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This is Pebbles.  Pebbles is a Yorkie from Los Angeles. About a week ago, the healthy seven year old began throwing up her Nutro dog food and became lethargic.  A blood test on Friday confirmed she has renal failure, and she is currently awaiting a biopsy to determine whether she needs dialysis:



"It's just terrible to see her go through this," Pebbles owner, Jeff Kerner, said Wednesday. [...]


"Since getting this dog, I've gone through a divorce, I've moved away, my daughter has gone to college, I've remarried. Through it all, Pebbles has been there.  I just pray to God I don't have to put a price on my dog's life."

Officials in LA county have thus far confirmed nine pet deaths resulting from the recall.  Local media outlets across the country are reporting on pet deaths and illnesses associated with this recall, yet the national media continues to downplay this story. 


My question is this:  how many more pets have to die before this story gets the attention it deserves?

This is Zoe.  She's a fifteen year old calico from Oregon.  In this picture, she is being treated at DoveLewis Animal Hospital while her owner comforts her.  She will need to spend several more nights in the hospital.  Her condition is improving, but she has permanent kidney damage.


Her vet says the deadly pet food is to blame:


  "Like many older cats, Zoe may have had kidney issues before she ate the food," Sarah Naidoo, DoveLewis Internal Medicine Specialist said. "But her signs are not due to her previous kidney problems. Her symptoms were caused by a sudden and severe insult to her kidneys."



Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usThis is Smokey and her veterinarian at PenBay Veterinary Associates in Rockport, Maine.  Smokey is three months old and is currently being treated for kidney damage incurred after eating Special Kitty brand cat food.  Smokey's "big brother", a kitty named Mikey, died of acute renal failure in February, long before the recall was announced.  Being young, Smokey's vet is optimistic he'll recover.  Mikey's body has been frozen and preserved for testing.


Smokey's vet had this to say:



"Now that we know about this food, we're pretty clear what's been causing it," said Lee on Wednesday. [...]

Barlow is relieved that Smokey's condition was diagnosed in time for treatment. She is worried, however, about other cats and dogs that have consumed, and are still consuming, the batches of tainted food.


"If we can just get word out there," she said.

This is Knuckles. He's from Gladstone, Kansas. His owner took him in for a routine checkup, and the vet suggested routine blood tests as part of the checkup.  Knuckles's owner hadn't heard of the pet food recall, and the tests confirmed kidney damage.  His owner says:



"It was very scary," Cindy Conn of Gladstone says of how her cat, Knuckles, suffered kidney damage. Knuckles, who had consumed one of the cat foods that has been recalled, now requires IV fluid.

This is Bobby, a Shitzu from Hawaii.  He's one of the lucky ones.  Bobby's owners found out that they'd fed him some recalled food and immediately took him to the vet when he began throwing up and acting lethargic:



The McPhersons were concerned when they saw the news about pet food being pulled from store shelves.


His owners checked the recall list, "Usually we feed him Pedigree but we got some Priority at the store, Safeway and it's one of the foods listed as being contaminated."

Had the recall been issued when internal MenuFoods  testing confirmed contamination, these pets would still be healthy today.


This is just a small sample of reports in local media outlets.  If you can stomach it, just go to google news and search for "pet food recall" or "pet deaths".  You will find loads of articles from local press outlets.


I sifted through quite a few of those articles while prepping this post.  The most heartbreaking part was hearing from distressed pet owners. 


Lansing, Michigan:



"He was drinking a lot of water. He was hiding from us. He just seemed dazed, out of it."


When Cheri Darrow and her family returned from vacation Saturday they couldn't have imagined that three days later their beloved Zima would have to be euthanized.


"I just kept telling him I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I love you. I told him how much we were going to miss him."

Oregon:



Gabrielle, an Abyssinian and tabby mix, was put down Feb. 22 after suffering kidney failure, said the cat's owner, Angelo Simione, who co-owns the View Point Inn in Corbett. [...]


"If I had known that, I would have stopped" giving the cat the suspect food, Simione said. "I wouldn't have given him what may have been the fatal dose."

Easton, Maryland:



Becki and Fred Wilson told The (Easton) Star Democrat the dog ate Iams dog food, which is part of the recall of Menu Foods pet products that are responsible for 16 pet deaths.


