A nationwide recall of dog food and cat food has people concerned for their pets’ health. Spencer veterinarian Thomas Beal says the suspect types of pet food are "cuts and gravy" varieties sold in cans and tinfoil pouches, under about forty cat food brands and fifty different dog food brand names.
Beal says they still don’t know what caused the problem, but he expects more information before long as research continues into the animal deaths. He says if a check turns up any of the suspect pet food items in your pantry, don’t give it to your animals and consider calling your family vet for advice.
The food’s been linked with kidney disease in pets. The vet describes symptoms including thirst, lethargy, vomiting, and more frequent urination, and recommends that if you see those signs in your dog or cat, call the vet. A veterinarian can order lab tests, as they already do for old pets, to screen for kidney function. To date about ten cats and dogs around the nation have died.