Contaminated Pet Food

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

Pet owners are keeping a close eye on their four-legged friends after possibly eating contaminated food.

Menu Foods has recalled more than 80 brands of wet cat and dog food. Reports show an unknown number of pets have suffered kidney failure. Ten animals have died as a result of eating the contaminated food.

"I've had at least 20 to 30 phone calls just this morning," veterinarian receptionist, Jamie Partee said. That's because many people are scared for their pets life.

"One of the first signs that you seem to see is a lot of drinking water and a lot of urinating,"

"They will be lethargic, they won't want to eat and once their kidneys really go bad they will start throwing up and they won't eat at all," veterinarian, Dr. Stan Snodgrass said.

If you've been feeding your pet one of the recalled foods, Dr. Snodgrass recommends you take it to your vet immediately.

"If you have concerns to test the animal it takes a blood test that we can run at the clinic," Dr. Snodgrass said.

If your pet tests positive...

"You would have to treat the kidney problem. We have a product that helps support the kidneys and if they're bad enough you would put them on IV fluids to flush the kidney and diuretics to help the kidney work more and hopefully let it rejuvenate the damage back," Dr. Snodgrass said.

Docto Srnodgrss said the problem isn't that serious yet but treatment for kidney failure can get costly. So, the best way to help your pet is to try and catch the problem before it starts.

"It can be treated, if it's not too damaged. Once the kidney gets so far it keeps going but if you can catch it in time, tthat is why I would say go ahead and check," Dr. Snodgrass said.

For more information on the recall, visit www.menufoods.com/recall/.


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