Nationwide Pet Food Recall Crisis Continues
NEW YORK- Based on new reports issued by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets that rodent poison was found in laboratory testing of the tainted pet food recalled last week, the ASPCA. (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.), through its Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), has the following information to provide to the public:
Aminopterin, a toxin found in some rodenticides available outside the USA, is a folic acid antagonist, i.e. it disrupts the body’s ability to utilize folic acid. In animals, this can result in loss of appetite, diarrhea and weight loss. It may also cause leucopenia, which is a reduction in white blood cells, as well as birth defects.
Aminopterin is closely related in chemical structure and mechanism to a drug called methotrexate, which is used to treat some cancers, both in humans and animals. Renal failure has been reported in human patients receiving methotrexate. We do not know if aminopterin can cause renal failure in pets.
Based on these findings, the ASPCA does not recommend any change in treatment of animals affected; animals currently being treated for kidney failure suspected to be related to the ingestion of the contaminated food should stay on such treatment. Please follow your veterinarian’s advice.
It is unclear at this point in time how this toxin came into contact with the affected food. The ASPCA will continue to analyze the data on calls the APCC receives (which number between 400-700 daily on a wide range of substances), and release any new information it finds immediately.
In addition, pet parents may find the following information useful:
For a complete list of affected brands, please visit http://www.menufoods.com/recall.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has some excellent advice and information on its Web site for both pet parents and veterinarians at http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/default.asp
If your pet shows any signs of illness, including loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water consumption or changes in urination, please consult your veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to reach your veterinarian and suspect your pet is gravely ill, you may call the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for emergency advice (a $55 fee applies).
To report adverse actions or other problems to the FDA, pet parents can go to http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html to contact the FDA complaint coordinator in their state.
About two or three weeks of age, it‘s time to make sure that the litter is not “pulling Mother down” too much. A nursing mother is assimilating all the nutrition for the litter and herself. She must take in a great deal of water and eliminate all the waste. Nutrition is a separate subject, but here I would like to share a practice, tip etc. with you.
Help your mothers and others
About twenty years ago I was very concerned about the mother of a litter of six puppies. The puppies where healthy and eating extremely well; the poor mother was having a hard time to meet their needs.
Expressing my concerns to a fellow friend and dog breeder, Gertrude told me about a custard that she had success when helping feed a litter. I use this to help take some of the load off the mother so she remains in excellent condition and the puppies are quiet and healthy. When using this food the mothers continue to keep the babies clean.
- 2 Qts. 1% milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup Cream of Wheat
- 1 large or 2 small eggs
In a double boiler add milk, sugar, and cream of wheat. Stir and cook until the sugar and cream of wheat are well dissolved and cooked. It takes about twenty minutes for this to take place.
In a small dish whisk eggs and slowly add small amounts of hot milk mixture to eggs. Add egg mixture slowly to milk in pan whisking during the process. After stirring well cover pan and turn the heat to low and cook for approximately 45 minutes.
Do not remove lid until finished. Remove from heat and cool.
I use a large eye dropper to feed puppies; the mixture may be thinned with milk. Feed warm.
Good for more than puppies
When feeding puppies and dogs that are ill; use common sense. I have used this food when adult dogs are stressed and eating is an issue.
This custard is wonderful for people who are very ill and have a hard time eating and/or taking medicine. Many stories could be told on this subject.
Do to current dog food problems I wrote this very quickly. If you have any questions or suggestions please let us hear from you.
There’s been a significant pet food recall this week. Find out if your pet’s food has been recalled.
Menu Foods supplies food for many different manufacturers. They’ve recalled their food after many pets fell ill and almost a dozen died.
“We take these complaints very seriously and, while we are still looking for a specific cause, we are acting to err on the side of caution” said
Paul K. Henderson, President and CEO, Menu Foods. “We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that our products maintain the very
highest quality standards.”
Paul K. Henderson, President and CEO, Menu Foods
For more information, you can call their service number: 1-866-895-2708.