Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Bad Pet Food Kills Thousands of Cats and Dogs

Two groups presented data confirming a sharp spike in kidney failure from December through March. Dr. Paul Pion of the Veterinary Information Network conducted a survey of veterinarians and estimates 5,000 to 10,000 affected pets, with 1,000 to 2,000 dead. Banfield hospitals saw a 30% rise in kidney failure over the 1 million pets it treated during the same time, mostly in cats, and estimates 39,000 pets to be affected overall. Read the article here

The FDA indicated it will rely on these numbers moving forward.

In a separate development, Pet Connection points to the Marin Independent Journal reporting a top UC Davis lab identified melamine in three Nutro products not on the recall list.

And a Forbes commentary on PR damage control by pet food companies.

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