Itchmo Reader Reports Acetaminophen In Pet Food

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Lab Report via Steve M.UPDATE: Here is the lab report Steve M. sent us.

ORIGINAL POST: As we were breaking news of a Texas lab reporting cyanuric acid in unrecalled food, an Itchmo reader informed us that he had a lab test turn up positive for acetaminophen on May 21. The results came from the same lab as the one cited by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Here’s what Steve M. said in our comment section on May 21 at 11am:

I sent a sample of the Hill’s Science Diet Sensitive Stomach formula food, from the bag my cats had been eating from when they became ill, to Accutrace in Arlington, Texas. For $144 they agreed to test for the suspected pet food toxins (Melamine, Cyanuric Acid, Aminopterin, etc.) as well as other common toxins to pets. I received a call from the Lab today with the results of their analysis. To my surprise they did not find any of the suspected pet food toxins. But they did find something that is very toxic to cats in the food, Acetaminophen. If you are not familiar, acetaminophen is a pain reliever, marketed under the most common name as Tylenol. A little research will tell you that it doesn’t take much of this stuff to poison a cat.

This is not a case of my cats got into a tylenol capsule that was dropped on the floor or someone came into my house and spiked my open bag of cat food. This is a case of a known toxin to cats coming packaged in a bag of cat food from the store.

Repeat of full post from Steve M. after the jump.

From Steve M.:

The first week of April both of my cats became ill. We had recently opened a new bag of Hills Science Diet Sensitive Stomach, the same brand the cats had been eating for sometime. After a couple days of watching our cats conditions (vomiting, lethargy, apparent weight loss, etc.) worsen we made the trip to the Vet. After observation and blood and urine tests it was determined that both cats were in Acute Renal Failure. My male cat was in such poor condition at that point that the Vet recommended euthanizing him, which we ultimately did. My female cat was fairing a little better even though her diagnosis also found she was anemic as well. We started on a long regimen of IV’s and medications that continue to this day. She has recently shown signs of improvement but it has been costly both in a monetary and emotional sense.

Already being familiar with the pet food recall in the news I asked my Vet to order a Histopathology on my deceased cats internal organs so as to try and determine if he was poisoned. I also immediately contacted the FDA, which after me leaving numerous messages finally contacted me 10 days after my initial call. I also spoke with Hill’s, and to be honest I felt like they were really not very interested in my story. Hill’s ended up sending an application for me to request reimbursement for my Vet bills, even though my cats food was not and still to this day is not on the recall list. My deceased cats histopathology results came back and they did indicate poisoning. There was a crystalline feature in the kidneys that was indicative of this. At this point I contacted the FDA and Hill’s again to report the results. I asked Hill’s if they would like me to send them some of the cat food to test. To my amazement they declined and reitterated that I could ask for reimbursement for my Vet expenses. At this point I decided if I was going to find out what killed my cat I would have to do it myself. This I could not believe, because by this point in time we were about 6 weeks into this pet food crisis. I guess the experts already had everything figured out!

I sent a sample of the Hill’s Science Diet Sensitive Stomach formula food, from the bag my cats had been eating from when they became ill, to Accutrace in Arlington, Texas. For $144 they agreed to test for the suspected pet food toxins (Melamine, Cyanuric Acid, Aminopterin, etc.) as well as other common toxins to pets. I received a call from the Lab today with the results of their analysis. To my surprise they did not find any of the suspected pet food toxins. But they did find something that is very toxic to cats in the food, Acetaminophen. If you are not familiar, acetaminophen is a pain reliever, marketed under the most common name as Tylenol. A little research will tell you that it doesn’t take much of this stuff to poison a cat.

This is not a case of my cats got into a tylenol capsule that was dropped on the floor or someone came into my house and spiked my open bag of cat food. This is a case of a known toxin to cats coming packaged in a bag of cat food from the store.

This is my story to date. I just wanted to share with others because I truly believe there is more to this story than is being told. Don’t trust the FDA or the pet food manufacturer’s, they are just looking for a quick and convenient way to put this story to rest IMO. I will post again after more of my personal story unfolds. Best to all!

