I am brand new to this forum but I as a pet owner, like all of you, this whole pet food recall situation is increasingly disturbing. I have had my Chihuahua on high end holistic type food most of his life anyway (like Wellness, Innova or Natural Balance) so I feel somewhat safe ... and I just switched my cat to Natural Balance.
But I indeed think there is a MAJOR cover up and 15 or 16 pets dying over this is so grossly wrong I'm sure. What a slap in the face to the other thousands of pet owners who have lost their pets due to this and how long have they known before they told us.
I agree with you about the tight lip. There have been hundreds and hundreds of pets that have died and I believe that we have just begun to hear about what's in our pets food. It is true that euthanized dogs, cats, cows, horses, etc. are all put into pet foods. It's called by-products. Chicken feathers, beaks, feet, bones intestines all wind up in the name of chicken by-products. It is terrible. I grew up on a farm and whenever we had an animal that was sick we would call the vet. He would come in inject it with drugs and if it survive - great. But if it didn't we would call the rendering company and they would load up the dead and diseased animal send it off to the pet food companies. You have no idea what really goes on.
Read your labels - don't buy any food that has corn, wheat, wheat gluten, by-products, chemicals, dyes, etc. There are alternative companies that make a safe pet food. I am so happy that I researched this 2 1/2 years ago and switched pet foods companies. My Jack Russell is healthy and happy. Thank God.
I don't think that the blame should be put totally on Menu Foods. After all, they were only doing what their customers (all the brands in the news) contracted them to do. Those big brands submit their formulas and take bids on who can make it the cheapest and Menu Foods won. The blame lies with the name brands. If they really cared about our pets, they would not have approved of buying the cheapest wheat on the commonities market from China.
People have to wake up and if they really love their pets they have to do their homework and be willing to pay a little bit more for their pet's food. We are what we eat.
I'm new to this forum. I agree with all of you that this food recall has been really disturbing. I'm so sorry to anyone who has lost a pet. I'm from Canada and I feed my cat one of the tainted foods. She threw up violently one day-just before we found out about the recall. The best before date was just off the recall list one, so we've been suspicious her food might have made her sick. Luckily she doesn't really like soft food so she only eats about a tablespoon a day. They shelves at the pet store where we buy her food have been almost empty because they've had to pull so much food off the shelves.