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Dom Heffner
03-16-2007, 06:53 PM
Holy cow!

This put my little kitty in the hospital for close to a week.

We thought it was an allergic reaction to his medicine, but lo and behold, it was his food.

If there's a class-action suit, I'm joining it. Cost me close to $1500 to get him back to health.

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17650075/

Red in Chicago
03-16-2007, 07:38 PM
wow, sorry to hear about that dom...glad he's better now...it's a little annoying that they aren't releasing many specifics yet, don't ya think

Dom Heffner
03-16-2007, 07:55 PM
wow, sorry to hear about that dom...glad he's better now...it's a little annoying that they aren't releasing many specifics yet, don't ya think


I like how they say that there isn't a problem with their food that they can find, yet they are going to spend $25 million recalling it.

It really p****** me off, because I was just a mess last week worrying about the little guy, no to mention time off of work and the money spent.

Honestly, it was just an awful, awful time.

All of our cats were acting goofy, and before the kidney failure started, my mom and I had a conversation about how our cats no longer liked that style of food.

They were all taking a few bites and then dropping it on the floor. They also were throwing up, so we switched foods.

Then my smallest one couldn't hold his urine, and he lost half his body weight in a matter of days.

KronoRed
03-16-2007, 08:00 PM
Wow Dom that sucks, glad he's getting better.

I'd be ticked beyond belief if that happened to one of my cats.

Dom Heffner
03-16-2007, 08:16 PM
Wow Dom that sucks, glad he's getting better.

I'd be ticked beyond belief if that happened to one of my cats.


Thanks, that means a lot.

And I tell ya- to drop this news on a friday night when I can't talk to my vet really irks me.

I need some Jack Daniels.

oneupper
03-16-2007, 08:58 PM
Keep your vet bills and if possible the contaminated food.
You'll probably be entitled to some compensation.

Dom Heffner
03-16-2007, 10:01 PM
Keep your vet bills and if possible the contaminated food.
You'll probably be entitled to some compensation.

We kept about 70 containers of the food because we bought a few weeks supply. We considered taking it back for a refund since they wouldn't eat it.

I have all the vet bills, too.

He had to have a kidney scan because they couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. I was like a $1300 tab just for that and the hospital stay. Plus we had other vet visits.

And then I find out they are also recalling Iams, which is what we switched to, though ours doesn't match the lot numbers, thank goodness.

pedro
03-16-2007, 10:21 PM
Wow, sorry to hear that Dom. Glad the little guy is doing better.

And thanks for posting this. I feed my cats Iams food but luckily only the dry stuff.

RedFanAlways1966
03-16-2007, 11:44 PM
Sorry to hear about your anguish, Dom, but I am glad your beloved pet is going to be okay. This story about the bad pet food sucks. I hope you get your money back.

Speaking of Iams, it was founded by a Buckeye and still headquartered in the Dayton area...


The Iams Company was named for its founder, Paul Iams, the son of a Dayton animal feed store owner. Iams graduated from The Ohio State University in 1938, and with few job prospects because of the Great Depression, he returned from college and went to work for his father. He peddled his father's inexpensive dog food to area kennels and veterinary clinics, but Iams became convinced that dog owners would pay more for a better product. Iams left his father's business to work selling soap for Procter & Gamble, then served four years in the Navy. After the war, Iams made plans to manufacture a high quality dog food. He founded the Iams Company in 1946, and came out with its first premium dog food in 1950.

Red Heeler
03-17-2007, 07:57 AM
We kept about 70 containers of the food because we bought a few weeks supply. We considered taking it back for a refund since they wouldn't eat it.

I have all the vet bills, too.

He had to have a kidney scan because they couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. I was like a $1300 tab just for that and the hospital stay. Plus we had other vet visits.

And then I find out they are also recalling Iams, which is what we switched to, though ours doesn't match the lot numbers, thank goodness.

Dom,
We had a client who had several dogs become sick from tainted dog food when I was in vet school. Once the dust settled, the company bent over backwards to compensate the owner. I know it is difficult, but be patient. It will take some time for toxicologists to figure out what is causing the problem (likely a mycotoxin from mold). In the mean time, good luck to you and your cats. If you have any questions, I can try to answer them for you.