195 Responses to “Itchmo Reader Reports Acetaminophen In Pet Food”

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  1. purringfur says:

    STEVE: STILL KEEP SOME FOOD FOR YOURSELF in case you need to test for additional contaminants. Don’t give it all away. Thank you for sharing your results. I’m sorry about your cat.

  2. High Note says:

    To Ticocats
    If you thought I would get angry over your commit. No Way! That is what this is all about is stating opinions and getting help. I never thought about the class action suit. I was only thinking of a person doing this on their own. Very glad you posted your commit for Steve to read. After all we all only want to help each other. Everyone should be able to state their thoughts on this sight even if it does not agree with other peoples thoughts. I agree with yours. gee after all you said you were a trial lawyer for twenty years. I certainly would not argue about your opinion. I have only had personal experience in court and could only go by that. Glad you read my post so you could correct my thought.

  3. Susan says:

    The vet I go to is 82 years old. He’s been the vet in this town for over 50 years. He doesn’t buy the excuse that we see more diseases because pets live longer and vets have better diagnostic tests. He told me in the last ten years he’s seen an explosion of problems - cancer, heart disease, thyroid, liver, kidney disease, FLUTD, skin conditions, etc., etc. He said all of these conditions can be diagnosed with hands, eyes, ears. You may not get the EXACT disorder, but you would know something was up: tumors, weight loss, weird heart rate, yellow skin, etc. He believes it’s food-related. Actually, sometimes he says animals did better when they ate table scraps and sheep, fish, chicken innards. (He also told me dry food doesn’t clean teeth. Eat a cracker and look at your teeth.)
    The point of this diatribe is I don’t understand how people can ignore that there is something wrong with the animal food (and probably ours, too). The animals are much sicker than they used to be.
    My daughter was looking at petfood ingredients in the store. She was reading the Fancy Feast label and some man walked by and said, “Someone’s got a spoiled cat.” I think people believe what many vets tell them, that it’s too difficult to make petfood; and they are in denial about how bad the food situation is.

  4. Eric says:

    Trudy Jackson,
    What Hills products were your cats eating (and wet or dry)? Thanks!

  5. 3Catmom says:

    TC
    I know you are happy with the Nutro food but there have been reports about problems from the Nutro dry dog. We had fed it to my Dad’s dog for years and then back this winter with a new bag he developed a loose stool and started to refuse to eat it. He also started peeing in the house and waking up in the middle of the night needing to go out. At the time I din’t think much of any of it thinking oh he is being picky and he is getting old and then all this hit. I went down to Petsmart to find something different and brought him home a bag of Blue Buffalo which he has done great on. I know BB has had to recall some products but they have not had any reports of sick pets and I think they handled the situation very well. I also pulled my cats off of Nuro and put them on top quality grain-free canned food and amazing how the feline acne has cleared up, less vomiting/ hairballl problem.

  6. Kathy says:

    For whatever it’s worth—-I have not bought aluminum baking powder for probably 15 years now, since I learned that the aluminum ingredient in it is considered toxic waste, and the only way companies that produce that toxic waste have to get rid of it is to put very small amounts in our baking powder. “We have all this waste material we can’t get rid of, we’ll have to feed it to everyone..”
    It makes a lot of sense to me that the recalled acetaminophen was put in the food chain as a way to get rid of it. What else would they do with it? I’m sure it is considered toxic waste, the cost of putting it in sealed drums would probably be prohibitive, I doubt wastewater treatment plants are set up to handle it—(remember the Prozac in the groundwater thing from London?)—
    How can we find out about this?
    This whole business has got me flipping out–I’m afraid to eat, I’m afraid to feed my pets, I even worry about what the squirrells are eating. My attitude becomes more and more negative by the day, I’m not finding the silver lining any more. People don’t want to listen, they like their heads in the sand. Ignorance truly is bliss, but now that we have lost our ignorance, we have to do something. What? can? we? do????

  7. 3Catmom says:

    Susan - that is a wise old vet, who is right on. We have done it to people too, way too much processed foods etc!

