Saturday, March 24, 2007

did somebody poison the cats and dogs?

This petfood recall case gets more interesting and appalling. Now, tests have found a nasty rat poison in some of the recalled food. Is this like a Tylenol case for pets? Does this say anything about the safety of the human food supply?

I feel bad for the critters and their owners. And if it is a sabotage case and not incompetence, I feel bad for the manufacturer, Menu Foods. Although I'm not sure I would have spent $8000 on emergency care for my poisoned dog, like one college student in the Post article did...


Blogger Robyn said...

Hi...I am the college student from the post article...if I thought for one second that my puppy was going to die, I certainly would not have spent so much. She was a purebred dog and she was very dear to me. The bulk of the bill was acquired while she was in intensive care at a 24 hour vet hospital. Every day she was making serious improvement and by the day before her death, her kidneys were almost completely recovered. I kept her there because she was coming through it and I loved her more than anything. Her death came suddenly and was shocking to everyone including the doctors who were caring for her. It was likely stress that caused her to have a blood clot which sent her into cardiac arrest. If that had not happened, she probably would have recovered. She was only 6 pounds to begin with and she was down to 4 when she died...she lost a third of her body weight. Anyway, I realize the bills were excessive but I thought she was going to be okay and I could not put a price on her life. Also, I did not have an itemized bill until after she died...the last time anyone had updated me, the bill was $3000...still a lot, but not as much. We did opt to spend an additional $300 for a full necropsy because, even though there was no recall at that point, we suspected something seriously wrong had happened due to the fact that she suddenly became violently ill and she was a 100% healthy dog prior to that...her breeder has all her dogs genetically tested before breeding them. We wanted to know what killed her and now we do. I am thankful that we did this as we now have confirmation that a toxin caused her death. Anyway, I just wanted to explain why I went to such lengths. I think most pet owners would agree that their dog is a part of their family...Lucy was my baby and her life was priceless to me.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucy was one of my puppies and what she and Robyn have been through is absolutely heartbreaking. I still can't believe she's really gone... In an effort to help Robyn, the American Toy Fox Terrier Club, , and the Toy Fox Terrier Breeder's Association, , are sponsoring donations to help defray the $8,000 Robyn spent trying to save Lucy. Sure, Menu Foods says they'll compensate the owners, but they haven't even bothered to contact Robyn at this point. They haven't even had the decency to say they're sorry for her loss. So, we're going to do what we can to help her ourselves. If she ever receives compensation she's going to donate the excess towards rescue. If by some miracle Lucy's Fund generates more than Robyn's expenses then the remainder will also go towards rescue efforts. Lucy's loss and that of every animal and owner is just sickening and IMHO the way Menu Foods is handling the situation is DEPLORABLE. All anyone seems interested in doing is playing CYA games. The reality here is they are responsible, even if it wasn't intentional, and pets and their owners have suffered. Robyn is just 22 years old. She's lost her best friend and now she's under a mountain of debt too...

7:51 PM  

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