Pet Food Recall – Veterinarians Seeking Solutions

Veterinarians Seeking Solutions for Dog and Cat Food Recalls

No one knows how many cats and dogs have fallen ill after eating the pet food subject to a massive recall. Many veterinarians are wondering whether this sort of problem is preventable as they struggle to respond to the situation.

Menu Foods Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of wet pet food, recently recalled more than 60 million containers of cuts and gravy-style food from two U.S. facilities because of concerns about the effect of the products on the renal health of pets. The recall represents about 1 percent of pet food in the United States, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA, which regulates pet food and many ingredients in pet food, stated that the recall resulted from consumer complaints and the deaths of animals in routine palatability studies. A suspect agent at press time in late March was melamine, which had apparently contaminated the wheat gluten that went into food that was recalled.

As the investigation continues, practitioners have been busy calming clients and stabilizing patients. The veterinary community is sharing information and attempting to develop a treatment protocol.

Practitioners also are learning much more about dog and cat food, from details of commercial manufacturing to issues with home preparation.

Tracing the Pet Food Contamination

The veterinary community has been discussing suspect agents, too.

Melamine is used as a fertilizer in Asia and in production of plastics worldwide. An unnamed company first found the melamine in food from the recall. The FDA confirmed the finding and identified melamine in wheat gluten that went into the food.

The Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center also identified melamine in food, urine from cats that ate the food, and the kidney of one cat in the palatability studies. Dr. Donald Smith, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, said the relationship between the melamine and the clinical signs in animals is presumptive. Little literature is available about effects of melamine on cats and dogs.

From the beginning, the FDA has looked for a contaminant in the wheat gluten because Menu Foods recently changed suppliers of that ingredient. The agency was tracing shipments from the same supply of wheat gluten, which originated in China.

The FDA determined that another manufacturer of pet food, both wet and dry, received some of the wheat gluten. At press time, the agency was working with the manufacturer to determine whether the ingredient went into any food. The FDA also has begun reviewing and sampling all incoming shipments of wheat gluten from China.

An earlier suspect toxin was aminopterin, an antagonist of folic acid.

The New York State Food Laboratory reported that it found aminopterin in food from the palatability studies. Director Daniel Rice said aminopterin was a cancer drug about 50 years ago in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency later banned use of the toxin as a rodenticide in this country.

At press time, no laboratory had announced an independent confirmation of the aminopterin finding. Tests continued for other contaminants and ingredients.

Preventing the Pet Food Contamination Problem

Even with the changeable nature of the situation, questions have arisen about whether more inspections could have found the contamination and whether the recall could have gone any better.

The timing and scope of the recall are one subject of analysis.

Menu Foods manufactured the products in the recall between Dec. 3 and March 6. According to the FDA, the company received the first consumer complaint Feb. 20. Shortly afterward, the company initiated tests of the products in question by internal and external specialists, but results of the tests did not reveal evidence of concern.

The company’s routine palatability studies began Feb. 27, according to the FDA, and the first death among those animals was March 2. Menu Foods contacted the FDA March 15 and issued the recall March 16.

The problem appeared to be with cuts and gravy-style food from a Kansas plant, according to the FDA, but Menu Foods extended the recall to the same style of food from a New Jersey plant that was using wheat gluten from the same new supplier. Menu Foods has not confirmed that wheat gluten is the suspect ingredient, but the company stated that production has continued at the plants with another source of the ingredient in question.

Paul K. Henderson, Menu Foods president and chief executive officer, said the company continues to investigate the contamination. The company also is reviewing the manufacturing process and looking for more safeguards.

Henderson said he and his employees are “heart-stricken” by pet owners’ losses.”A pet is an important part of any family,” Henderson said. “We understand that.”

The scope of FDA food inspections was a subject of analysis before this recall. Recent recalls of human food include peanut butter and spinach. Diamond Pet Foods issued a recall in late 2005 because of aflatoxin contamination.

Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, said regulation of human and animal food doesn’t differ substantially. The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires that foods be pure and wholesome and that they contain no harmful or deleterious substances-though the act does not specify how manufacturers should ensure safety. The FDA identifies foods with higher risks for more inspections, Dr. Sundlof said, and pet foods are usually very safe.

The agency has limited resources for inspecting animal food and drugs, so it focuses inspections on manufacturers of drugs and of feed for food-producing animals. The FDA typically inspects manufacturers of pet foods if there is a particular reason, such as a complaint. States also maintain programs for regulating and inspecting manufacturers of pet food. The FDA confirmed that it had never inspected Menu Foods’ Kansas plant before the recent recall.