    Ok I have been reading all this and thinking and this just an idea I had. If Science Diet and Iams wont come forward and say there is a problem, I think the online pet communities need to flex our muscles and tell them we wont stand for their lack of accountability. So what is probably the number one places these foods are sold?? Vets offices, Petsmart, and Petco. So maybe there needs to be an organized effort to flood Petsmart and Petco with requests not to deal with these un ethical companies. I have to wonder what will come out thru the AVMA about SD, but what is everyone who visited their Vet complained about them selling that and what if they were flooded with calls letters and e-mails would Vets listen to their customers and stop pushing this garbage?? I wonder what Itchmo & the Pet Connection could think of along that line, of some sort of campaign against them.

  8. Carol says:

    Last night I wrote the FDA on their “contact us” and asked when they would be releasing the information which is being reported here. This morning I wrote our three local tv stations and gave them all a link here and commented that the general public would probably not hear anything about it until late Friday afternoon which seems to be the usual timing for such releases. I remember reading some time ago about how we should all contact our tv stations when there was breaking news which was not being reported… and it was time for me to start doing just that.

  9. purringfur says:

    3Catmom Says:

    June 6th, 2007 at 1:34 pm
    Ok I have been reading all this and thinking and this just an idea I had. If Science Diet and Iams wont come forward and say there is a problem, I think the online pet communities need to flex our muscles and tell them we wont stand for their lack of accountability….
    ………………………..

    Get the acetaminophen and brand names out to the news media. Certainly, they can report lab findings! Reference Don’s site (www.petfoodrecallfacts.com and Itchmo) so the news researchers can view the scans of the lab results and go to the web pages of the labs that did the testing and speak to the analysts/scientists.

    We have to force the companies to come out and not wait for the FDA to do their tests, get the results back, and SUGGEST A VOLUNTARY BRAND RECALL “WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME FRAME.”

    I already wrote to Hill’s and can’t get through to Iams by email, yet….

    I have local news stations saved in my email contact list. We also have to alert CNN, MSN, FOX and the major TV networks. We should also contact major newspapers. Let’s get this rolling, folks!

    Don’t forget your politicians!

    We need to KNOW THE NAMES OF THE OTHER UNRECALLED FOODS! Our pets are still being poisoned 10 weeks after the first recall!

  10. purringfur says:

    You beat me to it, Carol. Thanks for contacting the media. With media pressure pushing for answers, maybe we’ll get results faster.

  11. Lisa Clay says:

    To Susan - I know some younger vets who have also seen a rise of animal diseases over the last 10+ years, most recently a lot more kidney disease in cats.

    Amongst the pet owners in my family (and friends), all of us agree that pets seemed to be healthier eating table scraps and a few of the pet owners (all are over 50), stated feeding their dogs only people food.

    On a personal note, my cat Hacoona has had major intestinal problems for years. No tests have shown anything wrong with her sample. However, I have noticed, when eats our food (we share with her and she begs for the organic steak grilled at home), she seems a lot better. I am planning to start cooking for her myself, but need to do more research. She, along with my other 2 cats, was eating some of the recalled food.

  12. Lisa Clay says:

    I took up the above suggestion from Carol and just sent an e-mail to the local NY TV station in my area. I included the headline “Local lab finds pet food contaminated with painkiller” which can be found on google (so they can verify it). In the comments section, I mentioned that the company with the contaminated food has not made an announcement yet.

  13. Mo says:

    Well folks, something doesn’t compute here. These cats were
    dx’d with RENAL FAILURE and acetaminophen causes LIVER
    failure. So .. how does that happen? Sorry, but something
    is fishy.

  14. DJackson says:

    Question- Does anyone know if their is a class action suit against Hills?
    Their obviously should be.

    D Jackson

  15. Susan says:

    Mo –if you look on the aspca web site, they say acetaminophen can cause nephrotoxicity in cats due to the breakdown of the red blood cells.

  16. Susan says:

    Here’s the link for that article–page 1, 3rd column, under toxicity.
    http://www.aspca.org/site/DocS.....erest=1101

  17. Carol says:

    Let’s hope we start hearing some news about this. After I wrote earlier, I had to go to the vet’s to pick up cosequin for Mellie and I’d hoped to be able to speak with one of the vets while there, but all were busy… so I told the receptionists about the news and gave one the Itchmo website address so hopefully she will pass that info on. I asked her if the vets get their info from the FDA and she said yes, so I told her they would be ahead of the news if they checked in here frequently.

