Royal Canin Recalls Several Dry Foods

Royal Canin is recalling several formulations due to contaminated rice protein concentrate. No illnesses are confirmed in relation to these items. Royal Canin also recently recalled pet food in South Africa due to melamine found in corn gluten.

Recalled items:

ROYAL CANIN SENSIBLE CHOICE (available in pet specialty stores nationwide)

Dry Dog Food
- Chicken Meal & Rice Formula Senior
- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Puppy
- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Adult
- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Senior
- Rice & Catfish Meal Formula Adult

ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIET (available only in veterinary clinics)

Dry Dog Food
- Canine Early Cardiac EC 22â„¢
- Canine Skin Support SS21â„¢

Dry Cat Food
- Feline Hypoallergenic HP23â„¢

Full release after the jump.

(Thanks PetSitUSA!)


April 19, 2007

Dear Royal Canin USA Customer,

It is with sincere regret that I inform you of a new and unfortunate development with some of our pet food products.

Although we have no confirmed cases of illness in pets, we have decided to voluntarily remove the following dry pet food products that contain rice protein concentrate due to the presence of a melamine derivative.

ROYAL CANIN SENSIBLE CHOICE® (available in pet specialty stores nationwide)

Dry Dog Food
- Chicken Meal & Rice Formula Senior
- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Puppy
- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Adult
- Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Senior
- Rice & Catfish Meal Formula Adult

ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIETâ„¢ (available only in veterinary clinics)

Dry Dog Food
- Canine Early Cardiac EC 22â„¢
- Canine Skin Support SS21â„¢

Dry Cat Food
- Feline Hypoallergenic HP23â„¢

We are taking this proactive stance to voluntarily recall these products to avoid any confusion for our customers about which Royal Canin USA products are safe and which products may be affected.

Pet owners should immediately stop feeding their pets the Royal Canin USA dry pet food products listed above. Pet owners should consult with a veterinarian if they are concerned about the health of their pet. No other Royal Canin diets are affected by this recall and CONTINUE TO BE safe for pets to eat.

In addition, Royal Canin USA will no longer use any Chinese suppliers for any of our vegetable proteins.

This decision to recall some of our dry pet food products is driven by our philosophy that the “Pet Comes First”. The safety and nutritional quality of our pet food is Royal Canin USA’s top priority. Pet owners who have questions about this recall and other Royal Canin USA products should call 1-800-592-6687.

On behalf of the entire Royal Canin family, our hearts go out to the pet owners and everyone in the pet community who have been affected by all of the recent recalls. We are as passionate about the health and happiness of our customers’ pets as we are of our own, so we are committed to taking the steps necessary to ensure this never happens again.

Sincerely,

Olivier Amice
President and CEO
Royal Canin USA

94 Responses to “Royal Canin Recalls Several Dry Foods”

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  1. Terry says:

    We feed our Chow Chow Royal Canin Veterinary Diet 302030 Duck and Potato Dry….so far not affected, but now I am really concerned. They said check the expiration date because ALL PRODUCTS WITH AN EXPIRATION DATE OF APRIL 19TH, 2008 ARE MADE WITHOUT CHINESE SOURCED VEGETABLE PROTEINS AND ARE SAFE. But the expiration date is blurred….I’m calling…!!!

    Ugh, this is HORRIBLE! Someone had better do something about this.

  2. Joanne says:

    Hi Lorie and Everyone,

    Because of all this happening I have learnt more about cat nutrition than I ever knew before. Cats should not have any grains of any sort. It is all stuff made up by these huge companies to have us buy things which in turn will cause more health problems for our cats like diabetes for example.

    Cat should not be even on dry food. They should have a diet which is complete top quality meat, either canned or raw food diet.

    This all came as a real surprise for me, because since I was a little girl we must have had at least 30 cats or more, kittens running around all the time. But my Mom use to make the cats homemade cat food. Obviously my Mom was on to “nutrition” way before I had to learn the hard way.

    There are good wet premium all meat cat foods and excellent raw food available for cats. Cats are not to have any grains in any form in their diets.

    Cats would not even eat dry food it it was not for the spray manufacturers of pet food put on it to make it appealing to cats. They then become carb and dry food junkies and on to cause all sorts of harm to their health.