Federal law does not mandate the frequency of inspections or premarket approval of foods under FDA jurisdiction, unlike the meat and egg products under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture. The FDA regulates much more of the food supply with much less money than the USDA, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Advice to Pet Owners after Nationwide Food Recall

Advice to Pet Owners after Nationwide Food Recall

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), in response to a national pet food recall, offers the following information and advice to concerned pet owners:

Menu Foods, Inc., a Canadian private-label pet food manufacturer based in Streetsville, Ontario, has issued a recall on all its “cuts and gravy” style dog and cat food products produced at its facility in Emporia, Kansas, between December 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007. This recall includes 90 brands across the entire manufacturing spectrum. A complete list of affected foods including date and product information codes is available through the AVMA Web site at: http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/070318.asp

If you have any of the products identified on these lists, immediately stop feeding them to your pet.

If you suspect that your pet has been affected by a recalled food, do the following three steps to help your veterinarian with your pet’s diagnosis:

  • Retain food samples for analysis.
  • Document product name, type of product and manufacturing information.

    – Retain all packaging.

    – Identify date codes or production lot numbers.

    – Retain purchase receipts.

  • Document product consumption.

    – Dates products or products were fed.

    – Consumption and palatability history.

    – Time of onset of clinical signs.

    – Detailed dietary history (ie, all products fed and feeding methods).

    Although the exact cause is not currently known, animals that have become ill after consuming these products have shown signs of acute kidney failure.

    Dr. Sandra Willis, DVM, a board certified diplomate and communications chair with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and member of the AVMA Council on Communications, advises that signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water consumption and also changes in urination. Anybody who has a pet that exhibits these signs should take the animal to a veterinarian.

    “Owners shouldn’t panic, because there can be a wide variety of reasons a pet might exhibit these symptoms,” Dr. Willis explained. “But it’s always prudent that, when a pet is exhibiting any signs of illness, the pet owner should contact their veterinarian immediately.”

    A veterinarian may call for a urinalysis and blood work, and might also perform additional tests, such as an x-ray or ultrasound, to rule out other possible problems such as bladder and kidney stones. If it has been determined that the cat or dog has been affected by consumption of the recalled pet food, a veterinarian could decided to treat the illness with medications and/or intravenous fluids.

    “If the kidney disease is severe, such as the animal is not urinating at all, the veterinarian can refer or consult with a specialist from the ACVIM for more specialized care,” Dr. Willis explained.

    Owners of pets affected by the recalled pet foods who wish to report the incident should contact the FDA, by going to the FDA Web site at http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html

  • Melamine: New Chemical Found in Recalled Pet Food

    Melamine Toxicity in Recalled Pet Food

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced they had identified melamine, a substance used as a fertilizer and in the production of plastics, such as kitchenware and whiteboard surfaces, in tested samples of recalled pet food from Menu Foods. The substance was also identified in urine and tissue samples taken from sickened cats and from the kidney of one cat that had eaten the recalled food.

    Melamine is primarily used in Asia as a fertilizer but is not approved for that use in the United States. It is used in plastic kitchenware in this country.

    On March 23, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Donald F. Smith announced that scientists had identified aminopterin as a toxin present in samples from Menu Foods.

    In today’s press conference, however, Dr. Stephen Sundloff, director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, said that no independent testing laboratory has confirmed aminopterin in tissue or food samples. Tests conducted by a Menu Foods client, the FDA, and Cornell University have all identified melamine, Dr. Sundloff said, and the FDA is no longer focusing on aminopterin.

    The FDA stated that data concerning melamine toxicity in animals is lacking and cannot be certain it is linked to the illness or deaths of animals eating the recalled foods. The FDA recommends that existing protocols on treating pets affected by the recalled food is the best course of action.

