And now the supposed " Global Leader in Pet Nutrition", Hills is recalling a prescription veterinary diet.
It is a diet used for weight loss and diabetes in cats.
At my practice we only special order in Hills prescription diets, and we have no current clients feeding it ( fortunately).
Here is the details of the expanded recall...
Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc.Recalls Single Product, Prescription Diet(TM) m/d(TM) Feline Dry Food, Only Product Containing Wheat Gluten.
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food from the market. Hill's is taking this precautionary action because during a two-month period in early 2007, wheat gluten for this product was provided by a company that also supplied wheat gluten to Menu Foods. U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests of wheat gluten samples show the presence of a small amount of melamine.
Recalled products U.S. & Canada UPC* Size Prescription Diet(TM) m/d(TM) Feline dry food 52742 42770 4 lb. bag Prescription Diet(TM) m/d(TM) Feline dry food 52742 42790 10 lb. bag
Why is a company who is supposed to have the higghest quality of ingredients, and the strictest quality control and testing, using the same source of wheat gluten used by all of those inexpensive supermarket brands?
This is a prescription diet- only sold to veterinarians who are told it is of the "highest standard and quality".
Yet again, another large pet food company is outsourcing to get the most inexpensive ingredients..and now more pet's lives are affected.
I have never been a fan of Hill's Science Diet. Usually when some one calls me looking for a pup, because there young dog has died from cancer, I asked if they were feeding Science Diet. They wonder how I knew. Hill's has paid for many a vets education, and in return they push there food.
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Bhrathi - Check petconnection.com. Go back to March and skim through posts. There are a number of folks who were feeding prescription diets other than the one recalled, whose pets became ill and died. Perhaps your vet would give you homemade options.
Flip195 - What a wonderful vet! I'd love to find one like that. I'm in Orange County, California. Are you anywhere near?
Here is a link to the food I feed my dogs.... It has never been on any recall list and they use only human quality ingredients.....I order online and have the food in 3 days, my dogs go crazy for it.....
LOL, lots in common with the poster above me. Clearly expressed alot of my views on hills and vets not being nutritionists. Sometimes I wonder how they could miss the link between crappy food and ear inf, skin inf, ect. ect. not to mention the more serious side effects. I am a fan of A/D when neccesary though. I feed Innova (used to feed Merrick), and my friend feeds her Bullies Healthwise (a little easier on their stomachs). I think their reasoning behind the new EVO (Innova company) food is extremely skewed though, and will be interested to see what happens to those dogs on it down the road.
= agree. I do not like Science Diet at all. In the military we fed our dogs that ( I was a K9 military police officer) and I hated it. The dogs always have issues, skin allergies, the runs, upset stomachs, poor coats. Any food that has fillers as it's top ingredients is no good, and it's so expensive that I just don't understand how they get away with it. I feed my dog Iams, because as of right now it's the most available "grocery store' brand I can get ahold of that has,as far as I can tell, a decent nutritional value. Any other suggestions? Thanks!