  18. Ruth says:

    Why would a pet manufacturer have tests done at a Texas lab when they have labs to test their own products??

    And the lab and the pet food company has known for weeks?

    Story doesn’t add up…sigh….just want pet food names…..

  19. Steve M. says:

    This is what I am on the lookout for now:

    http://www.thebostonchannel.co.....etail.html

    While am glad this station is giving the story coverage, along with stations in Houston and Pittsburgh, I wish they would go to a little effort and provide an accurate and balanced story. ” There have been no reports of sick pets because of acetaminophen” - are you F’ing kidding me. Is my dead cat reported to the FDA long ago sick enough for you? Suspect there only source for the story was are trustworthy citizen watchdogs at the FDA.

  20. TC says:

    3Catmom Says:

    June 6th, 2007 at 1:02 pm
    TC
    I know you are happy with the Nutro food but there have been reports about problems from the Nutro dry dog.
    *********************

    Oh my god no, you have misread my posts! I hate Nutro and haven’t fed it since March. I fed Nutro dry kibble for two years, with no problems until the last 6 months or so (previous foods were Iams and Science Diet, both dry).

    Nutro caused my dogs to get sick, then sicker, then culminated in one’s having a series of seizures in one day that almost killed her (and took a week before we were sure there was no brain damage, as she kept running into walls, pacing, crying, not recognizing us, etc). I quit feeding Nutro dry cold turkey on that day, and started home cooking.

    On Nutro in those last months, my dogs had started vomiting frothy stuff DAILY, drank frightening amounts of water (and peed all the time), bad coats, bad breath. This was pre recall, and the vets couldn’t find anything serious in their bloodwork, so chalked it up to me having “hunting dogs”. Stupid. Yes they are, and sleep with me and live inside, and work with me here, and are really never out of my sight, even on long walks.

    The recall came right about the same time as the seizures, and that was it for me. Nutro tried to assure me there was not a thing wrong with their dry food, but I didn’t and still don’t agree. Stopping Nutro saved my dogs’ lives, and no one can convince me otherwise. I don’t know what is in it, I think the bags contain more or less of whatever the bad news contaminant is, but there is something. And they don’t care one whit.

    Both my dogs were spared by accident, because my instincts kicked in, and a recall happened that quickly opened my eyes.

  21. High Note says:

    I just e mailed my vet and this is what they had to say below about the Acetaminophen from Steves report. I do advice everyone to send what Steve said and also his reoport on the Acetaminophen to your vets too! My vet sales this and so they are promoting it and I am sure they will look into it. So tell your vets! Their reply to me below:
    Hi Sherry!
    We appreciate very much you sharing this with us. I will share your e-mail with our doctors and contact our Hills Science Diet area rep. and see what I can find out. We will definitely look into this!! I will let you know what I learn.
    Sincerely,
    Rhonda Herbers
    Veterinary Practice Manager
    Andover Veterinary Clinic

  22. PonceMom says:

    Here is how it goes: The liver tries to metabolize the acetaminophen and can’t do it correctly or it turns it into something even more poisonous. The kidneys try to eliminate the poison and basically get plugged and fail.

    I am sure this problem has been going on for much longer than a few months. My seeminly healthy 12 year cat, Whiskers, was changed to a Hill’s Science Diet prescribed formula by his vet, because guess what? He was showing signs of liver problems on the regular formula. We moved to Texas and changed vets and food and he seemed to be doing just fine. We went back to the Science Diet and we had to put him down in a few months, partly because of renal failure and other internal organ complications. This was March 2006. We got a kitty last year and he has been fed Nutro Max Indoor cat formula and he is very happy. By the way Intertek-Caleb Brett Lab in Houston is also testing pet food.

  23. Carol says:

    On one of the local evening news stations (local abc affiliate) the news opener for the 6pm segment was about the FDA is now checking into reports that acetaminophen has been found in pet foods! The news is getting out - don’t know if my email had anything to do with it, but I doubt it hurt. And they did say that it was not found in any of the previously reported brands of foods, but did not give anything further. So, guess I’ll write them again.

