Pet owners across the nation, including all those happy souls in Oregon, have spent the past several days making sure their pets are not consuming contaminated food following a recent nationwide recall of food sold at some of the largest retail pet stores in the country was announced.
Certain types of food sold at Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and Petsmart has all been recalled. Menu Foods, the makers of the product, recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths.
The Associated Press reports that an unknown number of cats and dogs have suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food. Product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death, a spokesperson for Menu Foods said.
“At this juncture, we’re not 100 percent sure what’s happened,” said Paul Henderson, the company’s president and chief executive officer, according to the AP.
To help keep your pet safe, watch for symptoms like vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite and increased water consumption — all signs of kidney failure. Also, if you come home from work and your pet is not moving or breathing, that’s not a good sign either.
The recall covers Menu Foods “cuts and gravy” style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches between Dec. 3 and March 6 throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
There have been no official reports of pets being contaminated in Central Oregon from these products. However, it’s a good idea to stick with dry food, at least temporarily.