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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Public Service Announcement from the HSUS

As the doyenne of the Feline Americans, I get lots of mail. Granted, most of the mail comes in the form of unsolicited credit card applications, shoe catalogs, and offers to enlarge my genitals(!), but sometimes I get mail that is relevant to efurrycat and I feel the need to make it blog-fodder. This is such a piece of mail: It comes from the Humane Society of the United States.

Please note that the grammar utilized in the HSUS memo wasn't exactly right; therefore, I took liberties with the presentation of the content, but didn't alter the meaning.
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR PET

1. The recall involves foods containing wheat-gluten imported from China. If you have any questions regarding your pet's food, call the manufacturer and/or the store where you purchased the food.

2. Check H.S.U.S.'s Pet Food Safety site regularly for the newest, most up-to-date information on the recall. The FDA website is also a helpful tool providing an updated list of all pet food companies involved in the recall.

3. If you choose to make your pet's food and treats from scratch as a temporary alternative to mass produced diets, please consult your veterinarian to ensure that your homemade recipe contains proper pet nutrition.

4. Before purchasing new pet foods and/or treats, check the FDA website and/or the manufacturer's website to confirm that the brand you're buying has not been recalled.

5. If your pet has become ill or has died because s/he ate food that was recalled, please report it to the Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine.

6. Please contact the FDA and request that they provide more leadership and information to ensure a safe pet food supply both now and in the future.

SIGNS TO LOOK FOR IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR PET MAY HAVE EATEN RECALLED FOOD


Please contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has eaten recalled food and is now displaying any of the following symptoms:

Loss of appetite
Lethargy
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Depression
Change in water consumption
Change in frequency and/or amount of urination


Any questions you might have regarding the Urgent Pet Food Recall can be answered by calling the HSUS's toll-free hotline (1-800-HUMANE1) or by visiting their website HSUS Pet Food Safety.

11 comments:

caspersmom said...

Thank you Daisy Maus for posting this information. I'm sure it will be a real help for all cats and their humans. Mom didn't know what the symptoms were and thankfully none here has had them............so far, and hopefully don't get them. Mom didn't change our food so guess we got a brand that didn't have the wheat glutin in it. Mom says we have corn glutin but she was wary of that.

Casper

the zoo crew said...

Thank you so much for the info. After I got sick, mommy wasn't sure what to feed me but the vet said nothing with wheat gluten. After the new recall, she's even more worried, especially since the furballs are so little and I'm still recovering!

Tara said...

Excellent PSA post Daisy Mae!

I'm going to go check out your cousin's blog!

Tara

Caesar and Princess said...

This is a very good PSA.
Lots of peeple do not know what to look for. Excellent!
we are going to check out your cuzins blog now!

~Caesar

Suzanne said...

thanks for the PSA. we need these!

mama's getting better. she figured out how to the Friday's Feast all by herself. it even looks ok! i, of course, helped her answer the questions!

love
--suz

Kim and Oscar the Puppy Cat said...

Excellent guise DMM! I think my Mommy will have to print this so she can keep it handy!

Faz the Cat said...

We're very luck in the UK, I don't think we've had this problem. Very good of you to keep everyone updated. FAZ

Dragonheart said...

Thank for for sharing this important information! Although we haven't been affected here in the EU, I know my humans are wondering what they'll feed me when we move back to Canada.

Monica said...

Thanks for passing on the memo, DaisyMae. It's good to get the updates and know where to find answers.

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