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Media Death Toll Far Exceeds National Numbers

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Update: The LA Times is reporting a nation-wide death toll of 104 and that at least 10 pets have died in Los Angeles County:

Of the [471] cases reported on the veterinarians’ website, 292 included outcomes: 104 deaths, including at least 11 dogs and 88 cats, with some of the reports not indicating species.

The vets reported that 59 pets survived the illnesses and that 129 animals were still being treated.

Yet again, FDA’s low count is a puzzle.

Original: The Oregonian is reporting that 13 pets have died and 47 sickened so far in that state. PetConnection applauds this journalism — not just repeating what the FDA says.

Many local news outlets have been reporting on one or two instances of recall-related illnesses or deaths, but this is the first state-wide report we have seen.

The O, as it’s internally known, also notes an interesting fact between the 31 cats and 15 dogs affected:

Most of the dogs were younger, with the oldest being 12 years old. Most of the cats, however, were more than 10 years old, DeBess says.

That makes calculating the numbers more difficult, DeBess says, because cats are susceptible to kidney disease as they age while dogs are not.

We’ll report on any more updates regarding this pattern as well.

P.S. Yours truly worked as a college intern in The O’s newsroom and I’m very proud of them. My grammatical and spelling errors should in no way reflect on The O.

Oregon Couple Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Menu Foods

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

SamoyaTom and Trena Whaley of Ontario, Oregon lost their Siamese cat, Samoya (pictured here), after she ate one of the recalled foods (Iams Tuna and White Fish in Sauce). She had major kidney failure, appetite loss and had trouble walking, so on March 8th, the Whaleys put down Samoya, so she could die peacefully. Tom Whaley contacted a Seattle attorney, Michael Myers, to file a class action lawsuit against Menu Foods for financial and emotional loss. At least 20 more pet owners will be added to the civil suit, as more pet owners that have lost their pets want Menu Foods to pay for all of their medical bills, emotional distress, and the needless deaths of their beloved animals.

Hot Off The Press

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Spring Cover for City Dog CityDog Magazine’s spring issue just rolled off the presses and is a great resource for us Pacific Northwest residents with dogs. The spring issue features “a weekend escape to Kalaloch on the Washington coast, cool design ideas for the ultimutt animal house, radio rovers (DJs and their dogs), the dog art of local painter Nancy Schutt, doggie horoscopes” and much more! (OMG, the puns are killing me. Somebody call animal control!) Walk your dog to your nearest book store or pet store to get a copy. If you have a cat and are really a closeted dog parent, you can subscribe on-line. BTW, the cover features that hot little brunette Jessie. Check out her modeling headshot here.

Wild Kitty Cat Food Salmonella Warning

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Safety News Bar
Wild Kitty Cat Food, sold in Washington, Oregon and other areas, have been deemed by the FDA to be unsafe. FDA tests of the company’s “Chicken and Clam Recipe” found salmonella bacteri which can cause sickness and even death in pets and humans. The FDA warned consumers “not to purchase, or use, Wild Kitty Cat Food due to the presence of salmonella.” Wild Kitty products are sold frozen in plastic tubs. If you handled the food, it would be wise to wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap.

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