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Old 04-20-2007, 02:18 PM   #106
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Jack eats Friskies Dental Diet. Up until now, Friskies has not been recalled at all, but it contains corn gluten, which there's now some speculation may also be affected. I of course want to keep Jack safe, but I don't want to buy different food unless I plan to switch him over to it entirely, since he can be finicky sometimes.
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Old 04-20-2007, 02:27 PM   #107
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I did the same thing and thought I was safe with the NB. My dog was eating the Pedigree for a year now.

Eagle Pack is by what brand/ Innova?

I think it's its own brand?

http://www.eaglepack.com/

I know a lot of people like the "holistic" stuff.

I'll let the cats eat the Blue Buffalo (affected brand, but not an affected product line at this point) and then try to find Eagle Pack. Unless Eagle Pack gets recalled....
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:24 AM   #108
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FYI, now additional recalls on:

- Blue Buffalo canned dog and cat food, Spa Select cat food

- Chicken Soup canned food
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For the conspiracy theorists out there, have a look through this thread:

http://forum.dog.com/asp/tm.asp?m=338876


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To me, the logic doesn't make sense. Melamine is not digestable, it's barely soluble. It has zero nutitional value. The only use it has outside of plastics is as a fertilizer, but even at that it's not very good. The US has banned it as a fertilizer. To say they (whoever they is) were testing it to feed it implies that they would be condoning its use to dupe our own food companies into thinking they were making food with higher protein levels. The only other possible use is in cattle feed. Urea is commonly added to cattle feed. Melamine could possibly be seen as a substitute but it's very low solubility suggests it wouldn't work at all, and at that it would only apply to ruminants which can "digest" the urea.
I can't say I agree/disagree with the accusations and inferences there, but they do raise some interesting points/questions...
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I forgot to report back about the new food...

The kids LOVE the new food, it's like the second coming or something, they all push their heads into the food bowl at once...

I'm not sure if we are going to continue with this though, my wife was speaking to a friend who is a vet who said that it is not a good idea to switch cats (especially males) from one food to another because the PH levels are different and this causes crystals in the urine and urinary tract problems. Apparently this is the most common cause of urinary tract problems and it happens often...

Has anyone else heard of this? I don't want to keep feeding the kids Nutro if the company is so shady but I also don't want to switch to another food and do them harm... We have been mixing the new food with the old stuff so hopefully the switch is not so abrubt but still... I'm kind of stuck as to what to do...
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Just to pipe in on the crystals and the UTI in pets, my baby had 7 kidney stones out yesterday. It's NOT fun surgery for him. Before you switch your dog to a food that is higher in protein or that will raise his/her chances to developing kidney stones/crystalization check with your vet to determine the best types of food to avoid this. Do some research on Nutro because I think it is sometimes recommended for prevention of kidney stones. Are all Nutro's products on the recall list?

My dog is fed Natural Balance. Only one of their products was on the recall list. The one with rice protein concentrate as the ingredient. The other products they offer do not contain that ingredient or any gluten products.
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Just to pipe in on the crystals and the UTI in pets, my baby had 7 kidney stones out yesterday. It's NOT fun surgery for him. Before you switch your dog to a food that is higher in protein or that will raise his/her chances to developing kidney stones/crystalization check with your vet to determine the best types of food to avoid this. Do some research on Nutro because I think it is sometimes recommended for prevention of kidney stones. Are all Nutro's products on the recall list?

My dog is fed Natural Balance. Only one of their products was on the recall list. The one with rice protein concentrate as the ingredient. The other products they offer do not contain that ingredient or any gluten products.
The poor baby.

You know, I never explored the food allergy theory of Mia's skin problems, I ought to switch her to more natural foods and see if that helps her at all.
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our kitties are on dry food, and once a week wet, the Dick Van Patten Natural Balance line of wet food, which until recently one 1, venison was on recall list, now I hear ocean fish was added because of the gluten it contained. We are crossign out fingers that nothing else gets added. Our kitties actually eat the ocean fish, which now that its on the list we were watching kitties closely, so far so good, hopefully remains that way. After first recall we checked all ingredients for the gluten that was being recalled and we've been lucky so far.

what is scary is the idea that your pets continue eating what is remaining on the shelves and then a week later it gets recalled, just real scary but hopefully keeping on top of the ingredient recall will keep us safe from all that nasty stuff. Sister in law is getting her suit together for one of her kitties, that got pancreatitus as result of the food recall both she and the vet believe, so she is suing them.

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You know, I never explored the food allergy theory of Mia's skin problems, I ought to switch her to more natural foods and see if that helps her at all.
Unfortunately, I know far less about cats and cat nutrition than dogs, but I do know that food is often THE factor in dogs with random symptoms and weird allergic reactions. It sounds weird, but many dogs are allergic to beef and poultry so when they go on a duck and potato diet with no grains (corn, wheat), they do much better. Maybe the same is true for cats, or there's a similar allergy/food correlation? You could try switching her to a food with totally different ingredients, like if her current food is chicken/chicken meal, try something fish based? I would imagine something like this would work with cats, I'm just not sure which ingredients they're usually allergic to.
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The Duck variety is kinda of smelly in the can, you have to watch with the fish varieties because the dogs can start to smell fishy too! Riley really loves the Wellness duck. It sat with him just fine.
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