  24. Katie says:

    Ruth

    Not all pet food companies have in house labs. When I called Iams they told me they do not test in house. They rely upon the distributor to test ingredients. I’m hoping that customer service and the vet services didn’t understand the question and gave out wrong info.

    Several years ago, I needed to have some Innova tested. They could tell me % of Protein, Carbs, Fat and moisture. All other testing at that time was done by an outside lab, for ex: alfatoxin. I believe they now test for all contaminants in house.

    Katie

  25. Ruth says:

    Katie, I just spoke with IAM’s and they told me that the food is tested before its shipped out. said the distributor doesn’t check it. They do it at each plant.

    So who can you believe.

    They still keep saying its safe. Got kind of testy when I told him my pet is dead. Pretty much I shouldn’t believe what I read. Guess I’m just to blindly believe what they say. He said I have lost confidence in their product. Do you think??? I said, I’m the one with a dead pet and fed her your food.

    Thats just the highlights there was more to this conversation……

  26. High Note says:

    IAMS SHOULD NEVER HAVE MADE SUCH A STATEMENT! LOST CONFIDENCE IN THEIR PRODUCT! WELL I GUESS SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY BEST FRIEND WAS FEEDING HER DOG IAMS LARGE BREED DRY AND I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THE TEST TO COME BACK SO I CAN TELL HER. I TOLD HER DO NOT FEED THE DOG ANY MORE AND TO JUST KEEP THE SACK.
    IT DOES NOT SEEM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF WE LOSE A PET OR NOT WITH THESE COMPANIES. IF THEY KILL ALL THE PETS THEN WHO IS GOING TO BUY THEIR STUPID FOOD! THEY WILL NEVER BE TRUSTED AGAIN! JUST HAVING ONE PET DIEING WAS ONE TOO MANY FOR ME! NO PET OR PET PARENT SHOULD EVER HAVE TO GO THROUGH ANY OF THIS!

  27. High Note says:

    THAT BOSTON CHANNEL THAT REPORTED ABOUT THE ACETAMINOPHEN IN PET FOOD DID NOT SAY THERE WERE ANY REPORTS OF SICK PETS. BUT STEVE HAD A REPORT ON HIS.

  28. Hill'sFan says:

    Are you guys freaking crazy or something. You all are going off of one person’s report that says “The sample was received in an open ziplock bag. The lab does not warrant that this is actual product listed.” It says right there that the lab won’t even say what product it is. I’m am a big Science Diet promoter and I’m feeding my dog the brand, and my dog is donig just fine. NO PROBLEMS. It’s pretty sad when people will start believing anything they see on the internet. How about you all grow up, and grow a brain while you’re at it. Hill’s will be around forever.

  29. Patricia Maroney says:

    5CatMom and I were thinking the same thing–what happens to recalled pharmaceuticals– well, in 2 hours on the internet I was able to track some basis for the theory outlined below:
    Pill bottles are recycled.
    The manufacturer with the recalled inventory would contract with an outside disposal company to handle the “destruction” of the recalled inventory (in this case pills and bottles).
    The outside disposal company could send the waste outside the US to …just for example…China.
    An then, again theoretically, the plastic pill bottles - presumably in this case this with acetamenaphen residue - which have ended up in China under no government regulation could end up as a ground up “filler” that is being used in what we here in US and Canada consider an inappropriate manner, i.e. in the contamination of pet food.

    I am not sure of the FDA/US Government regulations on destruction of pharmaceutical waste, so I cannot say with 100% certainty that this is possible, but at any rate there is no control over “empty” pill bottle recycling, but any one pill bottle could contain some residue of the item stored in it. Multiply that by millions of bottles and it would likely be a significant amount.

    Some links for support of my theory include:

    http://lists.dep.state.fl.us/p.....00121.html
    Link for list of site asking question about recycling pill bottles.

    http://www.changeeverything.ca.....scriptions

    link for story on what happens to recyling shipped to China: http://www.china.org.cn/englis.....196506.htm

    Please note, these links represent stories related to pill bottle recycling and are not intended to draw any connection between the people named and any kind of involvement with the current pet food contamination alleged to involve acetamenaphen.

