We read this story this morning and have been trying to figure out the possible suspects. But the part of the story that was shocking was this quote:
The FDA hasn’t confirmed the identity of that company, but its Web site suggests it supplies only animal feed manufacturers, Sundlof said.
What other animal feed contains this wheat gluten?
Also, we have some insight into what may cause acute renal failure from a veterinary toxicology’s perspective as reported by a veterinary technical student. Itchmo has read about the antifreeze possibility on Friday, but we didn’t report it since we had no training to confirm or deny the report. We’ll keep looking. We would love to read the report for ourselves. The report is pointing to three likely causes:
- Contamination with Glycols, such as Ethylene Glycol (antifreeze) and Diglycol Ether.
- Mycotoxin contamination, specifically Ochratoxins and Citrinin. These can both cause nephrotoxicity.
- Contamination with industrial chemicals like phenols or toluene is another possibility, but it would have likely made the contaminated foods unpalatable.
With these two others as possible, but less likely:
- Vitamin D excess. This was a problem for Royal Canin and their Urinary SO formula last year, but it seems unlikely in this case because it can take months for the symptoms to appear.
- Heavy metal contamination, like Mercury or Arsenic. The doctor didnâ€™t think this was likely, because the clinical signs would be very obvious.