    Pet Food Products Recalled Because Of Potentially Contaminated Wheat Gluten

    Brand/CompanyProductFormulation
    Americas Choice, Preferred PetsFlaked Tuna 24x3ozCan
    Americas Choice, Preferred PetsSL Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Americas Choice, Preferred PetsSL Chicken/Grvy 24×5.5ozCan
    AuthorityAdlt Sl Chk/Sauce Form 24x6ozCan
    AuthorityAdlt Sl O Fsh/Sauce Form24x6ozCan
    AuthorityAdt Sl Chick/Sauce Form 24x3ozCan
    Best ChoiceFlaked Tuna 24x3ozCan
    Best ChoiceSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Companion12 Count Pouch Variety Pack Cat FoodPouch
    CompanionChicken Dinner In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
    CompanionMixed Grill In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
    CompanionWith Beef In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
    CompanionWith Tuna In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
    CompanionWith Turkey&Giblets In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
    ComplimentsPouch Chicken 24x85gPouch
    ComplimentsPouch Ocean Wfish/Tuna 24x85gPouch
    ComplimentsPouch w/ Turkey/Giblets 24x85gPouch
    ComplimentsPouch with Beef 24x85gPouch
    ComplimentsPouch with Tuna 24x85gPouch
    Del Monte Pet ProductsPounce Meaty Morsels Moist Chicken Flavor Cat TreatsTreats
    Demoulas/Market BasketSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    EukanubaAdult Cuts with Chicken & Liver in Gravy 3oz CansCan
    EukanubaAdult Flaked with Select Seafood in Sauce 3oz CansCan
    EukanubaAdult Flaked with Select Tuna in Sauce 3oz CansCan
    EukanubaKitten Cuts with Savory Chicken in Gravy 3oz CansCan
    EukanubaMature Cuts with Savory Chicken in Gravy 3oz CansCan
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Savory Chicken 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Savory Turkey 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Select Tuna 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Select White Fish 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Shrimp and Cod 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Kitten with Savory Chicken 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Mature with Savory Chicken 3oz PouchesPouch
    Fine Feline CatSliced Chicken Entree in GravyCan
    Food LionSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Food LionSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    FoodtownSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    FoodtownSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Giant CompanionSliced Beef Dinner In Gravy Cat FoodCan
    Giant CompanionSliced Chicken Dinner In Gravy Cat FoodCan
    HannafordSL Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Hill Country FareFlaked Salmon/Wfish 24x3ozCan
    Hill Country FareFlaked Trout 24x3ozCan
    Hill Country FarePouch Beef 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FarePouch Chicken 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FarePouch Mixed Grill 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FarePouch Tuna 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FarePouch Turkey/Giblets 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FarePouch VP B/C/T/T 2x12x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FareSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Hill Country FareSL Turkey/Gravy 24x3ozCan
    Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Beef 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Chicken 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Tky/Gib 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Tuna 24x3ozPouch
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry foodDry food
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Beef Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts AdultCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Beef Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 3 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Beef Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 5.5 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts AdultCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 3 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 5.5 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Mature Adult 7Can
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Mature Adult 7 3 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Mature Adult 7 5.5 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts AdultCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Adult 3 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Adult 5.5 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts KittenCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Kitten 3 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Kitten 5.5 ozCan
    Hy-VeeFlaked Trout Feast 24x3ozCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Flakes with Salmon in Sauce 3/6 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Flakes with Tuna & Ocean White Fish in Sauce 3/6 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Kitten Slices with Turkey in Gravy 3 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Active Maturity with Chicken in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Beef in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Chicken and Wild Rice in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Chicken in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Salmon in Sauce 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Tuna in Sauce 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Turkey in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Kitten with Chicken in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Variety Pack with Beef, Chicken & Turkey 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Variety Pack with Chicken and Turkey 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Variety Pack with Salmon and Tuna 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Weight Control with Tuna in Sauce 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Slices with Beef in Gravy 3/6 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Slices with Chicken in Gravy 3/6 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Slices with Turkey in Gravy 3/6 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Variety Pack Flakes with Tuna & Ocean White Fish and Salmon in Sauce 3 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Variety Pack Slices with Chicken and Beef in Gravy 3 oz CansCan
    J.E. MondouFlaked Tuna 24x85gCan
    Laura LynnFlaked Tuna 3ozCan
    Laura LynnSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Laura LynnSL Chicken/Grvy 24×5.5ozCan
    Laura LynnSliced Beef/Gravy 3ozCan
    Li'l RedSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Li'l RedSl Chicken/Gravy 12×13.2ozCan

    How to Improve Your Chances of Finding Your Lost Pet

    Losing a pet is traumatic for the animal and its owner. A lost dog or cat faces a world full of uncertainty and danger, one of possible injury, starvation or death. Pet owners, many of whom have never lost a pet before, may wonder if they will ever be reunited.

    Two studies published in the Jan. 15, 2007, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) contain valuable information for mounting a successful search for a dog or cat that has wandered from home. The original studies, the first of their kind according to the authors and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), were conducted by a team of veterinarians and researchers from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio.

    According to the studies, the chances of making the family whole again improve if owners make sure their pet is wearing identification tags and if they call or visit a local animal agency soon after the pet is lost. The studies' authors hope that more owners will be able to safely recover their animals by knowing ahead of time which search methods are most effective.

