The primary reason I created this page was for the benefit of those who had pets that may have been
affected by the recalled cat and dog foods as my Princess was in 2007.
NOTE: February 7, 2011
This is the date I was forced to put Princess to sleep. More on that later in this article.
And the word "vet" means veterinarian.
Before you read any further, do yourself a favor and download this document I put together. It's in pdf
format so you can read it, save it, print it or all three.
Bad ingredients in pet foods.
The class action lawsuit won but the pet food companies kept fighting to pay. What funds I did eventually
get did not cover the vet expenses incurred to take care of Princess. No amount of money could replace
her or anybody elses' pet or service animal anyway. It is interesting to note that it is a Federal Offense
to harm a Service Animal. So I rightfully was due much more than what I received and the pet food companies
or the source of the contamination should have been punished under Federal Law.
It would be a wise decision to continue reading lables not only on pet food but on people food. The ingredients
are continually changing and "natural ingredients" are being added. What is in "natural ingredients?" It isn't
cited but kept a secret. Gluton is a "natural ingredient."
Pet foods were still being recalled five years after the massive recall of 2007. Think about that, in 2012,
pet foods were still being recalled. Beware of what is in pet foods and even in human food now. A month
from now that canned food you purchased today may have different ingredients. For real.
Praise God Princess lived long enough to benefit from my research. However, she has now crossed Rainbow Bridge.
Due to complications she had to be put down Sunday night. Pray for me please. Princess was my faithful Service
Dog for many years. I got her when she was four months old in 1994. She was put down a few days before her 17th
birthday. I had her cremated and placed in a Rainbow Bridge Urn on Feb. 7, 2011. She is still missed so very much.
I will continue these pages and this cause in her memory.
Princess was having a problem eating her food. A vet at Pet Smart had removed three teeth when I brought her
to have only one tooth pulled. She already had two missing teeth from her stay in quarantine in Hawaii. That
was before she was designated a Service Dog.
I brought her to a different vet. and he did x-rays. He said the x-rays showed her stomach to be bloated from
inhaling too much air. The vet who had pulled her teeth said the same thing but said to elevevate her food.
So I bought dog food bowls that had a stand. She was improving. This last vet wanted me to have her put to
sleep. Wrong.....she was not sick. He did keep her over night against my better judgement.
Eventually I did have her put to sleep. You will read about that, just continue reading. I got a copy of her
medical records. In them this vet stated she was confused and other words he used for her. I told him she was
not confused and whatever else he said (I would have to get the notes out but it is not really that important
here). She was blind and did not know where she was. He had her in a crate. When we went out of town, she
would walk around the rooms at the resort or motel bumping off the walls or furniture until she knew her way
around. She would then go to the door if she needed to potty. She would go directly to her food. She went
directly to her bed. She was not confused or stupid. She knew how to orient herself.
Tis vete noted that her IV had infiltrated and came out. He further stated he could not tell how much of the
liquid was IV fluid and how much was urine. Bless her heart that must have really frightened her. He also noted
that "this dog (meaning my Princess) was well hydrated" yet he continued to hydrate her. Why? She ended up with
fluid on her lungs which was why I had to put her to sleep. It was later that I found that out from another vet.
To continue with why I brought her to the vet:
On a later day after the IV infiltration she was throwiing up white foam and yelling as in severe pain. I called
the vet and he told me to take her to an emergency vet clinic. He refused to see her. The emergency vet is how I
found out that she had fluid on her lungs. He suggested I use a nebulizer. If I could find out how to nebulize
her he would write the prescription for the Albuterol. I told him I had a nebulizer for myself.
I did a search on the internet. A vet in Michigan helped me. With his help and what I knew I put together a
treatment for dogs. It can be downloaded below. However, the treatment did not help Princess. She was screaming
in severe pain and throwing up white foam which meant it was coming from her lungs. She screamed in my ear and
threw up all over me and the floor of the front seat of our van on the way to the emergency vet.
I did tell her vet what the emergency vet told me. He said he knew Princess had fluid on her lungs. Well
I guess, he put it there. That was in his notes for her, that she was well hydrated but continued to hydrate
her. She was frightened enough to pee and undoutedly asperated some of the fluid she was laying in.
The emergency vet wrote a prescription for the Albuterol and I purchased it. Using her big crate and
putting a sheet over it, I trid the nebulizing treatment. But the treatment did not work. Then I made the
most difficult decision of my entire life, to have her put to sleep. I called the emergency vet and asked
him if he would do it. He said yes. (2018 and I still cannot look in the direction of that clinic.)
What really hurt besides her screaming in my ear and throwing up foam on the way to this emergency vet
clinic, was that every time we brought her, she would calm down because she knew she was going to be
helped. But this time when I put her on the exam table, the vet did an injection in her head and very
quickly she quit breathing and she died. Do the math, she was with me constantly, not as a pet in the
yard or in the house but by my side for many years. It was only her and me until I remarried in 2006.
I got her in 1994. She was designated a service dog in 2003.
