PET FOOD CONCERNS CONTINUE VETS, STORES ADDRESS RECALL WORRIES.Byline: JUDY O'ROURKE
SANTA CLARITA -- In the midst Adv. 1. in the midst - the middle or central part or point; "in the midst of the forest"; "could he walk out in the midst of his piece?"
midmost of a nationwide pet-food recall, local stores have yanked products from the shelves and veterinarians report a deluge of calls from worried pet owners.
About 100 brands of widely distributed dog and cat food have been implicated im·pli·cate
tr.v. im·pli·cat·ed, im·pli·cat·ing, im·pli·cates
1. To involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly: evidence that implicates others in the plot.
2. , and the number grows daily. PetSmart, Petco and Wal-Mart are among the chain stores that have tossed out products in Santa Clarita. Managers at many smaller stores declined to comment.
"There are signs up on the shelves and suggestions for alternative brands we know haven't been affected by the recall," PetSmart spokeswoman Michelle Friedman said.
Wal-Mart red-flags registers for items that might have escaped detection. "When the cashier scans the item, there will be an alert that pops up to (tell) the cashier that this is a recalled item," Wal-Mart spokewoman Jami Arms said.
At the Petco store in Saugus, about five brands of canned wet food and pouches of some wet-food samples and snacks were dumped. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, four companies have voluntarily recalled products: Menu Foods Inc.; Nestle Purina PetCare Co.; Hill's Pet Nutrition Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc is a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive Company. They are a large scale provider of dog and cat foods. History
Hill's Pet Nutrition was a division of Hill Packing company, founded in 1907 by Burton Hill in Topeka, Kansas. Inc.; and Del Monte Pet Products. The FDA FDA
Food and Drug Administration
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n.pr the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration. suspects wheat gluten from China contaminated contaminated,
v 1. made radioactive by the addition of small quantities of radioactive material.
2. made contaminated by adding infective or radiographic materials.
3. an infective surface or object. the foods. Dry food bought from vendors was safe, but one local animal shelter dumped hundreds of cans of donated food.
"As soon as we found out, we became proactive," said K. "Beau" Beauregard, manager for the Lancaster Animal Shelter, which has dumped 132 cans of dog food and 551 cans of cat food since mid-March. The shelter's roughly 300 animals show no signs of illness, he said.
Seco Canyon Animal Hospital in Saugus has fielded hundreds of calls from worried pet owners. Fifteen dogs that tested positive for kidney damage kidney damage Kidney injury Nephrology A structural or functional compromise in renal function due to external–eg, athletic, occupational, or other trauma, resulting in bruising or hemorrhage, which can be profuse and life threatening Etiology Vascular were sent home with a special food additive, and one has been hospitalized for about a week.
"She came in in bad shape, but she's doing well," said Sarah McLarty, the facility's office manager.
Saugus veterinarian veterinarian /vet·er·i·nar·i·an/ (vet?er-i-nar´e-an) a person trained and authorized to practice veterinary medicine and surgery; a doctor of veterinary medicine.
n. Gregory Ehrman treated two dogs that reportedly ate tainted food, but he was unable to help a cat that died.
"They had been drinking excessive amounts of water and urinating a lot," he said of the dogs. "One of the major things to understand is that probably millions of pets ate the food, and thousands have been affected. We don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. . Is it just dosage? Have the ones who've eaten a lot gotten sick, or are small batches more toxic than others?"