Hello fellow cat lovers,

The latest figures I heard were that more than
3,000 pets have died now because of the tainted
pet foods.

Pretty sad, and they're not done yet.

Here is a recent press release I just got:

"Menu Foods, a major manufacturer of nearly 100
store- and major-brand pet foods, announced the
first recall March 16. Other companies, including
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Del Monte Pet Products and
Nestle Purina PetCare Co., have since recalled
some of their products as well.

"On Thursday, dog biscuits made by an Alabama
company and sold by Wal-Mart under the Ol'Roy
brand were recalled."

According to the Del Monte web site, however,
more than Ol' Roy dog biscuits are included.
(See the Del Monte link, below.)

As pet owners, we must all try as hard as we can to
be sure our pets are eating safe food.

To help you as much as possible, I have collected
these web sites for you to take a look at, so you
can make your own informed choices when shopping
for cat food:


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17754681/from/ET/

http://updates.purina.com/T2RT0226565F2882BCA1AC59668E80

http://www.menufoods.com/recall

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070317/ap_on_bi_ge/pet_food_recall_12

http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html

If your pet was affected, here is a link to find
out how to report it:

http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html

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Here are some company-specific sites to look at also:

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Purina
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(1) http://www.purina.com/Company/Press/2007/MightyDog.aspx

(2) http://www.purina.com/Company/Press/2007/MightyDog.aspx#purinafaqs


No Purina brand dry pet foods are affected
by the recall & including ALPO Prime Cuts dry.
In addition, no other Purina dog food products,
no Purina cat food products, Purina treat products
or Purina Veterinary Diet products are included in
this recall, nor have been impacted by the
contaminated wheat gluten supply.

You can also call them here:
Office of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-218-5898.

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Hill's Science Diet
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http://www.hillspet.com/menu_foods/Menu_Foods_03302007_en_US.htm

Hill's, a division of Colgate-Palmolive Co., is so far
the only company to recall any dry pet food.

Apparently it's only the weight loss formula for cats
that is affected.


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Whiska's
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The recent nationwide pet food recall initiated by
Menu Foods and other companies does not include any
Effem Inc. Petcare pet food products. All of our
brands, including PEDIGREE® and CESAR® food for dogs,
and WHISKAS®, SHEBA®, and WHISKAS® TEMPTATIONS® food
for cats, are safe for pets to enjoy.

To learn more about WHISKAS® cat food,
visit http://www.whiskas.ca/new/

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Del Monte
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San Francisco-based Del Monte Pet Products is voluntarily
recalling Jerky Treats Beef Flavor Dog Snacks, Gravy Train
Beef Sticks Dog Snacks and Pounce Meaty Morsels Moist Chicken
Flavor Cat Treats.

This site details the recall for Canada and the U.S.:
http://www.delmonte.com/petfoodrecall.html

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Here are some safe places to shop online:

http://tinyurl.com/25twuz
-Click on their link at the top of the page:
Pet Food Recall Information (it's in red)

http://tinyurl.com/a22ev (Pet Medicine Chest)
-This site provides products to handle difficult or
special problems.

http://www.flintriver.com (1-866-236-5102)
-Even if you don't buy this product, this site has a
lot of good information.

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Now, here is more advice from Dr. Andrew Jones, the
wholistic vet in Canada, who just interviewed the pet
nutritionist last week, Catherine O'Driscoll:

The most important points to remember:

None of the Quality, natural brands have been affected,
such as those produced by Natura Pet Products.

Wheat Gluten appears to be the source of the toxins.

None of the premium natural foods use wheat gluten,
as it is a poor protein source for pets, and poorly
digestible. It is really just a filler.

Stick to premium "Natural" brands.

Ensure that animal protein is the first ingredient.

Avoid pet food sold in a grocery store.

Make some food yourself.

Add in Raw food as a portion of your pet's diet.

And if you want to know more, get Dr. Jones'
ebook, Healing Your Pet At Home:
http://tinyurl.com/y98rup (it's free)


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