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ASPCA advises pet parents to pause before cooking up a storm

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, April 5th, 2007 at 11:26 am in Pet food.

Homemade diets for pets need veterinary supervision
From the ASPCA. If you plan on making your own pet food you should read this:

NEW YORK — As investigations into several aspects of the recent pet food recall continue —including any link between melamine, the toxin identified in the contaminated foods, and renal failure in pets, especially cats — the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has received several inquiries from concerned pet parents regarding the safety of homemade diets for their pets.

While these questions are natural, the ASPCA’s expert toxicologists and veterinarians urge pet parents to fully research homemade diets for pets before pulling out the chef’s hat. …

To finish reading the complete press release from the ASPCA about making homemade pet foods, click on this link: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=press_040407

The ASPCA’s newly-created “Pet Food Recall Resource Center” provides pet parents with useful and timely information related to the recall and their pets’ well-being, at www.aspca.org/recall

More information on pet care and nutrition tips are available at www.aspca.org .

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3 Responses to “ASPCA advises pet parents to pause before cooking up a storm”

  1. Jon O. Says:

    Hi:

    I was just at the ER vet for an unrelated (not pet food) situation and spoke to the vet about the recall. Don’t mean to sound alarmist, but I’ll tell you his exact words:

    “In the past 48 hours, we’ve put down 4 dogs and treated more than 40. The press is seriously under-reporting the severity of contamination. At this point, no one really has an idea about how many pets will die during this event. [implication: Many, many pets will be killed/sick from this poisoning]
    The recall is still expanding. We are making our own food right now.”

  2. Mel Says:

    I wish the ASPCA would concern itself with the information on the commercial food it recommends, which is virtually non-existant.

    Look at ANY dog food or treat, and you will not find any information calories, RDA or other information that would help in making an informed decision.

    What I found interesting about this latest incident, is that this contaminated stuff was supplied to not only the generic suppliers, but was in the expensive vet-sold products as well.

  3. Dear Mel Says:

    In other words, if Menufoods supplied pet food to ALL those brand names, does that mean that all the pet food out there on the market … the fancy high-priced brands AND the low-cost off-the-shelf supermarket stuff … is actually all the same stuff?

    Kinda makes you wonder, doesn’t it? /Gary

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