Got this emailed to me this morning and thought I'd pass it along.

I wanted to give you another update about the recent pet food
recall. As you know, last week there was a dog and cat food recall
of 60 million containers packaged under 95 brands of food. The
preliminary reports indicated that the affected foods caused over
16 deaths and may have caused illness in hundreds of others.
Reports are continuously being updated and there is still a lot
that we don't know.

What we do know is that the Agriculture Commissioner of New York
State Patrick Hooker released information that Aminopterin has been
found in some of the tested cat foods
. Aminopterin is a form of
rat poison. It is not approved for use in the U.S. It is not
possible to test pets for this chemical at this time. No one seems
to know as to how much or if any other compounds were found. There
are many unanswered questions.

They do know that the compound involved is causing kidney failure.
The most common signs of kidney failure are: vomiting, not eating,
drinking more, urinating more and/or lethargy. If your pet is
eating or was eating one of the recalled foods and is experiencing
any symptoms, please call your veterinarian immediately. We
recommend testing and treating all affected pets! If caught early,
kidney failure can be treated successfully in some pets.

For more information read about "Renal Failure in Dogs" and "Renal
Failure in Cats":

The food recall covers several different foods - primarily those
with gravy components - with the dates of December 3rd - March 6th.
The recall does not affect all varieties of the different food.

For information or an updated list, call 1-866-895-2708 or go to:

If you suspect your pet has been affected by the food - please read
these steps to help your veterinarian with your pet's diagnosis:

Go to Advice to Pet Food Owner After National Recall:

Here is also an update for veterinarians. Go to "Pet Food Recall -
Updated Information for Veterinarians":

This article gives recommendations and resources for veterinarians.
If your pet has been affected, please print both articles and take
them with you when you see your vet.

I sincerely hope that none of your pets are affected.


Dr. Jon