Blue Buffalo Issues Dog Food Recall

October 8, 2010

Blue Buffalo has issued a recall of several lots and flavors of dog food, due to excessive vitamin D that caused illness in at least sixteen dogs.

FDA recall notice:

Link to MSU study that uncovered the problem:

What Blue Buffalo has to say:

Kudos to the concerned vets who submitted the dogs’ blood samples to MSU, and to MSU for figuring out the problem!

Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity in dogs include increased thirst, increased urination, loss of appetite, weight loss, and higher than normal levels of nitrogen-containing compounds, such as BUN, in the blood. If your dog has been eating Blue Buffalo foods on the recall list, please see your vet.

3rd Anniversary 2007 Pet Food Recalls: Remembering the victims

March 16, 2010

Vote for Animal Bill of Rights: Ideas for Change In America

March 9, 2010

Urgent! Here’s your chance to vote within the next 3 days only!

Ideas for Change in America is a national competition to select the best ideas from across the country and turn them into reality.

Provide Legal Protections for Animals Through the Animal Bill of Rights

In this country animals are still considered “property” according to the law- in most cases no different than a table or chair. Through the Animal Bill of Rights, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show Congress a groundswell of support for legislation that protects animals and recognizes that, like all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basic legal rights in our society.

The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.

The Right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.

The Right of farm animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.

The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.

The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population.

The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.

– Animal Legal Defense Fund Jan 20 @ 01:31PM PST

PetAg KMR Do Not Use If Off Odors

October 8, 2009

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PetAg has issued the following statement on their website:

“KMR® Powder Update Recently, a limited number of KMR powder users have experienced product producing an off odor. Normally, the product exhibits a faint “milky” smell.

It has been determined that some packaged KMR powder may have been exposed to excessive heat outside the manufacturing process.

Do not use the product if it has an off odor. Please contact PetAg Technical Services at 800-323-0877 and provide all of the information printed on the bottom of the can. For any bagged product, you can find the information on the sticker near the UPC on the back of the bag. This will provide production and tracking information for further analysis.

Replacement KMR product will be sent, following contact with Technical Services.

Liquid KMR products have exhibited no impact from heat stress.”

(Thanks lesliek)

Update: Premium Edge Cat Food NY Now Labeled Recall

October 8, 2009

At least one source is labeling the current “product withdrawal” of two Premium Edge cat foods with specific lot numbers as a recall. Diamond is also advising that cats who have eaten the products be taken to a vet.

(Thanks, menusux.)

DVMNews October 8, 2009

Diamond Pet Foods recalls two dry cat-food products in New York

“Diamond Pet Foods voluntarily recalled two brands of dry cat food from the Rochester, N.Y., area after confirming that they were deficient in thiamine.

“A Diamond spokesperson says the problem was discovered after pet owners and veterinarians called in about cats showing neurological symptoms. The affected products are Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat with the following date codes: RAF0501A22X 18-lb. bag, RAF0501A2X 6-lb. bag, RAH0501A22X 18-lb. bag, RAH0501A2X 6-lb. bag.

“Pets that consumed the recalled products should be immediately taken to a veterinarian, according to the Diamond spokesperson.

The earlier article on this recall is here.

Pets In Hard Times

October 7, 2009

Photo by Itchmo Community member. Copyright 2009. Used with permission.

The current time of economic difficulties has created serious problems for many pet owners. What happens when, due to pay cuts or job loss, people can no longer afford to feed their pets, or provide medical care? What happens when pet owners lose their homes, and are forced to move into housing arrangements where some or all of their pets will not be welcome? What can people do? Heartbreaking situations like these are being faced every day.

We have a few suggestions and resources that may provide a little help to those who need economic supports to keep their pets. These are not meant to be all-inclusive, but to serve as a starting point for your own further investigation.

First, our community has compiled a list of pet food pantries (thank you so much, especially to menusux!)

Most of these operate in a way similar to food pantries for humans. If you are having trouble affording pet food, check out one of these pantries in your area. If you are among the lucky people who have a little to spare, consider donating!

For those who are served by Meals on Wheels and similar programs, some of these agencies also have “Kibble-on-Wheels” programs that provide food for cats and dogs. Ask the person who delivers your meals if this is available in your area.

