If you use chunky cuts and gravy dog and/or cat food in cans or foil pouches, please be vigilant and check your pet food. My friend Jackie of Ohio NOW forwarded an email story (copied below my letter) with a Yahoo story link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070316/ap_on_bi_ge/pet_food_recall
After reading the story, I acted and then wrote THIS back to Jackie:
Jackie -- I had seen a quick story with no details on TV and with my move (down the street, if all goes well) I had been too busy to follow up, but your note spurred me on. I read the Yahoo story, found that it was about moist chunky cuts and gravy dog and cat food sold in cans and foil pouches, and these facts all fit. Most peculiarly several days ago, all three of my cats had IMMEDIATELY vomitted after sharing a packet of food. Now, sometimes the food will disagree with one cat, but when all three were affected that was strange indeed and I wondered if I had a bad batch. Now I know. I found SIX of my packets of Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care gravy cat food products were among those recalled. I hope they haven't suffered any long term consequences!! Well, there are six packets that they WON'T be touching, thanks to you. [I will be returning them to the store, fyi.]
FYI, I went to the individual www.nutroproducts.com website and learned that their affected dog and cat products, US & Canada, all bear the stamp: Best By DEC0308 through MAR0709 -- Date Format: MMMDDYY, where MMM=Month, DD = Day, YY=year. Nutro referred to the site cited in the Yahoo story, http://www.menufoods.com/recall/ which gives a breakdown of all the different affected dog and cat food brands as well as a different toll free phone number that people can call: 1-866-895-2708.
Again, thank you so very much for passing along that vital bit of information.
Kate, Boots, Wilbur and Mac
I thanked Jackie -- NOW PLEASE LET YOUR DOG AND CAT LOVING FRIENDS KNOW. There have been at least 10 deaths. I am so glad my furry friends were smart enough to barf. (Never knew I'd be happy about cleaning up cat-barf!)
Thanks for spreading the word!
=========== ORIGINAL EMAIL THAT JACKIE FORWARDED:
From: Scott Enk
Subject: URGENT--"Pet deaths prompt recall of pet food"--INCLUDES DOG AND CAT FOOD
If you have a dog or cat, don'tlet your pet eat anything until after you've read this. Check your pet's food immediately after you see this and as needed.
The Associated Press today reports that a major manufacturer of dog and cat food for many different brand names is recalling certain of its products after "[a]n unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food."
Even if you don't yourself have at least one dog or cat, you doubtless know someone else who does. Check the link below:
Be sure also to check the Menu Foods Web address on the recall given in the article starting early Saturday, March 17, 2007. The brand names listed in the Associated Press story linked above are apparently not the only ones involved.
Please feel free to send this on to anyone you wish. Let's keep our four-legged loved ones healthy and safe.
senk8105 at sbcglobal.net
A thank you to Scott, too!