Hi,
Regarding the pet food recall and "what has yet to be officially announced".

I'm concerned.
Our cat, 13 yrs. old, his nose is starting to turn black on the skin. A cold? He exclusively eats Purina UR wet and dry.
Earlier last week, he well, it was hacking but not tossing up a hairball. It's not easy to describe, I recognize it like a very dry smokers hack - of course he don't smoke.
Sometimes, with my arm around him, well, what I think, he feels, or is it what I imagine, see in my mind, he feels.
But once in awhile, when I've got nothing in this head of mine going on and my arm is around him, he twitches and or jerks.
Okay, so whilst reading a newsgroup (Usenet) nearly 10 minutes ago, someone reminded me of how cats get effected by trauma.
No, Oscar has not been beaten, abused ya know but, well the writer was referring to Virginia Tech April 16, 2007. "Dude: My cats know about it." So (thanks author :-))
I grabbed me a can of Purina UR.
Brewers Rice
Menadione
F-4555
Brewers Rice: Rice has been known to be ah, comprimsed - but nothing about Purina UR -yet.
What is F-4555 ?
(*I've already been to http://www.purina.com , maybe they are that smart to leave ingrediant content off the web BUT, it's all printed on the can.)

Menadione:
Interesting!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menadione
Think: Has the pet food recall effected MAN (and women) yet? Menadione is a polycyclic aromatic ketone, based on 1,4-naphthoquinone, with a 2-methyl substituent.
It was formerly sometimes called vitamin K3, although derivatives of naphthoquinone without the sidechain in the 3-position cannot exert all the functions of the K vitamins. Menadione is a vitamin precursor of K2 which utilizes alkylation in the liver to yield menaquinones (MK-n, n=1-13; K2 vitamers), and hence, is better classified as a provitamin.

Despite the fact that it can serve as a precursor to various types of vitamin K, menadione is generally not used as a nutritional supplement. Large doses of menadione have been reported to cause adverse outcomes including hemolytic anemia due to G6PD deficiency, neonatal brain or liver damage, or neonatal death in some cases. Moreover, menadione supplements have been banned by the FDA because of their high toxicity. Menadione has been used experimentally as a chemotherapic agent for cancer, ca 1945, but has lost ground to much safer, human form, vitamin K2 vitamers. Low level menadione is still used as an inexpensive micronutrient for livestock in many countries.
Lately, menadione has been mentioned again as a treatment for cancer in conjunction with vitamin C (See "The end of cancer" by April Kirkendoll) but modern researchers and trials are investigating nontoxic K2 vitamers such as menaquinone-4(1) in conjunction with more comprehensive regimens.

HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemolytic anemia
Hemolytic anemia is anemia due to hemolysis, the abnormal breakdown of red blood cells either in the blood vessels (intravascular hemolysis) or elsewhere in the body (extravascular). It has numerous possible causes, ranging from relatively harmless to life-threatening. The general classification of hemolytic anemia is either acquired or inherited. Treatment depends on the cause and nature of the breakdown.

Classification of hemolytic anaemias
Causes of haemolytic anaemis can be either genetic or acquired.
(edit) Genetic
a.. Genetic conditions of RBC membrane
a.. Hereditary spherocytosis
b.. Hereditary elliptocytosis
b.. Genetic conditions of RBC metabolism (enzyme defects) a.. Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD or favism) b.. Pyruvate kinase deficiency
c.. Genetic conditions of haemoglobin
a.. Sickle cell anaemia
b.. Thalassaemia
Non-immune mediated haemolytic anaemia (direct Coombs test is negative)

a.. Membrane disorders
a.. Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (rare acquired clonal disorder of red blood cell surface proteins)
b.. Liver disease
Methyldopa or alpha-methyldopa (brand names Aldomet®, Apo-Methyldopa®, Dopamet®, Novomedopa®) is a centrally-acting adrenergic antihypertensive medication. Its use is now deprecated following introduction of alternative safer classes of agents. However it continues to have a role in otherwise difficult to treat hypertension and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

So, consider pregnancy as an analogy here please. The contanimant going around has spawned!
Any concerns, yea-we've got 'em.
Already called the vet too.
William

"Always remember that you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else." William K. Mahler, http://www.mahlers.com
Singer - Songwriter - Photographer - Webmaster
Yahoo Instant Messenger ID: mahlerscom
reply: mahlers dot com at mahlers dot com
1 2 3 4
Hi, Regarding the pet food recall and "what has yet to be officially announced".

Why not buy food that has no wheat or rice in it at all?
Because pet food manufacturers are adding rice protein concentrate without telling the pet food companies. This is true of the recent recalls that resulted from American Nutrition adding RCP to various foods without telling the pet food companies. You can't be sure what you are getting and you can't rely on the ingredients label anymore.
S.
Because pet food manufacturers are adding rice protein concentrate without telling the pet food companies. This is true of the ... food companies. You can't be sure what you are getting and you can't rely on the ingredients label anymore. S.

Sue, I think you're painting with too broad a brush. I don't believe the whole
industry is mislabeling. I don't believe every manufacturer adds ingredients without telling the companies.
And I do think that when there has proven to be a problem with wheat and rice, if you avoid food that says "wheat" and "rice" on the label, you have a better chance of getting food without wheat or rice.
Why not buy food that has no wheat or rice in it at all?

Posted via a free Usenet account from http://www.teranews.com
Well, I agree that your best bet is to try and buy foods that don't have grains. But I have to tell you, that I was greatly surprised and disappointed when I found out that the pet food company added rice protein to the food that I was feeding my cat and it was not disclosed in the ingredients. And the rice protein was tainted with melamine. I was lucky..the bag of food I had was purchased before the company decided to change the formula. I try to feed my cats grain free foods, especially my one guy that has food allergies.
S.
Well, I agree that your best bet is to try and buy foods that don't have grains. But I have ... change the formula. I try to feed my cats grain free foods, especially my one guy that has food allergies.

Understood. We are trusting these people we don't know with the lives of our pets, and we really have no choice in the matter. It's tough.
Well, I agree that your best bet is to try ... free foods, especially my one guy that has food allergies.

Understood. We are trusting these people we don't know with the lives of our pets, and we really have no choice in the matter. It's tough.

Sure we have a choice. Make your own cat food. I just got a book and am researching the process. After purchasing the required vitamins, minerals and other additives it doesn't look that difficult. I'll soon find out.

Untie the two knots to email me
Every silver lining has a cloud.
Sure we have a choice. Make your own cat food. I just got a book and am researching the process. After purchasing the required vitamins, minerals and other additives it doesn't look that difficult. I'll soon find out.

I was essentially sympathizing with those who feel betrayed by the pet food companies. I'm using Purina, and there has been no problem with their food at all.
We're on Purina too; but it has been sheer luck. ... the higher- priced "premium" foods...but the cats won't eat them.

Not intended as a criticism of FF (my cats eat both FF and Wellness), but just so you know: ... 3 ounce can (without a coupon), so that's actually more expensive than Wellness and Pet Promise. Best regards, Cindy S.

You know, I've heard nothing but praise from a lot of people re: Wellness. So I ordered
a case of it on petfooddirect.com. The little dooky-heads wouldn't touch it. I think
it was the texture they didn't like. I usually pay about 42 cents for FF with the Petperks card
at Petsmart. They don't like the premium FF, either. It's not a price issue. I'd be perfectly willing to buy Wellness. But it was a no-go. I ended up
giving the last few cans away, and the majority of the rest went down the disposal. Everybody
else's cats like it. I don't know what their problem was.

Sherry
Show more