If you are forced to move into a housing situation where you will have to give up some or all of your pets, please be aware that turning them over to a conventional shelter is not likely to result in a new home, but more likely will result in euthanasia. All animal shelters in the United States are severely over-burdened in the best of times, and simply do not have the resources to manage the increasing numbers of homeless pets today. One option might be to find a no-kill shelter or breed rescue organization in your area, who will place the pet in a foster home. A second choice might be to place your pets with friends, neighbors, or relatives who would be willing to take them in. This could be done on a temporary basis, until you are in a better financial situation. Never abandon your pet thinking that the pet will be able to find food and take care of itself! You are more than likely condemning your pet to a short life filled with suffering.

To ease the burden on animal shelters, make sure your pet is spayed or neutered, to avoid adding more unwanted animals. If you have trouble affording the surgery, many local organizations such as humane societies or ASPCAs offer free or very-low-cost spay and neuter programs. Call and check to see if this is available where you live.

For those lucky people who are in a better financial position, please consider donating to a pet food pantry, rescue organization, or animal shelter. In today’s world, this is needed more than ever. If you cannot contribute money, you might still be able to contribute your time to a worthy pet cause. If you have the space and resources, consider fostering a pet for a rescue organization or for someone you know.

Do you know of other resources available to pet parents in need? Have other ideas? Please post them here!

In Memory Of…

September 23, 2009

Original Posting Date:  03/16/2008,

Author:  Emily Huh

As today marks the one year anniversary of the pet food recalls, this is an open thread for anyone to speak their mind, share their thoughts, express their loss or simply encourage and support each other.

From the Itchmo Forums, JustMe made a memorial for the victims of the pet food recalls:

Member: 3Catkidneyfailure

Doozie: A 10-year-old Cat.
Suffered kidney failure from poisoned cat food.
Euthanized: February 10, 2007.

IQ: A 16-year-old Cat.
Suffered kidney failure from poisoned pet food,
January, 2007.
A survivor, under treatment.

SMORGI: A 15-year-old Cat.
Suffered kidney failure from poisoned pet food.
A survivor, under treatment.


Member: Arlo


BART: A 5-year-old Spaniel Dog.
Poisoned by pet food. Renal Failure.
Euthanized May, 2007.

ELLIE MAY: A black and white, Domestic Short Hair cat.
Poisoned by pet food. Acute Renal Failure.
A survivor who sustained chronic renal failure.

JETHRO BODINE: A black and white tuxedo, Domestic Short Hair Cat.
Poisoned by pet food. Acute Renal Failure.
Euthanized April, 2007.


Member: Carol

JESSICA: A 16-year-old Cat.
Diagnosed with Acute Renal Failure due to poisoned cat food,
February 17, 2007.
Euthanized December 26, 2007.

SMUDGE: A 14-year-old Cat.
Diagnosed with Acute Renal Failure due to poisoned cat food,
March 12, 2007.
A survivor, currently under treatment for Chronic Renal Failure.


Member: Catbird

PHANTOM: A 12-year-old Domestic Short Hair Cat.
Sickened by poisoned cat food.
A survivor.

ISIS: A 10-year-old, Burmese mix Cat.
Ate poisoned cat food, sustained heart disease.
A survior.


Member: SusanP/MrsP

LADYCAT: An approximately 13-year-old Cat.
Poisoned by pet food.
Euthanized July 10, 2007.

MUNCHKIN: An approximately 7-year-old Cat.
Poisoned by pet food.
A survivor.

TEENYCAT: A 4-year-old Cat.
Poisoned by pet food.
A survivor.


Member: Catmom5

CJ: A 12-year-old, Catgirl.
Suffered acute renal failure in November, 2006,
from posioned cat food.
A survivor with multiple serious health issues.


Member: Dyginge

DYLAN: An approximately 11-year-old Cat.
Acute renal failure from poisoned cat food.
Euthanized February 23, 2007.


Member: Kittylyda

PEANUT: Between 17-20 years old Cat.
Poisoned by cat food, diagnosed with renal insuffiency.
A Survivor, under treatment.

