What foods on the market are dangerous to dogs and cats?


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Our question this week was:

My 15-year-old cat died early this morning. She had been in the vet hospital for almost a week. I took her to the vet late one night because she got weak all of the sudden. She could not even hold her head up. The vet said she was very dehydrated, anemic, and had lost her appetite. He gave her an IV and did what he could. My son told me that he had heard on the news that certain cat foods on the market could cause death in animals with these symptoms. Do you know what foods are dangerous for animals? I have one more cat and 3 dogs, and I want to protect them from the same thing happening to them.

Kathleen Harris


Hi – thanks for your email. I'm sorry to hear about your cat. Did she have kidney failure?

Keep your food containers and check to see if the food was on the recalled list – call 1-866-895-2708, or go to: http://www.menufoods.com/recall.

If you suspect your pet has been affected by the food – please read these steps to help your veterinarian with your pet's diagnosis Advice to Pet Food Owner After National Recall.

Here is also an update for veterinarians (go to Pet Food Recall Updated Information for Veterinarians that indicates recommendations and resources. If your pet has been affected, please print both articles and take them with you when you see your vet.

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.