ASPCA Update

The ASPCA continues to monitor the pet food recall
situation, both through sick animals being admitted to its Bergh Memorial Animal
Hospital (BMAH) in New York City, as well as through cases reported to its
Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana,
Ill. 

At this point, we do not have
any overall statistics on the number of cases reported to the APCC that can
specifically be connected to the ingestion of the contaminated foods. As has
already been widely reported in the media, pets that become ill after eating
these foods show signs of acute kidney failure. However, since pre-existing
kidney disease may already have been present in some of these cases, drawing a
correlation between this and the foods that are part of the recall is
complicated at best. As the APCC continues to analyze the data on calls it
receives (which number between 400-700 daily on a wide range of substances), the
ASPCA will release any information that might be pertinent
immediately. 


Veterinarians at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial
Animal Hospital have today started to see a few cases of pets with elevated
kidney levels that had eaten the affected foods. At this point, there is no
further medical or toxicological information that we can
provide. 

In addition, the U. S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting an investigation into this
crisis, and working with Menu Foods, Inc., to ensure the effectiveness of the
recall. 

Pet parents may find the
following information useful: 

– As
we know, the pet food recall is extensive, including a vast array of private
label and mass retailer brands supplied by the manufacturer. For a complete list
of affected brands, please visit http://www.menufoods.com/recall


The American Veterinary Medical Association has some excellent advice and
information on its website for both pet parents and
veterinarians. 

http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/default.asp


If your pet shows any signs of illness, including loss of appetite, lethargy,
vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water consumption or changes in urination, please
consult your veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to reach your
veterinarian and suspect your pet is gravely ill, you may call the ASPCA’s
Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for emergency advice (a $55 fee
applies). 

– To report adverse
actions or other problems to the FDA, pet parents can go to the FDA website to
contact the FDA complaint coordinator in their
state. 

http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html


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Posted: 03/23/2007 at 09:47 AM
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