Dom Heffner
03-17-2007, 09:53 AM
Dom,
We had a client who had several dogs become sick from tainted dog food when I was in vet school. Once the dust settled, the company bent over backwards to compensate the owner. I know it is difficult, but be patient. It will take some time for toxicologists to figure out what is causing the problem (likely a mycotoxin from mold). In the mean time, good luck to you and your cats. If you have any questions, I can try to answer them for you.

Thanks everybody for being so kind. He's an exotic cat- a savannah, if anybody is intersting in looking them up online, he's gorgeous (at the vet, it was weird to have them say, "First of all, this is a beautiful animal..." before they would give me worse and worse news lol).

We have 4 cats and they are like our kids. The one that got really sick is only a year old and full grown he weighs about 5 lbs. Just a little squirt.

He has had an incredibly rough life and we were battling a very rare disease with experimental medicine when the kidney failure hit.

Though the medicine was experimental, there was never any sign of kidney failure on other cats who had been taking the medicine.

I took him to the vet yesterday and they basically old me that if if our little guy (Tyson, named after the boxer because he bites our ears in our sleep) couldn't handle the medicine, we were going ot have to put him down.

I was pretty hopeless yesterday until this news came on, because our vet and a group of specialists couldn't figure out why his perfectly healthy looking kidneys were failing because of medicine that he had taken before without any problems.

So in a way, I'm thankful it's the food, but holy crap, they mentioned putting him down a few times to me since kidney failure is normaly lights out for an animal.

It was just a rough time because here I was thinking maybe we messed up the dosage of his medicine and it was our fault he was having trouble and a million other things that ran through my head.

I also felt guilty because we kept feeding them this food. it was their favorite and we couldn't figure out why none of them would eat it (thought they would drink the gravy) without leaving bits on the floor.

Tyson's counts as of yesterday had come back down but they are all still high. Liver, kidneys, everything. There was one count - BUM, BNU, I don't remember- that was considered dangerously high at 45 and his was 160. Our vet about went white and told me to take him to the specialist right away. I've never been seen so quickly. I walked in, said I had Tyson, and they whisked him away.

Wow. Sorry to have rambled on. Anyhow- thanks for the support guys. It's terrific to know everybody here is so nice.

creek14
03-17-2007, 10:29 AM
Dom, sorry you are going through all of this. I really hope the little guy is okay.

Thanks for alerting the rest of us to this problem.

UKFlounder
03-17-2007, 11:23 AM
Wow. Sorry to have rambled on. Anyhow- thanks for the support guys. It's terrific to know everybody here is so nice.

Ramble all you want to if it helps you feel better. You're obviously going through a tough time, so if rambling helps in any way, go ahead and do so.

I hope all turns out well for you and your pets

Chip R
03-17-2007, 02:30 PM
Sorry to hear about that, Dom. Hope everything turns out for the best.

RBA
03-17-2007, 03:17 PM
My dogs were getting sick about 3 weeks ago. We just bought some Walmart Brand dog food the dogs never had before. They were throwing up and were having digestive problems. I immediately stopped using that brand and got some Purina. Seems like they are alright now.

But it was Dry Dog Food, not the canned or foiled kind that seems to be causing the problems. But how do they know for sure?

Sea Ray
03-17-2007, 11:57 PM
As a cat owner I feel your pain and wish Tyson et al the best. Your post alerted me to this problem. Luckily our brands were not listed but your heads up was invaluable. Who says I "waste" my time reading Redszone???

Red in Chicago
03-18-2007, 08:15 PM
Last week, my parents had to put their 14+ year old dog to sleep because she was very sick. A few weeks ago, the vet told her that her kidneys were not going to last more than 6 months and that they should start preparing themselves. They never thought it may have had anything to do with the food she was eating. Last year she was diagnosed with diabetes, and had lost a great deal of her hearing and even some of her vision. My ma thought that the dog had a mini stroke a few days before they ended up putting her to sleep, but the vet said it wasn't. She never was the same after that and it was a very difficult next couple of days to get through.

