CalamityJane
 
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Reply Tue 6 Mar, 2012 03:17 pm
@pinkyco,
Yes, it would, pinkyco, but I haven't found any canned dog food that looks appealing to me and if doesn't look appetizing to me, it won't get into the dog's bowl either. Dry dog food is really sufficient for us - of course I lace it with cold cuts and hot dogs :-)
roger
 
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Reply Tue 6 Mar, 2012 03:24 pm
@CalamityJane,
You are Evil
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Tue 6 Mar, 2012 03:41 pm
@roger,
Exactly, roger! Our dog isn't pampered at all Wink

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/503/screenshot20120226at245.png
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firefly
 
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Reply Tue 6 Mar, 2012 04:14 pm
@ossobuco,
I found this post on another forum board.
Quote:
Dog Food
Posted by Richard Crowe on February 28, 2012 at 10:55am
View Blog
.Our American Maltese Association Rescue group just received an email from the San Diego Animal Support Foundation which they fowarded from Yorkies and Friends Rescue:

From: Yorkies&FriendsRescue a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]> Subject: URGENT~~Possible Tainted Food To: Date: Monday, February 27, 2012, 3:03 AM

URGENT!!!!! I received this message from a friend in the animal welfare community!! Please read and share!!!!!!!!

~~"I recently fed my dogs *Kirkland Lamb and Rice canned dog food with an expiration date of 2013*. The food made them very sick. They both passed away within a week of each other. It also made a kennel sick...all the dogs.

I am trying to find others that have purchased this food from ...Costco. This particular food was from the Cypress Costco. If you have anyone that feeds it...please have them contact me and save the cans. We are going to test them. Plus I do not want anyone to have to go through the heartbreak I just went through. When you approach people, say "possible tainted food" as it is not verified yet. But we do need the cans. Do not return to Costco, or contact the manufacturer."

Contact [email protected]

NOTE regarding the above email: I cannot verify whether or not there is any problem with the Costco food. However, if you feed your dogs this food, it might be worthwhile to do some more investigation...
http://www.doodlekisses.com/profiles/blogs/possible-problems-with-costco-canned-dog-food


I also found this..this does not sound like a hoax. This writer actually called the manufacturer of the dog food and did not get a call back, nor did she get a really straight answer from anyone that was reassuring.

Quote:
Reports of possible problems with Kirkland Dog Food
Written By: Susan Thixton
3-5-2012
Categorized in: Pet Food News

News is spreading fast of possible links to Kirkland canned dog foods (sold at Costco) to sick and dying dogs. No independent laboratory testing has been done on the food - yet. However I've emailed with one pet owner who lost two dogs believed to be linked to the canned food and have heard of several others.

Kirkland canned foods are made by American Nutrition in Ogden, UT. A phone call to American Nutrition has not been returned yet. A phone call to Costco yielded no better results. Customer Service Representative Jeannie told me the company makes sure all products are safe, "We wouldn't sell a product that would harm a pet." I shared that there are reports of numerous sick and dead dogs believed to be related to the canned dog food, also that one veterinarian believes the food is related to a pet death. I asked if Costco is testing the food and if so, what type of testing is being done. Jeannie said she would investigate and return my call - she also warned that "sometimes it takes up to a week" to respond.

The suspect food is Kirkland canned Lamb & Rice Dog Food - expiration 2013.

Symptoms have been diarrhea and vomiting. One pet was diagnosed with malabsorption syndrome (when the small intestines cannot absorb nutrients from food).

Again, we do NOT know for certain if the Kirkland food is linked to these illnesses - it is only suspect at this point. If you feed your pet a Kirkland canned food, be very observant of your pet. Should you see any sign of 'out of normal' behavior, see your veterinarian immediately. Should we learn anything more regarding this issue (from pet owners testing the food to response from American Nutrition and/or Costco), news will be posted.

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author, Buyer Beware
Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
TruthaboutPetFood.com
PetsumerReport.com
http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/reports-of-possible-problems-with-kirkland-dog-food.html


So, there are concerns currently circulating on the internet. While it is hard to know whether these are rumors, which can travel fast on the internet, I would find them troubling if I fed my dog that brand of food.

A few years back, when there was a major problem with many brands of tainted dog food, and dogs were dying, it took some time before the information was made publicly available, and consequently more animals became ill and died. The dog food manufacturers aren't going to admit there's a problem, or issue a recall, unless they absolutely have to, because it's too costly. They will wait until there's enough info to tie a rash of canine illnesses and deaths to a particular brand or ingredient in dog food, and then do something, and that could take weeks. Meanwhile dogs can be becoming ill and dying. That is what happened a few years ago. Pet food isn't government controlled the same way human food is--recalls aren't done fast.

