reply to post by Dimithae
you can download the complete list here and Blue Buffalo was also on the list.
At the time we were told Iams was not on the list.
All I can say is our Odie lived 18-20 years of age (and was euthanized due to a medical condition not in connection with his food). Odie would have
Jack the cat we got at the same time (also a rescue) is still alive on Iams and he is around 22 years old and going strong.
According to the list and my research, between the China recall and our rendering practices of collecting animals euthanized (with Sodium
Pentobarbita) which than passes into the "meat".
Almost everything done now is for profit.
I have had several of my dogs that had to be euthanized, and each time (except for Odie and my husband was there) We watched and made sure they were
floated down and than the final stage of death.
With all our dogs, except Pudge who got hit by a car and is buried in the back yard. We have spent the extra money to have them cremated and put in a
inexpensive urn with verification that they were privately cremated.
Their ashes will be mixed with ours and we will be buried together, my husband, me and our dogs......we're a pack after all.
Iams Pet Food Recall Details The Iams pet food recall was issued when it was discovered that an ingredient used in the production of the pet food
was contaminated with an industrial chemical called melamine. Melamine is not approved for use in the production of either human food or pet food,
even though it is not considered highly toxic. The melamine had contaminated two specific ingredients used in the production of the pet food; wheat
gluten and rice protein concentrate. Both of these ingredients are added to pet food during manufacture to provide the pets with proper nutrition. In
the Iams pet food recall, both dog and cat foods were affected, including some treats for each type of animal. The manufacturer acted quickly to
issue the Iams pet food recall and remove any tainted products from store shelves. The US Food and Drug Administration released an alert warning about
the risk and advising individuals whose pets may have eaten the contaminated pet food to seek medical attention for their pets immediately at the
first sign of poisoning by melamine. The consumption of melamine is believed to cause kidney damage and in a small number of cases it can cause kidney
failure and death. The symptoms that pet owners should be on the lookout for include vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. The
ingredients suspected of being responsible for the Iams pet food recall has been traced to a manufacturing facility located in China. This Chinese
manufacturing facility produces both the wheat gluten and the rice protein concentrate that was contaminated with melamine. The contaminated
ingredients were then imported to the United States through a company located in San Francisco, California and distributed to various manufacturers.
All of the manufacturers that were affected by the recalls, including the Iams pet food recall, have canceled their orders for products manufactured
by the plant in China. The Iams pet food recall is just one in a string of recent recalls associated with products imported from China. Counterfeit
Colgate toothpaste from China was found to contain a chemical that is commonly found in antifreeze, which sickened and killed a number of individuals
in South America. A multitude of children’s toys imported from China was also recently recalled due to the toys being painted with paint containing
lead. Although the Iams pet food recall is the latest recall issued, it will not be the last. One can only hope that the problems will be found before
many people, or pets, are injured.
Again, Odie lived to 18-20 and would have lived longer had we been able to carry him up and down stairs, his back legs like Sinbad (age 12 /
Shepard/Husky) needed a hip replacement we could not afford and he was in pain as well as the vet said he probably would not do well after surgery, he
was in pain).
Lucy seems to be doing well on Iams and I did write these folks who say that now they are keeping a closer eye on the quality of their food.
Yes you can cook your dog or cat's food yourself, but again, my vet, who I feel really cares for my dog - uses Iam's herself for her two Goldens -
and she says the vitamin and minerals added you don't get from normal home cooked meals.
Now on Sunday morning when we have a egg beater omelet, for my husband and I, I make a little extra for Lucy as a special Sunday morning breakfast
Her blood work came back late September and she was healthy.