eyes and urine. Read the information at the Cornell website. Best of luck to all of you!
Still mourning in California.

SHARON - You don't have to worry. Murphy or Cocoa, God always knows without us. Sometimes when I am so tired and cannot remember all the things I wanted to pray about, I'll just ask God to please bless and take care of all those in my heart and my prayers. I know He knows exactly who I am talking about ...

MARGOT - I sure do have a new baby. She will not be home until Monday since she is being spayed on Monday. I went ahead and boarded her this weekend so they could bath her good and have her ready for the surgery on Monday morning. She was such a blessed little girl not to be sick after being a stray for a while. You all would just love her - she has the sweetest little way and is such a good girl! She really loves belly rubs too.

Posted by Betty and Michael. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 'HOLY IS HE!"

Psalms 91
We dwell in the secret place of the Most High and we abide under the shadow of the Almighty. We say of the Lord, He is our refuge and fortress, our God, in Him we trust. Truly, He will deliver us from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence. He covers us with His feathers and under His wings we trust; His truth is our shield and buckler. We are not afraid of the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day; nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at our side and ten thousand at our right hand; but it shall not come near us. Only with our eyes will we behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because we have made the Lord which is our refuge, even the Most High our habitation; there shall no evil befall us, neither shall any plague come near our dwelling. For He has given His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways. They bear us up in their hands, lest we dash a foot, (a paw or a hoof) against a stone. We tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the dragon, Satan, we trample you under our feet. (And our Father has said) Because you have set your love upon me, therefore will I deliver you, I will set you on high because you have known my name. You shall call upon me and I will answer you; I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you. With long life will I satisfy you and shew you my salvation..

Good morning Daddy God. King David's prayer says it all. Bring Vivi home Daddy. Bring her home safe and sound. Comfort and strengthen those who have lost their family members. Heal Sharon from this cold. In Jesus's Name. We praise you!!!

Luke 15:4
What man of you having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness; and go after that which is lost until he find it?
Daddy God, continue to speak to and lead all we have brought to your throne to the safety and love of home with their families. Help us to find them Daddy God. Vivi, Biggie, Sniffles, Rags, Faithful, Little Aussie, Mommy, Daddy and Baby Girl pup, Apple Riley, Holly, (bring her out of the desert to safety) , Precious Hosanna, Buddy, Annie, African Grey, Patterson, pointer, Jack Russel, Grey Tabby, Bowdee, Yorkie, Shimi, the cemetary strays Buttons , Black Afghan Hound, Lola, Vern, Zoey, Saffie, Axel, Brewster, Hopey, Max, and Missy. Bring them home to their families filled with love, joy and warmth.
Isaiah 53:4-5
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes, we are healed.
Holy Jesus, continue to touch our little ones with your precious healing power, CJ, Dante, Felice, Max, Little McGee, Murphy, Mylie, Barbaro, Gunner, Linus, Kiva, Ellie,(restore all that had to be taken), Morgan, Little Andi, Nicki, Dude, Brandy, Tucker, Lexie, Isabella,Twin Kittens, Bowen, Heather, Doogie, Clarus, Prince, Star, Skeeter, Scout, Tigger , Ezmeralda, New Foundland, Tank , Billy, Lilly, Auggie, Sparky, Meeko, Barney. Joey, Skittles, Zoey, Diva, Merlin, Magic, Briar, Fluffy, Cubby, Awmee, injured bird, Trevor, little Rachael who has stomach upsets like little McGee used to have before you touched him, Piper, Winnie, Mercy ,Rocket Spit McGee, Scrappy and Jethro. Continue your miraculous healing grace in our brothers and sisters, Madison, Gina, Baby Girl, JL, Lance, Pam, Chris, Pat, Jacque, Darlene, Kim, BJ, Rose, Mary Ann, Kathleen, Abby, Renee, Renee's uncle and cousin, Lois, Gail T. Button's owner, Joyce, Gail's mom, Julie, Sabina, Kathy, Amanda, Ann, Pam, Chrissy Sharon's dear friend, Jill, little Rachael, Irene, Sharon's mom, Cindy, Tara and Tommy. Continue to protect beloved Israel and America as they battle terrorism to keep us free. Shelter them and give them victory. Protect the innocent and lead them to safety and provision. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Bring justice for Otis, Otto, and Boxer Puppy. Bring Freedom and deliverance for Duke. Give them righteous Judges who will honor your creatures Daddy God and bring Duke home to his mommy where he is meant to be. Help us to raise all the funds that are needed, for you are our provider. Help those who are looking for employment to find the place you want their light to shine. Increase and bless them Daddy. Fill our lives with your glory as we work and watch for your Son Jesus, our Savior. Flood this earth with your glory and power for all to see. Bring Vivi home Daddy God. Let this be the day Daddy God....Let this be the day INDEED...In Jesus's Name we pray....Amen

