Tainted Kibble Causes Bit of Concern for Pet Owners

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

What you're feeding your pet could put them in danger.

A recall has been issued covering a variety of dog and cat foods manufactured between December 3 and March 6, leaving some Brazos Valley pet owners worried.

Veterinary clinics have been flooded with phone calls from worried pet owners after a national recall of 50 brands of dog food and 40 brands of cat food that have been blamed for at least 10 animal deaths.

Though Lovan Care Animal Clinic has seen no such cases of sick animals in their clinic, they have had some pet parents playing it safe.

"The patient we've had call in said that the dog had a little bit of the diarrhea, but everything else has been normal," said Dr. Stacy Wigington at Lovan Care. "We did advise her that it would probably be a good idea for us to examine the pet."

Menu Foods sells their products under a variety of familiar brand names, including Iams, Eukanuba and Nutro. The food is being linked to kidney failure in multiple animals.

Menu Foods' President and CEO Paul Henderson released the following statement on the company's website:

"We take these complaints very seriously, and while we are still looking for a specific cause, we are acting to err on the side of caution. We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that our products maintain the very highest quality standards."

Many dog and cat foods have been cleared off the shelves at local grocery stores. Veterinarians are encouraging pet owners to keep a close eye on any pets that may have eaten the affected foods.

"Some of those symptoms would include loss appetite, lethargy -- just lying around and being real lethargic," said Wigington. "Vomiting is one of the main symptoms, as well as dehydration," said Wigington.

If your pet displays any of those symptoms, experts advise contacting a veterinarian immediately because it could save their life.

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