Dog Food Scare

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Dog Food Scare

by Stacy Harlow

The recent pet food scare has ME scared! What are the signs and symptoms? What food has been recalled? Why was it recalled?

I have two dogs, an English Cocker Spaniel named Cindy and an American Cocker Spaniel named Chip. The last thing I would want to do is to cause harm to these puppies. I've done some research and I thought that maybe some of it might help the other pet lovers out there in cyber land.

According to the FDA website, laboratories have found a substance called melamine in samples of pet food and in the wheat gluten used as an ingredient in the pet food. In turn, Cornell University scientists have found melamine in the urine and kidneys of deceased animals that were part of a taste testing study conducted for Menu Foods.

Ok, so what is melamine?

Melamine is a small, nitrogen-containing molecule that has a number of industrial uses, including as an industrial binding agent, flame retardant and as part of a polymer in the manufacture of cooking utensils and plates. Melamine has additionally been used as a fertilizer in some parts of the world. It is not registered for use as a fertilizer in the United States.

Alright, now I kind of understand what the problem with the food is, I need to understand what signs and symptoms to look for in my dogs. The FDA outlines the top signs and symptoms of illness as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting. From what I understand, if my dog has ingested any of the infected food, the signs should show up in a couple of days.

I've put together a blog about this scare. My blog outlines all of the dog foods which have been recalled, either voluntary or involuntarily. Take a look at the blog and make sure you aren't accidentally poisoning your dog!

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