When this story initially came out, they didn't really suspect the food, because they hadn't seen the Nutro product being mentioned. However, according to the website, some Nutro products are being recalled. About 6 - 8 weeks ago, my parents started giving their dog the Nutro dogfood in the pouches, rather than just the Nurto dry dogfood. In the last few days, the dog refused to eat anything, which being diabetic, really wasn't very good.

My parents are very upset that this could have potentially had something to do with the dog's death. They babied this dog to no end. She was like a member of the family. They just received her ashes a few days ago.

Anyway, the point of this note, is that possibly, the Nutro product may have had a devastating effect on their dog, so anyone else who may have fed their dog this, may want to really look into this more closely.

creek14
03-21-2007, 07:15 AM
Dom - might want to look into this to help with your vet bills.

How are things going with your kitty?

Owners with sickened pets may get help

Procter & Gamble says it will cover the medical expenses of two ill cats; an executive says the company will work with pet owners on a case-by-case basis.

By James Cummings

Staff Writer

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Procter & Gamble Co. pet food division may be taking steps to help pet owners with the expenses associated with caring for animals sickened by pet foods that were recalled last week.

Gay Lynn Bertling of Huber Heights, who was featured in the Dayton Daily News on Tuesday, said she talked with a representative of P&G Pet Care on Monday night before the article appeared.

"She was very upset and sympathetic and said they would do anything they could to help," Bertling said.

Bertling's two cats became ill last week after eating Iams canned cat food of the type that was recalled, and the animals remained very sick Tuesday.

Bertling said the representative from P&G Pet Care, which owns Iams and Eukanuba brands, said the company would cover her cats' medical expenses including paying for them to stay in a veterinary hospital for treatment if necessary.

She said the company asked that she fax readings from veterinary tests so P&G staff veterinarians could confer with the vets caring for Bertling's cats.

The P&G employee who spoke to Bertling referred inquiries to the company's public relations office. Kurt Weingand, the company's executive director for external relations, sent the Dayton Daily News an e-mail saying "P&G Pet Care will work with pet owners individually on a case-by-case basis to handle their individual needs appropriately."

Consumers can reach the company at (800) 882-1591.

Menu Foods Inc., a company based in Ontario, Canada, on Friday recalled some cat and dog foods the company manufactured between Dec. 3 and March 6. An unknown number of cats and dogs have suffered renal failure after eating the foods, and some animals have died.

Dom Heffner
03-21-2007, 06:32 PM
Thanks, creek.

Though I think Menu Foods is different than P&G, right?

Ours was made by Menu Foods who makes Special Kitty. Really special lol...

Red Heeler
03-21-2007, 08:04 PM
Thanks, creek.

Though I think Menu Foods is different than P&G, right?

Ours was made by Menu Foods who makes Special Kitty. Really special lol...

Because their production requires specialized equipment, many pet food companies contract with Menu Foods rather than producing "meat and gravy" or "pouch" foods themselves. Although Menu Foods packages nearly all of this type of food, each formula is a proprietary blend specified by the company on the label (Iams for example). I do expect that there is a "house formula" used for big box and grocery store brands.

From what I have read, the problem first showed up in a food trial for a new formula. Because it was a new formula, those involved thought that the formula was to blame, and the trial was halted. Shortly thereafter the problem started to show up in food that was released to the public.

TeamCasey
03-22-2007, 12:14 PM
I think it's bacterial, isn't it?

Red Heeler
03-23-2007, 08:13 AM
I think it's bacterial, isn't it?

The cause is unknown as of right now as far as I know, but I haven't had a chance to search for updates in the last couple of days.

TeamDunn
03-23-2007, 11:54 AM
CNN.com is saying it was Rat Poison. A news conf is scheduled for later today.

I feel so horrible for all the pets and their owners that have had to deal with this. I could not imagine losing my dog or cats or watching them get so sick.

What a horrible thing. :cry:

Dom Heffner
03-23-2007, 01:35 PM
I think I'm going to throw up.

