Recall Update: Saturday

Cat and dog food recall on Friday:

(UPDATE) Fish contamination:

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  1. Marilyn says:

    Our clinic has adopted the new Aaha vaccination protocols. We used to suggest vaccinating yearly, now in our area it is every two years …. that is, once they’ve had the 1st year of vaccinations. If you are interested, those new protocols can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/3722jr.

    There is flexibility built in to the protocols for what disease risks exist in given areas. For example, in our area we have a lot of heartworm both in dogs and cats, a lot of lymes disease in dogs, we see a lot of feline leukemia, feline infectious peritonitis, and a lot of panleukopenia (feline distemper). We just diagnosed a sweet kitty this week with end-stage leukemia. Her parents are heartbroken and are trying to decide what to do for her. Last year, our local shelter had to euthanize 80 cats due to distemper. They had to shut down for a month to disinfect before they could take in any more cats.

    Anyway, we frequently see clients who are concerned about vaccinating and we understand those concerns (we are too). We do a “lifestyle profile” on all pets and based on that we can discuss with clients what their pet’s real risks are. Sometimes they refuse our recommendations and that is ok. Often, once they find out what diseases we are actually seeing, they decide to go ahead and vaccinate for those. It’s their decision - and our job is to pass along all the necessary info they need to make that decision.

  2. purringfur says:

    Steve Says:

    May 13th, 2007 at 12:20 am
    straybaby you got that right. Food safety be it for pet or human is going to be a BIG issue for the politicians whether they realize it yet or not.
    …………..

    I’m trying to make the politicians realize this when I write to them.

    IS ANYONE FRUSTRATED OVER NOT SEEING A “FOOD SAFETY” TOPIC AT POLITICIANS’ SITES WHEN YOU HAVE TO PICK A DROP-DOWN MENU TOPIC?

    I wrote to my state senators and Prez candidates and told them I would give them my vote if they have food safety as a top priority! Write in, people! Let them know how important this issue is to you!! We all have to eat FOOD.

    Start in with this sentence: I am a registered voter in (list your state)…

    And add a suggestion at the end of your letters to your senators’ sites/candiates’ web masters: The web master needs to add a separate category for “FOOD SAFETY” to the drop-down menu for selecting a “topic.” The closest ones I could find are “agriculture,” “public safety,” and “other.”

    I think often there are just tallies by aides of the number of letters received under each category in the drop-down menu box to check the pulse on what the “hot” topics are.

    FOOD SAFETY deserves its OWN SUBJECT HEADING because this is a topic that is going to be with us forever! Don’t you agree?

    Make a PLEDGE to yourself and others on the “recall” blogs & boards: 50% of my “pet food/human food safety” time will be spent on writing to the blogs/boards & 50% on writing to my politicians, food manufacturers, media, etc.

    The letters & emails are what will effect change, and we are ALL agents of change with our LETTERS and WALLETS!

  3. kellie says:

    Hello all.
    I have a request for opinions or ideas only. Please dont direct me to websites or recipes because i’ve read them all trust me.
    I’m on the fence right now between trying Merrik, evangers and frozen raw from the heath store, or making my own(ive already made a small fresh fish batch with powdered egshells that is going over pretty well. my one cat wont touch the fancy feast now after just 2 days of the fish mix my other wants his ff but im working on him.
    I had a hard time finding a butcher who would help me out but i did, 45 mins away.
    i just want to know how this sounds to the raw feeders who visit this site.
    I’ll make my own fish flavors since i can pound eggshells in a ziplock bag into powder no problem, i also added 1 egg and one yolk to a big bowl of salmon, sole and cod fillets( all wild caught, bought months ago in vacum packed freezer fillets) i hand shredded. i powdered the 2 eggshells into the mix and just a handful of kibble to soak up the fish broth and eggs . Fish is high in taurine so i wasnt worried about that in the fish mix.
    For the meat i can have a few batches ground with bone and organ meat at the butcher and frezze portions out. 1 beef mix with organ meats, one chix, and one game type like lamb and whatever else they have. as long as they have the bonemeal in it and organ meat it should be fine, right? and since they will get plenty of omega 3 fatty fish as well they should be balanced i think.

