Follow Up Information on Sick Cats and Diamond Naturals Cat Food
Diamond Pet Food’s Dr. Rettenmaier told me in early July 2009 they had no complaints of vomiting and bloody diarrhea from pet owners. However, follow up information from Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM (veterinarian that has treated several cats with these symptoms) tells perhaps there have been more complaints.
The FDA visited Dr. Alinovi this week, picked up the remaining food for testing and had plans to visit the feed store that originally sold the pet food. Dr. Alinovi shared with me, “apparently, someone in another state had a similar complaint about their cat food and it was the same expiration date.” Dr. Alinovi’s testing of the pet food and a necropsy of one deceased cat proved no conclusive link to the cat food.
The necropsy of the deceased cat showed “severe vasculitis”; defined as “a varied group of disorders which all share a common underlying problem of inflammation of a blood vessel or blood vessels”. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/vasculitis To read the original story, http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/397/1/Pet-Food-Suspicion-Overkill/Page1.html
The FDA involvement in this case does not mean Diamond Naturals Pet Food had a manufacturing error and or it does not mean there could be a recall. It simply means the FDA is looking into the reports of sick cats. The FDA will not provide pet owners any further information once a potential investigation begins.
However, if you or a pet owner you know has become ill eating Diamond Naturals Pet Food, please report the information to the FDA (as well as report ANY illness believed to be caused by ANY pet food).
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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