During the past week pet owners have scrambled to make sure their animal's food was safe. This comes after Menu Foods recalled 95 brands of their Cuts and Gravy style food. Now pets owners have a new worry.
Rat poison has been named a possibility in the recall, which has led to the deaths of several pets.
"I believe that the last notice that we got was that it was caused by tainted food by rat poisoning," Veterinarian Don Denton said.
Denton has worked with animals for 40 years. He said he's never experienced a pet food recall to this extent.
"I'm sure all the veterinarian's in town have received so many phone calls as we have and people are concerned," Denton said.
The latest report on the issue says rat poison could be the reason for the recall. Scientists have found the poison in samples of pet food blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs.
"This rat poisoning I understand is one that's banned in the United States. I believe the source was from the wheat gluton that was imported," Denton said.
The Food and Drug Administration is now focusing on the wheat gluten used in the food. The substance in the food was identified as aminopterin, a cancer drug that was used to induce abortions in the United States and is still used to kill rats in some other countries.
Denton said pet owners aren't taking their chances with the latest news.
"We have a lot of concerned people."
So, if your pet has been eating this recalled food and you are worried - "The first thing to do is they need to get to at veterinarian, and the symptoms that have been told to us is renal failure. They can be checked at their veterinarian for renal failure, or any impairment of the kidney," Denton said.
Menu Foods has recalled millions of cans and pouches so far.
Although 16 deaths have been confirmed from the recalled food, reports indicated there could be more. Meanwhile, Menu Foods said it doesn't think there was tampering during the manufacturing process of the pet food because the pet food came from two different plants - one in Kansas, and the other in New Jersey.
The company said it is now testing all the ingredients of their products.