Saturday, March 17, 2007

Voluntary Pet Food Recall

I would highly advise following this link, and determing whether any of the wet cat or dog food that you feed your pet is involved. My mom sent it to me, I checked it, and discovered that four of the wet Iams cans we have for Zoe are involved. I know we had at bought at least one more of them, which she's apparently eaten by this point, and thankfully hasn't died.

There's a risk of kidney failure in dogs or cats eating these products, and there have been as many as ten deaths of pets because of problems with the food. They're not quite sure why the pets are becoming ill, but obviously something is wrong.

I am now on hold with the Iams people, attempting to figure out how to send my cans of food back, and get a full refund.

11 comments:

Southern Writer said...

I was just coming to warn you. One of my babies died and the other is showing symptoms.

Glad to hear Zoe is still okay.

Jenny Rappaport said...

I'm so sorry, Southern Writer. =(

Zoe sends kitten hugs to your other baby.

Southern Writer said...

Thanks Jenny and Zoe. I just got back from the vet where they have put Princess Sneezy on dialysis for the next two days. She may or may not survive. If you suspect Zoe could have eaten any of the tainted food, don't wait! Get her to the vet NOW. Symptoms are excessive thirst and peeing where she shouldn't. The sooner they can be treated, the better chance they have for survival. I'm now a thousand dollars in debt between the two of them, but I would pay it gladly if they could have saved my Catfish. I just hope they can save Sneezy.

Kelly Swails said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, southern writer. You have my sympathies. Fingers crossed for Princess Sneezy.

Joelle said...

I just got an email about this too. Our cat got poisoned (inconclusively though) in January and had kidney issues and they were able to save her because we got her into the vet the second we saw her having a seizure. We don't feed them Iams wet food, but we did feed them Iams dry food! I would take your cat in immediately on Monday. They can run a test to see how her kidney levels are. We've had to put our cat on special food for the rest of her life, but it's a small price to pay. Also, I wonder if Iams/other manufacturers are going to cough up for the vet bills for this? I'm seriously wondering about our dry food now because I've been giving the other cat the rest of that bag...I better stop until they find out what the deal is.

Kim said...

Southern writer - I am so sorry about what happened to your cat! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the sick one and my little tortoiseshell Casey is sending kitty hugs (and kisses, she's a licker) your way.

And we're keeping our fingers (and toes, I guess) crossed that Zoe stays healthy!

Jenny Rappaport said...

If Zoe did eat some of the tainted food, which she most likely did just because we don't have as many cans as we started with.... it was at least two to three weeks ago already. And she seems fine. She's growing like nothing else, and hasn't relieved herself anywhere but her litterbox.

That said, I will give the vet a call on Monday morning.

Southern Writer said...

Thanks for the good wishes, y'all. Please say prayers for my Sneezy.

Tess said...

Southern Writer - big hugs on your loss. I'm so, so sorry.

Glad to hear Zoe's ok, Jenny.

Our girls, thank God, eat Medi-Cal, so are fine. But it's totally scary that this kind of thing can happen.

spyscribbler said...

Oh my goodness, Southern Writer. I am so sorry. That is a horrible, horrible thing.

I've been meaning to switch to something healthier than Iams for awhile. Now I will, definitely.

Virtual Stranger said...

It's kind of sad that Iams used to be one of the healthiest cat foods there was. Then they made their deal to be carried in Wal-Mart and had to start using "by-products" (an ugly term there's been a few news specials on) in many of their foods to keep up with demands and prices.

I find it very telling that none of the Iams entree foods (all the original formulaes) have been recalled, yet all the new ones that contain by-products have.