    If this isn’t an ok way to home feed i’ll have to go canned. i dont have a food processor and cannot afford the kind that will ground bones. I also dont want to use a bunch of supplements since i don’t trust them and the whole home chemist thing scares me. i’m afraid i’ll od them or they will still get fillers that way.

    what do you all think?

  4. elizabeth says:

    Molly, my vet is very understanding about my not vaccinating my cats after the first time when they are completely checked out and brought into the house to join the family. They are completely in house all the time and I believe they are at minimal risk. The vet asks each time, and I decline each time, and he smiles and says “fine” each time. Were they to spend time outside I would probably think differently

  5. JanC says:

    Just wanted to add something about vaccines, heartworm meds, topical flea meds, etc.

    I have come to the conclusion that dogs are overmedicated PERIOD. I recently changed vets & went in prepared to fight over yearly vaccines (she was due for rabies but that was all I was going to allow). The vet agreed that dogs are overmedicated…..I nearly fell over. She said they have found that most vaccines are good for two to three years. A blood test can be done to tell them the level left in their system & whether or not they need a booster. I also took my dog off heartworm meds….not a lot of mosquitoes where I live & few cases around here…..vet said that was up to me when I told her what I was going to do. I do have to keep topical flea meds on her…..big area for fleas & ticks & the places where we walk also have lots of wild animals. I find lots of dead ticks in the house so at least I know the stuff is working. Much as I’d love to stop that also, I know I really can’t.

    My last Lab used to get really sick for two days following her yearly shots & I used to beat myself up over it……when I got my latest Lab, I decided no more. Rabies has to be done because it’s the law but the others will not be yearly. And I found a vet who didn’t argue with me……yeah! A friend of mine also stopped yearly shots…..titer tests (I believe that’s what the blood tests are called) have confirmed that her dogs haven’t needed boosters for three years. So that tells me all I need to know.

  6. martin says:

    Glad to hear someone talking about vac’s here. I’d like your advise.

    My two baby girls (both 18 months old) had their first round of complete vac’s as pup’s. The vet now wants to give them 1 year boosters which is good for 3 years.

    Since I know little about the 3 years vac’s I have been hesitant to allow them to get these 3 year vac’s. My 6 year old girl has not had any vac’s in 3 years. We have done the titer tests and found it wasnt necessary. My vet is really suggesting that I get this 3 year vac’s on my little ones. Any advise would be appreciated. Does nayone have any experience with the 3 year vac’s? I think they just started using them about 18 months ago.

  7. martin says:

    kellie,

    The only thing I have advise on regarding you recipe is the fish: be sure it’s wild, not farm fed since the farm fed ones have been fed melamine.

  8. JanC says:

    Martin: Let me tell you my experience & you can take it from there. I got my Lab when she was a year old. She had recently had her rabies vac & the last round of puppy shots when I got her. I brought her in after a year for her rabies……as I said before, I didn’t want any other vacs but the rabies. She hasn’t had anything but her puppy shots & her regular 3-yr rabies shot & that’s all she’s going to get. When she goes back for her rabies shot in three yrs, I’ll have the titer done to see if she needs any others.

    Like I said before, watching my other Lab throw up for two days after her shots was just awful. I swore I’d never let another dog of mine get those shots every year.

    My dog walks on a leash & now & then goes nose to nose with another dog but she isn’t regularly exposed to other dogs (as in a kennel). I guess it would depend on how much your dogs are exposed to other dogs & if they’ve had any outbreaks of anything in your area. I’m certainly not an authority on the subject but watching your dog throw up for two days & mope around the house tells me that those shots can’t be doing her all that much good. Plus, like I also mentioned before, a friend of mine has not been allowing her dogs to get vaccinated every year…..after either two or three yrs, she had a titer done on both of them & they still had plenty left in their system.