    What these pet food companies have done is absolutely revolting. They need to be held accountable for their actions.
    Regards,
    Joanne

  3. blkcatgal says:

    Terry, who told you about the expiration dates? Right now I am feeding my cats the RC IVD limited ingredients venison and peas (after NB recalled theirs). Supposedly it does not have wheat or rice protein but does have pea protein. I think I’m going to stop feeding them this too now. I am so darn paranoid! I don’t know what to do!

  4. Barb says:

    If you are going to feed your pet “people” food you should supplement this diet with a product called “Missing Link”. This is a great product. It is made for people, birds, cats, dogs and horses. I fed my poodle chicken and rice all her life with “Missing Link” and she was 17 years old when I had to put her to sleep. They sell “Missing LInk Plus for dogs over 7 years old. It contains glucosamine and chondroitin for their joints.

  5. teric says:

    Sharon,

    I am cooking for mine as well now and I’ve heard also that it should only be for short term. I’m to afraid to give anything else right now and hope this recall will be over soon. Be sure to get them some good vitamins & check w/ your vet.

    I will say that my first Japanese Chin NEVER & I mean NEVER had one bite of dog food. She lived to be the ripe old age of 18. This was 14 years ago. Makes me wonder??????

  6. teric says:

    Barb,

    Missing Link ! Yes, that’s a great idea. I had forgotten about that!

    Thanks!!!!

  7. Carolyn says:

    Supposedly Canidae and Felidae are safe, right? But on the can of Felidae cat food I bought today, it says “formulated for PAWS.” Then when I checked the CNN website this afternoon, it lists ‘PAWS as a recalled food. Does anyone know if “PAWS” is the same as Candidae / Felidae?? This is way too confusing. And one more question, I know how to make homemade dog food, but how to make homemade cat food? Anyone?

  8. Barb says:

    Cats and dogs need meat, vegetables and calcium like cheese, milk and sardines. But they also need a vitamin supplement with this people food. This would be ” Feline Missing Link”.

  9. Joe says:

    Consider what might have been written if melamine-contaminated food products had been imported from “different companies” and “different manufacturers” located in the Middle East instead of China. The poisoning of dogs and cats, and related financial and psychological cost, would be grounds to suspect terrorism.
    Our “special” relationship with China is one of the costs of being a debtor nation.

  10. Judy says:

    I don’t trust Royal Canin at all. It’s unfortunate that they are remaining silent about the corn gluten issue. I don’t think any food with wheat gluten, rice gluten or corn gluten is safe. I am feeding my dogs Muenster Natural dog food made right here in Texas with ONLY ingredients grown in the U.S. with the exception of flax seed from Canada. It is available online if anyone would like to check it out. The website is muenstermilling.com - I personally know the owners.

  11. Carol A. says:

    Is Royal Canin SO dry food for cats ok? the answer is NO NO NO NO NO.

    See this thread by Dr. Elizbeth Hodgkins on www.yourdiabeticcat.com on this topic:

    http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com.....IC_ID=2550

    and also, Dr Hodgkins says on YDC:

    “In case everyone doesn’t know, Hills has announced a new food containing citrate as the miracle ingredient to solve the problem created by the c/d/s/d line. As you all know, c/d and s/d cause a new form of uroliths, calcium oxylate, by overacidifying a cat’s urine (to eliminate the problem their regular foods cause, struvite uroliths). Now, this was never tested for BEFORE they sold a bazillion dollars worth of c/d and s/d through vets who had no idea that they were creating a new disease. Now, they propose to sell this new untested food and just sit back and wait to see if a new population of “laboratory test animals” in the owned-cat population will get sick from it and if they do, it will take decades for them to do anything about it. This is insanity, pure and simple. I’d write a letter to vet pubs about it, but no one would publish it…..toxicity from contamination is just the tip of the iceberg folks…..