"What I'd like the FDA to know is that I'm very disappointed to know that it took from Feb. 27 to March 16 before there were any recall notices listed or announced," Becki Wilson said.

Grover Beach, CA:



Susan Patterson's cat started vomiting, stopped eating and became lethargic about 10 days ago.


A vet later discovered Travis had kidney problems.


Two days ago, Susan said Travis almost died.


"He's my son. He's a part of my family, so it'd be like losing a family member so I couldn't even imagine, what it would be like if I lost him," said Patterson.

Buffalo, NY:



Fluffy's owner Cindie Mayers says she feels like a family member is sick. "She's like one of my children. I had her before I had children... she's my little girl," said Mayers. Lucky's owners, Jennifer Lovelace and three year old daughter Katie, come and visit him every day and say they can't wait for him to come home. "We really want to do everything we can for him and hopefully he'll pull through," said Jennifer Lovelace.

Philadelphia:



"He was a petting cat, a lap cat with a real nice temperment," Cattron said.  "We're heartbroken over the loss of our cat, Sam."

Lewiston, Maine:



"I'm definitely going to call the company," Chambers, of Scarborough, said Wednesday. "I have to let them know they killed my cat, my friend. She was like a child to me, like part of the family."

Gurnee, Illinois:



"I just don't want other people to go through this. This was an awful experience," said Principal Ann Goldbach. [...]


"She loved people, loved kids and reveled in the attention. She was very attached to people," she said. "I always let her go to walk around the room and sometimes I read the book 'Cookie Store Cat' and bring cookies," she said.


"She'd usually be walking around all the kids and she let the kids pet her," said Goldbach. "She would sit there and purr."

Another aspect to this story which has not gotten enough attention is the fate of dogs and cats in animal shelters around the country.  Many of those facilities rely on donated food.  And in New Hampshire, there have been tragic consequences. Seven cats at the Concord-Merrimack County SPCA shelter have died after eating contaminated food.  I'd strongly urge everyone reading this entry to take the time to buy some extra dry dog and cat food this weekend and donate it to your local animal shelters.


To be blunt, none of these companion animals should be sick right now.  I can't say it enough:  MenuFoods has been grossly negligent.  Let's review the timeline, briefly:



February 20: MenuFoods receives it's first complaint about renal failure.

February 27A week later, they begin internal taste testing. One in six test animals died.

Friday, March 16Seventeen days later, the company issues the recall on Friday afternoon, the traditional time to release news one wishes to bury.



Another lawsuit was filed this morning against pet food manufacturer MenuFoods and pet food brand Nutro:



NEW YORK (AP) -- Princess, a bull mastiff, ate Nutro food all her short life, according to her owners. She was 2 when she died of kidney failure earlier this month, days before Nutro and some other pet food brands were recalled after being linked to kidney failure in dogs and cats.


''It's a loss that goes beyond belief,'' said Frederick Bobb, of Merrick, N.Y., who buried Princess after she died of kidney failure on March 10.


Bobb's family filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Nutro and manufacturer Menu Foods. The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Nassau County, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, said Bobb's attorney, Kenneth Mollins.



In addition to the individual lawsuits I've written about, two class action lawsuits were filed today.  The first was filed in the US Federal District Court of Wisconsin, Western District.  If you reside in Wisconsin, please join the class action suit by clicking here.  If you do not reside in Wisconsin, fill out the form located here (Brazoria, I'm looking at you brother).  The class action suit specifically targets manufacturers and sellers of the IAMS and Eukanuba brands (PDF press release is here).


The website LawyersAndSettlements.com has some valuable information regarding the grounds for a class action suit:



There are several legal grounds for recovery beyond the retail price of the contaminated pet food. Under the Uniform Commercial Code, which has been adopted by all 50 states, the sale of the pet food is subject to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for purpose. The sale of contaminated pet food is a breach of those warranties. The Uniform Commercial Code provides for actual and consequential damages as the remedy for breach of implied warranties.


In addition, where there is fraud, the customer may recover punitive damages.  [...]


The Uniform Commercial Code is not the only remedy. Other remedies available under state law supplement recovery available under the Uniform Commercial Code. Another ground for recovery is damages for tort, product liability, or negligence

The second class action lawsuit was filed in Canada today:



The Notice of Action, issued today in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, alleges that certain Menu Foods failed to implement quality assurance procedures and failed to adequately test the dog and cat food prior to introducing it into the Canadian market.