    What my vet told me is that they have found that these shots, that they always recommended your dog have every year, last a lot longer than a year. They now say to get them tested in two or three years. That’s all I know.

  9. martin says:

    JanC,

    Thanks for the advise. I am also worried that they give them too much of the stuff and it’s not necessary. Mine kids have no other contact with any other dogs except each other. My 6 year old also get’s ill for a few days after the vac’s. As I mentioned, we are going on 4 years now with titer tests and she still has enough in her system.

    I think I will have the titers done on my little ones. I do have one that refuses to give up any blood which may be a problem????

    Thanks again, I appreciate your thoughts. :-)

  10. petslave says:

    On vaccinations - I don’t bother with my indoor cats, although they are allowed to go out in the fenced dog yard occasionally. I’ve always kept the dogs up on rabies vacs in the past because of law & fear of them contacting a rabid animal, but now I’m really worried about getting them updated. I probably won’t have any of the other vaccines done though. Leptospirosis is on the upswing in our area–that’s one of the most problematic vaccines & the disease sounds terrible. Hard choices.

    One bad thing about not vaccinating is all the doggie day cares & kennels require them up to date on everything, & yearly vaccines. I haven’t found any that are changing to the 3 year routine like a lot of vets are doing. I don’t have much need for either of those types of facilities, but may need them sometime in the future. If I had the energy, I would go around & try to educate them on the new protocols, but am spending too much time on pet food issues right now. Maybe in another life.

  11. martin says:

    petslave,

    I am as well spending a lot of time on the pet food issues & the vac’s are not the biggest concern right now. I just hope this food issue will be over soon. I do think we are in the middle of more to come. I hope I’m wrong. We have had a fairly quiet week with just the one recall. I wonder what this next week has in store for us? :-{ Friday’s are always the worst. I used to look forward to Friday’s (until now).

  12. Mandy says:

    I fear I have to get my cats vaccinated regularly because we have a lot of stray cats around the neighborhood and all it takes is one cat hissing at another through a screen door to make your baby sick.

    Now that I have this information though, I won’t worry about it getting done one year ago on the dot, like I used to. So thank you for that!

    My cats have never shown a bad reaction to getting their yearly shots though. I wonder what that means. That they just have really healthy immune systems?

  13. petslave says:

    well while we’re drifting away from the food topic for awhile, can anyone recommend the best (ie, least harmful) heartworm preventative? We don’t have heartworm in our area, but a friend is moving back east & will have to put his dog on the preventative. I don’t know what the latest is. Back when I lived in the SE, it was a once a day pill but that was a long time ago. I’ve heard some of the chewables have some bad ingredients.

  14. lainie says:

    I DNT REMEMBR WHO ASKD WHAT SO ILL JUST GIVE MY 2CENTS ON THE ?S. IF YOUR USING A FLEA AND TICK ONCE A MONTH THRZ NOW 1 THAT REPEL MESQITOS TOO SO ITS A HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE GO INTO ANY VETS OFF AND COMPARE THE LIST OF WHAT EACH DOES. I DONT USE ANY OF THAT ANYMORE. A COUPLE OF YRZ AGO FLEAS BECAME A BIG PROBLEM FOR US AND EVERY LABEL I READ WAS HAZARDOUS TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS. I HAD A 1YR OLD @ THE TIME CRAWLING EVERYWHR SO I ASKED AROUND. I FOUND OUT THAT BORAX WAS A NATURAL REPELENT. SPRINKLED THAT UNDR MY COUCH CUSIONS BETWN MY MATTRESSES AND INTO MY CARPETS THEN STARTED ALL MY PETS ON A HOLISTIC OIL SUPPLEMENT THAT DOESNT CLAIM TO BE A FLEA REPELLENT BUT WORKED AND GAVE EVERY DOG AND CAT IN MY HOUSE A BATH IN A SHAMPOO BY THE SAME COMPANY AS THE OIL. I WASHED THE DOGS WITH A WASH CLOTH AND WATCHED THE DEAD FLEAS ON THE CLOTH HAVENT HAD FLEAS SINCE AND I DONT USE CHEMICALS AND MY PETS COATS ARE BEAUTIFUL. SO ITS DOING SOMETHING WITHOUT POISONING MY KIDS, MY FUR KIDS OR MY FEATHERED KI