    What can a vet say when you ask why they would trust this new diet, totally untested, when it was their trust of the old diet that caused them to unwittingly participate in making their patients sick? When does it end? When does the profession say “ENOUGH!”? It is not the cats that are defective…
    You may get this from your vet…”well, some cats have predispositions to disease and we have to do the best we can at any time….all medications have side effects…”
    IF you hear this, (and he/she is essentially saying that c/d and s/d are medications) ask why such medications with side effects are not tested like pharmceuticals where it is well understood that you may get adverse side effects as the price of the benfeit. The pet food companies, especially Hills, have for years argued that their Rx diets shouldn’t be regulated like medical drugs…well, which is it? Is it pet food or is it drugs? If the latter, then REGULATE and TEST it!!!!!!!! If it’s just pet food, then it shouldn’t CAUSE disease!”

  12. Carol A. says:

    All dry food is poisonous for both cats and dogs, no matter what company makes it — Merrick or whatever. The carbohydrate content along means it is a “species inappropriate” diet for our carnivore friends.

    For people who cring at feeding raw, do a bit more thinking on this issue — cats catch mice and birds..that is their natural prey. Remember they are carnivores and raw is a fabulous — absolutely fabulous — diet for them. Give it a try for 3-4 months and see what a difference it makes.

    You can also order some from www.felinespride.com to try it out if you don’t have it together to make your own. That’s the same recipe as www.catnutrition.org

    It is just because the pet food companies knew they could make a lot of money feeding CEREAL — rice, corn and all these merged and split ingredients that are gluten-based that the pets are having all these health problems - never mind the melanine alone.

    My own cats are doing better than ever on raw diet www.catnutrition.org. Plus I’m saving a TON of money not buying the expensive, poisonous MediCal vet kibble that almost killed my female Siamese.

    I will NEVER EVER feed commercial food again. Just raw meat with kitty supplements like Platinium Performance. It’s pretty simple to do this on your own and your cat will be healthier. Plus no big vet bills now — or later in life.

  13. Cathy Moore says:

    If you have a food co-op or Whole Foods type store in your area, please make sure they know that Sensible Choice has been recalled. My local co-op didn’t know about the recall. They also ignored my emails. I had to go into the store in person and start removing items from the shelf and basically make a scene to get them to act.

    And when I called the central administrative office to make sure that another branch of the same store was notified of the recall, the admin person argued with me, saying Sensible Choice wasn’t a Royal Canin product. I had to insist that she look at the link I gave her and notify the store manager.

    I’ve about had it with this whole situation and several legislators are definitely hearing from me.

  14. BW says:

    To Sly and the other lady who asked about Fancy Feast. I have a tiny bit of info. I have found out how to decipher a part of the long numbers on the bottoms of the can in order to find out where that particular can was processed. (see below) I only know about 5 flavors WITHOUT wheat gluten which I am using. Tender Beef, Savory Salmon, Gourmet Chicken, and Cod, Sole, and Shrimp feast. All without wheat gluten.

    I called Purina today, and spoke to several people, finally a supervisor regarding the post on Itchmo about Nestle Purina having a big petfood processing plant in China. The first two people denied this, and said that it was absolutely all processed in the U.S. at their 17 different processing plants. Then I asked for the supervisor and she denied it also. It didn’t seem that she was intending to lie to me, she was very nice. I think she was uninformed. I read her the article about the Purina plant in China. She left, came back and said that information was inaccurate!

    I said I wanted to know how to decipher the number codes on the bottoms of the Fancy Feast cans so I would know where they were processed.

    She was very helpful, I read her 5 flavors, and she told me that
    the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th, numbers on the bottom, give you the location of the processing plant for that flavor.
    Four of my flavors were “1160″ She said that is in Jefferson Wisconsin. Great! I said. Then I read her the numbers of the Flaked Fish and Shrimp Feast!!! “1828″
    She was quiet, and said OH, sounded a bit shocked and then said, oh my, it is processed in ( a very chinese sounding place!) I really think she was surprised. She put me on hold to go speak to someone and then she came back and she said that it was not processed in China, but it WAS processed in THAILAND!! After that, she seemed more prepared to believe that perhaps they did have a petfood processing plant in China too.

