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Short-Term Study Released On Pet Food Recall

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newslineShort-Term Study Released on Pet Food RecallShort-Term Study Released on Pet Food RecallShort-Term Study Released on Pet Food RecallThe Animal Medical Center of New York has compiled data on pets that may have been affected by the recent Menu Foods pet food recall.The Animal Medical Center of New York has compiled data on pets that may have been affected by the recent Menu Foods pet food recall.

The Animal Medical Center of New York has compiled data on pets that may have been affected by the recent Menu Foods pet food recall.

AMC’s Renal Medicine Service has reviewed all chemistry profiles obtained at AMC between March 17-20. Owners of pets with azotemia have been contacted to determine if the pets had eaten the recalled foods.

During this time period, 143 chemistry profiles were performed. Five percent of pets have been determined to have food-related acute renal failure. Twelve cases have been identified, 8 cats and 4 dogs. Age range was 2-14 years with a mean age of 7.4 years.

All pets had at least one clinical sign of acute renal failure: 75 percent had anorexia, 50 percent had polyuria and polydipsia, 50 percent had vomiting and 50 percent had lethargy.

The course of the disease before presentation to AMC ranged from one to 60 days. Mean creatinine was 7 mg/dl with a range of 2.1-14.8 mg/dl. Mean BUN was 110 mg/dl with a range of 33-210 mg/dl.

Three patients were diagnosed on an out-patient basis. Nine animals were hospitalized of which two dogs and one cat died or were euthanized despite treatment. Six were discharged from the hospital. Four of these were discharged with persistent azotemia.

AMC is encouraging pet owners who visited the hospital with pets with renal failure prior to March 17 to contact their veterinarian and report what brand of food they had been feeding their dog or cat.

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A complete list of brands affected by the recall can be found at www.menufoods.com/recall.

03-23-2007

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