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No Lawsuit Yet Concerning Dog Food Recall - Killed at Least 100 Dogs 

January 6th, 2006

No Lawsuit Yet Concerning Dog Food Recall - Killed at Least 100 Dogs

Country Value Dog Food

A recall has been issued for Diamond, Country Value and Professional brand dog food because it contains highly toxic and deadly aflatoxins.  With at least 100 dogs dead in the last few weeks Cornell University veterinarians are very concerned that more people do not know of the recall and continue to feed their dogs this lethal dog food.

Cornell veterinarians have developed a test for dogs to test of the aflatoxin poisoning, this will help to diagnose and treat the ill dog before it is too late.  The report released from these veterinarians say that about two-thirds of the dogs that ingest enough of the toxic food die.

"Entire kennels have been wiped out, and because of the holiday these past few weeks, the dispersal of recall information was disrupted," said Sharon Center, a professor of veterinary medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.

 

You can visit their website, http://www.vet.cornell.edu, for any new information of other food poisoning recalls for animals.  There are a total of 19 brands distributed by Diamond, Country Value and Professional dog foods that have been recalled.

They believe that the toxic food started possibly late October early November. "It's devastating to dog owners who feel responsible for poisoning their beloved dogs," said Bischoff.

It is the East and Southeast US that have the most cases reported.  They are also concerned that the surviving dogs that ate the food and were symptom free from the food poisoning may in the near future develop liver disease or cancer.

 

What to look for in a dog that has afltoxin poisoning is lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting and later on will develop orange-colored urine and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes, gums and non-pigmented skin).  Seriously poisoned dogs will have blood-tinged vomit and bloody or blackened stools.  It can take several days to 3 weeks for the serious symptoms to show up in the dog.  It is best to check to see if you have feed your dog the recalled dog food, and if your dog has eaten the food, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible to test your dog.

"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."

As of this writing we are unaware of any lawsuits associated with this poisoning.  As medical bills or a loss of a pet may cause hardship or suffering, there may be some in the future. 

 
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