Fear knocked at the door, Faith answered. No one was there...

Regarding Wheat in our pet foods and elsewhere:

Look up the website Animals talk, naturally and read the article "Tip of the Iceberg" and see why the problem is the wheat and why it is important to avoid these gluten products in pet food and how the wheat causes Kidney failure and the problems with these fillers, rat poison besides. What is the possibility that it is from a genetically cheaper altered wheat product from China or elsewhere?
The article is very informative about this issue of recalled foods.

Here's the exact website. It is not hysteria I am promoting Daine, it is prudent behavior to care for our beloved pets that some if not all treat as their children.

www.Animaltalknaturally.com

Look at this link also: www.dogtorj.net

for articles on the problem with wheat and corn and processed dog food.

A local vet did a news program in my area and she said to switch the diet to a no-wheat one or a homecooked one until the bottom line is discovered. Makes sense to me, of course, even if it doesn't to Diane. Diane, just a question, what brand of dog food to you feed the dogs you breed? To your puppies? Aren't you in the slightest bit concerned here? Not like a mother with her young child it seems, not like that.

www.Bravo.com gives the names of BARF suppliers.

Innova makes a grain free food including kibble. There are others but I canpt remember the names offhand.

I am extremely concerned Sheila/Sedona/Linda about the food recall, in fact I am terrified and that's why I don't need your endless repetitive passive/aggresive hysteria mongering when I check in here. Go back and look and you will see that I am not the only person here who has felt this way.

I feed dry Purina and canned Pedigree and a whole bunch of supplements and healthy natural additives.
Puppies also get some Iam's dry food mixed in with the above. I've stopped the Pedigree sine the recall began and have been cooking beef and liver (which I posted on this forum), even though there is no wheat, nor wheat gluten in the canned Pedigree I was using. I am watching my fur kids very closely right now for the sightest signs of anything amiss to the degree of sniffing their breaths, watching their urination habits for any deviations and examining their stools, even though they are not and have never been on the recalled products.

You need to get over your delusions about me lady, time and time again you have been totally wrong about what you imagine in your mind about me. Obviously you are clueless as to what I am about, try really reading my posts, instead of reading into them with bias, taking things out of context, and blowing them out of proportion.

Okay, so now that I've given you a decent answer, how about extending me the same courtesy?

Why do you keep posting in fake names?

Why do you insist on repeating the same things over and over again, even when numerous people nicely ask you to stop?

Although I don't know you personally I doubt you pretend to be other people and repeat yourself constantly amongst your family, friends and in your workplace, so why do it here?

You get upset when folks come down on you, yet so often you bring it on yourself, why?

Why can't you take even the slightest bit of critcism or difference of opinion without becoming vindicative? Is that really necessary?

And may I point out that there was once a time when I defended you against people bashing you, but then I saw you changing names, playing head games, not respecting other bloggers requests and being vindicative and I regretted defending you for I realized you were reaping what you sowed.

And before you launch into a "Diane thinks she's perfect and knows it all" tirade, I'm letting you know here and now that's just a figment of your imagination. I do not think I'm perfect, no one is perfect. The best any of us can do is strive to be better in all our endeavors and dealings with each other. And I am always open to learning because I know I don't know everything.
I try to thoughtfully and logically approach issues and consider all aspects and it's too bad if that bugs you, that's your problem.

