Posts Tagged ‘pet food’

The Pet Food List

Friday, May 4th, 2007

The Pet Food List seems to be updated regularly and has a good overview of affected brands.

The AVMA Weighs In On What’s Up With The Contaminated Food

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, what may be happening in animals who eat the contaminated pet food is a chemical reaction between melamine and cyanuric acid, which forms instant, insoluble crystals. They also say (encouragingly) that “Most affected cats and dogs are recovering through use of standard fluid therapy and supportive care.” So that’s good, I guess. But Rakki had what we had for dinner anyway.

The Pet Food Recall Hits Too Close To Home…

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

…or “Why I Now Love Customer Loyalty Programs”. We got an email today from Petco (big pet food superstore chain here – I shop there because they carry decent-sized Bully sticks and stock a couple of super-premium foods – they’re my emergency fall-back pet food store). The email said that our customer loyalty account indicated that I’d recently made a purchase of a food which is NOW RECALLED and that I should return it to the store for a full refund. I had one can of the recalled food left (I had fed one can on the list…but little Rakki seems to be a-okay).

Up To No Good
The little sales dude in the store told me that apparently the manufacturer told Natural Balance that they’d altered its formula to make the food more profitable, and the Dick van Patten is personally involved now. I think (being, as I am, a crazy dog lady) that I will get a blood panel done to check Rakki’s kidney function anyway, but wow…this is way too scary, it gets bigger and badder every day, and nothing seems to be safe, not even humans.

Latest Pet Food Recalls – Blue Buffalo, Karma & Wellness Venison

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Howl911 has a very comprehensive list of recalled pet foods to date. It’s getting much scarier now with the rice protein concentrate issue, since (unlike wheat gluten), rice protein concentrate appears in the ingredients lists of some super premium foods like Blue Buffalo Lamb & Rice, two of the Castor & Pollux foods, Karma (which is an organic food made by Innova) and the Wellness Simple Food Solutions venison formula. The Natural Balance venison formula was voluntarily recalled by Natural Balance a few days ago (their venison formula is made by Diamond). I have fed some of these foods, some of the other foods on the list include some Hill’s Prescription Diets (including, ironically, the canine k/d, which is supposed to be for dogs with kidney problems…now it can GIVE them kidney problems). Melamine: it’s not what should be for dinner.

The (not so) Great Pet Food Recall (or: Why You Should Care About Ingredients Lists)

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

The latest news about the Menu Foods pet food recall shows us just how much attention is really paid to the quality of some pet food ingredients. It’s looking like the first complaints about animals becoming sick came as early as December 2006, and that the initial statements about affected animals only included those animals which had become ill or died in Menu Foods’ labs (which, to be fair, might not be that unreasonable when you consider that those animals were the only ones they knew about for sure) – either way, given the popularity of the brand names on the recall list, I won’t be surprised to see the eventual death toll reach well into the thousands, and we may never know for certain, since kidney failure sadly isn’t exactly uncommon in cats. (more…)