  30. Kevin says:

    I have to respond to “Hill’sFan” comment. Obviously he did not read all the postings and the problems people have had with his product including the death of some of the animals.

    If you were to take this guy to court, this is what his defense would sound like.

    Everyone can’t be wrong!

  31. Ruth says:

    To Hill’s Fan: “The highest level of acetaminophen was found in a dog food sample submitted by a manufacturer, she said. Coneley declined to identify the company but said its officials were given the results “well over a month ago.”

    This was a pet food company, Hill’s Fan you need to read the newspaper article in the above post. No one knows who this company is but everyone is intitled to speculate since some dry foods have made our pets sick or died. We just want to know.

    I had been feeding my pet IAMs for years. No problems that I know. But all it took was ONE bag to make my pet sick and she died.

    You call us freaking crazy. Well thats your opnion.

    I hope that your pet continues to be safe and healthy….but remember this all it takes is ONE bag to make your pet sick and even die like my pet dog.

    Read the article. Use YOUR brain before you insult people about growing one.

  32. Katie says:

    Ruth,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your pet.

    I don’t trust Iams. Seems they keep changing their story. My dog was definitely sick on either their Euk food or Euk bones. She had all the symptoms, excessive thirst, heavy breathing,fever,etc. Disappeared with home cooking. I have been badgering them. My dog had elevated kidney results and her urinalysis has remained abnormal. I will blame them until the day I die.

    I kept a journal of symptoms vs food. The symptoms went along with a new bags being opened. I used the small dry food bags which lasted 9 days. We had symptoms 9 days in a row. Than would open a new bag, no symptoms for 9 days. Open another bag, symptoms would start up. Stupidly since this happened prior to the recalls, I didn’t keep bags or lot #’s. I do have some dry food at the bottom of my food container. I don’t think it was the Euk. bones - but not sure. I have one opened and one unopened container of those.

    When I spoke with vet services they adamantly told me they do not use wheat gluten or rice protein conct. so couldn’t be their problem. I asked: how about fish meal or fish oil. No response. When the news came out about Cereal By-Products, I asked do you use them as a distributor? I have yet to hear a No or a Yes…. I have loss all faith in them. I think in the end, if their product is proven to be contaminated. They will say must have been the distributor - we didn’t know….

    The same thing goes for our human food and multi corporations. I have a friend who works in the food industry. They have no idea what gets added along the supply chain. They count on the middle guys.

    Again, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My dog still has blood in her urine, doesn’t sleep well at night and has never been the same since Feb. 2007.

    Katie

  33. Ruth says:

    Thanks, Katie, its been a living nightmare. No end in sight. I had just called the day before and got several different answers. So I called them again today after reading your post. And yet more different answers.

    Seems to them that I just had a genetic defect pet. And again its wasn’t their food. I said how can it be that so many pets are sick or died from the same symptoms. No answer. It all just makes me so angry.

    It’s almost laughable for them to say I have lost confidence in their food.
    Its ALL food even human food. I shouldn’t have to wonder if its safe to eat. No one should have to live this way.

    And by the way, I wrote to Tyson foods, they answered back with an added note that I am prohibited in saying what they responded. I am not allowed to post my email or their answer. I would think they would want good publicity not their bully tactics.

    I am sooo sorry to read about your pet. I truly hope that she recovers.
    I just don’t know how these people who know what they have done sleep at night.

  34. TC says:

    I am just too callous for words on this issue - someone out there has to eat the bad stock of pet food, including Hills, since it isn’t being taken off the shelves. So Hill’s Fan is free to use up all those potentially contaminated supplies. It is a wonder to watch people who in the midst of a contamination crisis, which appears to be ongoing with new recalls frequently, can just dismiss the warning signs. The ones I know saying things like this just don’t want to give up convenience, and really don’t want to think about the bigger picture re food system contamination. It is hard to comprehend how dangerous it is out there right now, depressing too.

    Not rushing to judgment is critical; however, some of these automatic defenses are ludicrous on the face. I say no problem - there will be plenty of Hill’s food out there for Hill’s fan to use up and let us know how it turns out.

