Dogs Die From Toxic Dog Food

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Dogs Die From Toxic Dog Food

by Travis Liu

Professional brand dog foods have been recalled for containing highly toxic aflatoxins, they have caused 100 dog death in recent weeks, say Cornell University Veterinarians.

More than 2 dozens other countries are still unaware of the tainted dog food; they continued to give dog food containing a lethal toxin.

Cornell Veterinarians report that they now have a new accurate test and currently, about two-third of dogs that showed symptoms after eating the tainted food die.

Trying to save dogs

Over the recent holiday weeks, Center and her staff worked hard trying to save the 17 dogs admitted to Cornell?s Hospital for Animals.

Of those 17 dogs, Center euthanized 12 when it became clear they could not survive; five are still been treated. Dogs that have survived had consumed a smaller amount of food than dogs that died.

"Every day, we're hearing reports from veterinarians in the East and Southeast who have treated dogs that have died from liver damage this past month or so," said Center.

"About half of our clients bringing in sick dogs this past week say that they were not aware of the contaminated dog food problem," said Sara Sanders, one of the veterinarians at Mendon Valley Animal Hospital near Rochester.

Screening ill dogs

Early signs that a dog has been poisoned by afltoxin include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, and later, orange-colored urine and jaundice.

Any dog suspected of aflatoxin poisoning should also have a liver specimen sent to Cornell to definitively confirm the pathologic changes in the liver unique for aflatoxin toxicity, such as fatty degeneration of individual cells.

"Even if dogs show no signs of illness, if they have eaten the affected food, they should have blood tests submitted to detect liver injury," Center stressed. "Dogs that show positive results on any of the above tests should be prescribed liver protectants for two months." For more details, veterinarians should check the Cornell Vet College Web site.

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