    Anyway, I asked for codes for all 17 purina processing plants in the U.S.
    so I could check them out when buying my FF, and that I wanted to know the origin of all the ingredients too.
    She said she didn’t have that information, and could only look up the flavors I gave her the bar code numbers for, I only had 5 of those, if I had had more flavors, I think she would have told me their locations too, but I didn’t have any more. Someone else could call and ask about other flavors. She said she would definitely send my information and request to their headquarters in St. Louis and have someone get back to me, hopefully with the information I wanted, but that it would take a while. (I am sure it will.)

    I am taking back the cans from Thailand. I don’t feel their processing regulations are as stringent as ours in the U.S., though I have doubts about ours too, and I fear Purina may be using local ingredients in Thailand too.
    She certainly did seem to try to help me and seemed forthcoming about the cans I was discussing with her.
    I told her I had friends waiting to hear what she could tell me, and I wanted to share the processing plant numbers with friends, and she said of course. So there it is, if this is a little bit helpful to anyone interested in Fancy Feast. My cats won’t eat any other canned food, and I have tried many supposedly good ones. Today, they don’t seem to want to eat the FF either, they just nibble at it. I hope the Innova EVO without any grain is safe, maybe that is satisfying them. I don’t know how to cook for them, they won’t eat human ground turkey, or beef. I’ve tried. I don’t use EVO canned its made by Menu. I don’t want any processed by Menu at all. Tried Merrick turkey dinner yesterday, but only one cat would eat that. It smelled good to me! But now I learn on Itchmo they own a rendering plant next to their petfood plant, and I think that is suspicious.

    I am hoping no one has heard any horror stories about the Fancy Feast flavors without wheat gluten or rice protein. I am a bit alarmed by the lady who lost her cat to the gravy flavor. My heart goes out to her.
    I bought some more beef and chicken to try and cook for them tomorrow, wish me luck. I have many cats as I am rescuer, and I am at my wits end.

  15. Judy says:

    Those of you making your own foods, please educate yourselves! The meat must be balanced with the proper amounts of calcium or your pets will get sick. And NO, dogs do not need carbs or veggies in their foods any more than cats do, but they will tolerate them better.
    Canidae looks more and more like the shining star in all of this.
    I am in the processing of switching both dogs and cats to it.
    They all love the dry, but some of the cats do not like the canned. Cats do not like changes in the diet, so any changes must be done over a few weeks time.
    And RC shows their colors when they say they are getting a new source for all the CHEAP PSEUDO PROTEIN called gluten, that isn’t fit for any carnivore! They should not be using this crap in the first place! Cats and dogs need meat protein, which is very expensive by comparison.
    I do not bring any gluten or protein concentrate into the house for mine to eat. I looked at a bag of “Chihuahua” food made by RC the other day.
    It had Rice Protein Concentrate, as the source of protein. Shame on them!
    Not only that, but a Chihuahua is a DOG the last time I looked, as are all the other ridiculous foods they have. One for every breed! Bulldog, Boxer, Lab, etc. This is the height of Marketing Genius! Look what all that stupid, extra packaging costs them! But it doesn’t matter. The consumer pays for it all! Even the POISON that comes with the cheap glutens they use. People should be calling them and telling them they will never buy their food unless they take the crap out of it! And mean it. That’s the only way it will change. Believe me, these big companies don’t give a rip about the health of our pets, only the almighty dollar!

  16. Judy says:

    Pet Promise has corn gluten meal and SOY. Junk food for cats.

  17. Dara says:

    I am feeding my cats Blue Buffalo dry food lite formula. Do you think that is safe? I know the kitty formula got recalled but I don’t see anything in the lite dry food formula that could be problematic. Is there any particular ingredients I should watch out for?

  18. Anonymous says:

    I remember coming back to the US from a visit to Canada back in the late 1970s. I was questined at length if I bought any products made in “Red China.” At that point it was a CRIME to bring back something from Canada that was manufactured in China. How things have changed.

  19. Lorie says:

    BW that is great info on FF I am one of the one with cats effected buy the Medleys with gravy. Iam using Merrick right now myself, I have read about the rendering plant also so I am kidding myself into only using the fish ones for now. Was going to go with Newmans, EVO, or Wellness till I found out that were canned by Menu. Then I was going to try Solid Gold dry till I found out it was made by Diamond. Wonder if these companies realize their rep went right down the toilet with Menu and Diamond. Its a shame.

