By Sharon Gomes Thomas
The recent pet food recall had me worried. My dog was eating one of the recalled brands, but thankfully not the batch listed as contaminated. I checked all the cans in my pantry against the list. If you’re a concerned pet owner, you can do the same by going to www.menufoods.com/recall. There are 53 dog food brands and 42 cat food brands on the list. If you go to the site, click on your pet’s brand of food to find out the batch numbers.
If you suspect your pet has consumed any of the tainted food, call your vet immediately. Even if you’re not sure about what you fed her, but he or she is showing signs of lethargy, drinking lots of water, frequently urinating and not eating, call your vet immediately. Many animals are able to heal on their own with quick intervention. Others with more kidney damage may require IV fluids to prevent serious complications. Cats, smaller dogs, senior and young pets seem to be more prone to acute medical conditions.
Researchers are still investigating the causes for the contamination. Rat poison was found in pet food blamed for the deaths of at least 17 cats and dogs, but investigators said they still don’t know how it got there and predicted more animal deaths could be linked to it. After the announcement, the recall expanded to include ALL 95 brands of the “cuts and gravy” style food, regardless of when they were produced.
The Menu Foods Company has designated two phone numbers that pet owners can call for information:
Tel: 866.463.6738 and
If you are concerned about your pet showing symptoms that could be linked to eating contaminated food and it’s after regular vet office hours, or you can’t get your vet on the phone, here are a few numbers you can call in case of emergency:
ASPCA’S Animal Poison Control Center
Westside Veterinary Center
220 West 83rd Street
Animal Medical Center
East 62 Street, between the East River Drive and York Avenue in Manhattan.
Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists and 24 Hour Emergency Care
I’ve started feeding my dog home-made food. If you would like to take a break from retail pet food, check out some of the recipes at www.simplypets.com/pet-recipes. You can find treat and medicinal recipes as well. There are even recipes for your Llama! Just remember to supplement any home-made meals with daily pet vitamins.