It is time to bring down the hammer on these fuckers.  Instances like this demonstrate exactly why we need trial lawyers.  I'll say it again:  For nearly three weeks, MenuFoods knew their products were deadly.  There is absolutely no excuse for their gross negligence.  Families around the country are losing their beloved companions... and it never had to happen in the first placeThis is the big angle that's getting missed in this whole fiasco, and I'm convinced that point has not penetrated the thick skulls of the national media.  It's time for them to start giving this issue the serious coverage it deserves, otherwise they too become culpable in these deaths.


If you don't think MenuFoods should be driven from the marketplace, I hope that you're now convinced. Please continue to spread the word about the recall to all your friends and neighbors.  By doing so, you could be saving lives.





Previous TexasKaos coverage of the MenuFoods recall:

  1. PSA: Massive Pet Food Recall - Please Check Your Pet Food!
  2. More Deaths Expected in MenuFoods Pet Food Recall
  3. MenuFoods KNEW Their Product Was Deadly; Lawsuit Filed (IMPORTANT UPDATE)


note on all photos: texaskaos does not claim ownership of these pictures.  they were all borrowed from the linked articles. texakaos graciously thanks all photographers and reporters who've diligently covered this story

Originally posted to anna on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 01:28 PM PDT.

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  •  It really aggravates me (16+ / 0-)
    that the local news yammers on and on about this and puts on worried pet owners saying stuff like "Oh, I'm so worried, I don't know if my pet's food is on this list. He seems ok, but oh, I'm so worried," yet they failed to screen a list of the tainted food and referred you to their website which was buried.

    A new beginning for Ohio: The adults have taken over!

    by anastasia p on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 01:33:20 PM PDT

    •  Cat Foods (6+ / 0-)
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      Recall Information 1-866-895-2708

        1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
        2. Authority
        3. Best Choice
        4. Companion
        5. Compliments
        6. Demoulas Market Basket
        7. Eukanuba
        8. Fine Feline Cat
        9. Food Lion
       10. Foodtown
       11. Giant Companion
       12. Hannaford
       13. Hill Country Fare
       14. Hy-Vee
       15. Iams
       16. Laura Lynn
       17. Li'l Red
       18. Loving Meals
       19. Meijer's Main Choice
       20. Nutriplan
       21. Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
       22. Nutro Natural Choice
       23. Paws
       24. Pet Pride
       25. Presidents Choice
       26. Price Chopper
       27. Priority US
       28. Save-A-Lot Special Blend
       29. Schnucks
       30. Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans
       31. Sophistacat
       32. Special Kitty Canada
       33. Special Kitty US
       34. Springfield Prize
       35. Sprout
       36. Stop & Shop Companion
       37. Tops Companion
       38. Wegmans
       39. Weis Total Pet
       40. Western Family US
       41. White Rose
       42. Winn Dixie

      Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

      by mataliandy on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 02:13:42 PM PDT

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    •  Dog Food (4+ / 0-)
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      Recall Information  1-866-895-2708

        1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
        2. Authority
        3. Award
        4. Best Choice
        5. Big Bet
        6. Big Red
        7. Bloom
        8. Cadillac
        9. Companion
       10. Demoulas Market Basket
       11. Eukanuba
       12. Food Lion
       13. Giant Companion
       14. Great Choice
       15. Hannaford
       16. Hill Country Fare
       17. Hy-Vee
       18. Iams
       19. Laura Lynn
       20. Loving Meals
       21. Meijers Main Choice
       22. Mighty Dog Pouch
       23. Mixables
       24. Nutriplan
       25. Nutro Max
       26. Nutro Natural Choice
       27. Nutro Ultra
       28. Nutro
       29. Ol'Roy Canada
       30. Ol'Roy US
       31. Paws
       32. Pet Essentials
       33. Pet Pride - Good n Meaty
       34. Presidents Choice
       35. Price Chopper
       36. Priority Canada
       37. Priority US
       38. Publix
       39. Roche Brothers
       40. Save-A-Lot Choice Morsels
       41. Schnucks
       42. Shep Dog
       43. Springsfield Prize
       44. Sprout
       45. Stater Brothers
       46. Stop & Shop Companion
       47. Tops Companion
       48. Wegmans Bruiser
       49. Weis Total Pet
       50. Western Family US
       51. White Rose
       52. Winn Dixie
       53. Your Pet

      Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

      by mataliandy on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 02:14:35 PM PDT

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    •  exactly - PLEASE RECOMMEND (7+ / 0-)

      it amazes me how many pet owners only have a vague idea of this problem.

      look at the freaking list - ITS HUGE. i mean it's freaking huge.

      my own cats were vomitting last month. if we hadn't gotten suspicious & thrown the food out, they'd be dead!

