Pet Food RecallMarch 20, 2007
Good morning, loves!
While I strive to be the messenger of only good news, too many of you have kitties to let this one slide by. (Cats seem to be more susceptible to this than dogs.) If you haven’t heard about the pet food recall, check this list to see if you’ve been feeding your pets any of these foods. The manufacturers say they don’t know yet what’s caused the problem, but they’re guessing that it’s wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier.
Most troubling is that when they decided to test the foods, one in six dogs or cats died. Apparently, whatever it is in the food attacks the kidneys, causing kidney failure.
The list is extensive and can be found here at menufoods.com. Smokey eats dry food, so we’re thankful that this doesn’t apply to us. (Apparently, only wet food is harmful.) But it definitely has me re-thinking what I feed him and I know that many pet owners are concerned after the deaths. My gut says that many more deaths will be attributed to this before it’s all said and done, which makes for a sad day for yours truly.
I know that the media has picked this one up and run with it, so I’m hopeful that everyone knows and has checked their cupboards by now. On the off chance that someone hasn’t heard, I wanted to spread the news and get those cans and pouches thrown out as quickly as possible. Most companies that I’ve read about are offering refunds on the food, and it seems that the Today show reported that Menu Foods is offering “compensation” (whatever that means) for owners whose pets die because of the contaminated food. (As if a pet’s life has a price tag, but what can they do now, really?)
Time to go home and make sure there aren’t any cans of Mighty Dog in the pantry!
Posted in honor of Smokey, a good dog.