    The results are mixed, with dog owners experiencing more success than cat owners in recovering their pets, but the findings can benefit both dog and cat owners alike, says Dr. Linda Lord, DVM, the study's lead author.

    "A lot of people talk about lost-and-found issues, but no one has ever really approached it from a scientific standpoint," Dr. Lord said. "None of it is really rocket science, but it is important information."

    The studies show that pet owners can use a variety of methods to find their dogs and cats, but it also reveals that many pet owners fail to follow the most important guideline of all – that of placing some type of identification on the animal.

    Of the 187 lost dogs included in the study, 132 of them, or 71 percent, were recovered, while 73 of 138 lost cats, or 53 percent, were reunited with their family. The researchers interviewed owners of dogs and cats lost in Montgomery County, Ohio, between June 1 and September 30, 2005.

    A call or visit to an animal agency led the list of ways in which owners recovered their dogs, with 46, or about 35 percent, of the dogs being reunited with their owners after ending up at a shelter. The helpful information contained on a dog license tag was the second most effective avenue to reunification, with 24 of the dogs, or about 18 percent, being recovered because of the ease in which owners were contacted. Rounding out the top 3 ways to recovery was the posting of neighborhood signs, which helped in the recovery of 20 dogs, or about 15 percent.

    The message, Dr. Lord said, is simple.

    "On the dog side, the sheltering system can really work, and if people provide proper ID for the animal and use the shelters, many dogs are recovered," she said. "The single biggest thing is identifying your pet."

    Pet identification, however, isn't as prevalent as it should be, Dr. Lord said.

    "You are looking at a group of owners who made an effort to find their animal, but yet only 43 percent had an identifiable tag on the dog when they were lost. It is critical to remind people of the basics of keeping a tag on their dog."

    Cats are harder to recover, Dr. Lord said, because few cat owners use identification tags. Only 26 of the 138 cats in the study, or 19 percent, had some type of identification – an ID tag, a rabies tag or a microchip – when they were lost. Cat owners, for a variety of reasons that range from safety concerns to cats refusing to wear collars, aren't as likely to place identification tags on their cats.

    "If people aren't willing to hang a tag on their cat, then microchipping their cat is critical," says Dr. Lord. "If those cats end up at the shelter – and with people only visiting the shelter on average every 8 days when a cat is lost – the odds of finding their cats are slim."

    Recovering a lost cat is more complicated than finding a lost dog, which makes identification tags even more important.

    "It may be that people reach out less to help them," says Dr. Lord. "That may make the identification process of cats harder."
    While the study focused on animal search and identification in Montgomery County in Ohio, Lord said the assumptions can be applied around the country.