  35. Kelli says:

    Our dear Laddie had to be put to sleep on December 5, 2006. He had been eating HILLS Science Diet Dry and Iams DRY in the green bag. I have been home cooking and feeding my 3 other dogs since then. I supplement the home made meals with Canidae. I got myself a copy of Pitcairn’s book as well as the small animal clinical nutrition reference on HALF.COM. I bought them with the EUTHANASIA MONEY I saved when I quit feeding my dogs POISON IN A BAG. I WILL NEVER EVER BUY ANOTHER HILLS PRODUCT, I DO NOT BUY IAMS AND I DO NOT BUY P&G PRODUCTS. I will continue to boycott products and companies that dont come clean on the origin/saftey of their products. If they will not give me a simple truthful answer when I take the time to call, they are on my DO NOT BUY list. The ONLY way to effect change is RIGHT IN THEIR GREEDY WALLETS! I dont give a hoot how HILLS or or any other manufacturer intends to try to spin a tale for this one. Tylenol is not listed on the ingredent list. It does not belong in pet food. I work for a large chain store so when people ask I send them to our local supplier of CANIDAE. “When one lives in a glass house one should not throw stones”.

  36. hillsRx says:

    Kim you can definitely repost my comments (and fear) concerning the Hill’s foods. If it had only been one dog affected I might not have thought anything could be amiss with the food. The first dog died after 32 days of eating Hill’s Rx i/d. When the second dog went down suddenly on the w/d (34 days) I found myself with chills. The vet determined it was something that she ate, but he insisted it wasn’t the Hill’s that caused it. He said I must have fed her table scraps. I should know what I was allowing the dogs to eat, and table scraps were not in their menu. The dogs were only allowed to eat the Hill’s. The third dog was acquired on 4/24 from a local humane shelter. She was placed on the Hill’s Science Diet on 4/20 (the day the animal control picked her up). A bag of the Hill’s Science Diet for adult dogs was given to her when I adopted her. Exactly 30 later (5/20) she was sick with the same symptoms, but fortunately she wasn’t as sick as the other dog(s). I immediately began home treatment, and kept all food away from her for 24 hours. I have been taking an online veterinary course and had just learned a day or so earlier what to do in such a case. The symptoms were vomiting food and yellow foam, diarrhea and lethargy. The first baby girl went down extremely fast. Vomiting and diarrhea on 3/15 late in the evening - she died on the day of the recall 3/16 @ 4:30 PM.

    I have no proof the Hill’s food caused it, but I do know it was all they were eating. Plus the vet did determine the illness in the second dog came from something she ate. He was the one that talked me into putting the first and second dog on the Hill’s Rx, so naturally he isn’t going to acknowledge the problem could possibly be the Hill’s food. I think it’s CYOA. I am searching for another vet now also. I won’t ever buy any more Hill’s products after I learned something in my online class. A few years back Hill’s produced a pet food that contained old shoe leather and old motor oil. When the instructor divulged this information you can imagine what my reaction was. Motor oil is a petroleum (industrial) product - highly toxic to animals. Then I discover the w/d is just full of peanut hulls. It was so nice to discover I was being charged $40 for a case of 24 cans of rice and peanut trash.

  37. hillsRx says:

    To Hill’sFan —— I hope your pet comes out well, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on it if I were you. I don’t need a internet report from one person to KNOW what happened to THREE of MY dogs. I KNOW what they were eating. As for brains - I have enough sense to know when to stop feeding my dogs possibly tainted food after one dog dies and the other two were sickened. It’s really funny how well they are doing now since I no longer feed them the CRAP that you promote. As for how grown we all are…you are in here reading aren’t you? Do the pet parents a favor and go flame on another blog.

  38. Ann Martin says:

    As the author of “Food Pets Die For:” and “Protect Your Pet:” I have investigated/researched the pet food industry since 1990. I am so very sorry for what has happened to your pets and it was the illness of my two dogs, after eating a well known pet food, that began 17 years of learning.

    Back then it was high levels of zinc in the food that caused the problems my dogs experienced. Since that time I have cooked for all my pets and they have all done extremely well. I’ve often said that the ingredients used in commercial pet foods should be sent to landfill not fed to our pets.