I was feeding my cats rat poison. Holy cow.

dsmith421
03-23-2007, 01:39 PM
This is a perfect scenario for a class action suit, and I hope all the pet owners here get properly renumerated. What an absolute joke.

Please forward this story on to any jerk who claims that the tort system in this country is out of control.

Red Heeler
03-23-2007, 02:00 PM
This is a perfect scenario for a class action suit, and I hope all the pet owners here get properly renumerated. What an absolute joke.

Please forward this story on to any jerk who claims that the tort system in this country is out of control.

The problem is going to be in proving where the rat poison came from. I would be willing to bet that the source is from one of Menu Foods' suppliers.

I have personal experience with two incidences of tainted animal food. One was dog food, the other horse feed. In both cases the companies marketing the food were very good about paying the owners for their expenses and the value of the animals lost.

pedro
03-23-2007, 02:15 PM
I think I'm going to throw up.

I was feeding my cats rat poison. Holy cow.

Anyone know whether they think this was intentional sabotage?

Dom Heffner
03-23-2007, 02:20 PM
They said this chemical isn't used in the U.S.

Probably sprayed on the wheat used in the wheat gluten as rodent control.

Dom Heffner
03-23-2007, 02:22 PM
They said in some tests there is a 50% mortality rate, yet just 16 dogs and cats have died.

Right.

And I'm Buddy Hackett.

I'm so happy I took my little fella in right away and got him on an IV and fluids.

pedro
03-23-2007, 02:22 PM
They said this chemical isn't used in the U.S.

Probably sprayed on the wheat used in the wheat gluten as rodent control.

I suppose I feel better about it knowing they don't think someone did this on purpose but it still sucks.

Dom Heffner
03-23-2007, 02:25 PM
This is a perfect scenario for a class action suit, and I hope all the pet owners here get properly renumerated. What an absolute joke.

My feeling is I will get reimbursed for the medical bills.

Any type of compensation for turning my life upside down due to their carelessness is most likely out of the question as pets are treated like the kitchen table in the state of Florida.

Dom Heffner
03-23-2007, 02:28 PM
I suppose I feel better about it knowing they don't think someone did this on purpose but it still sucks.


Without question.

They still should be sued for the carelessness.

Johnny Footstool
03-23-2007, 03:35 PM
It's still just the "Cuts 'N' Gravy" style food and not the dry food, right?

BRM
03-23-2007, 03:38 PM
It's still just the "Cuts 'N' Gravy" style food and not the dry food, right?

As far I know, yes. At least that's what has been reported.

TeamDunn
03-23-2007, 03:40 PM
It's still just the "Cuts 'N' Gravy" style food and not the dry food, right?

Not the dry food as of today anyway. :(

I'm going to start looking into making my own or buying organic. I hope your kitty is doing much better Dom. The picture of the Yorkie on msnbc.com is sad...and then the little boy who is holding a picture of his kitten he had to have put to sleep is just gut wrenching. :cry:

Red in Chicago
03-23-2007, 04:16 PM
my parents just called and left their information with the fda...here is a listing by state for anyone who is interested in calling:

http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html

Dom Heffner
03-23-2007, 05:01 PM
The picture of the Yorkie on msnbc.com is sad...

That's what little Tyson looked like. They shaved his arm and hooked him up to fluids.

He was extra bad because he had reached the point of letting his pee go everywhere, including when he slept, and he had it all over him and looked just mangy for about a day or two until we figured out what was going on.

As of right now, he's doing great- playing, eating, and he looks like he gained back the weight he lost.

My other cats were just throwing up, but it hit Tyson really hard, so it's good to see him back to being his obnoxious self (Example: When he wants me to get up and feed him in the morning, he finds any piece of paper he can and just starts ripping it to shreds with his teeth.)

