Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Toxic Pet Food Recall: Dog or Cat Food Make by Diamond Pet Foods: Recalled Products Listed Below: Important!

Toxic Pet Food Recall: Dog or Cat Food Make by Diamond Pet Foods: Recalled
Products Listed Below: Important!

Very important information. At least 100 dogs in the United States have been
killed in recent weeks by toxic pet food. Quite a few tragedies. Let’s prevent
more from occurring.

More information is available at a Cornell Web site
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/

The details of the FDA recall are here:
http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/diamond12_05.html

Recalled pet food


‹ Diamond Low Fat Dog Food
‹ Diamond Hi-Energy Dog Food
‹ Diamond Maintenance Dog Food
‹ Diamond Performance Dog Food
‹ Diamond Premium Adult Dog Food
‹ Diamond Puppy Food
‹ Diamond Maintenance Cat Food
‹ Diamond Professional Cat Food
‹ Country Value Puppy
‹ Country Value Adult Dog
‹ Country Value High Energy Dog
‹ Country Value Adult Cat Food
‹ Professional Chicken & Rice Senior Dog Food
‹ Professional Reduced Fat Chicken & Rice Dog Food
‹ Professional Adult Dog Food
‹ Professional Large-Breed Puppy Food
‹ Professional Puppy Food
‹ Professional Reduced Fat Cat Food
‹ Professional Adult Cat Food
Source: FDA

They also make food for Costco and Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul

If I were feeding Chicken Soup now I would switch to Nutro Natural Choice
(not Nutro Max) or Innova or Wellness or another high quality dog food,
at least for a while.

And the February issue of the Whole Dog Journal is
their yearly issue where they look at dog food.
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/
If you do not subscribe, it is so well worth the bucks. Like Consumer
Reports, they take no advertising, and they are right on about all their
stuff.

Story:


Dog deaths increase despite pet food recall


Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10743413/

Deadly toxin has killed at least 100 dogs, scientists saycience

By LiveScience Staff

Updated: 9:39 p.m. ET Jan. 6, 2006

At least 100 dogs in the United States have been killed in recent weeks
by toxic pet food despite a recall of the products, scientists said
today.

Some 19 brands of Diamond, Country Value and Professional dog foods have
been recalled. But many pet owners are not aware of the recall,
researchers at Cornell University said Friday.

Dogs have refused to eat the food and, in some cases, their owners have
enticed them with gravy and other lures without knowing they were killing
the animals.

"Entire kennels have been wiped out, and because of the holiday these
past few weeks, the dispersal of recall information was disrupted," said
Sharon Center, a professor of veterinary medicine who specializes in
liver function and disease at the College of Veterinary Medicine at
Cornell.

Toxic food damages the liver
The dog food is tainted with deadly aflatoxins that waste the liver away.
The bad food could be present in a dozen other countries, too, the
researchers say. About two-thirds of dogs that show symptoms from the
toxin have died.

The dogs seemed to know their food was deadly.

"Some dogs were stealing food from the kitchen counter," Center said.
"Others just stopped eating the food and begged for treats.
Unfortunately, some owners used gravy and other mixers to entice their
dogs to consume what they thought was safe, quality dog food."

Only about two dozen deaths have been firmly linked to the tainted pet
food. But Center and her colleagues know the toll is far higher.

"Every day, we're hearing reports from veterinarians in the East and
Southeast who have treated dogs that have died from liver damage this
past month or so," Center said. "We're also concerned about the long-term
health of dogs that survive as well as dogs that have eaten the tainted
food but show no clinical signs."

Surviving dogs may develop chronic liver disease or liver cancer, she
said.

"Despite our understanding of this complex toxin, we have no direct
antidote," Center said.

Symptoms arise over days or weeks. Early signs include lethargy, loss of
appetite and vomiting. Later, look for orange-colored urine and jaundice,
which is a yellowing of the eyes and gums. Severely affected dogs produce
a blood-tinged vomit and bloody or blackened stools.

More information is available at a Cornell Web site
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/. The details of the FDA recall are here:
http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/diamond12_05.html

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