      & i didn't have a clue till i saw this anna's story - please mark it up:

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  •  This is such a tragic mess. (8+ / 0-)

    You are so right, they were negligent in getting the info out. My daughter had been out of town when the news broke, I called her on the day she returned. She and all of us had just lost her beautiful Gretchen, a shepard/collie mix to cancer and I was scared for her other dog, Harley and for her pootie, too. She hadn't heard and was just about to feed Harley some of the recalled food, Nutro in the pouch. She had bought it as a treat.

    Thankfully, all her animals are well, but can you imagine losing another after what she had just gone through? Also, if you don't have access to the internets it's hard to get the complete list. Shame.

    Shut it down is so yesterday. Now it's time to FIRE IT UP!

    by high uintas on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 01:36:38 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for following up on this, anna (4+ / 0-)
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    A tragedy all around.  I don't like sitting in my office with tears in my eyes, but it's important to get the extra information.

    And hopefully a special place in heaven for the poor ones who were sacrificed by Menu Foods in their testing.  

    ...don't blame me, I voted for Ned!

    by theark on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 01:39:42 PM PDT

  •  please DIGG this story (3+ / 0-)
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    this is horrible, unacceptable, and unbelievable.  there are still people out there who don't know about this recall.  please help spread the word, and thank you for reading!

    http://digg.com/...

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    by anna on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 01:39:46 PM PDT

  •  will be back in a bit to check comments (5+ / 0-)

    time for the drive home.  see yall in a bit, and please help spread the word.  thanks!

    Visit us at TexasKAOS, where we're taking Texas back!

    by anna on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 01:44:34 PM PDT

  •  Don't quite know what to do... (3+ / 0-)
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    We have a boodle of animal friends and we've been feeding them wet food on advice from the vet for the past few months.  Luckily none of our brands was recalled.  Unluckily, someone's been vomiting all over the house...

    You can be as free as you want, so long as Republicans control birth, death, sex and marriage. And whose vote counts.

    by ultrageek on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 01:48:37 PM PDT

    •  I'm not sure you can really trust the list of (2+ / 0-)
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      recalled foods. If one of your pets has been throwing up, better be safe rather than sorry. Throw out the commercial pet food.

      You can make your own, although it's time consuming especially if you have big dogs or a lot of pets. I used Dr. Pitcairn's recipes for many years until I got lazy and switched to Meunster. I think I might go back to home cooking, though.

    •  What's on the recall list (3+ / 0-)
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      Seems to change from time to time. For the first 24 hours or so after the recall was fairly widely publicized, only the more diligent "googlers" were learning that Iams and Eukanuba were part of it. The "at least Science Diet is safe" went by the wayside even later.

      Revolutionary words start revolutions

      by Catte Nappe on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 03:36:06 PM PDT

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    •  Here's a link to safe pet food (Important!) (1+ / 0-)
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      I use the Life's Abundance dry brand for my cats (the make both cat and dog food):

      http://www.healthypetnet.com

      They went from being lethargic and throwing up to healthy and playful (quick) when I changed them last fall.  They also eat less, but they have more muscle, and, while they have a lot of energy, it's not nervous energy anymore.

      There's also information on that link about what is in commercial pet food.  It explains why this may be happening.

      There are other health food brands (I've seen one called promise, etc), but this is the one (the dry food) my cats seem to like.

      Hope that helps.

      Have you read the UN's Climate Change Roadmap yet?

      by jhritz on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 08:11:57 AM PDT

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  •  And nothing on the story on network news! (2+ / 0-)
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    When will Israel recognize "Palestine's Right to Exist", renounce violence and honor their previous commitments?

    by mattes on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 01:49:35 PM PDT

  •  What is the specific agent (4+ / 0-)
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    responsible for the renal failure? What's in that food anyhow?

  •  I can't keep quiet any longer (10+ / 0-)

    I haven't fed my dogs commercial food for the last 10 years. Why? Because I don't want them eating chemicals and preservatives, and garbage and blood-soaked sawdust off the butcher's floor (all legal).