Not only did this vet cause fluid to get on her lungs and knew it and didn't tell me but the vet who
pulled three teeth instead of just one without my knowledge, she gave Princess medicine that was
contraindicated not only for her age but because she had a seizure disorder too. She was my seizure
alert Service Animal. I had seizures and she developed them too. People, your doctor isn't God and neither
is your veterinarian. You have rights and so do your pets especially Service Animals. Service Animals
are protected by Federal Law. It is a federal offense to harm a service animal.
I am a retired nurse with some veterinary experience. My children grew up on a working beef cattle ranch.
My then husband graduated from Texas A & M. I got a one year PHT, putting husband through. In other words,
I helped him with his major, Animal Husbandry. I also worked in a feed store, assisted a veterianrian in
Carthage, Texas and kept my Merck's Vet. Manual handy. I wish I still had it. Thank God for the Internet!
Princess' kidneys declined as she aged after the tainted pet food harm but she improved with with real
people food (chicken, peas and carrots). She went through tough times from many bad experiences with wrong
medicines given to her. After researching all of the pet foods she has ever had in her entire lifetime
and the products she had reaction to, I've come to the conclusion she had a food allergy other than peanuts.
It was CORN. The ID diet contains corn. The KD diet contains cornstarch. Heartgard contains corncobs.
Heartgold does not contain corn. I purchased Heartgold from a pet food store in Australia.
I have included a list of some bad pet food ingredients at the end of this page as a pdf document and some
websites of interest for pet owners and Service Dog owners. Plus I encourage you to journal for your pet.
I have also included a link with that information. I kept a journal while Princess was sick and going to
that vet who actually harmed her. He told me to feed her one teaspoon of KD diet dog food every hour from
7 am to 10 pm. That interrupted my sleep and hers. When I saw her go after crumbs on her bed I decided to
put her back on her food which was mixing chicken, peas and carrots. She started improving but not enough.
In reference to the tainted dog foods: I tried the freeze dried dog food for awhile but that didn't set
well with Princess. She prefered that I cook for her which I did for several years. However, I did
eventually resort to canned chicken breast as mentioned above. I've learned though that it is still best
to boil the whole chicken and take the meat off the bones if you prepare the food yourself.
There are recipe books especially for cats and dogs with kidney disease. The name of the book that I
ordered is: "Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative" by Donald R. Strombeck, DVM,
PhD. It's a nutritional book, not a cookbook. Do a search on amazon. That's where I purchased my book.
Paying less is not always getting more for your money. Your pet could be getting sick due to the poor
sources of nutrition found in these so called "cheap" brands of pet food. Thus you get what you pay for
but that doesn't mean all high priced dog and cat foods are great sources of food either as was found
out in the recall of over a hundred different brands of dog and cat foods.
On Thursday, May 10, 2007, I spoke with a female representative from the FDA-USA. I gave her all the
information about Princess in regards to the recalled pet foods. However, she suggested to READ LABELS.
IF the pet food contains Rice OR Wheat do NOT give it to your pet. That's a safety precaution since
it was both Rice AND Wheat that was affected. That was rice from China. Check the pdf document at the
end of this page for the different types of rice products. You want rice not brewers rice and you want
it grown in the USA. There are many rice fields in Texas and in Louisiana.
The lady at the FDA also said that the FDA regulates animal and human food products, that government
officials should be notified as to the affect on Service Animals from this tainted dog food. I told her
that IT IS A FEDERAL OFFENSE to injure a Service Dog. That's TRUE. If you have a Service Animal that was
affected or know of someone with a Service Animal that was affected, I hope you contacted your congressman
or or congresswoman or even up the chain of command to President Obama. I did but to no avail. But
I do notify when a medication causes an adverse reaction in me. The FDA takes that seriously.
On a personal note: I did boycott food products made in China which is not an easy task. I did contact
our government officials but to no avail. All I got was a sorry for the incident type standard note and
the information was passed on to the company I was complaining about. The government did nothing to help.
And that stayed true with complaints about social security. They did nothng but pass the information
along to the entity I was complaining about. It is a vicious cycle folks. When and how does it end?
How do we 100% boycott products coming from China? It is not easy to boycott eveything coming from China
but with pet food and food products yes you can.
Many commercial pet foods contain protein which is NOT "PURE" Protein. Such was the case with the
tainted pet foods contaminated with melamine. Read this report. It's about how the pet foods may
have been contaminated deliberatly to make the protein source appear to be more than it was. In other
words, it's all about the money.
It would do you well to read the next article with regards to the contents in pet foods. You can download
it. A friend sent it to me. On the page there was a link to print the article so I did; it is in pdf format.
What Food Makers Don't Want You to Know
I found much information at North Shore Animal League America
When I find the source that stated "they" started making commercial pet foods after WWII because "they"
did not know what to do with all the leftover chemicals, I will add it to this page.
We have grown into an instant society which is hurting all who survive on planet earth animals and humans
both. Wake-up people! We ARE in charge so take charge but not in retaliation or hate type ways. There is
an old saying that "You catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar." And yet another saying "What is
allowed today becomes the norm for tomorrow." Think about it.
The recall list for pet food is still an active website.
Dog Food Recalls List and Updates - 2010, 2011