TIG: A 12-year-old Cat.
Poisoned by cat food.
A survivor, under treatment.


Member: Trudy

NUTMEG: Cinnamon Bengal Girl Cat.
Kidney Failure, 2006

BECAUSE: Tortoiseshell Manx Cat.
Oral cancer, 2007

SUNSHINE: Yellow Rescue Girl Cat
Cat food, 2007

BOB: Big Boy Rescue, Part Maine Coon Cat
Cancer, 2007

GREY THING: Little Grey Manx Rescue Cat
Cat food, 2007.

INKY: Black and White Manx Rescue Cat.
Pancreas, 2008


Member: JustMe

PEPPER: Black/White Domestic Short Hair Female Cat, 19-years-old.
Early CRF. Ate recalled food/treats, ?nonrecalled food.
Became violently ill.
Euthanized April, 2007.

Member: Meowli

PURRY: A 17 to 18-year-old, Male Cat.
Became seriously ill in late, 2006. Kidney failure.
He had eaten food that was later to be recalled.
Euthanized, January, 2007.

CLARISSA: Petite Black and White Female Cat.
Collapsed after eating around Christmas time, 2006.
Diagnosed with liver failure.
She had eaten recalled food with gluten “gravy”.
Died: February 7, 2007.


Member: Cathy

HUNTER: A 6-year-old, male Springer Spaniel Dog.
Sickened by pet food.
Died: 4/11/2007


MARIO: A 2-year-old, Orange Tabby Male.
Poisoned by pet food.
Acute renal failure.
Died: June, 2007

LUIGI: A 2-year-old, Orange Tabby Male.
Poisoned by pet food.
Acute renal failure.
Died: July, 2007


CATS AND DOGS: The countless, unknown cats and dogs.
Poisoned by their pet food.
Victims and survivors.


Member: Nabiya

PERSEPHONE: An 11-year-old, Grey Female Cat.
Poisonous pet food.
Complete Renal Failure.


Member: Mysuperhero

SNOOP DOG: An 8-year-old Cymric Cat.

BERT AND ERNIE: 7-year-old Male Cats (brothers)

SHERMAN: A 6-year-old Snowshoe Cat.

WALLY: An 18-month-old DSH Cat.
All poisoned by pet food.
All Survivors.

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Petition to Require Pet Food Companies to be Held Accountable for Damages

March 21, 2007

Originally posted by Ben and Emily Huh on

Request that the U.S. Congress enact legislation to require pet food manufacturers and the companies that market those pet food brands to be held financially liable for any medical costs related to or contributing to the illness and/or death of a pet that can be reasonably attributed to the food consumed by the pet. And that all pet foods include the name of the manufacturer, not just the brand under which it is sold.

This petition is in response to the thousands of pet parents and owners who have suffered under the Menu Foods recall and their slow response that started on March 16th, 2007.

Sign after the jump.

Or read about all the latest news surrounding the recall.

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Hump-Day Video Of Hilarious Dogs And Cats

March 21, 2007

It’s Wednesday and it’s time for a funny pet video to get through the rest of the week! We know many of you are concerned by the news of sick and lost pets. We hope that this brings you a little joy. The video starts with cats, if you want to skip to dogs, it starts around the 2:33 remaining mark.

Trader Joe’s Pet Food Recalled

March 21, 2007

Trader Joe'sAlthough not a part of the Menu Foods recall list, Trader Joe’s is recalling all pet foods made by Menu Foods.

According to the FDA, Trader Joe’s pet food products are NOT the same pet foods that are currently being recalled by Menu Foods. However, since safety is of the utmost importance to us, as an extra precaution we have voluntarily pulled all canned pet food items manufactured by Menu Foods from our shelves until we can test the products and be 100 percent sure they are safe for your pets. The products voluntarily pulled are: Dog Food Chunky Beef 22 oz., Dog Food Chunky Chicken 22 oz., Dog Food Lamb & Rice 22 oz., Cat Food Turkey & Giblets, Cat Food Premium Fish/Salmon/Rice and Cat Food Premium Chicken/Turkey/Rice.

If for any reason you would like to return Trader Joe’s canned pet food products, please bring it back to any of our stores for a full refund or exchange.

Kudos to Howl911.