12/8/08 From Australian News…
University of Sydney is reporting that over the last three or four weeks a “prominent pet-food supplier” is suspect of causing kidney damage in small dogs in Australia. Symptoms suffered by the dogs are increased thirst and urination, reduced appetite and lethargy, vomiting and weakness. “University of Sydney researchers have issued a national alert over the kidney-destroying poison – but after a legal threat from the company, have been banned by the university from making any public comment.” Yes, sadly a “legal threat” to a University reporting to the public a ‘prominent pet-food’ is making numerous small dogs sick.
The Australian Veterinary Association has issued a national warning to all vets, asking they report any serious kidney damage in small dogs in the past month.
Quoting above story: “One university researcher, who would not be named, said there was enough evidence to recall the product but the safety message had been hampered by threats from the company.”
“We have not been able to call for cases and an open call to vets for cases has just been made and we are aware of dozens of cases and suspect there are hundreds,” he said. “What is important is that the meat is sourced in China and I think pet owners can trust the product if all the ingredients are sourced in Australia.”
“Studies of dead dogs are also being carried out to identify the cause, with one brand of meat suspected of causing symptoms.”
It needs to be noted that this article cites a ‘meat’ is the cause of the dog illnesses; I am not sure if this would mean the pet food itself, or it if would mean the meat within the pet food is the contaminate. Either way, it is frightening.
Please avoid pet foods and treats that contain ANY Chinese ingredients. Please do the same for your two legged family as well.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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