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I just recieved this in my email. Appearently they are still finding more comtaminated foods:

Subject: Must Read: Our Huge Loss Due to Recall


Dear Cavalier Friends, Breeders, Family and Acquaintances,

Last week our dogs began getting sick. We first thought that they had somehow contracted a stomach virus from our family, because we had been sick with a stomach virus earlier in the week. I took two of my dogs to my local vet and she said to withhold food for 12-24 hours until their vomiting stopped. We did this and then slowly started adding in cooked chicken breast and white rice to their diet. At first it appeared as though they were all improving. Then by late Friday night my oldest girl, Katy, Roweland Tequilla Sunrise began to go down hill quickly. I took her back to my vet early Saturday morning and my vet said that she appeared to be in Acute Renal Failure…by 6:00 p.m. Saturday, we very sadly lost our precious Katy girl.

By late Saturday night, Abby our 10 month old little girl from Germany, Rosebury Royal Queen began showing signs of decline. Sunday morning, we loaded up 3 of our dogs and started on our way to Texas A& M University’s Small Animal Emergency Clinic. We took Abby and our Champion Proudfox Timothy Tinsel (Timmy), and Rivermead Lady Letitia (Tia). All but Abby, still had a good appetite at this point, the only signs we were seeing was large amounts of urine output. We made the 3-hour trip and once arriving, we quickly learned that all three dogs were in Acute Renal Failure.

The doctors at A&M were almost certain that it was from some sort of Toxic Exposure and being that we recently moved to a new house about 7 weeks ago, we were exploring all possibilities, such as our water, our soil, etc. We came back home very late Sunday night. Monday morning, we quickly began calling Environmental Specialists…both municipal and private agencies.

Monday morning, we learned that Abby had taken a rapid decline at the hospital overnight and that her chances were very slim at best. The doctors requested that we let her go and have them perform an autopsy in order to perhaps figure this out and save the other dogs. By Monday afternoon, we loaded up again with our remaining dogs and took them to A&M University Hospital.

Regalcourt Peach Bellini, Peaches, is in severe acute renal failure with her numbers being off the chart.

We will see this morning if she has made any improvement overnight. Regalcourt Joyous Holly our 6 month old girl, has one number off the chart, but another number close to normal range. There is good hope for her. And Regalcourt Zoe Girl, is fairing the best, mostly because she has always been a very particular eater, never eating real dog food unless she had to, more often she was fed cottage cheese and turkey breast from the refrigerator.

With several college professors and doctors, fortunately for us, verifiably some of the best in the nation, working on our case, around 9:00 p.m. last night (4-16-07), the doctors met with us and confirmed that it was the Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice Dog food that is the cause. The autopsy on Abby confirmed the crystal formation that is seen in all the renal failure cases concerning the recent dog food recalls. The college staff shared with us that notice had just been provided by the FDA that Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice was added to the list late yesterday evening.

At this point we are prayerful and hopeful that some of our Cavaliers will recover with the intensive 24 hr. top notch care that A&M University is giving. We are however, completely devastated to say the least. It feels as though our world has been turned upside down. Please keep us in your prayers. We have phoned a few people that we know that are also feeding Natural Balance…if you know anyone please feel free to forward this email and cross post. When we asked, with the list of "bad" foods so long, what is safe to feed? The doctors response was paused …you might say reluctant…to say anything that might later be discovered to be misleading...or wrong. The doctors said their best answer is "We just don’t know for sure what food is safe…what food will be added to the list next."

For those of you that do not know us, we are active within our clubs. The Kennel Club of Greater Victoria, where I serve as Treasurer, and also The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Greater Houston, I publish the newsletter.

We pray you and your beloved companions are all well and safe,

Dave and Jennifer Snell

Victoria, TX


 

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Is it the can, dry or both? My understanding that the other foods contained a tainted wheat product, which this food does not.????
 

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I don't know about this food. but I was told that it is a dry kibble type. and no it doesnt' contain the wheat gluten.
 

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Here is an article about the recall.

Natural Balance Pet Foods said Tuesday it found melamine in two of its pet food products, which the company has recalled.
Melamine is the chemical suspected of causing pet deaths and illnesses related to the Menu Foods recall, covering more than 60 million cans and pouches of wet dog and cat food from dozens of brands the past four weeks.

But Natural Balance doesn't use wheat gluten, the ingredient contaminated with melamine in the Menu recall. Instead, it suspects that melamine was in a rice protein concentrate, a new ingredient used in the dry foods, said Natural Balance president Joey Herrick. "That was the only change in the product," he says.

The concentrate is now being tested, he added. Melamine was detected in samples of the food. The recalled foods are: Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Foods.

Whether other pet food makers got the same rice protein concentrate is unclear at this time. Herrick says the food was made for Natural Balance by Diamond Pet Foods.

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Diamond Pet Food makes no other food that includes rice protein concentrate, spokesman Jim Fallon says.

Herrick also said Diamond got the rice protein concentrate from an American company, which he wouldn't name. The melamine in the Menu Foods recall was in wheat gluten imported from China.

The company has recalled all dates of the two products, although Herrick says it has only received complaints for food made March 28.

Herrick says Natural Balance, a premium pet food maker based in California, started getting calls Thursday from consumers reporting that dogs were vomiting. By Friday, the company had received calls from seven households regarding 11 dogs, Herrick said. The company also says it has received reports of animals suffering kidney problems, which has also occurred in the Menu recall.

The consumer calls set off alarms because "we don't get that," Herrick said.

The company has also received reports involving three or four cats, he said.

Natural sent out the food Friday to be tested for the usual things that would cause animals to vomit, such as pesticides and heavy metals, Herrick says.

No animals had yet died but that the company had reports that some were hospitalized, he said.

Melamine is not allowed in human or pet food. It is an industrial chemical used in plastics making in the USA and as a fertilizer in Asia, the Food and Drug Administration says. While melamine is not highly toxic, the FDA is investigating whether it, or something related to it, is responsible for pet deaths in the Menu recall.
 

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Vicki;

You almost gave me a heart attack as I saw your avatar and jumped right into the letter without first absorbing the header!

I'm very sorry to hear about the Snells' tragedy. It does make you wonder if anything's 100% safe anymore. Let's hope the good folks at Purina are on top of this and have upped their QA / QC processes...

See you at THRC or HOT HT's?

Mark
 
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