  20. blkcatgal says:

    I talked with a Royal Canin representative today and asked whether they had tested ALL their vegetable proteins to make sure there were no other problems. I certainly do not want to be going through this mess again two weeks from now with something else. She assured me repeatedly that they had tested everything and did not find any other problems. I sure hope so….

  21. Deanna says:

    I have a question!….Does anyone have extensive knowledge about a Supplement product called “Missing Link?”

    I’ve seen some interesting comments on it….positive ones at that…..but, given the constant unfolding of this whole recall mess….I need to know EVERYTHING about it!

    Reading the labels on products is important…..but I NEED to know beyond that now! I need to know EVERYTHING, EVERYBODY and EVERY country that is involved in this product!

    Since I am home-cooking for my fur-babies and am interested in providing the very best that I can for them….this product has sparked my interest in helping me to do so!

    So….all you RESEARCH wizards….can you lend me a hand?

    Oh..btw,…..if you see any “China-syndrome” link in the chain..let me know…. as I am no longer buying anything (knowingly anyways!) ….and I mean ANYTHING, from China! I refuse to help line wallets over there….as they kill us and our pets over here!!!……End of story!!

    I thank you in advance for any help in regards to researching Missing Link Supplement!

  22. Beth says:

    In answer to Carolyn, who mentioned that Canidae formula is geared to PAWS - that stands for :

    P = Puppies
    A = Adults
    W = Working
    S = Seniors

    Formulation is an All-Stage formulation for Dogs (Canidae) & Cats (Felidae) It has nothing to do with any recalled food.

    We have a Shiba Inu & she is allergy sensitive & we have been feeding her Canidae since she was a puppy & she is now 4 years old & doing great on this food. We are now also supplementing her (as a treat) with Kumpi Adult food. Since most treats are manufactured overseas we use these 2 products & our Shiba loves the food & accepts it as a treat since that is what we have done since she was a pup.

  23. Beth says:

    Also wanted to add that we also use Old Mother Hubbard Dog Biscuits as a treat & they have a notice on their website that they do not use the offending products.

    http://www.omhpet.com/

    We have been using the assorted flavors variety for the last 4 years also.

  24. Carolyn says:

    Thank you, Beth, for the PAWS info!

  25. Di says:

    So is the general consensus that the Canidae and Felidae lines are still safe? I have no idea on what to feed my cats. I’m looking for some wet food recommendations.

  26. blkcatgal says:

    Di, I think they are safe…..but, for what it’s worth, I just tried to switch my 2 cats over to the Felidae chicken and rice, canned and dry, and while they will eat some of the canned, they won’t touch the dry. And these are 2 cats that aren’t picky (or at least I thought). Now I’m stuck with a bag of dry….. :(

  27. Lorie says:

    Di this was on one of the othe blogs sites

    Mary Says:

    April 21st, 2007 at 2:08 pm
    Everyone of them will hopefully be punished for what they have done.
    For many Years I have talked my head off about IMPORTING.
    I have 4 Dogs and eveyone of them have been effected by this food.
    I am so tired of the Vet but Love my KIDS to death.
    It has been non stop with my dogs for over 2 months.
    Now I think there is a problem with the CANIDAE that I am feeding them.
    ANy insite to Canidae Dog Food

    I was just getting ready to switch to felidae dry my self when I saw this’

  28. Asha is sick today and its her birthday1 - Page 2 - Golden Retriever Forum says:

    […] Just wanted to put this here if you plan to purchase Royal Canine in the near future. I’m sorry Asha was sick on her birthday, but I’ll bet she felt loved and enjoyed it despite the sour tummy! Happy Belated Birthday Asha! Jan, Seamus, Gracie, Phoebe & Eliza Doolittle Royal Canin is recalling several different formulations due to contaminated rice protein concentrate. No illnesses are confirmed in relation to these items. The following formulas are recalled: ROYAL CANIN SENSIBLE CHOICE® (available in pet specialty stores nationwide) Dry Dog Food - Chicken Meal & Rice Formula Senior - Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Puppy - Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Adult - Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Senior - Rice & Catfish Meal Formula Adult ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIET™ (available only in veterinary clinics) Dry Dog Food - Canine Early Cardiac EC 22™ - Canine Skin Support SS21™ Dry Cat Food - Feline Hypoallergenic HP23™ More details: Itchmo » Blog Archive » BREAKING NEWS: Royal Canin Recalls Several Dry Foods […]

