A New Toxin found in Pet Food.
From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Re: A New Toxin found in Pet Food.
Good morning to you all.
Just as it appears that the Pet Food Recall is going away,
another toxin is found in Pet Food.
Unfortunately there is no mention as to what type of food,
making it difficult to avoid.
The biggest concern is for cat owners, as this toxin
acetaminophen (ie Tylenol), is VERY TOXIC to cats.
Here is the story.
The ASPCA?????s Animal Poison Control Center has just issued
a warning following the reports of acetaminophen in pet food:
With reports that acetaminophen has been found in brands
of cat and dog food not included on the Menu Foods recall list,
the ASPCA?? (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals??)
today reminded pet parents that vigilance is the key to keeping
their pets safe and healthy?????coupled with a strong dose of common sense.
???œThough reports of dogs and cats poisoned from the Menu Foods
recall seem to have abated, this news is extremely worrying,????
said Dr. Steven Hansen, a board-certified toxicologist and
senior vice president with the ASPCA, who manages the ASPCA?????s
Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), located in its Midwest
Office in Urbana, Ill.
???œOur data show that if an average-sized cat ingests as little as
one extra-strength acetaminophen pain-reliever caplet and is not
treated in time, it can suffer fatal consequences,???? continued Dr.
Hansen. ???œDepending on the amount ingested, clinical effects can
include a condition called ???˜methemoglobinemia,????? which affects the
ability of blood cells to deliver oxygen to vital organs, or even
???œAt this point, we have very little information as to the actual
level and concentration of this reported contamination, so it?????s
extremely important to be able to recognize any potential warning
signs of this kind of poisoning.???? However, early information on
this contamination suggests that concentration levels are not
high enough to have an adverse effect on most dogs; cats are more at-risk.
Dr. Louise Murray, director of medicine at the ASPCA?????s Bergh Memorial
Animal Hospital (BMAH) in New York City, and a board-certified internist,
elaborates further. ???œCats are especially sensitive to acetaminophen
toxicity for two reasons. First, they don?????t have enough of a specific
enzyme that enables the body to metabolize the drug well. Second, cats
are typically more susceptible to red blood cell damage than certain
other species of animals. Put these together with a high dose of
acetaminophen, and you have a potentially deadly combination.????
The most common effects of acetaminophen poisoning in cats include
swelling of the face and paws; depression; weakness; and difficulty
in breathing. ???œWe also see a condition called ???˜cyanosis,????????? said Dr.
Hansen, ???œwhich is literally when their gums and tongue start turning
a muddy color due to the lack of oxygen.????
In 2006, the APCC received more than 78,000 calls to its hotline
involving common human drugs such as painkillers, cold medications,
antidepressants and dietary supplements?????a 69 percent increase over 2005.
Until more information is provided by the U. S. Food & Drug Administration
(FDA), the ASPCA urges pet parents to keep an eye out for any signs of
illness in their pets, and also report any changes in dietary consumption
or behavior to their veterinarian immediately. Those considering a
home-cooked diet for their pets should do so in consultation with their
veterinarian, or visit the ASPCA?????s Web site for more information.
???œIt is important to remember to never give any medication to your pet
without first talking to your veterinarian, and always store potentially
poisonous substances in a secure cabinet above the countertop and out of
the reach of pets,???? said Dr. Hansen. ???œIf you think your pet has ingested
a poisonous substance, you should take her to your veterinarian immediately.????
The ASPCA continues to monitor the pet food recall situation, and is
providing regular updates and advice for pet parents, at its
Pet Food Recall Resource Center at www.aspca.org/recall
P.S. I advocate making some of your own pet’s food-
and with new toxins popping up every week, you can
For those of you who are ready to take the make
my pet’s food at home plunge, you can go to:
P.P.S. They mention in the story
that you should consult your veterinarian before making
any type of home diet. Of course they fail to mention
that most veterinarians have little to no training in
If you want to consult with me you can.
I am holding my first membership site teleseminar
next Tuesday- but you need to be a member to get
Rush on over to:
It’s Your Pet- Heal Them At Home!
Dr Andrew Jones
barter, exchange or in any way make available your personal
information to others. You can unsubscribe or change your
email address at any time using the links at the bottom of
Copyright 2007 Four Paws Online Ltd.