I'm cognizant that it isn't nice for me to write these things here, but you put me on block for no reason long ago, and so here is the only place to do this with you. Plus you opened the door by daring to question my maternal feelings for my fur babies, which was very low of you, ergo that you have so little regard for my feelings, why should I have any for yours?

Look at the www.petconnection.com website for the increasing number of deaths and why the AP and news is only mouthing the numbers and the official speakease by the FDA.

This is a terrible misjustice to our pets and friends and also stinks of a cover-up!

FROM THE PET CONNECTION WEB SITE:

From tomorrow’s edition of USA Today, now up on its Web site:

The Food and Drug Administration has received more than 4,400 calls from pet owners about the recalled, contaminated dog and cat food that has reportedly sickened and injured animals across the USA.

But the agency has yet to follow up on the calls, so it doesn’t know how many represent sick animals or simply concerned owners, says Stephen Sundlof, director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Many pet owners are questioning the reported number of animals that have died from consuming contaminated pet food found in some of the more than 60 million recalled cans and pouches.

Menu Foods, which produced the food, has listed 16 deaths: 15 cats and one dog. The FDA is listing only 14 confirmed dead.

[…]

There are still questions about how many animals have died. With no national reporting system for animal injury or death, official numbers are impossible to come by.

However, data from the nation’s largest chain of pet hospitals, Banfield, suggest it is as high as hundreds a week during the three months the food was on the market.

During that time, the more than 600 Banfield hospitals in 43 states saw 200 to 250 cases of kidney failure in cats above the usual number that would have been expected, says Hugh Lewis, president of Data Savant, Banfield’s data collection arm.

During that period, Banfield vets saw 100,000 cats. Extrapolating to the entire cat population of the USA, that could mean “we’re probably talking several hundred cats a week across the country being affected,” Lewis says.

Our self-reported database, by the way, is now reporting 1,716 dead pets as of 9 p.m. PT.

I honestly have to wonder: Would the Associated Press accept only official government information if the deaths were people? Is this because these are “just pets”?

As long as the AP continues to report only 15 dead pets, the story will not be taken seriously. And that means there will be little interest in changes.

Report your pet’s loss to the FDA. Also, ask your veterinarian to report your pet’s loss to the state veterinarian for reporting to the FDA. Additionally, if your pet has eaten one of the recalled foods and become sick, add your pet to our database.

And yes, Menu Foods has now recalled all of its previously recalled labels, regardless of manufacturing date. Here’s a longer explanation of why, from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The AVMA says it’s not because foods beyond the recall range are suspected of being tainted, but because it’s easier to pull entire brands off the shelves instead of checking each can or pouch. In any case: Don’t buy or feed these brands, regardless of manufacture date.

Bottom line: We want your pet to be counted, everywhere. And we want your pet’s death to count for something, in hopes that in realizing the true scope of the problem changes will be made so something like this is less likely to happen again.

Our 12 year old cat Nunnu was throwing up, lethargic, high fever, drinking a lot of water and was in the animal hospital for 3 days...this was New Year's Day. Now I think that she must have had some of the bad food that was out there. No one came up with any real diagnosis. My husband had bought something "fancy" in a can because it sounded so absurd, the label, because of how these companies really sell these foods to the humans.
I do not recall the name of it but that was the only time she ate that stuff.
The vet bills came out to $3,000.00 but she seems to be okay again except for some scooting which I have taken her to the vet for twice already and that did not help.
Any ideas?
I thought that when anal sacs were drained the is a definite odor to it. Both times we took her to the vet to have her anal sacs drained there was no odor and she is still scooting.
What do you think?
Thanks
Pia Levensteins

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My oldest cat died Monday, March 26th at 11:30 am. I videotaped her last two days for evidence. We had the poisoned Special Kitty packets, and my other cat survived, but doesn't quite act the same anymore. I posted my cat's video on YouTube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGt7HkzNC68

Ernie my deepest condolences for your cat, I applaud you for having the courage to film this, I cried like a baby. This is what Menu Foods needs to see, I hope you persue this so that it can never happen again, this is reality watching it. I hope your other cat is ok. Again my deepest condolences to you.