  15. lainie says:

    If Your Interested The Oil Is Called Dream Coat Made By Halo Pets www.halopets.com Its Only Clain Is To Skin Coat And Immune System But It Got Rid Of My Dogs Fleas And Dont Knw A Dog Using It That Has Gottn Them And Ive Gottn Quite A Few Friends Using It. I Feel Alot Bettr Puting Natural Oil In My Pets Food. Then Puting Possibly Toxic Chemicals On Thr Skin. And Oh Yeah I Was Able To Give It To My Pups From The Time They Could Eat.

  16. JanC says:

    I took my dog off heartworm meds when I started reading how bad they are for your dog. I have her on Frontline Plus but I believe Advantix also repels mosquitoes so I’m going to put her on that instead. Not only do we have a wicked flea problem here but I think I mentioned before that ticks are an even worse problem. When I first got my dog, the people who had her before put no flea/tick meds on her…..vet’s assistant picked 19 ticks off her. I found them on me & in the house…..sorry, I’ll take my chances with flea/tick meds as much as I’d rather not use them. I still find dead ones around so they are still taking up residence on her but the tick stuff is killing them.

    I don’t know anymore……like you, I am obsessed with pet food right now…..but I can’t put my dog through getting sick after her yearly shots & I got really freaked about heartworm meds when I read how poison it is over the long term. Vet didn’t seem to feel strongly either way…..she just said to do what I thought was best. I did think about giving her one every other month instead of every month but that’s probably just as much poison so I stopped.

    However, I think it’s wonderful news that vets are finally coming around to the fact that yearly shots are just too much. Probably kill the dog eventually rather than help the poor thing. Bad enough that we have to try not to poison our animals with pet food, we also have to worry about shots & other meds. Geez, cut me some slack here……

  17. JanC says:

    Petslave: I had my dog on the Heartguard chewables but don’t know what’s good & what isn’t. I figure maybe a mosquito repellent would be the next best thing. Tell your friend to talk to a vet & tell him/her about their concerns. Most pet owners are starting to get a little worried about overmedicating their pet & vets are starting to get the picture.

    A groomer told a friend of mine to lessen the toxins by choosing flea meds for a smaller dog so they will only get a partial dose instead of the full dose for their weight. My only concern is whether or not it’ll still work as effectively. Because the problem isn’t as bad in the winter, I do use a dose for a smaller dog. But in the summer, having live ticks on me or around my house doesn’t do a thing for me so I use the correct dose for her size.

  18. 4lgdfriend says:

    Martin et al:
    FVRCP VACCINE Links to Kidney Disease in Cats,
    http://www.geocities.com/~krem....._2002.html
    Colorado State U http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu.....4/cats.htm Dr. Lappin and Dr. Jacqueline Whittemore will study which feline tissues react with anti-CRFK antibodies; determine the concentrations of CRFK proteins in all commercially available FVRCP vaccines; and determine if the presence of CRFK or feline kidney cell antibodies are associated with the development of particular illnesses in cats including kidney failure, uveitis, pancreatitis, and hyperthyroidism.
    http://www.knowbetterdogfood.c.....amp;nid=12
    World-Famous Scientists Donate Services to The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust
    will demonstrate 5-7 year immunity from vaccine with goal of changing the vaccination laws.
    at http://www.newvaccinationprotocols.com/.
    “I have studies that show duration of immunity at seven to nine years for all the core vaccines except rabies, and even on an antibody basis I can show that rabies gives much longer protection than three years,” says Dr. Schultz.

