WP: Online Chat With Vet. Toxicologist

The Washington Post posted a transcript of their online chat with Dr. Robert Poppenga, a board-certified veterinary toxicologist and professor of clinical veterinary and diagnostic toxicology at the University of California at Davis.

The chat includes information on safety of melamine in dish-ware, scientific investigation into the toxicity of melamine, connection with liver failure and more.

(Thanks to reader tips)

19 Responses to “WP: Online Chat With Vet. Toxicologist”

  1. Cynthia says:

    There is so much out there that is harmful, it’s overwhelming!

    They mentioned melamine bowls as non-toxic and that’s good. What we need to look out for are cans that are lined with plastic.

    For instance, cans used for our food, beverages and our pets food can be lined with a toxic plastic containing bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic and resin ingredient used to line metal food and drink cans. BPA actually leaches into the food.

    I called the Evanger’s pet food company and it was one of the things we discussed. Unfortunately, they do use BPA lined cans. I suspect most do.

    Articles from The Enviormental Working Group
    http://www.ewg.org/reports/bisphenola/execsumm.php
    (Be sure to read what our government is doing about it.)

    Consumer tips to avoid BPA
    http://www.ewg.org/reports/bis.....ertips.php

    Related news coverage
    http://www.ewg.org/news/eclips.php?issueid=5040

  2. Anonymous says:

    From the wapo transcr: Q:long-term health risks: permanently affected? additional problems that appear later on?

    A: ‘don’t know’. “The kidney has a tremendous reserve capacity and hopefully exposed pets will not have long term consequences.”

    by the time kidney symptoms show up in cats, 75% of kidney function is probably gone……….

  3. Ruth says:

    No cross contamination? I thought thats why some of the recent recalls were due to that possibilty.

    Seizures? Some pet owners have reported that their pets had one before dying and had eaten the recalled food.

    Liver functions not affected? My pet had the same symptoms of kidney failure, also bad liver functions but still died. Showed all the symptoms of being poisoned. Stumped the Vet as to what happened to my pet.

    The only thing I got from this chat none of this crap belongs in human or pet food. (While the FDA continues to assure the public that chickens are safe to eat.) The FDA says its minimal. Where are the long term studies to back up their statements?

    T.V. news sure has downplayed the recalls. I guess what happens to a spoiled socialite is more important.

  4. straybaby says:

    “by the time kidney symptoms show up in cats, 75% of kidney function is probably gone……….”

    yup. i was begging people in the very begining not to wait for it to show on blood results or physical signs. i’ve been down the ARF road in the past. beyond not fun.

  5. lainie says:

    Whn R We Gonna Wake Up And Stop Importing Things We Can Grow Here. Whn The Third World Countries Kill Us Off So They Can Farm Our Land. Its Always Been Said Its Cheaper. I Dont Knw About Any Of U But My Grocery Bill Has Doubled In The Last 10yrs. So What Exactly Is Cheaper. Seems To Me Im Paying Alot More Now To Buy Chemically Laden Food Then My Parents Did To Buy Wholesome Home Grown Made In The Usa

  6. safefoods says:

    >>Whn R We Gonna Wake Up And Stop Importing Things We Can Grow Here. Whn The Third World Countries Kill Us Off

  7. RANDY BELLIN says:

    HI I LOVE WHAT YOU WROTE AND I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS I HAVE A HERMIT CRAB WHO HAS FALLEN OUT OF HIS SHELL BUT I STILL LOOKS LIKE HE IS LIVING INSIDE OF HIS SHELL AND HIS LEGS ARE YELLOW .DO HERMIT CRABS SHED THERE SKIN?IS HE DEAD?WILL MY OTHER HERMIT CRAB GET SICK FOR BEING IN THE SAME TANK AND THE DEAD OR NOT DEAD HERMIT CRAB PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION EMAIL ME AT …

    XOLILQTEPIE143@AOL.COM

    THANKYOU!

  8. RANDY BELLIN says:

    DOES ANYONE HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT MY HERMIT CRAB PERHAPS THE VET.THANKYOU

  9. RANDY BELLIN says:

    I NEED SOME ANSWERS

  10. Lala Nasha says:

    My dog had puppies like 3 days ago and she is dripping black goo and i would like to know why….if u know why please tell me why thank you

  11. danny says:

    how do i train my cat

  12. BRIDGET says:

    CAN I GIVE MY 14 YR SPRINGER SPAN DOG CHLORHEXIDINE (HUMAN MED) FOR HER GUMS. SHE HAS HAD HER TEETH CLEANED ON A REGULAR BASIS, BUT HER BREATH IS BAD & GUMS LOOK A LITTLE IRRITATED.

  13. mariah says:

    Can anyone answer my question? I think my cat is in labor but I’m not sure.how do I know?

  14. Kassey says:

    Can cats live from getting rabies?

  15. Gregory Robinson says:

    My pit puppy has a irritation under her which she caused to worsen by scratching. Does anybody have any ideas what it can be or how to solve this?

  16. alex says:

    My dog won’t eat anything or drink.does anyone know what I should do???

  17. Katherine says:

    Hello, and I have a female dog and I think she is pregnant. We have a male dog in the house and, about 2 weeks ago, we found them stuck together the wrong way. And she has been acting weird. She is a Greyhoud/Shar-pei and the boy is a min pin. I am worried about my dogs and especially my girl dog. Here is a sign that I first saw is that, She got stuck when she was having her cycle, it suddenly started to slowly stop after a day or two. And my dog doesn’t have a vet but I have come to you for this just beacuse of that reason. Her are some more signs: She has been acting real lazy, her appetite has changed and gone down, and all she does is she wants to stay in my room and she wants to go where ever I go, oh and she always wants me to rub her stomach, and if you have any answers please answer this comment.

  18. Katherine says:

    Alex I think that you should try showing your dog the water and food bowl in case you put it in a different spot, and if that doesn’t work call a dog whisperer or a vet. I hope that this helps alex.

  19. catbird says:

    It appears that some people have mistaken this blog article, which is a 2 1/2 year old report about a specific chat related to melamine, for an actual online vet chat. This is not a place to post a question about a sick pet. First and foremost, consult your veterinarian.

    This blog is no longer active. However, if you wish to discuss sick pet issues, please go to the corresponding forum, http://www.itchmoforums.com
    where there is a section for sick pet discussion.


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