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More Pet Food Problems

What is with pet food these days? Last week, rat poison was found in some pet food made by Menu Foods and almost 100 brands of pet food were recalled.

Now on an unrelated note, the FDA has issued a warning letter to Iams Co. that says some of its pet food contains an unapproved substance. Chromium tripicolinate is found in:

  • Eukanuba Veterinary Diets Optimum Weight Control/Canine dry
  • Optimum Weight Control/Feline dry
  • Restricted-Calorie/Canine dry and canned
  • Restricted-Calorie/Feline dry and canned

The FDA didn't ask Iams to recall these products, but they were strongly urged to remove the chromium tripicolinate from their products.

The FDA considers chromium tripicolinate to be genotoxic, meaning it can damage DNA and cause mutations and tumors. Are you kidding me? Then what's this doing in my pet's food?

These products are sold by prescription only for overweight pets, and the chromium tripicolinate is used as a metabolism enhancer. Iams did agree to remove this ingredient from its Veterinary Diets cat and dog food.

Fit's Tips: If you use any of the foods mentioned above, unfortunately it's time to switch your pet's diet AGAIN!!

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runnergeek runnergeek 10 years
I couldn't agree more, XDeex...just shows you that pets are defenseless creatures..I'm so sorry for your loss Bug. I would be devastated if anything happened to Max, he's my avatar. :) he's truly my best friend. I can not imagine losing him to something that is supposed to sustain his life, not take it away. the FDA really needs to step up and take quicker action on animal issues.
XDeexDeeX XDeexDeeX 10 years
I feel so bad for those animals who just eat what they are given. My cat is skinnier than she looks. She has puffy hair so you don't see her skin but if you rinse her with water she is soooo skinny. She's really healthy though because she's outside all day and doens't eat A LOT. Even though it seems like it.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
GAH! awful!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
My mom was buying the walmart brand of cat food which was recalled. Now she is buying the name brand stuff that wasn't and the cats don't want it. On an unrelated cat lost 3 pounds since january because of hyperthyroidism. He had surgery Monday to remove his thyroids, otherwise he would starve to death. All we have to do is give him a pill everymorning and it will work as his metabloism. now hopefull he will gain his weight back to 11.5 pounds and be healthy and happy again. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Bug - I am so sorry to hear about your cat. That is just awful.
redsox26 redsox26 10 years
aww that cat in that picture is so cute!!!
Budderflie Budderflie 10 years
All this frustration with pet food. I feed mine dry Nutro and wet Fancy feast. So far so good. If they decided to put those on the list too, Im just gonna start making my own pet food. No more worries about whats going in it and I can know for sure rat poision isnt getting in their food. Rat poison, for the love of God who "accidently" puts rat poision in pet food? Or puts it anywhere else besides the rat traps its intended for? I bet PETA is up in arms with this. Id pay extra for all "organic good for you because we dont have any poisions in our food and your pets wont die" pet food. ~Erin~
brazilnut brazilnut 10 years
Avoid ANY pet food products that have "wheat agluten" listed as an ingredient right now. Science Diet is a very safe pet food to use as are Purina Veterinary Diets. Both of these should be available from Veterinary hospitals. Unfortunately, the FDA does not monitor pet food companies UNTIL there is a problem and only then do they step in. If any of your pets have eaten any of the recalled food, you should have their Kidney enzymes checked (BUN, CREA). There are a lot of animals that are not exhibiting symptoms who are still showing elevated Kidney enzymes.
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
i tried this raw type dry food called evo i think it was (in a silver package) but it gave her horrible diahrrea (sp?). :( i'm so frustrated and can't keep changing her diet or she will have upset stomach 24/7!
cubadog cubadog 10 years
That is my little love is on a raw diet or if he gets a kibble it is Evo. My holistic vet is so right. I will never feed my Noodle Love anything else.
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
oh that is so awful :( I've heard and read countless stories from cat and mostly small dog owners. when i saw on the news "more foods added" i couldnt believe it. alpo cuts and gravy was added thankfully my mom's dog is on solid alpo. i've switched my poor pup's diet twice now and she of course had stomach issues with that. she is now on Nutro for sensitive stomach (nutro makes its own dry food it is not contracted out by menu foods) and Blue Buffalo canned, Blue buffalo uses all human grade meats and it a great food. just in case anyone else was feeling lost as to what to far these are doing v well. oh my cat is on fancy feast too...thank god :(
Beth1122 Beth1122 10 years
Bug that is terrible, I am so sorry. Luckily I haven't had any issues with my cat food - Fancy Feast. I always thought it was just an overpriced name brand, but I guess they are at least keeping rat poison out of my cats' bodies.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Bug, I'm so sorry for your loss. A bunch of my family members have sick pets right now too. I would be devastated if anything happened to my dog, so I've been paying extra attention in case something comes up with Purina Benefuls.
bugness bugness 10 years
We were feeding our cats some of the food on recall. My older cat passed away during the time that rat poison was in the food. We don't know if her health started failing before that, or if the poison did her in :( -Bug
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I'm seriously flabbergasted! I'm not a pet owner, but there are a lot of pets I do love and care about. I don't even know how my friends will avoid this problem. I just hope none of them, or anyone else experiences a loss. :(
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