  29. Di says:

    Can I scream now?? It seems like each day there is a new food or treat being recalled. Right now my cats are on Blue Buffalo lite formula dry food and there hasn’t been any problems. They have been on this food for 3 days now. So far so good but I am still very nervous. I want to give them some wet food too but quite frankly I have no idea what to feed them. I did try the Blue Buffalo wet food in tuna but they really didn’t like it. Also, it contains that vitamin K/mela something that is not supposed to be good for them. I forget the actual name/spelling.

    I still can’t believe all this is happening.

  30. Beth says:

    The latest that I have heard on all of this is that the FDA is now checking into the possibility of intentional spiking of the products. See this page:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18210224

    Actually, since I am not very trusting, this is something that I have suspected from the beginning. I wonder if it is true?? Only time & investigation will tell. The food supply for both humans & animals has been compromised a great deal in the last couple of years. Now agriculture faces another disaster with the disappearance of thousands of beehives. Makes one wonder just what on earth is going on.

  31. Beth says:

    Came across this news story that it could be that the Pet food tainting might be intentional according to the information at this link:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18210224

  32. Beth says:

    Hmmmmm - - - if this is double posting, then I am sorry as I cannot see my posting. Perhaps there is something wrong with the server or the posting takes a while??

  33. Beth says:

    Was trying to post a link which contained the story that the Pet food may have been tainted on purpose.

    www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18210224

  34. TERRIERIFIC says:

    Ok now we can see how the combined misinformation: vets who profit from selling “prescription” petfoods, breeders who recommend a brand they are subsidized by it, the conglomerates feeding the media fuzzy puppy and kitten ads to tug at your heartstrings in order to indentify with that brand, dog shows sponsered by the big guys, so totally disses the intelligiance of the the massses.
    Do all of you realize that pet food is BIG BUSINESS? Our animals, despite how we have domesticated them, are still ANIMALS! Carnivors! They purge themselves with spring grasses when available. The balance of their diets in the wild is what has fallen off a tree or been dug up- NOTHING COOKED OR PROCESSED! Dogs lived on road kill for thousands of years! Week old offal!
    Today we are seeing high incidents of cancers, pancreaotic prblems, thyroid, skin, bowel dysfunction and the average life span of dogs slowly shrinking and vet bills soaring. If your Doctor sold YOU a precribed diet, they would be up against malpractice and a conflict of interest. I have been furious about this one fact alone for many years. What baloney! Not to mention once you get your dog used to a brand what is the deal about never being able to switch or substitue food without total toxic shock or withdrawal symptoms????? What’s that all about people????
    Better off getting a good raw food recipe and making your own if can’t afford the premade ones and you love your pets. Make batches and freeze it.
    What the heck did people do before Purina? No mad cow disease either! Micro manage you family life- although we love them like children, they are on 4 legs and their evolution has not been the sames as ours. KEEP IT SIMPLE AND NATURAL!
    Oh yeah and bathe your dogs monthly- don’t buy into the myth they don’t need it- they live amongst us! Even outdoor dogs can use it in the summer months to help rid them of parisites.

  35. Finn says:

    Should I believe what Royal Canin says in Finland in official statement?

    www.royalcanin.fi:

    All the pet foods by Royal Canin in Europe are of Austrian and French origin and they don’t contain any melamine.

    I wonder if I really should believe this…?

    Does anybody have information about these products in Europe?

  36. Floridian says:

    I didn’t know where exactly to post this, but thought it something worth sharing.