HI guys. I ran across this looking to see what to feed my new puppy. Hubby is in Army and we are overseas. We get to pick our lab up in a few weeks and now I'm scared to even feed him. Is the dry cat food the only dry food yall know of that has been recalled? The European dog food is MUCH more expensive (as well as the dogs themselves) plus I know nothing about it. I'm thinking maybe I should buy it instead just make sure it doesn't say anything about CHina?

My family just lost our 4 yr old bulldog Feb. 8th this year with the same symptoms as mentioned. The first day when he got sick his eyes looked sunken then he vomited his stomach contents along with healthy bowel movement ( no diareha) and urinated in the house, I immeditally took him to the vet they ran bloodwork, gave him a shot of antibiotics, some iv fluids and told me to callback the next day for results on the bloodwork and sent us home. When I called the vet said everything was fine in the bloodwork and that maybe he just didn't feel good and monitor his water intake and if anything else happens to take him to the local animal hospitol. Well later that day he started vomiting and while vomiting he collapased and stopped breathing, I shook him and he came back to so my wife and I rushed him to the hospitol where again they did bloodwork (again showing nothing) had him housed in an oxygen kennel for 2 hours did 4 x-rays to make sure he didn't have pnumomea (but it did show that one kidney was smaller in size and also not in it's usual location and the other looked a little larger but said thet he could have been born that way and the other kidney was compensating for the other and didn't think it was an issue because the blood work looked fine), iv fluids, etc and kept him overnight. When my son and I picked him up the next night it was as if he was never sick and told us he should be fine.

The vet required him on a diet of boiled rice and hamburger along with a couple of prescriptions for anti-nausea medication, antibiotics and something else that I now can't remember, along with that I had to get Pepto and Pepcid to give him and also yogurt. He was doing fine for the full 3 days he was home and also the 4th morning of the day that he died on, he ate everything including meds without any problems and actually I believed he enjoyed the meat and rice more than his regular food and it had me wondering if he would even go back to regular food again! He had normal bathroom movements, but when my oldest son came home from school that day he had found that he had past away.

The food that I fed him before he got sick was Walmart brand Ol' Roy Kibbles Chunks 'n Chews dry dog food that if my memory is correct I think I bought it in late Jan. I don't have the bag to check the lot batch number because we keep the food in a one of those plastic dog food storage containers. So I don't know what to do he has since been cremated so I don't know if he had suffered any type of renal falure but I still have the food and thinking about having the food tested because if the dry food is a problem then I want to know and should have that info given out to the public.

Steve - so sorry to hear of your loss - I would have the food tested - if only for your peace of mind but if it is contaminated, you need to know and report it. Keep us posted.

We just lost our 8 year old Maltese last night due to renal failure. We fed him Mighty Dog and he loved his Jerky Treats. They showed up on the recall list today. Too little, too late.
The vet told us that the avg reading for a dog his size was 7 to 15, his was 197. He didn't even have a chance. Other than a slightly reduced appetite there were no signs. Friday he was running around the backyard barking at the pool sweep. Last night I held him while his organs shut down. It was awful.
Take care of your pets. Have their kidney function screened.

Lisa - I am so sorry to hear about your loss of your fur baby. What a horrible way to see your precious one die.

I am sure thankful my grandmother and her two precious babies are not still alive. She always feed them their Mighty Dog, and this would be her two as well I'm sure.

God bless, and know you did everything you could for this baby. The system just let all of us down bigtime on this recall situation. Time for the FDA and some of these other groups to get busy and do their jobs better, as well as these greedy companies.

I have been trying to find out as much as possible about the contaminated food and if anyone can help me I would really appreciate it.

About 6 months ago August 7, 2006 I lost my dog Rio due to kidney failure. I had brought my dog to 3 different veterinary hospitals just to have it misdiagnosed as a UTI. We gave her the medication they had prescribed but still there was no improvement in her health.

I continued to worry and finally brought her to Umass Veterinary Hospital in Grafton Massachusetts. This is where they diagnosed her with kidney failure and told us that we had less than a month spend with Rio.