    I developed a healthy diet of REAL food for my animals and they, and all the (over 100) dogs I have rescued in the last 15 years have eaten it and thrived on it. No cancer, no vet bills, just increased longevity, coats that feel like silk, etc. I could go on and on. I even sell it on my website and my customers get the same results. But because I'm not corporate Amerika and don't have millions for an ad campaign, you haven't heard of it.

    You, like most pet owners, probably believe the commercial pet industry talking point (furthered by veterinarians who have little to no nutritional training in vet school) that pets shouldn't eat "people food."

    What hotgwash. There is no such thing as "people food." Food is food. Period. It wasn't put on the planet only for humans. In the wild, dogs don't go to the store and buy kibble that had all the nutrients baked out of it. They eat real meat, and animals whose stomachs contain grains and veggies. I don't know what the policies are on this site about sending people to one's own commercial site, but the thought of all those dogs out there needlessly suffering and even dying makes my stomach turn. It is so unnecessary.

    At the very least, you can cook your dog a darn good diet all by yourself - no college degree in science needed. Or you can get mine, where all the work is done for you. I have two kinds: the cook formula where you boil it for 35 minutes, or the no-cook formula which you pour in a dish. For both you add the meat of your choice.

    I'm sorry - I have never written a diary - feel intimidated by all the fine minds here who can say things better than I. I also know that the trollers will probably attack my site for putting it here, but here it is anyway: www.PugZoo.com The food isn't just for pugs - it just happens that I have pugs. It works for all dogs. Food is food. Please give your dog a chance at good health and longevity.

    PS I don't have a diet for cats. I wish I did but they are too finicky and can never agree on what food should taste like. (smilie goes here)

    •  no attacks, thanks ginja. (0+ / 0-)
    •  Recipe book and the cat food we use (5+ / 0-)
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      Cat food recipies:
      http://www.amazon.com/...

      First off: I think ginja's got the right idea. But if you're going to feed your cat prepared foods, there are a bunch out there now without weird additives.  

      I try to avoid endorsing products, but I can't tell you how relieved we are right now that our kitty friends are not in jeopardy. This is the brand we use:
      http://www.petfooddirect.com/...

      There are others, but we're happy with this one.

      Our new vet thought our fourteen year old cat was only three. She simply couldn't believe she was so old. This cat has cataracts, but that's it, no stiffness, no cancer, no nothing. We haven't done anything special with her, and she's not the only cat we've had who remained healthy into old age.

      We came across Lick Your Chops in a happy accident about 19(?) years ago, when we were almost out of cat food with a litter of kittens who had just graduated from being bottle fed (their mom disappeared) to canned/dry food. We had brought them along on our ski trip, and the only place open was this snooty pet store, with this weird cat food invented by a vet. It was expensive, but we bought some anyway. After we read the label, we decided to buy more. When we got home, we discovered that there was no one selling it within 100 miles of us, so we called and ordered by the case direct from the manufacturer. We've been very happy with the results.  

      Our 14 yo kitty was severely malnourished when we got her. She weighed exactly 4 ounces (she was our half-a-cup o' kitty), and the vet at the time was convinced she would not survive. But with lots of snuggles, more bottle feedings than you could ever imagine, and good quality food, she thrived. Now she's kind of like the Energizer bunny - keeps going and going...

      Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

      by mataliandy on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 02:49:43 PM PDT

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      •  you raise an interesting point (3+ / 0-)
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        I have a friend who was born and raised in France. Her grandfather was a sheep farmer who used to keep large breed dogs to guard the sheep. He fed his dogs only table scraps. His dogs used to live into their late teens, with some of them hitting 20 years of age. Now, they lived a healthy life with lots of exercise, as working dogs, but did their diets have anything to do with their longevity? These days, on a diet of commercial pet foods, large breed dogs like this seldom make it past their first decade. Coincidence? I wonder.

  •  I had a dog die of Kidney Failure last year (3+ / 0-)
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    It gets you to wondering doesn't it? She was special food prescribed by the vet made by Eukenubia.  I don't think it was related as she was ill for months and 13 years old but still I wonder if Vixen's lifetime diet of IAMs, Nurto Max and other food contributed to her five year battle with pancreatitis.

