Well pet lovers, I guess the big news today is that they’re finally starting to report death tolls for our beloved furbabies that are probably closer to reality. I am quite sure the numbers still fall short but after the FDA kept publishing only ’16 confirmed deaths’, this is a big improvement in reality!

Now the numbers we’re getting are up to 8,500 unconfirmed deaths! And with more than 17,000 calls to the FDA, 50% are coming from people who say their pets have died.

Resources – You can read the Liveblogging from Itchmo on the FDA Press Conference HERE and from Pet Connection HERE. Both of these site are fantastic for keeping informed for anything regarding the recall.

An ASPCA press release, 5/3/07,  “today warned pet parents that this crisis is far from over, and urged them to watch their pets closely for any symptoms that may be related to the recall.  (see below for symptom and what to do)

Given the current situation and until this crisis is resolved, the ASPCA is recommending pets be fed products containing U. S.-sourced protein supplements only.

The ASPCA continues to warn pet parents to stay extremely alert to the situation. “Please stay abreast of recall news, which you can do via our Pet Food Recall Resource Center on our website, and remain extremely vigilant to your pets’ wellbeing. If they have eaten any of the recalled foods or show any of the signs generally attributed to kidney failure—or illness in general—please take them to your veterinarian immediately,” urged Dr. Murray.

Please take the time you read the full press release HERE

So what symptoms are pet owners likely to see if they believe their pet is affected?

Anorexia, diarrhea, lethargy, vomiting, changes in water consumption and urination habits. The lethal feature of the toxin is kidney failure. If a pet owner suspects these symptoms may be linked to the food they may have fed their pet, they should have their veterinarian run a blood test and urinalysis, so as to check the integrity of the kidneys.

Furthermore, the pet owner is asked to do the following:

* Retain food samples for analysis.

* Document product name, type of product and manufacturing information, saving purchase receipts, date codes or production lot numbers.

* Document product consumption – as in when the product was fed, time and relative onset of signs afterwards, and feeding methods (including other foods in the mix).

If you believe your pet has ingested any of the contaminated petfood products or show any sign of illness, please, take them to the vet immediately!!

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