Wheat gluten is a common ingredient in pet food but many pets are dying because of a tainted shipment from China. Melamine, a chemical found in plastics and pesticides, is suspect to be the dangerous chemical found in pet foods produced by Menu Foods. Menu Foods is initiating a North American recall of dog and cat food manufactured in its "cuts and gravy" format. There have been a small number of reported instances of cats and dogs becoming sick from kidney failure after eating the affected products. There have been approximately ten deaths reported so far. Cats have a greater sensitivity than dogs. Menu Foods, a Canadian company, is recalling all dog food sold throughout North America under 50 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands including Nutro Iams, and Eukanuba.. Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill's Pet Nutrition have voluntarily recalled their products made by Menu Foods. FDA said Monday it is focusing its investigation on a new supplier of wheat gluten, which Menu Foods began using around the time the first complaints surfaced. It could be weeks before pet owners have answers. What can you do?
Watch your pet for signs of kidney failure. Symptoms include; loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting. If your pet has these symptoms, please call your veterinarian immediately. Also, be proactive! The recall involves all the "cuts and gravy" wet style dog and cat food produced at Menu's Emporia, Kansas facility between Dec. 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. Menu Foods is arranging for the return of all recalled products. The products were distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Many pet owners are turning to organic pet foods that don't contain wheat gluten in fear of poisoning their pets. A complete list of the recalled products and descriptions, product codes and production dates are available from the Menu Foods Web site. The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information — (866) 895-2708 and (866) 463-6738. See a list of dog and cat foods subject to the recall and other FAQs Importantly, none of the food products that HealthyPets carry is affected by the recall. We deeply regret this unfortunate situation. Nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of pets worldwide.