About your pet's health

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Browsing through the news outlets, I came across this link:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/mone...erns-euthanasia-drug-contamination/344373002/

The J.M. Smucker Co. is withdrawing some shipments of dog food amid reports that it could be tainted with traces of a drug used to euthanize animals.

The company said Thursday it is pulling back shipments of several varieties of wet canned Gravy Train, Kibble 'N Bits, Skippy and Ol' Roy brands.
Years ago, I lost a very kind and gentle Airedale to cancer that was likely from suspected food poisoning in a national brand that used an industrial waste product shipped in from China to up the tested protein level.

So, of course, I don't use that brand today.

Now I read that Smucker's that produces Ol'Roy has tested positive in some of it's dog food products , for pentobarbital.

Three weeks ago, my current pet dog, again a kind and gentle dog of a BlackLab and Terrier mix, had to be suddenly hospitalized for pancreatitus, the cause unknown. Her health was impacted suddenly within 3 days.
Vet suggested a fat free diet of boiled rice, boiled chicken and fat free cottage cheese.
Fat free people food.
Her health rebounded.

She had been eating.....the dry Ol'Roy.
And now I'm reading of their product line being contaminated with a drug used for euthanasia.
Coincidence?
I don't know, but it bothers me intensely that such a corporation cares so much about profits that they care so little about the damage their greed causes.

So be careful and cautious of what you feed your pets these days.
 

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Wow... just wow! :(

I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your Airedale and that your lab mix was ill John. I hope she's doing better now. From what I've read it sounds like it's only the canned versions? Here's a link to the full list of products recalled and there's only one for Ol'Roy:

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/smucker-withdraws-multiple-dog-food-brands/

However, recalls often get expanded as time goes on and they discover other products are contaminated. During the big scare several years ago I was cooking Brandy's meals because so many brands were included in the recall. As it turned out my brand was never affected.

I never feed my dog food bought in a grocery store or Walmart, etc. None of them are good quality as far as I'm concerned. They contain too many fillers to make them affordable (read cheap) and questionable ingredients from questionable sources. Poor quality food alone can cause pancreatitis and other ailments and take years off a dog's life expectancy.

Take a look at this dog food advisor page on your brand:

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/ol-roy-dog-food-dry/

I feed Acana and Brandy does very well on it. They have several types and the one I give him is a grain free single protein version for sensitite stomachs with lamb as the sole protein. It's completely made in Canada (there is a USA plant as well for US customers) and nothing is sourced out so while there's always the possibility of contamination in any food processing the risk is much lower in a controlled environment using quality, fresh ingredients.

I don't know how old your dog is John but I would urge you to do the research and feed her a high quality dog food so you can enjoy her well into her golden doggie years.
 

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Hi cookie...

Vet told me my dog's issue was centering on how her body reacted to fat content in her foods.
Fat content in her food was causing greater enzymatic activity in her pancreas, resulting in her body actually digesting itself.
In her case, the vet said that fat free people food was just as good as the dietary food their office sold. She made a point about boiling chicken and rice.
I've read sweet potatoes were also good.

She is 7 years old and the vet has said this bout probably shortened her life several years.

She had gotten her shots 6 weeks prior to this issue and her checkup was good.
The blood tests taken lately were the worst they'd seen for panceatitus.
No chemical in the house to get at.
My backyard is about 2 acres and she's on a 60 foot cable run (120 ft diameter circle) and nothing was found in the yard that's suspicious and I'm good with my neighbors.

The vet did say pancreatitus problems in dogs are difficult to pinpoint a culprit.

It's just so disturbing to find a headline like I posted and Smuckers isn't exactly a backwater company.
 

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I don't know if you knew this but I just saw an article saying phenobarbital can cause pancreatitis in dogs. It certainly sounds suspect.

Did your vet suggest feeding more frequent smaller meals as well? Apparently that can be helpful.

Brandy is sensitive to overfeeding. I keep him at his ideal weight but the minute he gets a bit more than usual he gets diarrhea so I then cut back. That's why I have him on a sensitive stomach diet. He gets three meals a day but lunch is smaller than his breakfast and supper. He'll be 12 in less than two weeks.

