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Feeding Your Animals

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Last Edited: March 17, 2007, 3:29 pm

After the recent deaths of over 100 dogs, please be aware that you should never force your pet to eat if he suddenly finds his favorite meal unsavory.  Animals have natural instincts that tell them something isn't quite right. 

Unfortunately, many people who love their pets just assume the animal is being fussy and have added gravy or something tasty to lure the animal back to the food bowl.  Not eating might be an indication that an animal isn't well, but it also might be because the food is toxic.  This has also affected some cats.

By the way, this isn't one of those silly internet rumors.  Here is an article posted by Cornell University.

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Jan06/dogs.dying.ssl.html

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Comments

1.
truecriticComment by truecritic - March 17, 2007, 6:40 pm
It is even worse than the article at your link indicates.    This is HUGE.    Following is a list broken down by cat food/dog food.   And a phone number for more information.

CAT FOOD BRANDS BEING RECALLED (1-866-895-2708):
Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
Authority
Best Choice
Companion
Compliments
Demoulas Market Basket
Eukanuba
Fine Feline Cat
Food Lion
Foodtown
Giant Companion
Hannaford
Hill Country Fare
Hy-Vee
Iams
Key Food
Laura Lynn
Li'l Red
Loving Meals
Meijer's Main Choice
Nutriplan
Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
Nutro Natural Choice
Paws
Pet Pride
Presidents Choice
Price Chopper
Priority
Save-A-Lot
Schnucks
Sophistacat
Special Kitty Canada
Special Kitty US
Springfield Prize
Sprout
Total Pet, My True Friend
Wegmans
Western Family
White Rose
Winn Dixie

DOG FOOD BRANDS BEING RECALLED (1-866-895-2708):
Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
Authority
Award
Best Choice
Big Bet
Big Red
Bloom
Bruiser
Cadillac
Companion
Demoulas Market Basket
Eukanuba
Food Lion
Giant Companion
Great Choice
Hannaford
Hill Country Fare
Hy-Vee
Iams
Key Food
Laura Lynn
Loving Meals
Meijers Main Choice
Mixables
Nutriplan
Nutro Max
Nutro Natural Choice
Nutro
Ol'Roy Canada
Ol'Roy US
Paws
Pet Essentials
Pet Pride - Good n Meaty
Presidents Choice
Price Chopper
Priority
Publix
Roche Bros
Save-A-Lot
Schnucks
Shep Dog
Springsfield Prize
Sprout
Stater Bros
Total Pet, My True Friend
Western Family
White Rose
Winn Dixie
Your Pet
2.
Comment by pacattack05 - March 17, 2007, 7:20 pm
I just saw this and told my roomate because he has a minature doberman pincher and a rotweiler. He checked the food and it's Nutro max puppy brand.
3.
emilygComment by emilyg - March 17, 2007, 7:33 pm
Thanks Nancy   i took all my iams back to store.
4.
justxploringComment by justxploring - March 17, 2007, 7:45 pm
Thanks TrueCritic. I knew many of the brands were suspect, but I didn't know it had spread so far.
5.
Rick GComment by Rick G - March 17, 2007, 8:31 pm
Thanks, Nancy. This is an eye-opener. Thanks also to truecritic for the expanded list. Glad to see Hill's Science is not on the list.
6.
truecriticComment by truecritic - March 17, 2007, 10:06 pm
Rick,
Hill's Science Diet for cats is on another website...

Also they have some additional phone numbers.

http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/6553287.html

Watch your local news as well, I would call the companies if in any doubt.   I am only seeing canned and "pouch" pet foods being recalled.
7.
justxploringComment by justxploring - March 17, 2007, 11:11 pm
I just turned on the 11:00 news and this was a top story. Now it's on Yahoo.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070317/ap_on_bi_ge/pet_food_recall

I'm not sure, but I think the news reporter said 60 million cans had been recalled!
8.
justxploringComment by justxploring - March 17, 2007, 11:28 pm
The company said it makes pet food for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble Co.

Wow - I never knew that one company supplied 17 retailers and, since it also makes food for P&G, that means Eukenuba and Iams too. As True Critic wrote, this is huge. Let's not panic, however. Just check out the brands, the recall dates and make sure your pet is acting normally. I don't know what took them so long, since the story I was writing about earlier is from January when 100 dogs were reported dying by Cornell Animal College.
9.
justxploringComment by justxploring - March 18, 2007, 2:04 pm
Today it's human food (250,000 sandwiches in Great Britain) ..... ya never know. Think I'll have to grow my own!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.php?feed=Science&article=UPI-1-20070317-16580300-bc-britain-listeria.xml

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