Turns out we only had a few days to spend with her. After a few days of treating Rio with a specific dog food that is designed to try to turn the kidney failure around we lost her.

Although this was 6 months ago everything that is said about the contaminated dog food follows what my dog went through. She was a very healthy six year old dog and had over two square acres to run and play. The only dog food she ever ate was Iams canned dog food mixed with solid Iams.

If anyone knows when the first signs of the dog food contamination were could you please email me at dannyboygeek@gmail.com. I am very curious if it was the dog food that took her life or if it was just something she may have gotten into….

Thank you,
Dan Lawless

precious my daushund killed by wal-mart and menu foods on march 26th 2007

For some of the folks that had dogs become ill way prior to the recall period, as well as during this period and yet they were not eating foods on the recalled list or any wheat products. Were you giving Pet-Tabs Complete Daily Vitamin-Mineral Supplement for Dogs?

It has been discovered that Pet-Tabs has high amounts of lead in them. It has also been found that a human multi-vitamin also contains lead. Here's the link:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16655168/

Lead accumulates in the system until it becomes toxic. Some of the symptoms are kidney and abdominal problems. For more on lead poisoning go here:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002473.htm

To my knowledge Pet-Tabs is quite a popular vitamin supplement. I would suggest those of you that were giving your dog this product, stop immediately and alert your vet, especially if your dog has been ill and yet was not on any of the recalled foods or foods that contained wheat gluten.
I'm not a vet, however I would imagine that this information may help your vet to determine if additional tests are needed to arrive at a conclusive diagnosis and a plan of treatment. Perhaps this will help unravel some of the contradictory reports during this crisis which still has so many unanswered questions.
Hope this helps.

Please send the grinder back to the company and go to www.rawlearning.com

You don't need a blender. All you need is some meat and a refridgerator.

Best of luck
Katy

Our pet Rosie, a 3 year old Chihuahua was poisoned from Chinese made Bestro's Jerky Chicken Strips #77849 00006 1 We have this contaminated bag. We have three Chihuahuas and one of them died one month ago. She started with vomiting and dehydration (she was drinking lots of water) and then we were told she may either have an obstruction or have been poisioned. Since our dogs are inside dogs and we are with them at all times outside we thought it was an obstruction. Finally the doctor at Elwood Animal Clinic in Glendora, California said he was almost positive it was some kind of poisoning. They were going to scope her but before that could happen she died July 21, at VCA in Fountain Valley, California.
We gave our dogs Waggin train and Bestro's Jerky Chicken Strips. Our Sweet Rosie (our chihuahua that passed) loved them and and she would eat all the treats we put down for the other dogs too. Up until today we never had any idea what happened but now with Wal Mart pulling this quietly from their shelves. (I brought my treats at Wal Mart, Glendora, California) I truly believe that is why she died. Rosie wants all dog owners to be aware of this and a Total Recall of this chinese junk pet treats so other puppies don't slowly suffer is she did. How many other puppies must die before a total recall is called? We are totally heartbroken and will never forget Our Sweet Gypsy Rose! Since Wal Mart had this problem before, why didn't they pull all that Chinese junk off the first time? Our Rosie will still be alive! Is Wal Mart concerned about people and their Pets or Money? You figured it out.
Gene and Gerri Richards San Dimas, California
Rosie's website:
http://www.dogster.com/dogs/614878

Gene and Gerri, I am sitting here with tears in my eyes for little Rosie and for your family, who miss her so much. I am so sorry.

Money drives Wal Mart, nothing else. These treats should have been pulled quickly and the public notified immediately. Their actions are criminal.
There is no honor evident at their corporate level. But, they grow and grow and the American public are to blame. As long as a good deal is to be had, they will remain in business.

Gene and Gerri - I am so sorry for your loss of Sweet Gypsy Rose. I am a Chihuahua lover myself, and I know how this little dogs grab your heart and how you must hurt at losing her in such a senseless way.

Mila - I so agree. I know you can save money at Walmart, but I no longer shop there for animal OR human food because of their connection with so many recalls. I just do not feel safe shopping there any longer.

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