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.
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. Sol rightfully, I 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 in 2016. A
month from now that canned food you purchased today may have different ingredients.
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. This month was her 17th birthday. I had her cremated
and placed in a Rainbow Bridge Urn this day Feb. 7, 2011. She is missed so very much. I will continue these
pages and this cause in her memory.
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 improved and she aged. She went through tough times from many bad experience 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 has recently had a 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 according to Merial. Heartgold does not contain corn.
I have included a list of some bad pet food ingredients at the end of this page as a pdf document. Plus
I encourage you to journal for your pet. I have also included a link with that information.
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. 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 info. 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's a vicious cycle folks. When and how does it end?
How do we 100% boycott products coming from China? It's not easy but with pet food, 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.
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
didn't 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 with vinegar."
The recall list for pet food is still an active website.
Dog Food Recalls List and Updates - 2010, 2011