    Celebrating Pets! Select Kmart Stores to Offer Pet Health Check and Adoption Programs for National Pet Month

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., April 23 /PRNewswire/ — Pets are increasingly
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    numbers, going to the pet spa, doggie daycare and pet psychologist and even
    celebrating birthdays with a party. In recognition of our customers’
    growing concern for the health and happiness of their pets and to support
    local pet shelters, select Kmart stores will be offering pet health check
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    Participating Kmart stores nationwide will partner with local shelters
    to host pet adoption drives on Saturday, May 19, and offer free health
    checks (with local veterinarians) and advice on the care of pets the
    following week, on Saturday, May 26.
    “We know that pets are more and more important in the lives of our
    customers, and we’re responding,” said Peter Whitsett, senior vice
    president, merchandising officer, Sears Holdings. “In addition to the
    adoption and vet check programs in May, Kmart has introduced a new line of
    pet food and products called Champion Breed and offers discounted pet
    medications through our pharmacy. Customers can save money without
    compromising on quality on items for some of the most beloved members of
    the family.”
    Champion Breed(TM), Kmart’s new line of private label pet products for
    dogs and cats, includes food, treats, toys, and litter. The formulations
    compare to leading national brands, but are sold at competitive prices. The
    products are being introduced now at Kmart stores all over the country.
    In addition, Pedigree is offering a free month’s supply of dog food to
    all Kmart customers who adopt a dog in the month of May at the Kmart events
    or any local shelter. To redeem the offer, customers need to show a copy of
    adoption papers at checkout.
    A list of local Kmart events for National Pet Month is available at
    http://www.kmart.com.

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  38. Mary says:

    My dog died- I had to put her down on March 31st. She had been fed Sensible Choice all her life. She was my best friend. Friday evening I stood in shock in front of the empty shelf at the local store where I had always bought her food.
    I feel helpless, I want someone to suffer qnd pay for this. The pain and sadness of losing my best friend was bad enough just thinking it was cancer or something else but now a month later learning that I may have been poisoning - my heart is broken and I feel as though I have just been kicked in the gut.
    Why is this happening and why isn’t anyone taking more serous action to get to the bottom of this?

  39. Theresa says:

    I am looking into feeding my beagles the BARF diet - it sounds more sensible. Does anyone know anything about it or has anyone tried it?

  40. Beth K says:

    I wouldn’t trust ANY brand right now.
    I too lost my best friend the day before Xmas. Up until last fall I had two german shepherds that were extremely healthy. Ages 13 and 2. They both had been fed Royal Canin Sensible Choice Natural Blend for most of their lives….I loved this food!…..this variety has not made the recall list Yet……However both suddenly developed extreme itching….I now realize it is a classic symptom of renal failure. Shelby died with reanl failure symptoms and Radar has been to the vet three times and placed on various medications for the itching….Airborn allergies…ya right! Thank goodness I recently changed from my favorite food and things seem to be getting a little better. Just not ready to run off for another $200 vet visit after paying $40 a bag for food forever…just so I can kill my dogs. I feel very alone and will have to figure this out on my own I guess :(.

  41. Jane Anderson says:

    I looked up the dog food from Muenster Milling someone recommended earlier. It has menadione sodium bisulfite complex in the chicken and rice. This I believe is the form of Vitamin D that was banned in humans because too many babies were dying from it. Another of their dog foods lists just Vitamin D3 supplement. But not what kind of Vitamin D3. So this raises the red flags.
    Jane

  42. TRINA says:

    I FEED MY 2 MINATURE SCHNAUZER NUTRO ULTRA. IT DOESNT CONTAIN GLUTEN . THEY MAKE THIS FOOD AT THERE OWN PLANTS AND DONT USE ANY SHIPMENTS FROM CHINA THIS IS DRY FOOD ANYBODY HEAR ANYTHING PUT A POST UP PLEASE THIS IS GETTING CRAZY EVERY DAY ANOTHER FOOD BEING RECALL.

  43. Elizabeth Schmidt says:

    does anyone know if this statment is true….!!!

    “The CFO of Menu Foods, Mark Wiens sold about half of his shares in the company three weeks before the poisoned pet food recall was announced, Canadian insider trading reports show.
    Please watch the video “the Corporation” to learn how big corporations get away with murder. By the way…Nestle, Coke and NutraChem are in it together, just to name a few. ”

    How would I check out if it is true?

  44. Mike Bazurto says:

    My shepherd/lab mix was prescribed RC Urinary SO. She itches and scratches, licks her paws… I imagine it is from the corn and chicken.

    I don’t want a recurrent bout with stone formations or crystals in the urine.
    Any suggestions?

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