Dom Heffner
03-23-2007, 05:38 PM
This is sort of what Tyson looks like. He is an F4 Savannah.

cinredsfan2000
03-23-2007, 07:34 PM
thanks for the link dom .I had sorta forgotten about what brands of cat food it was that was recalled etc. I got nervous as my parents were telling me it was the foil packets and my simies cat pretty much just eats the foil packets (friskies variety pack ) but after checking the list the brand i feed her wasnt on there neither was the dry food (purina one ) Glad to here your cat made a pretty much full recovery .:beerme:

LoganBuck
03-24-2007, 01:40 PM
You gotta like a product that was imported from Canada that was produced with Chinese grain and imported to the United States. Tell me again why country of origin labeling isn't important? With Mad Cow Disease, food companies and meat packers want farm of origin traceability so they can print it on their hamburgers. Yet they fight country of origin labeling on all their products. This is the end result, wait till something like this happens in the human food chain. Countries like China don't force their agricultural products to meet the quality and safety requirements that the USDA and FDA does. Would you pay 5 cents more for a package of catfood, or a pound of hamburger to insure it was produced under quality control in the US? That is what we are talking about here. This company could make 5 cents more per bag by importing Chinese grain.

Dom Heffner
03-24-2007, 02:59 PM
I think there are people who would tell you if it were their company, they'd take their chances and make the extra nickel.

Ltlabner
03-25-2007, 07:09 AM
That's what little Tyson looked like. They shaved his arm and hooked him up to fluids.

He was extra bad because he had reached the point of letting his pee go everywhere, including when he slept, and he had it all over him and looked just mangy for about a day or two until we figured out what was going on.

As of right now, he's doing great- playing, eating, and he looks like he gained back the weight he lost.

My other cats were just throwing up, but it hit Tyson really hard, so it's good to see him back to being his obnoxious self (Example: When he wants me to get up and feed him in the morning, he finds any piece of paper he can and just starts ripping it to shreds with his teeth.)

Dom, great news. I'm glad to hear your cat's are back in good shape. All of our pets (3 cats, 1 dog) are getting older so I fret and stew everytime they do something a little weird so I'm sure your ordeal was heart wrenching, scary, etc.

RBA
03-26-2007, 12:31 AM
There is some reporting that there might be a problem with the DRY dog food too. I think my dog got bad dry dog food as mentioned earlier in this thread. I'm glad I switched from the brand as quick as I did. This was before all the news hit.

Dom Heffner
03-26-2007, 12:11 PM
We originally switched to Hill's Science Diet which is apparently part of the recall. We also switched to Iam's, which turns out bad too.

Geesh.

Sea Ray
03-26-2007, 03:23 PM
On the noon news today I heard that stores are pulling all the moist food and advised not giving any moist to your pets. What's up?

http://www.wcpo.com/content/news/localshows/dontwasteyourmoney/story.aspx?content_id=86292537-cb09-47d5-b6a0-c81d5dfdffa3

GIK
03-26-2007, 03:39 PM
Is there a list of affected food? It's only wet food, correct?

I use Purina One (dry) for my lab.

*edit* Found this list:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17689821/

Looks like I'm safe.

Sea Ray
03-26-2007, 03:44 PM
Purina is one brand that has not been mentioned yet with this whole recall stuff. I use Purina brands myself.

Chip R
05-23-2008, 10:02 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080523/ap_on_bi_ge/pet_food_recalls

Dom Heffner
05-23-2008, 10:48 AM
I sent in all my forms about 9 months ago. Hadn't heard a peep (they kept indicating they were not allowed to talk with me, which apparently was the case).

Maybe I'll get a check.

Dom Heffner
05-23-2008, 10:49 AM
My little guy now has congestive heart failure and the vet said this could be a cause, though I have no idea.

They gave him 6-12 months, which makes me pretty sad.

Ltlabner
05-23-2008, 11:08 AM
My little guy now has congestive heart failure and the vet said this could be a cause, though I have no idea.

They gave him 6-12 months, which makes me pretty sad.

Man, that really sucks. Serriously, I feal for you man.

Red in Chicago
05-23-2008, 09:11 PM
My little guy now has congestive heart failure and the vet said this could be a cause, though I have no idea.

They gave him 6-12 months, which makes me pretty sad.

I'm very sorry to hear that Dom.

Dom Heffner
05-24-2008, 09:57 AM
Thanks for the thoughts, guys. That's awfully kind of you.