It is very disturbing to hear this and, as you say, from such a well-know supposedly quality company. I mean they make human food too, I have their jam in my refrigerator. Makes one wonder.

Do you mind telling me your dog's name?
 

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I don't know if you knew this but I just saw an article saying phenobarbital can cause pancreatitis in dogs. It certainly sounds suspect.

Did your vet suggest feeding more frequent smaller meals as well? Apparently that can be helpful.

Brandy is sensitive to overfeeding. I keep him at his ideal weight but the minute he gets a bit more than usual he gets diarrhea so I then cut back. That's why I have him on a sensitive stomach diet. He gets three meals a day but lunch is smaller than his breakfast and supper. He'll be 12 in less than two weeks.

It is very disturbing to hear this and, as you say, from such a well-know supposedly quality company. I mean they make human food too, I have their jam in my refrigerator. Makes one wonder.

Do you mind telling me your dog's name?

The vet did suggest smaller frequent meals to start with.
And I did :)
Her health has rebounded.

Her name is Betty.
Not very imaginative.
All my other dogs were male and names like Duke, Willie and Caesar came easily.

Betty came with a history.
Apparently abused as a pup, She wound up in the local dog pound.
A neighbor of a friend of mine rescued her where she lived for about 5 years.
Betty was originally named 'Lovey' and as friendly and gentle as she is, the Terrier in her is more likely Staffordshire Terrier from her general appearance, and that's usually not considered a lovely appearance. She's dark brown like a UPS truck with the exception of a little white patch on her chest and white toes on her back feet. And weighs in at about 80 pounds.
'Lovey' just didn't fit. 'Betty' probably doesn't either, lol.
Her former owner was moving to an apartment that didn't allow pets and my buddy tipped me off about a nice dog needing a good home.
 

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Betty is a cute name. That was nice of you to give her a good home. :)
 

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Smuckers and contaminated dog food is in the news...again.

$5 million lawsuit filed against Rachael Ray's 'Nutrish' dog food brand

https://www.daytondailynews.com/new...utrish-dog-food-brand/n9m7xcef4UKYCAyxuOVmMO/

The suit claims an independent lab found glyphosate, which can be found in weed-killing products like Roundup, in the dog food.

The J.M. Smucker Company, which owns the Nutrish brand, said they’re reviewing the claim.
I took Betty completely off 'dog food' and went with low fat human foods recommended by my vet plus a vitamin supplement. She's doing well and happy. :)
 

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Yeah, many have turned to cooking for their dogs.

Brandy is on a special diet now because of a problem detected in his urine. The PH level is way too high and as a result he has struvite crystals which can turn into painful stones if not dissolved, which is what this diet is supposed to do. :(

It's Hill's Prescription c/d urinary care. But when I read the list of ingredients all I can say is...ughh. :(

But, if he needs it for a short time he will be on it but once this problem is cleared up it's back to the good stuff.
 

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Sounds painful.

Hope he does well on the medication.
 

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Thanks but he's not on any medication right now, just a special diet. So far there's no pain because they haven't formed into stones. Hopefully we'll avoid that. :)
 

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New warning about dry pet foods:

These pet foods may have toxic levels of vitamin D, FDA warns

https://www.usatoday.com/story/mone...s-may-have-toxic-levels-vitamin-d/2200151002/

Eight dry dog food brands are being recalled after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says they could contain toxic levels of vitamin D.

High levels of the nutrient can cause serious health problems for pets, including vomiting, weight loss, kidney failure and death. FDA scientists found some of the recalled foods contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D.

Brands affected by the recall include: Ahold Delhaize, ELM Pet Foods, Inc., Kroger, Lidl (Orlando brand), ANF, Inc., Sunshine Mills, Inc., Natural Life Pet Products and Nutrisca.

This is outrageous!

I've found my pet dog is more vigorous and healthy eating a balanced human diet.
 
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I've never heard of that brand.
 

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Till this morning, same here.

But it's good to get the info out if only to bring awareness to what our pets are eating.
 

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