    Pet Food Products Recalled Because Of Potentially Contaminated Wheat Gluten

    Brand/CompanyProductFormulation
    Americas Choice, Preferred PetsFlaked Tuna 24x3ozCan
    Americas Choice, Preferred PetsSL Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Americas Choice, Preferred PetsSL Chicken/Grvy 24×5.5ozCan
    AuthorityAdlt Sl Chk/Sauce Form 24x6ozCan
    AuthorityAdlt Sl O Fsh/Sauce Form24x6ozCan
    AuthorityAdt Sl Chick/Sauce Form 24x3ozCan
    Best ChoiceFlaked Tuna 24x3ozCan
    Best ChoiceSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Companion12 Count Pouch Variety Pack Cat FoodPouch
    CompanionChicken Dinner In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
    CompanionMixed Grill In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
    CompanionWith Beef In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
    CompanionWith Tuna In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
    CompanionWith Turkey&Giblets In Gravy Cat FoodPouch
    ComplimentsPouch Chicken 24x85gPouch
    ComplimentsPouch Ocean Wfish/Tuna 24x85gPouch
    ComplimentsPouch w/ Turkey/Giblets 24x85gPouch
    ComplimentsPouch with Beef 24x85gPouch
    ComplimentsPouch with Tuna 24x85gPouch
    Del Monte Pet ProductsPounce Meaty Morsels Moist Chicken Flavor Cat TreatsTreats
    Demoulas/Market BasketSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    EukanubaAdult Cuts with Chicken & Liver in Gravy 3oz CansCan
    EukanubaAdult Flaked with Select Seafood in Sauce 3oz CansCan
    EukanubaAdult Flaked with Select Tuna in Sauce 3oz CansCan
    EukanubaKitten Cuts with Savory Chicken in Gravy 3oz CansCan
    EukanubaMature Cuts with Savory Chicken in Gravy 3oz CansCan
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Savory Chicken 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Savory Turkey 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Select Tuna 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Select White Fish 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Adult with Shrimp and Cod 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Kitten with Savory Chicken 3oz PouchesPouch
    EukanubaMorsels in Gravy Mature with Savory Chicken 3oz PouchesPouch
    Fine Feline CatSliced Chicken Entree in GravyCan
    Food LionSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Food LionSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    FoodtownSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    FoodtownSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Giant CompanionSliced Beef Dinner In Gravy Cat FoodCan
    Giant CompanionSliced Chicken Dinner In Gravy Cat FoodCan
    HannafordSL Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Hill Country FareFlaked Salmon/Wfish 24x3ozCan
    Hill Country FareFlaked Trout 24x3ozCan
    Hill Country FarePouch Beef 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FarePouch Chicken 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FarePouch Mixed Grill 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FarePouch Tuna 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FarePouch Turkey/Giblets 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FarePouch VP B/C/T/T 2x12x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FareSl Chicken/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Hill Country FareSL Turkey/Gravy 24x3ozCan
    Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Beef 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Chicken 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Tky/Gib 24x3ozPouch
    Hill Country FareVP Only Pouch Tuna 24x3ozPouch
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry foodDry food
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Beef Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts AdultCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Beef Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 3 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Beef Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 5.5 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts AdultCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 3 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult 5.5 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Mature Adult 7Can
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Mature Adult 7 3 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Mature Adult 7 5.5 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts AdultCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Adult 3 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Adult 5.5 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts KittenCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Kitten 3 ozCan
    Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Kitten 5.5 ozCan
    Hy-VeeFlaked Trout Feast 24x3ozCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Flakes with Salmon in Sauce 3/6 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Flakes with Tuna & Ocean White Fish in Sauce 3/6 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Kitten Slices with Turkey in Gravy 3 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Active Maturity with Chicken in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Beef in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Chicken and Wild Rice in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Chicken in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Salmon in Sauce 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Tuna in Sauce 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Adult with Turkey in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Kitten with Chicken in Gravy 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Variety Pack with Beef, Chicken & Turkey 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Variety Pack with Chicken and Turkey 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Variety Pack with Salmon and Tuna 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Select Bites Weight Control with Tuna in Sauce 3oz PouchesPouch
    Iams Company, TheIams Slices with Beef in Gravy 3/6 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Slices with Chicken in Gravy 3/6 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Slices with Turkey in Gravy 3/6 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Variety Pack Flakes with Tuna & Ocean White Fish and Salmon in Sauce 3 oz CansCan
    Iams Company, TheIams Variety Pack Slices with Chicken and Beef in Gravy 3 oz CansCan
    J.E. MondouFlaked Tuna 24x85gCan
    Laura LynnFlaked Tuna 3ozCan
    Laura LynnSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Laura LynnSL Chicken/Grvy 24×5.5ozCan
    Laura LynnSliced Beef/Gravy 3ozCan
    Li'l RedSl Beef/Gravy 24×5.5ozCan
    Li'l RedSl Chicken/Gravy 12×13.2ozCan

    H1N1 Flu Confirmed in Iowa Cat

    A cat in Iowa has tested positive for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, state officials confirmed this morning, marking the first time a cat has been diagnosed with this strain of influenza.

    The cat, which has recovered, is believed to have caught the virus from someone in the household who was sick with H1N1. There are no indications that the cat passed the virus on to any other animals or people.

    Prior to this diagnosis, the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus had been found in humans, pigs, birds and ferrets.

    To date, H1N1 influenza virus infection of pigs has been reported in Canada, Argentina, Singapore, the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland), Ireland, Norway, the U.S. and Japan. It has also been reported in turkeys in Chile and Canada. Based on the evidence available at this time, the infections were spread from humans to the animals.

    The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are reminding pet owners that some viruses can pass between people and animals, so this was not an altogether unexpected event. Pet owners should monitor their pets' health very closely, no matter what type of animal, and visit a veterinarian if there are any signs of illness.

    The AVMA is actively tracking all instances of H1N1 in animals and posting updates on our Web site at
    www.avma.org/public_health/influenza/new_virus

    About the AVMA

    The AVMA and its more than 78,000 member veterinarians are engaged in a wide variety of activities dedicated to advancing the science and art of animal, human and public health. Visit the AVMA Web site at
    www.avma.org to learn more about veterinary medicine and animal care.