    My surviving Shelties Thunder and Raleigh have been fed some "table food" along with food that is NOT on the recall list.  They get cooked veggies in addition to their lamb and rice formula.

    I gotta say that I've been thinking more and more about the raw food diet that some advocate for dogs or even making my own homemade food.  Hell I've been scared for myself considering we now have to be worried about peanut butter.

    •  the other factor to consider is vaccinations (4+ / 0-)
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      Dogs these days get annual vaccinations for a whole host of things, without any analysis of whether the previous year's vaccination still provides them immunity. We had two Bostons that were annually vaccinated and both developed auto-immune disorders. Sadly, both died relatively young. Our Boston now, Elmo, only gets his rabies vaccine every five years, and he's fit as a fiddle.

      •  Dangerous thinking (2+ / 0-)
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        There are legitimate controversies when it comes to canine and feline vaccines but your pets DO need to be vaccinated for more than just rabies.  As a matter of fact the boys went to the vet tonight for their yearly checkup -- Bordatella shot and some blood work and worm check.

        My local Sheltie club has had multiple vets come and give presentations on the controversy. Very interesting.

        We've had long conversations with our vet who we trust very much. He's conservative when it comes to vaccines (sadly politically too, but at least he's a fellow Hokie ;-) but is coming around to the argument that the old guidelines were wrong.  The other problem was some of the older vaccines weren't as good.

        Now the boys get their shots not all at once and after a big scare with a shot bump on Thunder and a followup scare we do spread out the shots more.  Rabies? I think five years is not enough especially in the South where it's far more prevalent.

        In short every pet owner should be talking to their vet about this and diet issues.  Hopefully they have a vet they have a good realtionship with as I have.

        •  Ever have a blood titer done on your pet (2+ / 0-)
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          to determine immunity level before subjecting it to a repeat vaccination? You might consider this. It costs to do this test, but then you aren't giving your pet a shot it might not need. Our dog is still showing immunity from the single Parvo shot he got as a pup, and it's now more than six years later.

          Our dog is confined to his own yard and is never left at a kennel, so giving him a bunch of vaccinations for things he is very unlikely to be exposed to just doesn't make a lot of sense to us.

          By the way, the rabes vaccine (at least the one our dog gets) is effective for five years.

  •  aflatoxin is my guess. (5+ / 0-)
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    Aflatoxin in pets from wiki:

    Aflatoxin in dry dog food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods was responsible for at least 23 dog deaths due to liver failure between Dec 2005 and early 2006. In an April 12, 2006 letter FedEx'd from the Department of Health and Human Resources to a manufacturing plant,[3] the FDA warned Gary Schell, president of Schell and Kampeter Inc. of Missouri that independent testing of three samples of incoming corn to their processing plant showed between 90 and 1851 ppb, while paperwork on three (of four samples) showed aflatoxins levels <20 ppb, and other sample was not recorded. The results of this letter are unknown.</p>

    Oversight problems may be responsible for other pet food related deaths due to kidney failure in early 2007. The mycotoxin, Ochratoxin A, is known to cause kidney/renal failure in animals. The following 2005 test results show low levels of Ochratoxin A, but there were no FDA specs for levels of permissable ochratoxin in pet food at the time (as a result, high levels could slip through).[4] As of Mar 19, 2007, it is unknown if the company (Menu Foods) or independent agencies have tested any suspected/affected owners' pet food for Ochratoxin A.

    My first thought was Aspergillus. Any microbiologisys out there want to take this thought from here?

  •  Re Knuckles and IV (2+ / 0-)
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    While the story says the cat will need bags of IV fluids for the rest of his life it probably is not actually "intravenous". Our cat has Chronic Renal Failure and gets fluids 2x week. It does come in a bag that looks like (probably is) an IV; but it is given "sub-cutaneously" - under the skin. We've been doing this nearly a year now, with good results.

    I share this just so that anyone who might have an affected kitty knows that while it's bad, it isn't as bad as you might think. No need to search out kitty veins. Cats' skins are so loose around their bodies that you only have to lift the skin near the scruff of the neck to insert the needle between skin and cat, and let the fluid flow.
    Some cats and owners take to this process more readily than others.  If anyone ever needs to go down this road I found good info and support in a very active yahoo group dedicated to CRF cats.
    http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/...

    Revolutionary words start revolutions

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Mar 22, 2007 at 03:47:25 PM PDT

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