Monday, March 19, 2007

Pet Food Recall

People are worried about the latest pet food recall...and for good reason. The brands effected now total 51 dog foods and 40 cat foods. Major brands like Iams and Nutro, which are manufactured by Menu Foods and in stores across the country. Currently, the recall is limited to wet food; "cuts and gravy" to be more specific. And, they may have (but are not 100% certain) identified the ingredient causing the kidney failures as wheat gluten. Regardless, it's better to be safe than sorry. First, read your pet food label. Also, if you are feeding your pet(s) wet food, specifically "cuts and gravy," switch to dry. Go to your pet food manufacturer's website. CityDog did a test search with a few of the smaller manufacturers like Natura and Wellness and found information posted on their home pages (neither are part of the recall, by the way). Also, go to the Menu Foods website ( to see if your pet food is listed and if you do find that you have been feeding your dog or cat food effected by the recall, call your vet. Signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, lethargy, excessive urinating and excessive drinking of water. On another note, we're pretty disturbed that during tests by Menu Foods, the company fed its product to 40 to 50 dogs and cats and seven of the animals died. We understand that testing may save lives, but at what means?

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CityDog Magazine said...

Update: Officials now think that wheat, imported from China and used in pet food, may have been tainted with rat poison. Read more: