Updated throughout the day
- Dr. Kirk, scheduled to be today’s senate witness, says “we’re not facing a pet-food crisis.” (Read at your own peril.)
- Menu Foods says clerical mistake led to the latest recall expansion.
- Banfield says hundreds dead, not thousands as reported. (Full release after the jump)
- NBC reports on the state of US food safety.
- Itchmoâ€™s forums now open for discussion. Talk about “safe stores”, best pet foods and other recall-related news.
- Oregon (1.2% of US population) reports 114 suspected cases, with 44 deaths.
Banfield, The Pet Hospital, Helping the FDA - Fewer Pets are Becoming Ill From Recalled Foods and Most are Recovering
PORTLAND, Ore., April 11 /PRNewswire/ — Over the last several weeks, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, has provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with medical information collected from its centralized medical records database of Pets that may have been affected by the Menu Foods recall.
The database shows that out of 237,844 dogs and cats examined at Banfield during the last three weeks, six Pets — five cats and one dog –(0.003 percent) have died as a result of eating a recalled food.
“The total number of Pets that we have seen which have actually become ill or have died as a result of eating tainted food is low,” says Will Novak, DVM, chief medical officer for Banfield. “However, every single one is a tragedy to their owners and to our team members who tend to love every Pet they care for.”
In the last three weeks, Banfield doctors have examined 1,605 Pets with a history of eating a recalled food, which is less than 1 percent of the Pets examined in all of its hospitals. Very few of these Pets are ill. The Pets that have become sick are recovering with treatment.
Banfield, which has more than 615 hospitals nationwide, is collecting extra medical information on all its patients that may have ingested the recalled foods and reporting the data and findings on a regular basis to the FDA. In addition to treating the ill patients, Banfield doctors are also performing extensive diagnostics including thorough blood testing and urinalysis on potentially affected Pets. This also includes autopsies on Pets suspected to have died as a result of the Pet food tragedy despite valiant efforts to save them. The autopsies are performed only with the consent of the Pet owners, who are seeking answers as to why their Pets became ill and died.
Banfield’s Pet electronic medical records are linked by a centralized computer system. This allows Banfield to rapidly collect a large amount of Pet medical data, which is then analyzed for disease trends at its main campus in Portland, Ore.
The good news is that as a result of very high vigilance and concern, Banfield doctors are treating fewer and fewer cases every day. Currently, most of the patients receiving treatment are getting well because their owners have stopped feeding them the recalled diets and Pets have received prompt veterinary care.
“It is important to us, as we know it is for the FDA, to provide Pet owners and the veterinary community as well as the general public with the most accurate information from this data,” says Scott Campbell, DVM, Banfield CEO. “It is our goal to help the FDA better understand the extent of this problem so it can promptly address this issue and put in place processes and a surveillance system to help prevent a similar situation in the future.”
Banfield and the FDA are continuing to perform thorough analyses of all the medical data as it is collected on affected Pets regarding the Pet food recall.
Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1955, Banfield has become the largest Pet general veterinary practice in the world, with more than 615 quality veterinary hospitals in many neighborhoods across the U.S., and new hospitals in the U.K. and Mexico. Banfield veterinarians and medical team members are committed to giving Pets the same level of care that they want for themselves. Hospitals offer a full-range of quality comprehensive, medical and surgical services as well as fully computerized medical records, affordable preventive care plans, and extended operating hours. Banfield is the only veterinary practice in the world with an extensive quality assurance program including: 100 percent medical records review; regular and unannounced hospital inspections; Peer Review of difficult cases; and even a Client Advocate to address special circumstances. Banfield, The Pet Hospital, helps extend the lives of millions of Pets each year and grows at a 20 percent compounded annual growth rate by always focusing on what is best for Pets and their families.
At Banfield we work hard to give Pets the same care we want for ourselves, make Pet health affordable, strengthen the value of Pets in families, teach how better Pet care maximizes lives, and to stop euthanasia by keeping Pets healthy. Put simply, we always work to treat your Pet like family.
Contact: Kathy Baumgardner, Practice Communications, (503) 922-5479 or firstname.lastname@example.org.