My instinct would be to play it safe in this situation rather than to be sorry. If I were feeding my dog that brand, I'd switch to something else until the manufacturer of the Costco/Kirkand food completes all necessary testing of the food, and makes the results public .
firefly
 
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Reply Tue 6 Mar, 2012 05:37 pm
@CalamityJane,
Quote:
I haven't found any canned dog food that looks appealing to me

I give our dog Beneful soft/wet food--it's not canned, it comes in a small plastic container. It looks and smells very appealing. It's also expensive--each little container (about 6 oz) is usually $1.80-$2.00. The dog eats half a container for breakfast (she weighs 15 lbs). Since the last pet food scare, I began cooking her dinner--so I know she's getting only the best. I don't mind, at all, pampering her that way.
The Beneful does look markedly different from canned dog foods--much more like "people food".

My dog ate kibbled puppy food until she was 8 months old, then decided that was it. She wouldn't eat any type of kibbled food from that point on.


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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 6 Mar, 2012 11:21 pm
@firefly,
Chihuahua!
Sorry, that's an expletive of yore to myself.

Obviously, I don't know.
I hate to hurl fear and am chary of fear mongers.

I guess I'll stick with my cousin's view, return the cans, and keep notes if your dog has reactions.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 6 Mar, 2012 11:27 pm
@pinkyco,
welcome to a2k, pinky.

(still reading)
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 6 Mar, 2012 11:39 pm
So who tags this as hoax?
Certainly not me, the thread starter. I don't know, which is why I posted. I started to think it is. Have read enough to think it isn't.
Very annoying that 'hoax' somehow wins in the thread lineup.
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LauriePearlman
 
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Reply Thu 8 Mar, 2012 01:01 pm
This is not a hoax. I met with Renee Carleton, the woman who wrote this email and who runs the petfood bank in Huntington Beach, CA and had 2 of her dogs die. Her vet did a necropsy and found their intestinal tracts were burned out. I also brought her another Costco can for testing from a co-worker of mine whose dog also died after eating this food. She says emails are pouring into her at [email protected]. She has reported this to Costco and to the FDA but they need to investigate before they post any recalls. That takes some time. In the meantime, do not feed Costco canned Rice and Lamb to your dogs. The problems seem to be cans with a 2013 expiration date, so far.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 8 Mar, 2012 10:27 pm
@LauriePearlman,
Thanks for posting, Laurie.
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Sweetdanemg
 
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Reply Sat 10 Mar, 2012 06:04 pm
@ossobuco,
Hi! I also Recieved a friendly warning on fb, about the canned food. Ironically my 3 yr old Dane and 3 mo old pup wee getting this canned food and guess what violently Ill! I brought stool samples to get 2 times. No parasites, no bacteria no virus! I continued to feed them until I came home and found my older dane vomited about 5 times and pooped in the house 5 times or more! The puppy had no vomiting but severe digestive issues! Both acting weird. With negative results from the vet- I immediately removed the
From kibble and canned food. They ate Chkn and white rice for nearly two weeks ... Finally slow progress. All I can add to this.. Which to me is very compelling- I got the cans from my mom
And dad randomly bc I ran out and was not returning to Costco got another week.... The day after my dogs showed up sick do did my dads- blood in her stool and severe diareaha....
I would love to say the food was not the cause bc I love costco and all their products... But unfortunately I think it is the food.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 10 Mar, 2012 06:46 pm
@firefly,
firefly wrote:

A few years back, when there was a major problem with many brands of tainted dog food, and dogs were dying, it took some time before the information was made publicly available, and consequently more animals became ill and died. The dog food manufacturers aren't going to admit there's a problem, or issue a recall, unless they absolutely have to, because it's too costly. They will wait until there's enough info to tie a rash of canine illnesses and deaths to a particular brand or ingredient in dog food, and then do something, and that could take weeks. Meanwhile dogs can be becoming ill and dying. That is what happened a few years ago. Pet food isn't government controlled the same way human food is--recalls aren't done fast.

My instinct would be to play it safe in this situation rather than to be sorry. If I were feeding my dog that brand, I'd switch to something else until the manufacturer of the Costco/Kirkand food completes all necessary testing of the food, and makes the results public .


Yeh, that's why I posted, better to be safe than sorry - while also hoping I wasn't just telling false tales.

Thanks, everyone who has been posting.
Especially CJane, with Lilly's photo!


> edit to add I'm getting anxious re the dogs that folks have said have had reactions..
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 10 Mar, 2012 07:27 pm
@ossobuco,
Also thanks to those who posted more information (didn't mean to shortchange you and just remark re Lilly
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 16 Mar, 2012 12:11 am
There was an article at MSNBC a couple days ago about some suspected dog treats - many brands. Here's the article:

http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/13/10657635-3-big-brands-may-be-tied-to-chicken-jerky-illness-in-dogs-fda-records-show

Quote:
3 big brands may be tied to chicken jerky illness in dogs, FDA records show

By JoNel Aleccia

Stumped by mysterious illnesses in at least 600 dogs in the U.S., federal health officials have turned to consumers for help investigating problems possibly tied to chicken jerky pet treats made in China.