    This massive recall has opened people’s eyes to what is going on within this industry and the lack of regulations. I doubt very much if we will ever see regulations as to the ingredients used in these foods. The industry does not want to be regulated, they feel self-regulation is adequate, and government seems unwilling to step in. We know that when the FDA/CVM tested dry commercial dog food they found levels of pentobarbital, a euthanizing drug, in over half the foods they tested. THIS DRUG IS NOT ALLOWED IN PET FOOD but they claimed it was in low levels and should not cause a problem. No studies have been undertaken on the long-term problems pets could encounter by ingesting this drug. The reason the FDA/CVM investigated was because they had received letters from vets stating that they required more of this drug to euthanize dog. They were building up a resistance. When I asked Dr. Sundlof what steps the FDA/CVM were undertaking to have this drug removed from pet foods his reply was “This drug is not approved for use in pet food; so it should not be present in these foods. That being said, CVM is not planning to undertake any special enforcement efforts to detect pentobarbital in pet food.” Add pentobarbital to the mix of the other dubious ingredients you have in these foods and it is a wonder our pets are living as long as they do.

  39. Chris A. says:

    Firstly I would like to offer my condolences to everyone who has lost a pet.

    I am wondering whether this contamination may have going on for a couple of years. We have two cats, both have eaten Hills prescription diet W/D and now T/D for the last two years.

    Our first cat fell ill with CRF and almost died two years ago. It was only after $ 5000 and and weekly hydration treatments that he is alive today. Our other cat just recently began to show symptoms of CRF. Because of having one CRF cat, we recognized the symptoms earlier and were able to have him treated; now he is on twice weekly hydration treatments.

    My question is; has anyone else had these experiences with Hills prescription diet W/D and/or T/D.

    I intent to have the food tested, which labs would people recommend?

    Thanks for any responses.

  40. hillRx says:

    # Chris A. Says:
    June 10th, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    Firstly I would like to offer my condolences to everyone who has lost a pet.

    I am wondering whether this contamination may have going on for a couple of years. We have two cats, both have eaten Hills prescription diet W/D and now T/D for the last two years.

    Our first cat fell ill with CRF and almost died two years ago. It was only after $ 5000 and and weekly hydration treatments that he is alive today. Our other cat just recently began to show symptoms of CRF. Because of having one CRF cat, we recognized the symptoms earlier and were able to have him treated; now he is on twice weekly hydration treatments.

    My question is; has anyone else had these experiences with Hills prescription diet W/D and/or T/D.

    I intent to have the food tested, which labs would people recommend?

    Thanks for any responses.

    ************************************************************

    PLEASE POST THE RESULTS OF THE TESTING!

    I have a very bad feeling about what is going to be found in the Hill’s foods. One of my dogs was on the canned w/d for canines. She had to be put into the animal hospital with aggressive treatment for a week. She started drinking large amounts of water to begin with for several days, then began wetting the carpet inside the house (not like her at all). Within a short few days she started having diarrhea, vomiting, and was lethargic. The latter symptoms began happening on a Saturday and grew progressively worse by Sunday night. By the time the vet opened on Monday AM she had stopped drinking water and did not want food. She was becoming dehydrated quickly. I had to rush her to the clinic to have IV fluids started immediately. The vet ran test and said food caused her illness, but denied it was the Hill’s. He claimed I gave her table scraps. He was very wrong and I told him so. As you know the w/d is for weight loss also, so I was very careful about her food. I wasn’t even allowing her to have treats. The only food source she had was the Hill’s. Three out of three dogs became sick (and one dog died) and all three were eating Hill’s.

    I have the same suspicion that you do about this going back a couple of years instead of a couple of months. I’m so sorry about your kitty.

  41. SpinyNorman says:

    **And by the way, I wrote to Tyson foods, they answered back with an added note that I am prohibited in saying what they responded. I am not allowed to post my email or their answer. I would think they would want good publicity not their bully tactics.**

    Ruth, unless you signed a nondisclosure agreement with Tyson — or you’ve gone to court and won a judgment that included terms that you would keep silent — you have every right to post their letter. You have no legal obligation to keep their reply private. If you think the information would be helpful to others, please by all means share it. If they’ve tried to bully you into silence, that’s all the more reason for you to post it, as they have no legal authority over you.

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