    Although AAHA recommends vaccinating against distemper every three years after the initial puppy shots, challenge studies have shown that the minimum duration of immunity can last five to seven years, and perhaps even longer. In fact, titers have indicated that dogs can be protected for nine to 15 years. “To be honest, although canine distemper is a core vaccine, I think a dog only needs to receive it once in his life,” says Dr. Schultz. “The same goes for canine parvo and adenovirus-2. That’s the vaccination program I’ve been practicing on my own dogs without any difficulty whatsoever. We’ve never had a vaccine-preventable disease occur.”
    Pet Vaccine information http://felineinstincts.com/Fel.....eases.html
    www.catshots.com

    Toxins come from “pollutants (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, benzenes, pthallates, PCB’s, carbon monoxide etc.) that contaminate our food, water and air. They come from drugs, antibiotics, cortisone, flea control chemical products, heartworm prevention products and vaccinations.” See http://www.holisticvetpetcare......ukemia.htm (GLORIA DODD DVM)

    also see critteradvocacy.com

  19. petslave says:

    Thanks, JanC, on the heartworm info.

    Tip on flea control - when I was doing shelter work, I learned a tip from the vet we used for applying ADVANTAGE: put on 1 drop per lb. of body weight. It comes in a pack of 4 tubes, almost the same price for 4 tiny tubes as 4 huge tubes for 70 lb dogs. The dog & cat formula is the same for ADVANTAGE–some other formulas are different & the dog formula will KILL a cat (I think Advantix is one of these, its a different product from Advantage), so make sure to check this CAREFULLY. Plus I don’t know if this dosage works for the other formulas.

    We bought the big 4ml tubes for the cats & could get a lot of them treated with less money that way. I do the same for my six cats when there’s a flea outbreak, but not before. I squeeze out the tube contents into a disposable container & use a needless syrynge to take up the right amount for each cat. Saves a lot of money & reduces dosage to each pet.

  20. kellie says:

    Hi all,
    I just have to get this off of my chest.
    As i posted earlier i was on the fence about trying some foods I feel safe with or homemade raw.
    For 2 months now I’ve been constantly scared giving them their fancy feast, but, it wasn’t recalled and Everytime I would consider a premium it would be recalled as well.
    After endless hours of research and forum reading i decided on Merrik, Felidae and solid gold for wet and innova reg and evo for dry.
    It was hard to find but finally Pet supplies plus carried everything i wanted and more.
    Those of you concerned about price, don’t be. It’s almost the same as grocery store cheap food. they are raising the prices of grocery store brands anyway, so why not pay the same for quality food?
    I got 30 cans of wet 5.5 and 6 oz. cans, and 2 bags of dry for under 40$, most cans were 79 to 98 cents. The variety astounded me many flavors to choose esp. in the merrik. A 3 ounce FF can is now 90 cents at my Krogers.
    I’m telling you I left the store and for the first time since this started I felt the stress and fear slowly leave me. I’d pay double what i did to feel that way. It’s been a long scary 2 months and i actually cried relief on the drive home.
    I had no idea how bad the stress and fear i kept secretly hidden was affecting me until it started to lift.

    This food looks and smells like people food. I see chunks of meat and real veggie pieces. Real bonemeal grains etc.

    The girl who helped me is an eastern michigan journalism major and as i chatted about my new thoughts on grocery store pet food she asked to quote me for an artice about all this she’s writing for a final project. I gladly let her and told her about this site and a few others so ITCHMO she may be mailing you asking to use or quote some of your site content, i hope that’s ok.
    She said it will appear next month in their college newspaper, Eastern echo I think it’s called.

    Anyway I just thought i’d share and say the few extra cents a can was more than worth the peace of mind i now have.

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