A log of complaints collected from pet owners and veterinarians contains references to at least three popular brands of jerky treats that may be associated with kidney failure and other serious ailments, according to internal Food and Drug Administration documents obtained by msnbc.com.

Of 22 “Priority 1” cases listed by the FDA late last year, 13 cited Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, both produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., the records show.

Another three listed Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. The rest listed single brands or no brand.

Priority 1 cases are those in which the animal is aged 11 or younger and medical records that document illness are available, an FDA spokeswoman said. In many cases, samples of the suspect treats also are collected.

The report, obtained through a public records request, is the first agency indication of any brands linked to illnesses that have climbed since the FDA warned pet owners about jerky treats in November. That was the FDA's third caution about the pet products since 2007.

Nestle Purina and Del Monte officials said their treats are safe and FDA regulators said repeated tests have shown no absolute tie to any brand or manufacturer.

“No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined,” FDA officials said in a statement.

The internal report, overseen by the FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak and Response Evaluation, or CORE, group, is one of several ongoing assignments in which FDA regulators are seeking jerky treat samples and medical records of dogs that may have developed kidney failure, liver disease or Fanconi syndrome, which can lead to serious illness and death.

The recent complaints were filed from October through December by people in cities from California to New York, but the agency will continue to accept them.

“We still invite owners and veterinarians to submit complaints and samples,” said Siobhan DeLancey, an FDA spokeswoman. “The more information we have, the more likely we can find a link.”

The move comes as the FDA is under growing pressure from consumers and lawmakers to address rising numbers of illnesses blamed on the China-made treats. Before the warning was issued in November, the agency had logged 70 reports of illnesses tied to the treats last year. Since then, more than 530 additional complaints of illnesses and some deaths have been filed, officials said.

Bella, a 2-year-old pug, died last fall after her owner, Robin Pierre, said she ate Waggin' Train chicken jerky treats.

Consumers who say their dogs were sickened or killed have launched at least three petitions demanding recalls of jerky pet treats made in China, including one begun in December that has more than 3,400 signatures from the U.S. and around the world.

“At the slightest doubt, these products should have been recalled, especially knowing there was a link or at the very least a caution/warning label put on the packaging warning the consumers,” said Robin Pierre, a co-founder of “Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China.”

Pierre, 49, of Pine Bush, N.Y., believes Waggin’ Train chicken jerky treats were responsible for the sudden death last fall of her previously health 2-year-old pug, Bella, who developed kidney failure.

“The last week of her life was nothing but misery and pain, separated from her family, she died all alone, in a cage, despite the fact that she had a family who loved her,” Pierre wrote in an email to msnbc.com. “She meant the world to me and my family.”

Ginger, a 14-year-old family dog, sparked one of three petitions after she developed kidney failure possibly tied to chicken jerky pet treats. Her owner, Susan Rhodes, 51, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., wants the treats pulled from the market.

More than 375 people have signed a petition launched last week by Susan Rhodes, 51, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. She believes her 14-year-old dog, Ginger, may have developed life-threatening kidney failure after eating chicken jerky treats. She was stunned to hear that consumer complaints alone can’t force the FDA -- or a company -- to recall potentially tainted products.

“That is just unreal. I am not happy with that,” Rhodes said.

For their part, FDA officials said the companies are free to enact a voluntary recall at any time.

Lawmakers call for action
Lawmakers, however, are demanding stronger FDA action. Ohio Democrats Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Dennis Kucinich in February called on the FDA to step up investigation of tainted pet treats.

In a response sent late last week, an FDA official told Brown the agency “continues to actively investigate” the reports and to pursue testing for chemical and microbiological contaminants.

On Monday, Brown called the agency’s response “inadequate” and urged prompt release of results of 153 pending tests on the Chinese-made treats.

“I will continue to press the FDA on this issue because Ohio consumers shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of their pet’s food,” he said in a statement.

Since 2007, FDA scientists have analyzed jerky treats for evidence of dangerous toxins, including heavy metals, melamine, melamine analogs and diethylene glycol, chemicals used in plastics and resins.

So far, they’ve found nothing convincing, a point emphasized by Keith Schopp, director of communications for Nestle Purina. He noted that FDA officials also suggest that illnesses may be a result of causes other than eating jerky treats.


“Our chicken jerky treats are safe to feed as directed,” said Schopp. “The safety of our products -- and the pets who consume them -- are our top priorities.”

The company has a comprehensive food safety program in place, he said, including at manufacturing plants in China.

Pierre, who lost her dog, has little faith in pet food manufacturers -- or in the FDA.

“Actions speak louder than words and there has been no action from them up until now,” Pierre said. “Waggin’ Train has hid behind the technicality that the FDA cannot find the link and the FDA has let them.”

Consumers can report illnesses to the FDA's pet food complaint site.
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